The Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte, Cork City

Last month, July, Patrick and I decided on a staycation for our little family here in Ireland. Spoilt for choice when it comes to places to visit we decided on Cork as our destination.

We’re no strangers to Cork having stayed in hotels both in and outside of the city a number of times in the past. This year our plan was to make Cork City our base, and that we did.

We enjoyed a couple of days exploring city life in the shape of food and culture. Lunch was enjoyed at The English Market, dinner at Fenn’s Quay, art at the Crawford Art Gallery and family fun at the City Spectacular in the gorgeous Fitzgerald Park.

Outside of the city we took in the sights and lunched at Blarney Castle, visited the Blarney Woolen Mills and spent an afternoon strolling in the rain in Kinsale.

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The Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte, Cork City, Co. Cork

When searching for hotels to stay in, the four star The Montenotte Hotel caught my attention. It had only reopened the month previous after a €5m refurbishment, it had a swimming pool, plus it was offering special reopening rates. 

I don’t know what The Montenotte Hotel looked like before the refurbishment but I can tell you the place looks fantastic now.

Our drive up Lover’s Walk in Montenotte to the hotel offered a glimpse of what views lay ahead from our hotel.

The Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte, Cork City, Co. Cork

When you enter the hotel, the reception is to your right. The lobby is spacious and the decor is luxurious looking.


Through the double doors ahead and you enter the hotel restaurant called the ‘Panorama Bistro’. Again the decor is luxurious with gorgeous green velvet couches and seating to relax on. There’s a baby grand piano, and lots of space, ideal if, like us you have a baby or toddler in a pram. My recommendation is to sit near the large windows that look out onto the terrace. The natural light that comes through and the view of Cork City are both fabulous. 

The Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte, Cork City, Co. Cork

Of course you can sit out on the terrace and enjoy your meal or drink too. It really is the pièce de résistance of the bistro. It looks out over Cork City, the River Lee and Cork’s green countryside beyond.

The Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte, Cork City, Co. Cork

I loved the design features from the glass terrace wall