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Hayfield Manor Hotel 4.5

Cork, County Cork, Ireland

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  • Some rates don't include breakfast
  • Some rooms may show very minor signs of wear
  • Some rooms have views of rooftops rather than the gardens

Bottom Line

One of Ireland's most acclaimed properties, this family-run, 88-room boutique hotel in Cork City pulls out all the stops for an authentic Irish experience. The hotel is set on two acres of manicured gardens, in a Georgian-style manor house with elegant, traditional decor, and has an impressive array of features, including two popular restaurants, a lively bar, and a spa with heated indoor pool. Guests can also expect warm Irish hospitality, exemplified in perks like a golf putter in every room and a special milk-and-cookies turndown service for kids. Charming rooms include upscale amenities like iPod docks, orthopedic beds, Nespresso machines, and Elemis bath products. Rates are reflective of the level of luxury; this is definitely Cork's top hotel.

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Scene

A boutique hotel in the style of a historical manor house, with thoughtful, quirky touches

Hayfield Manor trades on the look and feel of an historic manor house, from the winding front drive to the manicured gardens, from the white-gloved doormen to the Chesterfield sofas and ornate drapes. The entire property is well-maintained, the restaurant menus kept interesting, and the warm, homey atmosphere magnified with thoughtful and personal touches like golf putters in bedrooms, milk-and-cookies turndown for kids, an aviary in the garden, whiskey tastings in the bar, and more. Its location in Cork City means that the restaurants and bar are lively spots for locals as well as guests, and celebrities and dignitaries have been known to make appearances.

Location

Residential hideaway in the city, walking distance to major sights

Adjacent to University College Cork, a 10-minute walk from Cork's city center, Hayfield Manor is a calm, greenery-filled haven in the midst of the city. The immediate neighborhood is pleasantly residential, but the city's sights, including the English Market and St. Finbarr's Cathedral, are all walkable. Outside the city, Blarney Castle is a 15-minute drive away and the Old Midleton Distillery and the historic seaside town of Cobh are each a 30-minute drive away.

Rooms

Elegant classic decor, comfortable beds, and modern amenities

Rooms have a historic manor house look, and though they vary, they share decor elements such as white and dark woods in an antique style, rich fabrics, and neutral colors. Conveniences are thoroughly modern, and include iPod docks, coffee/tea facilities (in some, Nespresso machines), exceptionally comfortable orthopedic beds, and free Wi-Fi. Quirky touches like a golf putter and practice ball in each room liven up the traditional feel. The marble bathrooms are big and well-maintained, and have Elemis toiletries, heated towel racks, robes, and slippers. Most rooms have nice views of the gardens, and they're spacious -- the smallest category starts at 300 square feet. Some of the suites have working fireplaces.

Features

More features than the average city hotel

Even though city hotels can sometimes be lacking in property features, Hayfield Manor goes out of its way to make sure guests have everything they need. The full-service salon Beautique Spa, has a steam room, sauna, heated indoor pool, outdoor whirlpool, and 24-hour fitness center. The two restaurants –- the fine-dining Orchids Restaurant and the more casual Perrotts Garden Bistro –- serve Irish cuisine for dinner, Sunday lunch, and a jazz brunch; afternoon tea can be taken in the garden, lobby, or Drawing Room. Children are treated like special guests, and the hotel has an aviary and rabbit kennel in the gardens, adding an extra touch of personality.

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Address

Perrott Avenue, College Road, Cork, Ireland

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