Why Stay Here?
- Contemporary luxury and traditional elegance.
- Great location and views of Cork City.
- Perfect for weddings and conferences.
The location of Cork's Ambassador Hotel is particularly attractive. Arriving by car you find ample free parking in the grounds outside the impressive building which has been beautifully refurbished. The hotel is also just minutes walking distance from Cork's Kent train station, Airport Bus and the City Bus terminal. First impressions are very good, as the traditional red stone Victorian exterior, which dates back to 1872, is complimented with a contemporary outside seating and dining area, and is stunningly lit-up after dark. First and second floor central bedrooms enjoy individual balconies and the hotel's exterior has a majestic appearance while stepping into the bright open reception area is a truly modern experience.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL
There are 70 bedrooms and suites, including the beautiful Bridal Suite, and all have been refurbished to a very high standard. I love the soft grey tones included in the decor throughout the hotel, and the wide corridors and high ceilings are a pleasant change from the space restricted design of many modern hotels. I enjoyed one of these balcony bedrooms which looked out over the city and by night gave a seriously impressive view. A lovely spot to enjoy a digestive!
Besides the spaciousness and lovely decor, the bedroom had all the luxury you would want, including robe and slippers; deluxe bed linen; great lighting; flat screen TV, bottled water, Coffee & Tea facilities and even a copy of the dinner menu, so you can plan ahead for your meal. There is also super fast WiFi - which is free and available throughout the whole hotel.
McGETTIGANS COOKHOUSE AND BAR
Just to the left of reception, sits McGettigans Cookhouse and Bar where all the food is served in a relaxed yet classy atmosphere. It is a long slim room with the original pitch-pine floor boards exposed and tables of various sizes are generally positioned along either side - one with windows and the other with bookshelves, and an open kitchen in the middle. At the far end of the room is the bar which includes shelves of colourful bottles and an extensive Cocktail Menu. This includes all the classics, plus plenty of new and exciting cocktails that their mixologist has developed. Incidentally, the cocktails are very well priced and expertly made.
And so to the food. McGettigans offer popular items from the Grill - including their 28 day dry aged Irish Beef; a selection of burgers, including a vegetarian option and a good choice of starters and main courses. There are also sharing plates, sides and monthly specials. All food is locally and seasonally sourced and fish is taken seriously, so I opted for the special of Seared Monkfish and Scallops with red pepper compote and tempura tender stems. The monkfish was moist and juicy, as were the scallops and the tempura of tender stems was a gorgeous foil for this dish. My chosen starter was the Ardsallagh Goat's Cheese Crostiini which came on a bed of leaves with olives and more of that delicious red pepper compote. Portions were generous, and while I toyed with the dessert options - Warm Chocolate Brownie; Sticky Toffee pudding; Lemongrass & Ginger Creme Brulee; Cheeses or Pavlova - I decided that the two courses were sufficient.
Breakfast the next morning was also served in McGettigans, and I was delighted to see that all the hot food items were cooked to order from the open kitchen. Portions again were very generous - I noticed a delighted guest at a nearby table taking photos of his breakfast and telling his server that he was going to show his friends what a great breakfast he was having! My scrambled eggs were soft and lovely - no microwaves used in the making of them, that is for sure! Also great to see none of the dreaded 'Bain Maries' and all the rashers, sausages etc were hot and freshly cooked. The buffet also had a good selection of meats including Serrano Ham and Chorizo, fresh cheeses, fruit and yoghurt, juices and pastries and some particularly good brown bread.
Food is obviously an important part of the Ambassador Hotel experience at McGettigans and it is easy to see why it is popular for locals as well as hotel guests. The menus strike a very good balance between quality and value and with the new wine and cocktail lists, it is only going to get better. We can only hope that the weather will too, so that the outside area at the front of this impressive hotel can be enjoyed on many a day and evening to come.
Highly recommended by Hotel Reviews Ireland.