24 Hours in Cork: The Boutique Hotel To Visit

Heading to Cork city? Make THE MONTENOTTE HOTEL your base …

View from the Panorama Bistro terrace at the Montenotte Hotel.

STAY: Perched on one of Cork city’s many winding hills, a steep ascent leads you up to The Montenotte Hotel on Middle Glanmire Road. With uninterrupted views over the city and the river Lee, you’re promised breakfast, dinner and drinks with a view in The Panorama Bistro and adjoining covered terrace. The boutique hotel also boasts an in-house cinema which shows films at 9pm nightly as part of the Cameo Cinema Club, and a beautiful sunken Victorian garden – The Montenotte Hotel was once home to merchant princes of Cork, and the gardens used during their time were recently rediscovered and restored for guests to enjoy. The unique nature of The Montenotte Hotel is something to be enjoyed. It’s playful in its interior, with paint-splattered china dog statues, old car parts transformed into seats and marquee signs in the lobby and restaurant. If you want to splash out, an upgrade to a suite will not disappoint. The hotel offers the perfect escape within the city. www.montenottehotel.com.

PAMPER: The newly opened Bellevue Spa and Style Suite at the Montenotte Hotel is a must visit if you’re staying in the hotel, though it is open to outside guests too. Book in for an OPI manicure or have your hair blowdried in the Style Suite before dinner and drinks. Or start your day off the right way with a luxurious facial or massage using the Dermaviduals range, exclusive to the Bellevue Spa in Ireland. A unique spa range has been specially created using natural ingredients such as peat and Carrageen moss, and is all made in Ireland. The Bellevue Botanicals range was designed by Peigín Crowley who also created the spa range at the Well in the Garden Spa at Cliff at Lyons, one of our favourite retreats.

 

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EAT: If you want to explore the city, we’d head for chef Takashi Miyazaki’s restaurant ichigo ichie at No 5 Fenns Quay, Sheares Street. Miyazaki has recently been awarded a Michelin star for his Japanese multi-course tasting menu prepared “kappou” style with the chef working in view of the diners, interacting with guests to explain the different courses. Though if you don’t fancy leaving the hotel, the Panorama Bistro offers dinner daily, with the menu focusing on local delicacies and suppliers. The atmosphere was buzzy on the Thursday evening we spent there.

DRINK: Freshly foraged ingredients and local, artisan suppliers make Cask’s cocktails something special. Every twelve weeks the cocktail menu changes to reflect the season. Currently on offer are the ‘Haunted’ featuring honeysuckle Absolut, Aperol, citronella geranium, sea buckthorn, soda and prosecco, and the ‘I Will Ya’ which includes Roe & Co, butter, Zacapa 23, roasted parsnip, Killahora apple port, maple and aromatic bitters. Add to that a stylish venue on the central MacCurtain Street, and the fact that head bartender Carl D’Alton has just been ranked third best bartender in Europe and twelfth in the world, and it makes the perfect location for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Cask, 48 MacCurtain Street.

SHOP: It wouldn’t be a city break without some shopping and we recommend heading for two of our favourite boutiques, Samui and Olori. Clodagh Shorten’s edit at Samui (17 Drawbridge Street) includes brands such as Dries Van Noten, Marni and Roland Mouret. While Olori (131 Oliver Plunkett Street) stocks Scandinavian brands such as Filippa K and ATP Atelier and the Japanese-inspired Studio Nicholson. Both boutiques are gorgeous spaces you’ll find yourself wanting to stay in far too long – and wanting to spend far too much.

Síomha Connolly

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