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Review : Radisson Hotel & Spa, Cork September 12, 2006

Posted by Rambling Man in Hotel & Restaurant reviews.

Having recently brought the heavily pregnant wife for a relaxing weekend away, I thought the hotel where we stayed – the Radisson SAS Hotel and Spa, Little Island Cork – well worth a mention here.

Little Island is just to the east of Cork city and is about 10 minutes by car from the centre of town. The hotel and spa, although situated close to the main road and in the middle of an industrial estate business park, could not be more pleasant. I had previously stayed here on business earlier in the year and having loved the spa and pool facilities, decided to bring the missus back for an well earned few days of R&R.

The hotel itself is an older town house type building attached onto quite a modern but not so aesthetically pleasing structure. The Georgian building which looks lovely both outside and in, is used for the hotel’s conference facilities and having been there before, I can assert that these are great too. Last time I was a guest, there was a strong smell of chlorine in the lobby that hit you as soon as you walked in the door. This time however, they appear to have sorted that problem out.

Having checked-in, in under 5 minutes we took the elevator to our room – there are only two floors so the corridors are quite long. They are however very modern and tastefully decorated with canvas prints of beautiful non-plastic Paddy Irish scenes adorning the walls with bright red and blue carpets and colours – honestly, it looks much better than in sounds.

The room itself was great – slightly larger than your average double hotel room with a good en suite bathroom with bath.  The room also had a table and chairs, coffee making facilities and fridge and so on. The plasma screen TV complete with working remote control and properly tuned-in channels was a real plus. Our room was directly over the pool and spa and this in turn is right outside/over the front door of the hotel. Having noticed that there seemed to be the startings of a wedding reception being planned for the next day, we were a little worried about the noise levels we might have to endure. These fears, I am glad to say, were unfounded. The hotel staff were excellent too and promptly sent a chap from housekeeping to change our bed into a double from 2 singles. Room service was ordered, was prompt and tasty as well as being very good value for money.

I cannot say enough good things about the spa and pool. It was clean, not over crowded and the bits and bobs in the pool area like jet waterfalls, spouts with high pressure water, bubble beds and Jacuzzi type thingies were all cool – and soothed our aches and pains away really well.

Breakfast was also a pleasure, with a plentiful supply of fresh fruit, breads, cold meats and cereal, tea and coffee, juices, cheese – whatever you’re having yourself basically. Of course, there’s the usual gut buster “Irish” items too …

So all in all, for €218 for the weekend for 2, I couldn’t recommend this hotel highly enough – oh, and that wedding ? never heard a thing – they have specially installed sound proof doors on the great ballroom – you couldn’t hear anything even with the band in full swing, if you walked outside the room !

Rambling Man rating : 8.5 /10

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