noddy, you might get a better response if you posted this in the right section! You've been living here for too long!
I'm not sure there are any really lovely hotels in Cork City itself - anything that is of a good standard tends to be quite bland imo - eg the revamped Jurys or The Clarion. I've been for a meal at the Clarion and seen the rooms at Jurys and both are fine hotels but nothing special at the same time.
I think I'd prefer Jurys of those two.
Maryborough House is nicer I think (but haven't been there for ages) but is out in the suburbs.
Hayfield Manor s supposed to be very good - not too far from the city centre (near the university) but is ££££.
There are a couple of other older hotels in the city centre - eg The Metropole and one on MacCurtain St whose name I can't remember. The had got a bit run down in recent years but may have been revamped since I was last in them....
I'm not in Cork (it's TGWGE gone back to her real name!) but grew up there and go back a lot...
Re the shopping - tbh I don't enjoy shopping there as much as I used to - most of the British High St chains are there now and it's harder to find shops that are unique to Cork/Ireland - at least in terms of clothes shopping. What sort of shops are you after and I'll have a think.
Will look at the ivory tower for dp and I.thanks for all this info is really a last minute decision to go anwhere this half term so am going to book it all before dp changes his mind.Needa re ally central hotel now as we have several people to meet so would be easier
Dh and I stayed in Isaacs a few years ago. It was very nice and not too pricey. Be warned about the hills in Cork though, if youu're driving! Very scary. GrapefruitMoon, my dsis lives inCork and loves TheIvory Tower as well. I would think the Maryborough is very expensive?We stayed there for my cousin's wedding, got a special rate but Dannii Minogue was there too! Ds1 and ds2 climbed all over her before my aunt pointed out to me who she was!
I think the Kingsley is quite new - I've a feeling dh's cousin may have had her wedding there earlier this year - can't really remember what the consensus was but I think everyone had a good time! It isn't really central but Cork is a small place so only a short taxi ride into the city centre.
There is a Wagamamas in Cork now which might be a good venue for a large group - but obviously not very "Irish"!