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Ambassador Hotel Cork 4.0

Cork, County Cork, Ireland

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  • Spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs and tasteful, colorful decor
  • Some rooms have balconies and great city views
  • Lovely restaurant and bar serving locally sourced ingredients
  • Fully equipped fitness center complete with a sauna
  • Family Rooms feature two doubles and a twin
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking


  • Atop a steep hill a 15-minute walk to the city center
  • A few rooms are two elevator rides away

Bottom Line

A former military hospital, the Ambassador is now an upscale historic boutique. Its 70 spacious rooms all feature colorful decor, high ceilings, king beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Some have balconies offering expansive city views. Property highlights include a beautiful restaurant with a homey feel, and a fitness center complete with a sauna. The location atop a hill allows for panoramic views -- but guests will have to drive to the city center or take a 20-minute uphill walk on their way back.

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A historic boutique that has managed to keep its old-world charm

First built as a military hospital, this impressive red-brick building now houses an upscale boutique hotel. Despite a series of renovations -- the last extensive one was in 2013 -- the property has managed to retain its Victorian charm. Wide hallways and high ceilings are just a couple of the original 19th-century details that still remain, and decor in the common spaces evokes a bygone era. The lobby is a large space with yellow-striped wallpaper, classic red and blue carpets, and cozy sitting areas with comfy armchairs and couches. This style extends to the rest of the hotel, but most rooms also incorporate more modern touches, such as vibrant pops of color and up-to-date technologies.


Atop a steep hill a 15-minute walk from most attractions

Ambassador Hotel is located in St Luke’s, a quiet residential neighborhood situated atop a hill above Cork City. This locale allows for fantastic views of the city and the surrounding area -- but guests looking to walk to the city center may want to note that the way back to the hotel can take up to 20 minutes. Collins Barracks, complete with a military museum, is a 10-minute walk away. Other attractions, including the English Market, the Shandon Bells Tower, and Crawford Gallery are all less than a 5-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride from the hotel. Fota Wildlife Park is a 15-minute drive away. There is a bus stop right outside the property.


Spacious and bright, with colorful decor and modern amenities

The hotel offers a variety of room types, from the Classic Room with a king bed to Superior Family Rooms equipped with two doubles and a twin. They’re all spacious and bright, with an attractive mix of classic decor and contemporary pops of color; up-to-date technologies such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi; and high ceilings with crown moldings. Some rooms feature balconies with expansive city views. Bathrooms have a decidedly classic style, with white and dark green or maroon tiles, and tubs.


A lovely restaurant and a fitness center

The hotel features a large fitness center with natural light, a sauna, and an array of machines, free weights, and Pilates balls. The highlight, however, is probably the lovely McGettigans Cookhouse and Bar. It features charming, homey decor and a solid menu made using locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s walls are covered in bookshelves bursting with leather-bound books, which adds a homey feel to the space. The furniture evokes a private living room, with comfy sofas and armchairs, wooden floors, and large windows.

Free Wi-Fi, and free on-site parking are available.

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