By Paris Donnatella Callan
Often referred to as 'Rebel County' for its long and distinguished history of defiance in the face of adversity, Cork is a key to Ireland's ancient past. The county could be considered a forest in full bloom when it comes to heritage sites and points of interest, being home to the Blarney Stone, Fota Wildlife Park, and Spike Island.
Cork's culinary prowess and vibrant culture capture the attention of many native travellers who favour the county for its dramatic coastlines, painted towns and winding streets of artisanal shops and independent businesses. For those planning a trip to the 'Rebel County' these are the top five hotels in Cork.
Clonakilty Park Hotel | the three-star family break
West Cork's offers a warm welcome and stylish surroundings that will make you feel like you've found your 'home away from home'.
Family takes precedent here, with interconnecting rooms, multi-room suites and self-catering apartments available. Impressive family facilities which include an on-site adventure centre, cinema, and teen zone, earn it the title of one of the top five hotels in Cork.
The Address Hotel | the stylish and sophisticated stay
Newly refurbished, is a tempting slice of Cork heritage with modern comforts. With the city on its doorstep, guests should embrace all the sights and sounds of this buzzing city by day, and in the evening return to the Address Hotel for hospitality unrivalled.
Alfresco dining surrounded by Victorian red-brick grandeur is charmingly juxtaposed by contemporary finishes. McGettigans Cookhouse is its culinary badge of honour — booking is advised. With style and sophistication at every turn, this is one of the top hotels in Cork.
The Montenotte Hotel | the boutique experience
For those who prefer a boutique experience, I would suggest . Spend your day exploring all Cork has to offer before retreating to this boutique hotel for a film in its in-house cinema, a cocktail from its rooftop bar or a treatment in its Bellevue Spa.
With stunning views over Cork, this may just be one of the city's best-kept secrets, and without a doubt, one of the top five hotels in Cork.
The River Lee Hotel | the cosmopolitan city escape
Cork City is a cultural hub that is yours for the taking when staying at , one of the top five hotels in Cork.
Explore key sights such as St. Finbar's Cathedral and the Beamish Brewery, which sit on its doorstep before retreating to the River Lee Hotel for a soak in its spa pool or to read a book in its library. The River Club and Cocktail Bar offer waterside dining with an effortless air of New York-cool.
Fota Island Resort | the five-star luxury resort
Situated on the outskirts of Cork City is . Set against the backdrop of wild rugged landscapes and manicured lawns, this resort exceeds all expectations with an endless offering of activities, making it one of the top five hotels in Cork.
Test your drive on its PGA professional golf course or rest in the lap of luxury in its award-winning spa. Feel an adrenaline rush with combat archery or embrace local cuisine in its fine dining restaurant. Needless to say, you will be spoiled for choice at Fota Island Resort.