Imperial - Cork

South Mall, Cork, Ireland, 00000show map
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According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as  Best Design Hotels in Ireland

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Imperial is a value-for-money hotel with 125 rooms decorated in a beautiful design. The hotel was renovated in 2011 and consists of 4 floors. Medical service, room service and newspaper service as well as a luggage storage, a car park and a hairdresser are on hand.

Next to Elizabeth Fort and in the heart of Cork, this hotel is the place where comfort is provided. Located in the business area, the property is 2 km from Cork City Hall.

Enclosed by a theatre, a gallery and a church, the hotel offers a superb view over the city.

The hotel provides an access to Kent Railway train station, which is 950 meters away. Imperial boasts a perfect setting within 15 minutes' drive to Cork airport.


Comfortable rooms feature a safe box, a seating area and an ironing set. They offer en suite bathrooms with a power shower, toiletries and dressing gowns.

Eat & Drink

A delicious vegetarian breakfast is served at the grill restaurant. The Pembroke restaurant serves fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can quench their thirst at the night bar with a favorite drink. There are various dining options such as Jacob's on the Mall and Les Gourmandises within about 50 meters away.

A full breakfast is served and charges are applicable. 


Providing a spa centre, a treatment room and a Jacuzzi along with aromatherapy, facials and various massages, Imperial ensures guests a pleasant stay. The property also has fitness classes and a gym.


Wireless internet is available in the hotel rooms for free.

Guest Parking

Private parking is possible at a location nearby at EUR 10 per day.

Year renovated:   2011.  Number of floors:   4.  Number of rooms:   125.

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Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms


EUR 10 per day

Luggage storage
24-hour services

Late check-in/ -out

24-hour reception

24-hour room service

Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

Coffee/Tea in lobby

Restaurant buffet


Fitness/ Gym

Fitness centre

Swimming pool

Indoor swimming pool

Spa and relaxation




Spa & wellness centre

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness centre
  • Diving
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Pedal boating
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Golf course
  • Darts
  • Table tennis
  • Squash
  • Aerobics


  • 24-hour room service
  • Housekeeping
  • Car rental
  • Self-service laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Medical facilities service
  • Wake up service
  • Newspaper service
  • Bell staff/Porter
  • Welcome pack


  • Full board
  • Continental breakfast
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Cafe
  • Bar/ Lounge area
  • Gluten-free meals
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby
  • Catering service
  • Packed lunches
  • Special diet menus
  • Buffet breakfast


  • Business centre
  • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
  • Business services
  • Fax/Photocopying


  • Cots
  • Babysitting/Child services
  • Children's menu

Spa & Leisure

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Barbeque grills
  • Bungalows
  • Spa & wellness centre
  • Solarium
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Library

Room features

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • VIP room facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Connecting rooms
  • Living room
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Wardrobe
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Turndown service
  • Ironing facilities
  • Rollaway beds


  • Bathroom
  • Bathtub
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Bathrobe
  • Free toiletries


  • Electric kettle
  • Dishwasher


  • Flat-screen TV
  • Hi-Fi
  • Cable/ Satellite television
  • Paid films
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Radio
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor
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Check-infrom 15:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 12 pmFREE
Children & extra bedsThere are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are not allowed.
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  • City landmarks
Murphy's BreweryMurphy's Brewery2000 ft
St. Finbarr's CathedralSt. Finbarr's Cathedral2300 ft
CIT Crawford College of Art and DesignCIT Crawford College of Art and Design2700 ft
Kent Railway StationKent Railway Station3300 ft
Cork Vision CentreCork Vision Centre2000 ft
Cork Butter Museum LtdCork Butter Museum Ltd2300 ft
The Opera HouseThe Opera House1000 ft
Cork Opera HouseCork Opera House1000 ft
Lavitt's Quay GalleryLavitt's Quay Gallery400 ft
General Post Office General Post Office 400 ftGeneral Post Office Oliver Plunkett Street
Cyprus AvenueCyprus Avenue500 ftCaroline Street, Cork
St Patrick Street St Patrick Street 700 ft CorkIreland
City Hall City Hall 800 ftGeorge's Quay
Old English Market\/City MarketOld English Market\/City Market1000 ftGrand Parade Cork City
Nano Nagle BridgeNano Nagle Bridge1200 ftGrand Parade
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The Glandore InnThe Glandore Inn0 ftGlandore
Jacob's on the MallJacob's on the Mall200 ft30 South Mall
Dinty CollinsDinty Collins0 ftUnion Hall
Diva Cafe and coffee houseDiva Cafe and coffee house0 ftBallinspittle
The Auld TriangleThe Auld Triangle0 ftMacroom
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St Finbarrs HospitalSt Finbarrs Hospital4300 ft
Saint Mary's Health CampusSaint Mary's Health Campus1.4 mi
Musgrave ParkMusgrave Park1.1 mi
Páirc Uí ChaoimhPáirc Uí Chaoimh1.5 mi
Cork Public MuseumCork Public Museum1.0 mi
Cork City GaolCork City Gaol1.2 mi
Frankfield Golf ClubFrankfield Golf Club1.9 mi
Douglas Golf ClubDouglas Golf Club1.9 mi
University College CorkUniversity College Cork5000 ft
Crawford Art GalleryCrawford Art Gallery1200 ftCrawford Art Gallery Emmett Place
St. Peter and Paul\'s ChurchSt. Peter and Paul\'s Church1400 ftPaul St. Cork City
Cork City Tourist Information CentreCork City Tourist Information Centre1400 ft83 Grand Parade
Paul Street Paul Street 1400 ft CorkIreland
Victorian Everyman TheatreVictorian Everyman Theatre1600 ft15 MacCurtain Street, Cork
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Getting around
Cork (ORK)4.0 mi
Bantry (BYT)46.2 mi
Kent Railway Station3700 ft
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Fabulousbased on 249 reviews
  • 6.2

    I have stayed at the Imperial around 6 or 7 times over a number of years and the rooms have never been their best feature but I have to say the room I had this time had two windows both of which opened partially and the only thing you could see out of either window was the airconditioning pipes/ they were literally less than a foot form the window and I dont know if it was because this was the first time I had booked the hotel through your site or because I elected to have a smoking room - either way forgetting about the fact that you literally couldnt see daylight out of the room it was unbearably hot - I understand the hotel dont have aircon but it is one of the worst rooms I have staying in at any hotel and I was very disspointed that when I mentioned this in the morning no one seemed interested in what I had to say - I would say I have always reccomended the hotel but I wont be doing that again and I am very unlkely to stay myself - I have usually been with a party who would take a number of rooms in the past and it is a shame but I think it will be Jurys for me in future also I have only ever got a cab from the airport before but I drove this time and the car park is very a good hike away and I would expect a 4 star hotel to have much better rooms but also valet parking given the distance to the car park - very dissapoinitng and I had taken a friend who hadnt been before so I felt even worse

    I have realsied I have compeleted these boxes in the wrong order - the thing I love about the Imperial is the location and the food is always good but the comments I have made above did spoil my trip on this occasion

  • 9.6

    Mostly the staff who were so helpful and friendly. Was attending my dauthers wedding everything about the hotel and the day itself could not be any better. And I would never stay there as I only live four miles away so for anyone visiting cork a pleasant surprise awaits. Thank you.

  • 8.8

    Initially we were given a room on the first floor which was next to the noisy kitchen extractor (which operates late at night and early mornings), however, the hotel manager provided us with an alternative room which was very comfortable. The staff at the hotel were very pleasant, the room very comfortable and the bathroom had a great shower! Overall we had a great experience and would recommend the Imperial Hotel due to its central location.

    At €119 for a room - the hotel is more expensive than some of it's contemporary peers.

  • 8.2

    The location of the hotel is very convenient. Hotel is comfortable, clean and the stuff is friendly and helpfull.

    The stuff ignored or did not managed within 2 days to exchange broken bulb in my room, however I requested that.

  • 9.2

    Particular members of staff provided superb service.

  • 9.6

    Efficient friendly atmosphere - oldworld ambience. A resident's lounge would be a useful addition.

  • 5.0
    Guest rating


    Hotel room was supposed to be suite. It certainly was not. Our room phone was not working and ruined our first day. Our night was ruined as room did not have temp thermostat and we ended up roasted alive. There was a fan which was useless! I've traveled all over the world and this experience in Cork Imperial was the worst!

  • 9.6

    We stayed at the hotel because of a family wedding being held there. The staff in particular were extremely friendly and helpful in all areas of the hotel.

  • 8.8

    Its a very central location.. Lots happening nearby and in hotel...Great fish at the fish Hatch run by the hotel..Generarly a good feel about the place..We will be staying again on next trip tp Cork..

  • 9.2

    The staff were so helpful. We asked for a street view in our booking, they were unable to provide us with same on our first night but offered us a breakfast and a drink in lieu .On the following day we received a room with a streetview as promised,

  • 7.4
    Very good

    yes had a great time in cork hotel very good and staff very helpfull will be back.

  • 10.0

    The staff were excellent, especially the ladies at the check in desk, they let us check in a bit early as we had travelled since 5am! They also gave us good advice on where the good spots were for food and drink.Much appreciated. Room was also excellent, spacious with everything you need. I would highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay here again.

  • 7.0
    Very good

    1. Proximity 2. Big, very comfy bed ! 3.

    1.Hotel residents have to pay extra to use the spa facilities. 2.Loo handel had fallen off !! 3.Bottem of bath tub panel had been damaged. 4.Missing tile in bathroom. 5.Small room. 6.Car park was down another road.Not Far but enough to be an inconvenience 7.Batteries in remote control did not work.

  • 9.6

    staff were excellent. had headache when I arrived and receptionist was so kind. Food was only ok...i thought it would be nicer. however the restaurant staff were efficient and super helpful. also breakfast was delicious and had wide choice

    evening meal food. fish was greasy as were chips.

  • 7.4
    Very good

    loction was central. Good breakfast. nice cafe. car park nearby,

    Room was too small and noisy ( boiler outside room ). Too expensive.

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Hotel Awards

According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as  Best Design Hotels in Ireland

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Good to know
Check-infrom 15:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 12 pmFREE
Children & extra bedsThere are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are not allowed.
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Getting around
Cork (ORK)4.0 mi
Bantry (BYT)46.2 mi
Kent Railway Station3700 ft
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