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Cork Hotels

I will be spending a few days in Cork in October. Does anyone have a hotel recommendation? I prefer a central city location so I can walk to a few places.

Any suggestions about what not to miss? I plan to visit the English Market, the Cathedral along with St. Finnbarr South.

Are there any abbey ruins in Cork or nearby that I should not miss?

Thank you.

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In 2018 I stayed at and enjoyed the Montenotte Hotel. But it’s not particularly central, being up a hill. You might be interested in the Shannon Bells & Tower at St. Anne’s Church. It has great views of Cork, plus it’s fun to play the bells.

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I'm planning on being in Cork the last week of September. I got a cut rate room at the Station View Tavern. Cut rate that week means about $100 a night for a twin room. It's probably fairly basic but the entire area around there is really expensive right now (by my standards) with all the Irish "Staycationers" who are doing their holidays on the island this year. Kinsale was not do-able for me, but Cork might be better anyway because it's a good jumping off point. From Cork we will go down to Kinsale and to Cobh (Queenstown) where so many emigrants set sail. This is the one corner of Ireland that I have never explored.

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Thank you for the responses. Yes, the hotel rates are a bit higher that I expected in Cork. I think there must be an event going on as the room rates are a bit higher for the 3 days I will be there in October. I will check on the suggestions you both gave me.

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In the meantime due to a change in plans I had to move my Cork visit four days forward and this necessitated a change in lodging because the previous place did not have any twin rooms. I'm now staying at a place called Shandon Bells Guest House which is about 1.5 miles west of the center of town, near the university. It looks quite nice, has a back garden on the river. I'm paying $94 a night. We also added several days in the coastal town of Youghal, east of Cork near the County Waterford line.