Be it the lilt of the accent, the warmth of the welcome, or the joy of the craic, whatever the reason there is an undeniable appeal to the city of Cork.
It presents a plethora of offers to visitors – from the River Lee, to Elizabeth Fort and St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, a wide choice of gourmet eateries and legendary bars. The city of Cork has a history that is rich, deep and at times painful, but never dull.
But, once there where is there to stay?
On our recent visit we stayed at the Montenotte Hotel, a lovely four star accommodation in a quiet residential area, perched high above the city of Cork. This elevated position gives the Montenotte a great perspective over Ireland’s second city and through to the hills beyond. The city centre is a pleasant 15 minute stroll down the hill, however we always took a taxi back up as the incline was more than a little intimidating.
So much to see in the city of Cork
As with any accommodation, the staff are crucial to the overall experience. And the Montenotte scores highly, from Carmel on reception, to Tim on duty overnight, and those waiting on the bar and restaurant, the staff were courteous and friendly. Every question or request was met with smiles, helpful suggestions and a supportive resolution.
Our bedroom was very comfortable, with good quality furniture, double bed, well-stocked bathroom, table and chairs, couple of armchairs, TV, plenty of wardrobe and shelf space, and ironing facilities. And, we’re pleased to report, there was a good free wi-fi connection. The room had a relaxed feel, the view from it was nothing to write home about, but hadn’t expected to see the Taj Mahal.
My dad always told me the best meal of the day is breakfast, and maybe the Montenotte heard him as well. Each morning we refuelled on fruit, cereal and the type of carb packed cooked breakfast the Irish do so well.
If we needed to work off that feast, the hotel had a leisure centre, with a surprisingly large and well-equipped gym. As regular travellers who have been disappointed at the size and quality of other hotel gyms around the world, the Montenotte’s gets a big thumbs up. The swimming pool was very large, warm and inviting, there was also a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Then around the hotel the Montenotte had relaxing and rather lovely gardens.
Our stay in the city of Cork was enhanced by our stay in the Montenotte Hotel – our initial positive impressions borne out during our three nights there. It is a fairly grand building, with well-maintained facilities, very good staff, and is set in a quiet location making for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.