Is there any nicer way to catch up with your loved ones than by booking a hotel break away together? Here, Megan Burns shares her favourite Irish spot that's perfect for a night away with a group of friends – the Montenotte Hotel, Cork.
WHO TO BRING… A group of friends.
WHAT? The Montenotte is a family-run hotel perched atop a hill in Cork’s affluent Montenotte neighbourhood overlooking the city. It has the intimate and individual feel of a much smaller hotel, while offering all the luxuries you’d find in a bigger star-studded property.
WHY? There’s something to please everyone in the group. Within walking distance, or a quick taxi trip, you have the best of Cork City at your fingertips for a buzzy city break.
Equally, there’s little need to leave the hotel, with its offering of a luxurious treatment in the Bellevue spa (housed in the original Georgian part of the hotel), an evening fi lm in the luxurious Cameo Cinema, or a wander around the beautiful sunken Victorian garden. You don’t even have to venture out for dinner either, with top notch food served in the brasserie-style restaurant, under the direction of executive chef Tabrez Shaikh.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Glasshouse, the hotel’s impressive new rooftop bar and terrace, is undoubtedly the star of the show right now. As well as its bold interior – with deep blue tiles, plush velvet seats and antique brass finishes – the bar offers sensational views of the city below, making it the perfect place to start a great night out or settle in for a catch-up over cocktails. The menu is full of tempting options, but we found it hard to stray from the bar’s signature G&T, The Montenotte. Made with the hotel’s own gin and garnished with lavender and rhubarb, it’s an incredibly sippable mix of floral and tart flavours.
THIS SPRING: Rooms in the Monenotte Hotel start from €215, or try the Sunset Breakaway package, which includes one night bed and breakfast and a two-course lunch at the Panorama Bistro for two adults for €295 per stay. It includes a Royale Rose cocktail in The Glasshouse on arrival, made with Montenotte Gin, fresh strawberries and prosecco.
This article originally appeared in the Spring issue of IMAGE Magazine.