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Best Cork B&Bs

When can I find the best deals on B&Bs in Cork?

As the second largest city in Ireland, Cork has a good number of various types of accommodations to suit every taste and budget. B&Bs, though not as numerous as larger hotels, do their fair share to welcome visitors to this hip and historic city. The summer months of July and August are the peak season, with high hotel rates and crowds taking advantage of the warm weather to explore Cork's attractions. Hotels are also busy during Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in March and the holiday rush in December. September is a good time to visit Cork, when the weather is still agreeable, there aren't as many tourists and hotel rates are cheaper.

Top B&Bs in Cork

Gabriel House - Guest House is a stately period building situated high in the city centre, and several of its 25 tastefully furnished guestrooms offer panoramic views of the city and the harbour. Meeting rooms are available for business travellers, and there's a courtyard and terrace where you can sit and admire the picturesque garden. Redclyffe House is another large B&B that exudes urban charm, with cosy guestrooms and a cheerful dining area overlooking the serene garden. The colourful Kent House B&B, originally a Victorian townhouse, offers homey guestrooms with en suite bathrooms, along with a tiny patio and lovely garden for outdoor relaxation.

Where are the best areas for B&Bs in Cork?

Western Road, to the west of the city centre, is a good place to use as a base for exploring Cork. The B&Bs here are within walking distance of charming cafes and laid-back restaurants, as well as several shops and supermarkets. The meandering River Lee and the beautiful campus of University College Cork are also close by. You might also want to consider the hilly neighbourhood of St Luke's, near restaurants and pubs, and about a 20-minute walk away from central Cork and the English Market. You could also try the town of Knockacorbally, about 8 kilometres from central Cork, where Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone are within easy reach.

What are B&Bs like in Cork?

B&Bs in Cork and in the neighbouring areas diverge in several ways. For one thing, some are much larger than your typical bed-and-breakfast, offering as many as 25 rooms and amenities like meeting rooms that you'd normally find in larger hotels. It's also worth bearing in mind that a couple of B&Bs here don't include breakfast in the room rate and only offer free Wi-Fi in the lobby. On the other hand, you'll find establishments that have only 2 to 10 guestrooms, serve a complimentary full breakfast and offer free Wi-Fi throughout the premises.

How much do B&Bs typically cost in Cork?

When it comes to room rates, B&Bs in Cork and the surrounding areas are all pretty much within the same price range, with a few exceptions. On Western Road in the city centre for instance, a room will go from about £55 to £68, while on nearby Lower Glanmire Road and adjoining streets, you can expect to pay anywhere between £54 and £58 for a night's accommodation. In the town of Knockacorbally, a room costs about £60 and £58 in Curraleigh, a town approximately 15 kilometres away from central Cork. In Cobh, about 37 minutes away from the city centre, you'll find upmarket rooms going for as high as £108 a night.

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