Cork was founded in the 6th century as a monastery that was located on the south bank of the Lee River. Monasteries attract people, and soon a small settlement popped up nearby. By 1185, the settlement was awarded city status by King Henry II. Growth was slow but steady over the years, and the city expanded. It wasn't really until more recently that the city really started to grow beyond the old city walls, and today you will find that Cork has matured into a busy, vibrant and modern city that attracts business travellers and leisure travellers alike.
Cork, Ireland's second largest city, has the world's second largest natural harbour. The city has a reputation for rebelliousness dating back to 1491. Hence, the inhabitants often call themselves "rebels" and Cork "the real Capital of Ireland". Theatre, music, dance and poetry all play an important role in Cork city life and for Cork hotels. Cork hosts the RTE Vanburgh String Quartet and various theatres offering dramatic plays throughout the year. Other places of interest include St. Patrick's Street and the two cathedrals St. Mary's and St. Finbarr's, which can be seen when staying at Cork hotels. If you want to get a better fell for the city and its layout, stop in at the Cork Vision Centre where you can see a scale model of the city. For something a bit off the usual tourist trail, check out the Cork City Gail which lies just outside the city centre. Everyone says this is a real must-see attraction. If that's not to your fancy, then head over to the Lough Park. The lake and surrounding grounds are filled with wildlife, making it an excellent place for a stroll, a jog, or even a little bird watching.
The biggest employers in the region come from the area of pharmaceuticals, namely Pfizer Inc and Novartis. It plays an important role in the city's economy, with Apple Inc having its headquarters in Cork as well as EMC Corporation being a major employer. Cork hotels cater for business travellers and shoppers, as retail does play a major role as well and shopping centres can be found in all boroughs. Cork and Cork hotels are easy to get to by road, rail (main route to Dublin) and air. Cork airport serves as one of Ireland's main airports with more than 50 flights a day. You can catch a train down from Dublin, or from many of the other key cities in Ireland. Once you are in Cork, you will quickly discover that the city centre is small enough to see on foot. Taxis are usually found waiting on the street corners and at one of the many taxi ranks through the city.
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Enter the Ashley Hotel to find a place full of harmony and Irish hospitality. Lodged into a beautiful building of the mid-19th-century, you experience a really unique charm. Bright and really cosy rooms have all the makings to feel comfortable. To start the day, a typical Irish breakfast is served. In the bar, you may also taste plain cooking and local beers.
Set in a charming Victorian building featuring a quaint courtyard with a soothing waterfall, the Isaacs Hotel Cork welcomes its guests to a perfectly relaxing stay in the heart of Cork. Elegantly furnished rooms in modern design come with all desirable amenities and the restaurant of the Isaacs hotel serves delightful regional dishes. Multifunctional meeting rooms are available.
The Maldron Cork is a cosy city hotel in Cork. Its rooms are comfortably furnished and lovingly decorated. Internet access is provided. As to dining, guests may choose between a more formal restaurant and the relaxed ambience of the bar. Furthermore, the Maldron Cork hotel provides conference facilities.
Private and business travellers alike enjoy the pleasant atmosphere at the Hotel & Leisure Centre Gresham Metropole in Cork. Its elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi promise a relaxing stay. In the restaurant overlooking the River Lee, a variety of international dishes is served. The Leisure Centre with pool, sauna and gym provides recreation and well-being. Moreover, several meeting rooms are provided.
Experience Irish hospitality at its best at the hotel River Lee in Cork. Spacious rooms impress with modern interior and provide real comfort zones. Just sit back and enjoy all desirable amenities. In the charming restaurant, guests treat themselves to some fine healthy food in a lively atmosphere. Moreover, you can enjoy tasty drinks and nice chats at the bar.
Both business and leisure travellers will spend a wonderful time at this modern city hotel. It offers you spacious rooms which provide you with all necessary amenities such as free high-speed Internet and a work desk. All culinary desires are fulfilled in the stylish restaurant and bar as well as the all-day coffee lounge.
The Imperial Hotel warmly welcomes its guests into a friendly atmosphere. All tastefully furnished rooms and suites are well-equipped and provide free Wi-Fi. Guests may choose from different restaurants to relax and dine in and after a sightseeing tour of the city, the wellness area offers true relaxation.
A comfortable stay is promised at the Ambassador Hotel in Cork. It offers its guests elegant rooms which provide all desirable amenities including Wi-Fi. In the Seasons Bistro, the chef spoils with fine international cuisine. Parking facilities are available.
Charleville Park Hotel is located on the main Cork/Limerick Road. Our hotel offers both Conference & Banqueting facilities and boasts 91 luxury ensuite bedrooms. Both our Bar & Restaurant serve contemporary Irish Food daily with live music in our Bar at weekends. We look forward to the opening of our Leisure Facilities in Autumn 2008.
Our house is a beautiful end of terrace Victorian Townhouse, built in the 1840’s originally as a Merchants Townhouse. It has gone through many changes since then , and is now our home.
The Hotel Belvedere Lodge Bed & Breakfast Cork City is located in a Victorian town house built in 1840. Each of the cosy rooms is modern equipped and displays beautifully preserved details. In the morning, a freshly prepared Irish breakfast with homemade breads and jams is served. The lovely hotel garden invites to relax.
Ideally located for city travellers, the Bed-and-breakfast Garnish House warmly welcomes the guests in Cork. The well-kept rooms with free Wi-Fi are equipped to modern standards and decorated with much attention to detail. Before a long day in the city, guests of the Garnish House can look forward to a rich breakfast with something for every taste.
Experience Irish hospitality at the family-run inn Killarney House. Make yourself at home in the cosy rooms and enjoy a restful stay. In the morning, just follow the scent of the fresh coffee and help yourself at the breakfast buffet. According to availability, HRS guests benefit from an upgrade to next room category.
Do you want to spend your holidays in a truly unique ambience? Then, decide upon the hotel Hayfield Manor with its friendly atmosphere emanating from the walls. Individually decorated rooms offer all desirable comforts. Do not worry about your creature comforts. The hotel features a classy restaurant serving contemporary Irish cuisine and afternoon tea with home-made pastries.