The River Lee

The River Lee is the perfect location for a foodie or family getaway in Cork and is located near The English Market.

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Destination Dining On The Weir River

The River Club at The River Lee, Co. Cork, Irish Food, Good Food Ireland

The River Club

Cork is known for its vibrant foodie scene and here at The River Club you will find many local artisan foods featured in the locally sourced, seasonal cuisine with plenty of coeliac and vegetarian friendly menu options. This elegant setting is ideal for a casual night out in Cork city with dining for up to 60 people and a private terrace overlooking the River Lee. An extensive wine list is available and there is also an intimate dining space available for private events.
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The Bar & Terrace at The River Club

Residents and visitors to The River Lee Hotel in Cork city can enjoy the relaxed ambience and contemporary feel of The Bar & Terrace at The River Club. Accessed through the lobby area, the bar is a fine place to chill out and enjoy a beer, cocktail, glass of wine, or tea and coffee throughout the day. The boardwalk terrace that runs along the front of the hotel provides plenty of outdoor seating day or evening. People watching is a good sport here!
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The Cocktail Bar

In keeping with the trendy and sophisticated atmosphere at The River Club, guests and residents can be wowed by the hotel's dedicated Cocktail Bar. Decorated with a hand-carved mahogany bar and marble counter top, The Cocktail Bar is a modern take on a mid 20th century cocktail bar. Watch on, as expert mixologists create some classics while also creating some bold imaginative cocktails. You'll also find a wide collection of rare whiskeys from the Co. Cork area.

Contemporary Design and Classic Comfort

Stay at The River Lee Hotel Cork

Stay at The River Lee

Crisp linens, cosy duvets and underfloor heating in the bathrooms - all this with magnificent views of the River Lee and Cork Cityscape. This is the modern spirit of Cork! A warm welcome, good food and intimate settings make this the perfect place to enjoy a foodie break, family break or, if heading to any of the many Cork music festivals The River Lee is the perfect place to prepare and come home to afterwards. Discover More About The River Lee In Our Review Below.

Wellness at The River Lee

Wellness at The River Lee Hotel Cork

Fitness & Swimming Pool

The River Lee 20m pool, gym and spa (courtesy of NRG Fitness) leaves no excuse to forsake your gym schedule. With state of the art equipment, professional instructors and a wide range of classes you can be sure to fiind something to suit your needs.

Our Review of The River Lee

‘On the banks of my own lovely Lee…’. So goes the song sung by Corkonians about the city they love and the majestic river running through it.  Visitors to Cork city can languish by its banks in grand style – at The River Lee. This state of the art building is located on one of the twin channels of the Lee, by a leafy bend in the river, with flowing weir and residents pair of swans.

Behind the trees, the Glucksman Art Gallery at University College Cork is just visible. The River Lee commands views of Cork by day and night, highlighting scenes made famous in many a photograph. You’ll want to take a few of your own, no doubt. You’re within walking distance of museums, city centre shopping and the English Market food emporium  Expect a real Irish welcome here. General Manager Ruairi O’Connor is a supreme professional who combines expert hospitality skills with the warm manner of the Irish people. An international staff commands several languages. Newcomers are made comfortable, in a hotel which focuses on quality service throughout. Once you’re past the smooth check in – luggage is transported super quick to your room.  Natural light, spacious layouts -  and wow those stunning vistas. Superior rooms have broadband access, flat screen tv, mini entertainment system and underfloor heating in fully equipped modern bathrooms. Deluxe Rooms on the penthouse level have one wall paned in glass.

You may feel you are floating on air. Little extras include Nespresso coffee machines, bathrobes and access to the Executive Lounge,  with complimentary light refreshments and plenty of reading material to keep you going. Cork born Head Chef Paul Lane ensures all your dining experiences here are good ones. That starts with a breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, natural local yogurt and seasonal fruit compote, cereals, Irish Porridge with toppings, Irish and continental cheeses and salamis, and all the components of the Full Irish. Follow up with house breads, pastries and scones, preserves and fresh honeycomb. Daytime and evening drinking and dining is available in The River Club and their Grill Room – menus speckled with local producers.

Private dining in The River Lee can seat 60 for a formal dinner, or 100 guests for a finger buffet. Business facilities include eight fully equipped meeting rooms, all with air change facilities and refreshments served. Twenty four hour access to office facilities and high speed internet mean guests can stay in touch with work or play. Guests enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s exclusive in house health & fitness club with 20m swimming pool & spa –courtesy of NRG Fitness

Perhaps a quiet drink on The Terrace just off The River Club which runs the length and width of this hotel,  will be sufficient to wind you down. Nestled in the leafy waterside setting, the Terrace is a secluded daytime spot to soak up  winter and summer sun.  Once night falls, it transitions into an exceptional intimate relaxation space. The Terrace was designed for year-round pleasure of its dramatic water’s edge setting. It features a fully retractable roof and window system that in seconds, transforms the space from open pergola to warm, cosy and comfortable conservatory. A Zen garden-like atmosphere is reinforced with large fern and olive trees, timber framed sofas and armchairs, and tables custom-made  from raw cedar wood, which infuse the air with a delicious and discernible scent. Very calming, we think! With a capacity of 50, The Terrace is an ideal spot for small private events. 

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