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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The River Lee Hotel is an excellent choice for Cork. It's a modern hotel on the south channel of the River Lee. It's at most an easy 10 minute walk to the center of town to the east, a couple of blocks from the lovely St. Fin Barre's Cathedral to the south, and a block from the University to the west.

Request a room with a river view on the north side of the property...the rooms have huge picture windows of the river and the town rising up on the hill on the opposite bank..

You expect a hotel at this price point to have:

Clean Rooms
Nice Beds
Lovely Bathrooms
Good Breakfasts

And the River Lee has those things.

They also have a staff who seem to really enjoy coming to work. They are super helpful with restaurant tips (getting reservations at the nice eateries,especially on weekends, is a must and the staff has great recommendations). The front desk team also helped us locate the off the beaten pubs our Dublin friends recommended. And the staff are above all just plain fun to chat with...

Cork isn't a tourist town, which in many ways it what makes visiting here a must. It's the real Ireland. It's a big working class town peppered with university students. Go to the pubs that AREN'T in the guide books....there are oodles of them on Oliver Plunkett Street. The local pub regulars are friendly and fun to chat with.

If you are driving, you should note that Western Road is one way east to west. If you are coming from the center city you'll want to look for Washington Street which changes names to Western just before the hotel entrance. Parking is free; you'll turn into the hotel from a small bridge over the river and follow the small street to the left. Once in the parking garage park in the clearly labelled section for the hotel. When you leave, the hotel will validate the parking ticket.

The River Lee is a great hotel in a really interesting city.

Room tip: The rooms on the south side have excellent river views.
Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Dear uv_big_cities,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent stay with us at The River Lee.

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, our team are committed to going the extra mile for our guests; we enjoy being part of our guests’ experiences and know that our ability to offer a professional, bespoke and personalised service consistently will ultimately allow us to differentiate ourselves from the rest.

I hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to The River Lee again.

Kind regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We enjoyed a lovely night here overlooking the river. The room was very comfortable. The hotel itself is in a great location for walking to the shops or UCC.
It was making some renovations so we did not eat there but look forward to a return visit.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Dear PeigRos,

Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic experience at The River Lee with others, we greatly appreciate you choosing us.
It was our absolute pleasure to have you with us as our guest and your kind words mean the world.
At The River Lee we are indeed embarking on an exciting renovation of our ground floor food and beverage outlets. Work started in March with a completion date of July 2018. The development is planned on a phased basis to ensure the minimum disturbance to our guests. We are providing alternative dining spaces in the Hotel for our guests throughout each stage.
I hope we will always be your number one choice when in town and I look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Kind regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Only stayed for a few nights but it was still great! Breakfast at the hotel restaurant was good as well and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The rooms came fully stocked with drinks and snacks which was a nice touch! Would definitely stay again!

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear mzuccaro44,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review The River Lee, and for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Cork. I am absolutely delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay so thoroughly.

We would be honored to welcome you back to The River Lee again very soon.

Kind regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

The best hotel in Cork, always trying to get it while i am in Cork. Good Irish breakfasts, always clean room, great location - 10 min to city center. The staff is always nice. The GYM and swimming pool are good,

Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Dear toolkas,

What a truly fantastic review of our hotel and staff. We are thrilled to hear that you had an great stay with us, we simply could not ask for better feedback. It truly was a pleasure having you with us as our guests again and thank you for sharing your experience with others, I do appreciate the time you spared to do so.
Thank you for your recommendation, it means the world to my team and I and we look forward to welcoming you back again!

Kind regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Just back from a wonderful two night stay at the River Lee. We had a lovely room overlooking the river with the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in a hotel. The room and bathroom were spacious with everything would you would need. I loved that there was a choice of herbal teas in tea tray as I prefer these to normal tea. The hotel itself is so relaxing and the decor is lovely with plenty of places to relax and watch the world go by from the wonderful glass fronted rooms.

The restaurant and bar were undergoing renovations while we were there but they had a lovely temporary bar in the lobby and the restaurant was serving the bar food. We had dinner on one night in the restaurant and it was beautiful. I had the Halloumi Courgette & Leek Cakes which were divine and my mother had the Lamb Massaman Curry which she said was full or flavour and the lamb was so tender.

What makes the hotel are the staff. I cannot say enough good things about them, they are all so welcoming, friendly and really makes your stay all the more enjoyable. They are a credit the the hotel and the Doyle Collection.

I canot wait for my next visit to the hotel.

Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Dear QuinEm,

What a truly fantastic review of our hotel and staff. We are thrilled to hear that you had an great stay with us, we simply could not ask for better feedback. The Lamb Massaman Curry is indeed on of our favourites too!.
It truly was a pleasure having you with us as our guests again and thank you for sharing your experience with others, I do appreciate the time you spared to do so.

Thank you for your recommendation, it means the world to my team and I and we look forward to welcoming you back again!

Warm regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager

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