The River Lee Hotel
Luxury urban chic and sophistication in the heart of Cork city
Set on a picturesque bend in the river, just a short walk from Cork city centre, The River Lee hotel occupies a unique position in this charming historic city. Ireland’s ‘second city’ is a lively cultural hub with an opera house, independent art galleries, museums and theatres, vibrant nightlife and a growing craft beer scene and hosts several festivals throughout the year – notably culinary, music and film.
Additionally, it boasts a thriving foodie scene centred on the famous English Market and is ideally placed for visits to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, the historic fishing town of Kinsale and the rest of Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful southern coastline.
The River Lee hotel is one of Cork’s leading business and social destinations. All aspects of Cork local life are played out here, from business events and family celebrations to glamorous get-togethers in the hotel’s highly popular The River Club Bar, Terrace & The Grill Room, the perfect place to eat, drink and be social. Resident guests also have complimentary access to the hotel’s in-house health and fitness club with a 20m swimming pool.
- Some of our favourite locations in the city are all within walking distance of the hotel. University College Cork, just a few minutes stroll from the hotel, is a sprawling campus steeped in history and gothic-style architecture. Keep your eyes peeled for The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, which reveals itself behind a canopy of trees, before walking through the main campus and onward to Fitzgerald’s Park. This 12-acre plot includes a pond, sculpture trail, bandstand and café. Be sure to stop off at Lea’s in The Glucksman for some delicious nibbles too.
- Nano Nagle Place is a fifteen-minute stroll from the hotel, and on your journey there, you’ll pass the city’s iconic St Finbarr’s Cathedral, and many of the winding estuaries of the River Lee. Nano Nagle Place is a beautiful spot to visit with a biodiverse garden oasis, a sustainable gift shop and fascinating museum that pays homage to the female education pioneer, Nano Nagle.
- A trip to Cork isn’t complete without a visit to some of their amazing independent boutiques and stores for some retail therapy. Some of our must-visit favourites include Samui and Olori.