Welcome to Cork

Cork has some lovely places to see that are not to be missed on your visit. Here is a 24-hour guide of what we think is a great way to spend your time in Cork.

Cork City is a vibrant and exciting city with a variety of things to offer. After enjoying our Vitality Breakfast, start your day in Cork City with a stroll through the famous Cork English Market and you are assured to fall in love.

The English market is the most famous food market in Ireland along with it having a visit from Queen Elizabeth in 2011 and Prince Charles and Camilla in 2018. Local merchants pride themselves on fresh produce, a range of fruit, veg, meat and much more. You can sample some local produce including Carrigaline Cheese Toonsbridge Buffalo Mozzarella delicious chocolate and some artisan meats and cheese.

Irish TV show The Young Offenders was filmed in the Market, pop by and you might run into Pat or Mairead.

Early Morning

A great way to start your day in Cork City is to stroll down the Cork English Market and you are assured to fall in love. The English market is the most famous food market in Ireland along with it having a visit from Queen Elizabeth in 2011 and Prince Charles and Camilla in 2018. Local merchants pride themselves on fresh produce, a range of fruit, veg, meat and much more. The English Market is the perfect place to go to enjoy a mid-morning treat.

Late Morning

Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. You cannot see such incredible works anywhere else.

From here you enjoy a short stroll uphill to Shandon where you can visit St. Anne’s Church – one of the oldest churches in the city built in 1722 and ring the famous Shandon Bells. For a spectacular 360 degree views of the city at 120ft, you can climb the 132 steps.

Lunchtime

Cork is the best shopping City in Munster, so in your time here shopping is a great must-do activity. There is a large range of high-street shops on Opera Lane and on Patrick Street. Cork is a place that if you wish you can ‘shop till you drop’. Need a little sugar fix after the shopping, stop off in O’Conaill Chocolate shop for a delicious hot chocolate made using chocolate chips.

Early Afternoon

Stroll around the grounds of University College Cork, one of the largest colleges in Ireland. UCC is also the home to the Glucksman Gallery which is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. It is an award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop.

Late Afternoon

Fitzgerald Park is situated on the picturesque bank of the River Lee and spans approximately eighteen acres with swings and slides, manicured gardens and Cork Public Museum located at its centre. The collections of Cork Public Museum are rich and diverse. The museum’s most expansive exhibit is the archaeological collection along with Classical archaeology, which features some of the most important archaeological finds from this region. On the way back to the hotel you can stop by Tabletop Cork and relive your youth with a board game. They have a huge selection to choose from.

Evening & Night

Looking for something different for Dinner Cork City is home to some amazing traditional, Italian, Mexican, Seafood, and Japanese restaurants including Ichigo Ichie one of Cork’s two Michelin star restaurants. To finish off your evening, Cork City has a vibrant and exciting nightlife that you will be sure to adore. There are so many venues from which to choose right across the city with a great variation of pub types including some microbreweries including the Franciscan Well Brewery.

Cork has some great cocktail bars to get you in the party vibe for a night on the tiles. Many pubs in cork have live music and DJ’s playing. When the pubs finish up the night is only young in Cork City. If you wish, there is a variety of different clubs which will have you dancing for another while longer.

Cork City is home to two theatres, Cork Opera House which hosts a variety of musicals, tribute bands and shows why not check out their lineup, and The Everyman Theatre is a 650 seater listed building steeped in history and the auditorium is a favourite with audiences and performers alike for its intimacy and atmosphere. The building celebrated its 120th birthday in 2017. Located in the Victorian Quarter of the City which is less than a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

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Common Questions

  • Location & Parking

    Where is the hotel located?

    Maldron Hotel South Mall is located on the South Mall right in the heart of Cork city. We are 10 minutes’ walk from Kent Train Station and directly opposite Parnell Place Bus Station. View our location here.

    Is car parking available at the hotel?

    There is no parking on-site, but we’ve agreed discounted rates with Q-Park City Hall which is located a 5-minute drive and a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

    Car Parking Rates:

    • Parking from 6.00 pm to 12 noon the following day €9
    • 24 hours parking €13
    • 48 hours parking €26

    Is the area safe?

    Yes, the hotel is located in a safe area of the city.

    How far is the hotel from Cork Airport?

    Cork Airport is only 8km from Maldron Hotel South Mall. A taxi costs €15 each way. You can also get the 226A or the 226 bus from Parnell Place Bus Station which will take you directly to the airport.

    Where is the nearest bus/train station?

    Parnell Place Bus Station is located opposite the hotel. View their timetables here. Kent Train Station Cork is located within a 10-minute walk or a 5-minute drive from the hotel. View Irishrail’s website for more information.

    Is there a taxi rank nearby?

    There is a taxi rank at Parnell Place. If you would like to order a taxi, please ask our team at the reception to book one for you.

    Is the hotel close to theatres or stadiums?

    Pairc Ui Chaoimh Stadium for matches and concerts, 15-minute walk. We’re near Cork Opera House, located within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Everyman Theatre is within a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

    Are there any markets nearby?

    The English Market is situated on the Grand Parade, it is a permanent market packed with amazing local food, arts and crafts and more. It is open daily from. There are also Farmers Markets on in and around the city.

    Are there restaurants, bars, cafes nearby?

    There are many lovely bars, restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the hotel. Oliver Plunkett Street is just around the corner from us which is one of Cork’s best nightlife areas. Washington Street is a 10-minute walk from the hotel which is another buzzing area of Cork City.

    Are there any parks nearby?

    Bishop Lucy Park is a 7-minute walk and Cork’s largest park, the Fitzgerald Park, is a pleasant 25-minute walk from the hotel.

    Are there any historical attractions nearby?

    There are numerous attractions to see in Cork. Some of our favourites include:

    • Ringing of the Shandon Bells which is located on Shandon Hill in the city.
    • Blarney Castle – The Blarney bus is a 5-minute walk from our hotel on St. Patrick’s Street outside Eason’s Shop.
    • University College Cork was founded in 1845, it is one of the oldest universities in Ireland. Check out the Glucksman Art Gallary while you are there.

    Please ask at reception for information on sights to see in Cork and we will be delighted to send you in the right direction.

    Are there any bus tours nearby?

    Yes, Cork City Bus Tour stops right on South Mall.

    Is the hotel near Cork University Hospital?

    Yes, we’re near Cork University Hospital, just 15 minutes (4km) away by car.

  • Hotel Services

    When did Maldron Hotel South Mall open?

    Maldron Hotel South Mall opened in December 2018. The hotel is a new build hotel located in the heart of Cork City’s business, shopping and entertainment district.

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is 3pm on the day of arrival. Should you arrive at the hotel earlier, we are happy to store luggage until your room is ready.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is 12 noon on the day of departure. A late check-out is available at a fee and must be arranged with the reception during your stay.

  • Rooms

    Are there accessible rooms available?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel South Mall has accessible rooms available with walk-in showers, lower beds and wider doors. Please enquire directly with the hotel to confirm availability.

    Do the rooms have baths?

    Yes, 8 of our rooms have baths.

    Are there interconnecting rooms?

    Yes, we have a limited number of interconnecting rooms. Please enquire directly with the hotel to confirm availability.

    Are cots available?

    Yes, cots are available. Please confirm availability with our reception team.

    What facilities are available in the rooms?

    Each room offers luxurious and comfortable King Coil beds, tea/coffee making facilities, USB charge points, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, hairdryer, telephone, an iron and ironing board.

    Can I order extras to be placed in my room prior to arrival?

    Yes, you can order extras before arriving at the hotel. Please call us on +352 (0)21 203 7000 or email info.southmall@maldronhotels.com to make your request and we will try our best to accommodate you.

    Is it possible to upgrade my room?

    Yes, you can upgrade your room to an Executive Room for €40.

    Are there smoking rooms in the hotel?

    No, we do not have smoking rooms at Maldron Hotel South Mall as we operate a smoke-free policy. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in an additional cleaning charge.

  • Dining

    Is there a restaurant, bar, cafe on-site?

    In the hotel, we have 3 different eateries to choose from: the Grain & Grill Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Red Bean Roastery cafe serves our own unique blend of coffee which is rich and smooth. It opens from 7am to 8pm daily. The Italian Kitchen will be open in March 2019, Cork’s newest restaurant will serve authentic Italian cuisine.

    What are your breakfast serving hours?

    Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am Monday to Friday and 7.30am to 10.30am at weekends and bank holidays.

    How much is the breakfast and what’s included?

    Breakfast costs €14 per person. Our Vitality breakfast includes a selection of fresh fruit, juices, smoothies, pastries, cereals and a hot buffet.

  • Booking

    Is there a corporate rate available?

    Yes, please contact our Sales Manager Donna Mannion on +353 (0)21 203 7000 or email on dmannion@maldronhotels.com.

    Why is it better to book directly with the hotel?

    If you sign up to our Make it Maldron club you will save €10 per night. Get free cancellation up until 24 hours prior to arrival unless otherwise stated on your terms and conditions.

    Can I cancel or amend my booking?

    Maldron Hotel South Mall offers a free cancellation up to 3pm on the day prior to arrival for reservations made directly with the hotel or on maldronhotels.com or maldronhotelsouthmall.com.
    Some special offers and key dates may have a specific cancellation policy, but this will be clearly outlined in the terms and conditions.

    Reservations booked on third party websites and online travel agents have their own cancellation policies. These will be stated on your confirmation from the agent.

    Will my credit card be charged at time of booking?

    Bookings require a credit card for guarantee only unless otherwise stated. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at the time of booking but these terms will be outlined in the special offer terms and conditions. For all rooms that are being paid in cash – we require a photographic ID. No rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

    How do I make group bookings?

    For best available group rates please contact us directly on +353 (0)21 203 7000.

  • Facilities

    Do you have meeting rooms?

    Yes, we have 5 meeting rooms in the hotel which can cater for up to 60 delegates. Please email info.southmall@maldronhotels.com or give us a call +353 (0)21 203 7000 to make an inquiry.

    Meeting rooms available to book from March 2019.

    Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel South Mall offers complimentary WiFi to all guests in the public areas and bedrooms.

    Is there luggage storage available?

    Yes, we offer complimentary luggage storage for guests.

    Is there a 24-hour room service?

    Yes, 24-hour room service is available at a cost of €5 per tray.

    Does the Hotel have a gym and pool facilities?

    The hotel has a small dry gym with a selection of cardio equipment including a treadmill, bike, cross trainer, rowing machine and weights equipment. We don’t have a pool, but offer special rates in our sister club, Club Vitae, which is located close by. Guests can enjoy 24 hour access to the gym.

    Do we offer wake-up calls?

    Yes, you can request wake-up calls to be made with our reception staff.

    Is there a 24-hour reception?

    Yes, we have a 24-hour front desk.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering superb levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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Book online now for stays after 20th July 2020. We are available every day to answer your queries please call +353 (0)21 203 7000 or email
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