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Cork can quite comfortably cater for every price range and still extend the warmest welcome to all its visitors. From manor house hotels equipped with fine dining and creature comforts, to basic budget backpacker hostels offering easy access to the city’s nightlife, there is something for everyone.
You’ll find the majority of its hotels are clustered around the compact city centre, so you will very rarely need to take a bus or hire a taxi to see Cork’s sights, visit its shops or dine out at its renowned local restaurants.
If you are flying to Cork as a springboard to other places you can find hotel accommodation on the steps of the airport, and just 10 minutes from the city itself by car, but Cork and its environs should demand a little more of your attention than that.
If shopping is high on your agenda then you should look for one of the many hotels that are situated close to Grand Parade and Patrick Street. There is little that can compare to taking a gentle stroll around the winding side streets, alleys and laneways that are packed with independent retailers offering vintage clothes, handmade crafts and bespoke jewellery. If searching for a gem in second-hand music shops, or flicking through the pages in bookshops, hits the spot then a stay here will be right up your street.
The city of Cork is beautifully placed along the banks of the River Lee, which flows around its centre creating an island of grand Georgian parades and dynamic architectural statements such as Cork’s modern opera house. Plenty of hotels can help you make the most of its scenic splendor and romantic vistas by offering accommodation that looks out onto the tranquil waterways. Situated just a little outside the city centre, but still within easy walking distance, these promise to reveal more of Cork’s romantic side to the visitor.
If you are thinking about booking your hotel to coincide with one of the many festivals that Cork hosts then you should consider booking a little earlier to secure a place in the accommodation of your choice. During June and July the Midsummer Festival brings an exciting mix of local, national and international performers to Cork, offering music, theatre, art and poetry at venues throughout the city. Cork’s Film Festival in November has been established for more than 50 years and cinema lovers will be able to catch both premieres and retrospectives. Finally, one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe takes place in October, and you can expect to catch top acts and jazz cats from around the world.
The ‘real capital of Ireland’ offers you a really wide choice of hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts and apartments: why not explore your options, and find a great deal, with Expedia?