Cork, County Cork, Ireland
The 182-room River Lee is one of the top luxury hotels in Cork, and is part of the upscale Doyle Collection mini-chain. Contemporary, understated decor, a restaurant and bar that are among the city's best, a small trendy spa, and an impressive fitness center and indoor pool (run by an outside company) define the experience. Though some may find the style of the hotel a bit generic, extras such as warm towels at check-in and heated floors in the bathrooms put this a cut above a typical four-pearl property. The location is just outside the city center, but within walking distance of both the English Market and the shopping hub of St. Patrick's Street.