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Welcome to Imperial Hotel Cork Ireland

The location of the 4 star Imperial Hotel in Cork Ireland is  perfect; right on the doorstep of Cork's shopping and commercial district; making it the perfect retreat to explore the culinary and cultural hidden gems in Cork.

We are delighted to offer our US guests a 10% discount on best available rates.  

Steeped in history Cork city is the second largest city in Ireland and is known as “the real capital”. The compact city centre is set on an island in 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.

Hotel Facilities:

  • Built in 1813, The Imperial Hotel is Cork’s original hotel, making this 200+ year hotel one of Cork’s most iconic buildings.
  • The hotel boasts 125 guest rooms and has recently completed a 45 guestroom refurbishment.  
  • Our Rooftop Penthouse offers one of the most beautiful views in all of Cork.
  • 95% of guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioning units.  
  • All guest rooms contain a Nespresso machine and Orla Kiely restroom products.
  • The Pembroke Restaurant is a top Cork favourite, sure to delight your palate. The restaurant serves superb contemporary Irish cuisine in an elegant and sophisticated dining environment and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Seventy Six on The Mall, the hotel's vibrant bar specialises in Cocktails, Champagne, Gin and Whiskey. Here guests mingle with many local Corkonians and guests alike. Enjoy a vast array of beverages and live musical performances takes places at weekends.
  • Our lavish Café, Lafayettes Brasserie, which serves premium coffee, tea, sweet treats and lunch in a beautifully ornate surrounding.
  • The 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.


The Imperial Hotel in Cork is situated at the epicentre of both Irelands Ancient East and The Wild Atlantic Way

How to get here


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

Sea: 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.

Local Attractions

Cultural attractions lie only a short distance from the hotels location in Cork City Centre.

Some of Cork's main attractions include: 

  • Cork Butter Museum
  • The English Market
  • Shopping in Cork
  • Visit the nearby town of Kinsale
  • Blarney Castle
  • Fota Wildlife Park
  • Blackrock Castle
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Jameson Distillery
  • Wild Atlantic Way 2,500 km coastline
Irelands Ancient East
Wild Atlantic Way
Festivals and Entertainment

Cork Opera House: hosts a variety of comedians, plays, music, dance and pantomime during the year.  A great night out just minutes walk from the Imperial Hotel.

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: Cork is home to Irelands biggest Jazz Festival, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival kicks off each year at the end of October. 

Live at the Marquee: is an annual event which runs throughout the summer in Cork. There is usually a fantastic line up acts including national and international artists.

Cork Midsummer festival: is an annual city wide summer celebration of contemporary arts and culture, combining local, national and international artists.

Cork International Choral Festival: Over 5000 singers and choir members gather in Cork each year to compete and perform in this prestigious international music celebration, offeringmusical highlights and perfect pitches.