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Welcoming UK Visitors to Cork City, Ireland

 Choose Cork City for your City Break in Ireland


The location of the 4 Star Imperial Hotel in Cork City is ideal for a fun packed city break in one of Ireland’s top cities. Our 4 star hotel can be found in the heart of Cork City and right on the doorstep of the best of Cork City whether you are looking for shops, bars or top attractions to explore. 

Steeped in history, Cork City is the second largest city in Ireland and is known as 'The Real Capital'. The compact city centre in Cork is set on an island on the River Lee surrounded by interesting waterways and modern buildings. At every corner you’ll come across a panoramic view, an interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums in Ireland. The Imperial Hotel in Cork is situated at the epicentre of both Irelands Ancient East and The Wild Atlantic Way making our boutique hotel an ideal hotel base to explore the best sights and attractions Ireland has to offer.


The Imperial Hotel Cork

Built in 1813, The Imperial Hotel is Cork’s original hotel, making this 200+ year hotel one of Cork’s most iconic buildings.

Guests can choose from our Classic or Deluxe hotel rooms or even opt for one of our luxury hotel suites for a very special occasion. Our luxury Cork City hotel also offers a two bedroom Penthouse suite which offers incredible panoramic views of Cork City. 

Our hotel also offers incredible dining options so you can choose to dine at our popular Sketch Restaurant, enjoy a cocktail at Sketch or opt for afternoon tea at Lafayette's.

 Relax and unwind during your stay with us thanks to our award winning Escape Spa. Our dedicated urban retreat is a sanctuary from the stresses of the world with each corner of the spa designed to soothe the senses. When it comes to spa hotels in Cork, we use only the finest quality products and offer a vast selection of VOYA and AVEDA treatments.


All rooms include:

Complimentary Wi-Fi
Complimentary Mineral Water
Individually controlled air-conditioning
Interactive Smart Television (Compatible to cast your own Disney+ or Netflix)
Capsule Coffee Machines
Iron & Ironing Board
24hr Room Service
Luxury Bathroom Amenities
Laundry Service
Personal Safe

Rooms and Suites

How to get here

The Imperial Hotel, Cork's most centrally located hotel, is located in the pedestrianised zone in the heart of Cork City.

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Cork International Airport:  The Imperial Hotel is just a 10 minute drive from Cork International Airport

You can take a bus to the city centre or rent a car in the arrivals hall 

Dublin International Airport:  The Imperial Hotel is just a 2hour and 30 minute drive from Dublin International Airport.

You can take a bus to the city centre or rent a car in the arrivals hall

Shannon International Airport: Shannon International Airport is just a 1hour and 50 minute drive from the Imperial Hotel

You can take a bus to Cork City centre or rent a car in the arrivals hall


Travel by ferry from the UK to Rosslare or Dublin

Rosslare Port is a 2hour and 45 minute drive from Cork City Centre

Dublin Port is a 2 hour 30 minute drive from Cork City Centre


Kent Station is an Iarnród Éireann railway station in Cork. 

Located approx 15 min walk from the Imperial Hotel and a 5 min drive.


Ways to get here


We understand there is no one size fits all so we cater for every requirement. From light bites and cocktails, to dinners and afternoon teas, or even a private special event – we have everything covered. Our dedicated team of chefs can also cater for any dietary requirements you may have making The Imperial Hotel perfect for all occasions.


An urban retreat where relaxation and rejuvenation take centre stage.

A sanctuary from the stresses of the world with each corner designed to soothe your senses. Ultimately, Escape Spa is perfect for a spa break, girlie weekend, couples retreat or simply treating yourself to some much deserved ‘me time’.

Offers & Deals and Spa Treatments to suit every need.

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