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The Imperial Hotel

76 South Mall, Cork T12 A2YT Ireland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 11/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 11/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#6 of 35 hotels in Cork
Travellers' Choice
Located in the very heart of the city the Imperial Hotel is the most central hotel in Cork. It is in the heart of Cork’s new pedestrianised area and in the main shopping district, restaurants and nightlife. The "Grande Dame" of Cork ambience exudes a historical elegance with contemporary touches and boasts luxurious air conditioned rooms and the tranquil Escape Spa, an oasis of calm in the city centre. The bedrooms styles are elegant featuring state of the art smart TVs, free WiFi, Business Safe, Espresso machines and the Irish brand "Field Day" toiletries. In the Thyme at Seventy Six Restaurant, a high standard of Irish cuisine is created each evening using fresh fish, meat and vegetables from the local English Market. Guests can enjoy a coffee or light lunch in Lafayette's Cafe. Quirky, smart, Rus in Urbe, serving contemporary local food for breakfast and lunch, Sketch transforms into a vibrant cocktail bar serving sharing platters every evening. 'The lunch is served in Sketch daily with a contemporary food . At the award winning Escape spa, guests can indulge in treatments including an aqua body polish, signature facials and Aveda or Voya massages. Car parking is available for an additional fee in a private car park located a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Children's television networks
Taxi service
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Highchairs available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Polish
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Blanaid B wrote a review Today
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We stayed in the Imperial Hotel for 2 nights what an amazing hotel 5 Star service and all the staff so friendly and so helpful and welcoming. Thank you Angel, Christine, Graham, Siofa all the staff in the Spa and at reception restaurant and coffee shop. The food in the restaurant just delicious and in the coffee shop also , the hotel is just beautiful and our room was spotless and so comfortable it's in a brilliant location beside all the shops bars and restaurants I highly recommend the Imperial for a stay best hotel I have ever stayed in and it's because of all the staff who genuinely enjoy working in the hotel and it shows. We will be back again soon and will stay longer thank you all for an amazing relaxing stay Blanaid Danielle and Deirdre 😊
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Cian C wrote a review 24 Jan
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Hotel was very impressive with great service helpful staff and great location would recommend to anyone the rooms are immaculate with great wifi throughout the hotel and very nice food and drink in the restaurant
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Hilliard wrote a review 22 Jan
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution2 helpful votes
We had a lovely time in the Imperial Hotel in Cork. The only problem was we could have done with a walk in shower as a bathtub was a bit of problem for my wife. I have been in the Imperial Hotel on many times because the location is great
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
lukey31 wrote a review 20 Jan
London, United Kingdom16 contributions8 helpful votes
We were looking for a city centre location, what we got was a home away from home. From the moment we stepped in the door Geraldine welcomed us. Warm and friendly. James made us feel at home and at ease straight away as if we were regulars returning instead of first timers! That’s such a special feeling and one which really is appreciated. Emma in Sketch was lovely and took great care of us. Hotel and the room itself was bright and clean and modern. We met friends in Sketch for drinks and dinner. The drinks like the food and it’s presentation were modern and tasty. It’s not the place for traditional sit down 3 course meal. Sketch vibe was relaxed and enjoyable, very different to the previous reincarnations of the restaurants there. Not stuffy copying anything else but a destination in its own right. Definitely a place to return to on night out.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ANTHONY QUINN wrote a review 18 Jan
17 contributions34 helpful votes
The minute I stepped foot in the door of the hotel I was greeted by reception and checked in with no delay. The service in the Thyme, Sketch and Lafayettes was incredible through out my stay and I was treated like a member of the family. The food was amazing !! The room I stayed in was absolutely amazing it was a suite, I really enjoyed my experience and will be back definitely. Thank you to all the amazing team for your service
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
2 Helpful votes
Response from Bastien Peyraud, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear ANTHONY QUINN V Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a fantastic review of the Imperial Hotel. The Imperial Family take huge pride in providing the best and friendliest service possible so will be delighted to hear they succeeded in making you feel part of the family! Our Executive Head Chef will be very happy to hear you enjoyed our amazing, locally sourced food. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Best Regards Bastien
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US$143 - US$249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Imperial Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Imperial Hotel?
Nearby attractions include No Escape (0.5 km), Ceili by the Lee (0.2 km), and Nano Nagle Place (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Imperial Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Imperial Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The Imperial Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Imperial Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Imperial Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse, Strasbourg Goose Restaurant, and Koto.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Imperial Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is The Imperial Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Cork.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Imperial Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Imperial Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Imperial Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Polish.