Fodor's Expert Review Imperial Hotel

South Mall, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland

Though it cannot compete in size with the grande-dame hotels of bigger cities, the Imperial, which dates to 1813, plays the part with conviction, with its marble lobby, opulent finishes, and traditional concierge. That said, it's worth paying extra for one of the newer rooms—larger and quieter than the older ones. An elaborately tiled coffee shop fronting the lobby is constantly humming, the Pembroke Seafood Bar and Grill is spacious and contemporary, and Souths bar has kept its dignified character in spite of a modern makeover. It's a lively spot at lunchtime and on Friday nights, when there is live jazz. The penthouse suite is named for Michael Collins, who spent his last night here before being shot in an ambush in 1922.

PROS

  • central location
  • genuine Cork character
  • elegant dining options

CONS

  • some standard bedrooms are very small
  • quiet rooms have no view
  • popular venue for wedding receptions

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Lively
Central
Grande Dame
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 021-427–4040

HOTEL DETAILS

126 rooms, 1 suite

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