Cobh unrated Hotels
A farmers market is held on the seafront every Friday from 10am to 1pm.
The friendly owner of this historical house (an old shipping agent’s) provides good value beyond the reasonable price. Lavish it ain’t, but the rooms are big and sunny and the many yachting pictures go with those harbour views.
Knockeven is a splendid, relaxed Victorian house with huge bedrooms done out with period furniture and overlooking a magnificent garden full of magnolias and camellias.
You’ll receive a warm welcome at this beautiful Victorian house perched on a hill overlooking the harbour. It has just four guest rooms, all of them enormous with high ceilings and a refreshingly white decor.
Near the train station are a handful of basic but clean B&Bs, including Tara House.
Near the top of busy Summer Hill is this gay and lesbian B&B tucked away on a quiet terrace. The accommodation, in a Georgian house retaining many original features, is comfortably elegant, and host Cyril is a mine of information on the area.
This place is reminiscent of a bohemian student share house, rather than your average hostel. Its 20 beds are set up in a sunflower-yellow terrace house on the southern edge of the city centre.
There's a warm family welcome at this neat B&B, which has smallish but well-kept rooms brightened by window boxes. Try to bag one of the back rooms, which have sweeping views over the city.
You can’t get better value for such a central location than this 1810 hotel; it’s popular with large groups.
The atmospheric Ashley Hotel is snuggled in a convenient corner of the city one block from MacCurtain St...
Above Café Paradiso, their feted gourmet vegetarian restaurant, owners Bridget and Denis have opened three spacious, super-hip rooms decorated in artsy Pacifica-meets-West Cork style for the ultimate in contemporary B&B comfort.
Cork International Hostel
Housed in an attractive, Victorian red-brick building near the university, this 98-bed An Óige hostel has bright dorms and cheerful staff, who do a great job coping with the constant stream of guests.
Musical instruments dominate the common rooms of this self-described ‘funky’ B&B with genial owners.
It's top-to- bottom grandeur at family-run Perryville, whether you're pulling up outside its imposing wrought-iron-clad facade or taking afternoon tea in the drawing room.
Old Bank House
Georgian elegance and style give a timeless quality to this top-of-the-range 18-room hotel. Beautiful objets d'art and paintings grace the walls, and the luxurious public rooms add a country-house ambience.
Blue Haven Hotel & Restaurant
Boutique hotel with 17 posh rooms and good public spaces and bar. Has the same owners as Old Bank House.
In the heart of town, this stylish inn has 10 large, modern rooms attached that are the height of comfort – not quite presidential, but fit for a cabinet secretary.
The Old Presbytery has gracefully moved into the 21st century with a careful refurbishment that maintains its character without pushing it into the 'batty old dowager' category. The timeless pine furniture contrasts with the refitted bathrooms.
Fine old house with a cosy, old-fashioned interior and landlord Jimmie is an absolute star.
Little touches make the difference at this delightful B&B near Desmond Castle. Inside the vermilion walls, chocolates await your arrival, and the orthopaedic mattresses are so comfy that only the creative breakfasts will tempt you out of bed.
This superb guesthouse, set back from the road in a sheltered garden, is a lovely place to rest your head. Pristine rooms, decorated with shell-and-driftwood sculptures, and have black-granite bathrooms with power showers and underfloor heating.
A guestbook full of praise attests to the bliss to be had here, from the decanter of sherry waiting in reception to warm squishy rooms.
You’ll feel like an admiral at this good-value B&B near the centre and slightly up the hill from the harbour. The six rooms have a certain 1970s charm and are decorated with prints of old sailing ships, many with poop decks.
There's a relaxed elegance about this Georgian town house; the four rooms have period pieces but not the fussiness that often accompanies them. The large dining room is so nice for breakfast you might want to stay for lunch.