Ambassador Hotel & Health Club

4 Star

Cork, Cork City

Hotel description

For anyone wishing to experience the true essence of the wonderful City of Cork, what better place to stay than at the elegant Ambassador Hotel. Presiding with an air of grandness from the top of Military Hill in the historic area of St. Lukes, this is the perfect location for business orleisure in the heart of the City. The Ambassador Hotel is now a NON SMOKING HOTEL

Check In From

3:00 pm

Check Out Up To

12:00 pm

Cancellation Description

Once you cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival you will not incur a cancellation fee from the hotel. Cancellations that are made within 48 hours prior to arrival and no shows at the hotel will be charged the 1st night of the stay to your card. Please note that your booking deposit is non refundable.

Travel Description

From City Centre: From Patrick's Street in the City Centre cross Patrick's Bridge and travel along Mc Curtain Street. At the lights take a left turn up Summerhill North to St. Lukes Cross, at the St. Lukes Cross junction turn left onto Wellington Road and we are second on the right up Military Hill.

Area Description

Find out here the wealth of attractions on offer in both Cork city and county. Whether its a family day out to Fota Wildlife Park or an afternoon spent exploring the Jameson Heritage Centre, Cork city and county has lots of offer.

Hotel Business Centre
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
Hotel Bar
  • Bar food menu
  • Fully licenced Bar
Hotel Restaurant
  • Early bird menu
  • Lunch served
  • Breakfast served
  • Dinner served
  • Vegetarian options
Hotel Children Facilities
  • Baby sitting service on request
  • Cot available on request
Things To Do In The Area
  • Pet farms
  • Local sightseeing
  • River fishing
  • Comedy clubs
  • Guided tours
  • Museums
  • Horse riding
  • Children play centres
  • Live music venues
  • Horse racing
  • Surfing
  • Night clubs
  • Amusment arcades
  • Visit castle
  • Bowling
  • Sea fishing
  • Boat trips
  • Cafe
  • Cinema
  • Local restaurants
  • Walking trails
  • Paint ball
  • Visit local heritage sites
  • Concert venues
  • Golfing
  • Go to the beach
  • Shopping
  • Historical trails
  • Hill walking
  • Theatre
Hotel Venue Entertainment
  • Wedding fair
  • Christmas parties
  • Banqueting rooms available
  • Theatre for shows & plays close by
  • Music venue for concerts close by
Hotel Guest Services
  • 24 hour room service
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Breakfast served to your room
  • Non smoking hotel
  • Dry cleaning
  • Babysitting service
  • Free car parking
  • Laundry facility
  • Baby sitting on request
Hotel Meeting Rooms
  • Refreshments available
  • Projector / screen available
  • Complimentary Wifi access
  • Natural daylight
  • Dedicated organiser
  • Black out facilities
  • LCD projector
  • Stationery
  • Conference & meeting rooms
Hotel Leisure Club
  • Towels available
  • Fully equipped gym
  • TV equipment

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by Brede on Oct 8 2018 14:42

We stayed at the Ambasodor Hotel on friday 5th October 2018 The hotel is comfortable and clean and in a good location.The staff were friendly.Unfortunately it was very noisy and this went on till the early hours The breakfast was disapointing as the custard pastry I got was raw.Also I felt the sausage was undercooked and pink I pointed this out to thet manager who tried to assure me it was ok She also said she would remove any other pastries and apologised for this.

by Rachel O'Neill on Jan 23 2018 14:26

We really enjoyed our trip here. The staff were incredibly friendly and dealt with any queries or complaints that we had quickly and professionally. The food in the restaurant was excellent and the room we had was very comfortable. Would go again!

by jules79 on Dec 12 2016 12:52

Myself and my husband stayed at the hotel last friday night. Unfortunately I got no sleep due to noise out in the corridor throughout the night. The walls in the hotel rooms are paper thin. We could hear our neighbour boiling the kettle and talking very clearly. The hotel itself is lovely and the staff were excellent, but I wouldn't go back due to the noise in the bedrooms

by Thomas O' Loughlin on Oct 20 2016 14:59

I have stayed in the Ambassador Hotel before and decided to stay there again . What a lovely place to stay and very close to Cork city centre. The room was very spacious and clean. The food was excellent and the staff were wonderful. Excellent value for money.

by MB on Sep 8 2016 11:56

Staff very friendly and welcoming. Had a great time and would certainly recommend staying in this hotel

by Jim Rooney on Jun 1 2016 17:03

Great value, lovely big well appointed room, good WiFi and nice breakfast freshly cooked and served to the table.

by Justin on Mar 22 2016 09:32

I found my stay here very enjoyable and staff to be very helpful. I would recommend to anyone.

by Stemar3 on Mar 1 2016 13:57

Perfect hotel for a city break in Cork. Would recommend highly !

by Joanna McCarthy on Feb 24 2016 07:33

Our stay was fab & the staff super..... Don especially! The food was 5 star I'd highly recommend the Seafood chowder - We'll be back

by Noel Cunningham on Feb 20 2016 12:01

Hotel excellent, Food wonderful. Staff friendly. Great location. Highly Recommend.

by The czar on Dec 23 2015 17:03

Exelent hotel , really enjoyed staying here . Staff friendly and helpful, good food and nice atmosphere . 10 minute walk to city centre, all and all would highly recommend the ambassador hotel . Will be back !

by teresa cummins on Dec 21 2015 13:27

staff very nice,food lovely,hotel lovely, could not fault the hotel at all.

by Jo on Dec 6 2015 12:30

Food isnt good but rooms are comfortable. Not good for anyone who has back problems or sore legs had to walk alot and get two different lifts to get to the room.

by Tom on Nov 24 2015 10:49

I really enjoyed my stay here. The food was lovely and for me, the friendliness of the staff was excellent. I felt very relaxed and would definitely stay here again.

by Anne on Nov 10 2015 13:27

Beautiful hotel in a great location. Service and food was fantastic. Had a lovely relaxing weekend stay here and would highly recommend a visit to all.

by Dundalk visitors on Oct 17 2015 10:06

Stayed one night on bed and breakfast basis. Overall impression was faultless and we had an enjoyable stay Staff were very courteous and friendly,breakfast was first class. Bedrooms,bar area and reception area very impressive Highly recommend this hotel Would definently stay again. Free parking and wifi was an additional bonus

by Alice McGrath on Sep 25 2015 19:12

Enjoyed our stay at the Ambassador hotel. We found the staff excellent. Our only dissapointment concerned the evening meal which had a very poor selection.

by Madge on Sep 11 2015 10:39

My husband and I cannot praise this hotel enough.Reception area is class with polished tiles and fabulous wallpaper.The corridors to bedrooms are unusually wide and with a very cool carpet and the same great wallpaper create a luxurious and exciting experience.As this hotel is on a hill,the view of the city is wonderful.O.k the hill is steep so walk down and taxi back. The food in this hotel is amazing as is the service.The restaurant supervisor was a delightful man who made you glad to be there .He was charming to all.Wonderful menu,beautifully presented,perfectly cooked to your taste and an exciting experience in total.Wonderful selection at breakfast to suit Irish and Continental tastes.We will definitely stay here again .Super.

by Niamhh on Sep 7 2015 20:19

Very nice hotel to stay in, friendly staff and good food .

by Liz Davis on Jul 15 2015 11:04

Date of stay 12th July. My husband and I had a wonderful Nights stay at the Ambassador hotel. We love the changes to the reception area, it makes the hotel feel bright and airy. We were on a B&B basis, so decided to have dinner in the bar and we were not disappointed, I opted for there 2 course special where I could choose from a selection of starters and mains, or mains amd desert for €19.95. I chose starter and main and enjoyed a delicious starter of goats cheese spring rolls, followed by a steak that was cooked to perfection. After a very comfortable nights sleep we headed down for breakfast and I have to say I was delighted with the improvements there too. There was a wonderful selection of juice, fresh fruit, cold meats and cheese, pastries, home made scones, along with a great selection of hot food. No trouble at all to have an omelette freshly prepared and plenty of tea and coffee. All in all we had a lovely stay amd will be back. Special thanks to Brona who looked after us at dinner time, she has a lovely manner as do all the staff we encountered. Thanks everyone.

by Mairead on Jul 9 2015 11:06

We really enjoy our break. The staff were knowledgeable, very friendly and helpful. The hotel is comfortable and the food was delicious. We will be back.

by John on Jun 27 2015 12:05

I stayed in the Ambassador doe two nights. When I arrived the receptionist was very friendly and welcoming. She gave me the key to my room. However when I went into the room it hadn't been cleaned and beds weren't made. I returned to the reception and the lady there was very apologetic. After a minute or two, she directed me to a different room which I felt was superior to the other one. There was an amazing view. I have stayed in many hotels in Ireland and in other countries. I can genuinely say that the Ambassador, in my estimation is one of the best. What impressed me mostly was the staff. Their awareness regarding guests and our needs. The courtesy. Nothing was to much for them. The smile never faded no matter how busy they were. I genuinely felt 'cared for'. It is very much a team effort which includes all of the staff. From the General Manager to the Barman. Finally the food was delicious. I can be bit fussy and critical when it comes to food. The food was not only cooked well. The presentation was second to none. And again always served with a smile. I read somewhere that 'smile sells the product'. The Ambassador seems to agree with this. I would definitely stay there again. It was just such a feel good experience.I would definitely award it five stars.

by catherina on Mar 2 2015 22:25

great hotel , would definatly stay again , receptionist was lovley very helpful

by John O'Carroll on Aug 24 2014 07:31

We stayed in the Ambassador Hotel for three nights on a package deal. Aug 18th to 21st We found it great value for money. The food was excellent for both breakfast and dinner. The location was good and no problem parking. The rooms were very comfortable and a good size, we booked a twin and a double. All the staff were exceptionally pleasant and professional. The manager is well on top of his game. The only down side was that the lift was a little clunky and that hill back from town. well worth 5 stars

by KeithG on Aug 8 2014 16:16

Extremely disappointing. Booked a two night stay with my wife and one year old baby. Receptionist was helpful but not overly friendly or welcoming on arrival. Was told we had a room up three flights of stairs. No problem there, but then informed the lift was out of action. Told it would be fixed by next morning, was still out of action when we checked out two days later. This normally wouldn't be a problem, but when carrying a one year old, buggy, bags etc. it can be a real pain. Got to the room and well, it was totally unacceptable. Housekeeping it appears had only saw fit to make the bed. The floor obviously had not been hoovered, the bathroom was filthy with hairs everywhere and somebody had left a nasty surprise for us in the toilet. If a cleaner cannot even check a toilet, it left us wondering what other short cuts had been taken. Suffice to say we were left paranoid as to had the sheets even been changed on bed. Rang reception to report room, told somebody would be straight up. 40 minutes later still nobody appeared. went to reception, told them we were going out and could issue be resolved by the time we got back. A couple of hours later returned, and room still hadn't been touched. After the THIRD time asking reception to do something about it, a girl arrived up to clean the toilet. In fairness to this girl she was very friendly and did a good job cleaning. Went for meal included in package. I ordered burger which was OK but my wife ordered sea-bass and vegetables, she asked for potatoes, but they said they were unable to provide potatoes without butter on them. My wife's portion size was laughably small. Literally the tiniest sea bass i have ever seen with a couple of vegetables on the plate. It was gone in seconds. Pint was quite expensive also, over a fiver if i recall. Oh and found a hair in my teacup. Breakfast was fine, decent enough selection of continental breakfast, and decent cooked breakfast, if portion size a little small (Fine on full Irish). Restaurant staff friendly but not overly efficient, hard to get their attention. Location fine, close to city, but as already posted here, its an uphill struggle walking back. Would certainly be in no great rush to return.

by Jim McKernan on Jul 21 2014 10:59

My wife and i enjoyed an excellent stay at the Ambassador hotel Staff were very friendly, food very good, location to city centre grand (going down hill) Overall would strongly recommend this hotel Jim McKernan Belfast, Ireland

by Claire Madden on Jul 11 2014 12:53

Enjoyed a very pleasant two night stay. Would recommend the hotel without reservation. On checking in rather late, we were met by an extremely friendly and courteous staff member, which set the tone for what was to follow. I can honestly say that I could find no fault in any aspect of the services provided and I would consider myself difficult to please!

by OddCouple on Jul 11 2014 11:02

Good location for getting in and out of town. Good food and lovely bar with cool decor. Hotel obviously going through a revamp. Would definitely visit again. Great value!

by Paul on Jul 4 2014 11:01

I have stayed twice in a week at the New Ambassador Hotel as I was attending meeting in Cork. The hotel staff are excellent especially April on the reception desk. She is a credit to the company. The hot beakfast were waitered service and not a buffet service. This may seem like a little touch but I find it a huge benefit to making me feel special to the hotel that they want to wait on me for my breakfast. Finally, their wifi service is truely excellent. A hiuge plus when I need to get documents, emails etc. while on the go. Will definitely stay again.

by Bird on Jun 11 2014 22:21

We really enjoyed our stay here. Our room was fantastic and the orthopaedic bed was spot on!!! Staff was nice and accommodating to us. Food at the restaurant was delicious!!! Keep it up and maybe next time We checked in; there will be a swimming pool on the top floor and the lift will be upgraded into a new one!!! hehehe

by Ann Conway on Jun 10 2014 15:41

By Ann Stayed here with my husband for one night bed and breakfast last week. It was our fifth time staying in this hotel and I have to say it was extremely comfortable and clean. We had a lovely spacious room 212 with a balcony at the front of the hotel overlooking the city. It is a good walk up hill to the hotel but a bus can be got from the city centre to St Lukes and then it is just a short walk downhill to the hotel. The receptionest and staff were very friendly. The breakfast was excellent and lovely fresh,cooked to order, only one complaint, it arrived too quickly. while we had only just sat down and we were eating our fruit and cereal, Well done to the Ambassador hotel, We will be back. I have been reading other reviews and I think the hotel might not have been good while the renovations were going on but all is well now.

by Galway girls on Jun 4 2014 17:04

Recently stayed at the Ambassador Hotel . Rooms were very clean,spacious & quiet. Location was excellent, just a short walk to the centre of Cork City. staff were all very friendly & competent. We had dinner on the evening we arrived, it was delicious & good sized portions. Breakfast was also very tasty. Will definitely stay in the Ambassador Hotel when visiting Cork again. April, at the reception desk was very accommodating, efficient & friendly.

by KC on Jun 1 2014 21:14

Excellent hotel. Full of old world charm, recent upgrade of decor in keeping with grand setting. Very friendly staff and very convenient for ventures in and about Cork city 5 star all round

by Mags on May 20 2014 21:57

We had 3 rooms booked for the weekend on the 2BB1D package. The decor in the hotel is somewhat dated but clean. The bedrooms were basic but spotless clean and the bathrooms in all 3 rooms were lovely. The signal on the TV was hit and miss which was a bit frustrating for the kids. We ate in the restaurant and all our meals were lovely. Breakfast was tasty and plentiful and although some supplies were low on the buffet when we arrived once we mentioned it to staff these were replaced within minutes. We found the staff to be friendly and very helpful. The only thing we found strange was that we were unable to order sandwiches in the hotel bar/restaurant on the second evening. I thought being able to order sandwiches would be standard in all hotels. The hotel is located up a steep hill and while we didn't walk into the city I believe it's only a 10-15 min walk down. Would not like to walk back to the hotel. Very convenient for the train station.

by Var on May 20 2014 11:05

Just came back from a weekend in this nice old stile hotel. Will recommend this hotel to a friend. Not far from the city just on the hill about 10 minutes walk. Only save some strength for you way back up on the hill. The hotel is fine in and out, old stile doesn't mean old rack at all. Service is very nice and rooms are very clean and pristine looking. The bed in our room was huge, linen hi quality. The only minuses way I didn't mark as excellent in the bathroom lamp cover was missing and was a small crack on the sink, and if you want to take a bath make sure you have plenty of hot water.

by Dan Byrne on May 14 2014 12:33

Stayed for 2 nights in May 2014. Hotel was very nice was clean with classic decor in the room which had a balcony & faced the city. Package included dinner on both nights and was very nice food! only about a ten min walk to patrick street shopping area which is downhill getting there which unfortunately means all uphill on the way back but a good area to base yourself none the less. Overall happy with the stay and would stay again!

by Wickla gal on May 8 2014 10:55

Stayed for 2 nights at the end of April. The hotel was undergoing refurbishment during our stay but it was not too disruptive. The layout is a bit of a maze so finding your room can be a bit of an adventure but our room was clean and comfortable with all the usual facilities. Upon arrival we did not eat in the restaurant as there was no vegetarian option on the set bar menu and the chef was unable to offer anything other than a piece of brie. The staff in the main were friendly and helpful and were very accommodating when I requested an early breakfast on the Saturday. Finding parking can be a bit of a challenge if the hotel has an event on as spaces are limited and it was the weekend. Great value for 2 nights B&B though, especially when refurbishment work finishes.

by metoyou on Apr 18 2014 23:16

On arriving at the Hotel the receptionist was very friendly and helpful giving us lots of information, maps etc and explained everything very well. The room in the hotel was very big and clean, furniture and decor a bit dated but that would not bother me when the room was clean. Despite renovations going on in the hotel, they gave us a quite room as requested, had a great nights sleep. However the downfall to the stay was the restaurant and the food, had lunch when we arrived, we both had the chicken burger and chips which was really nice but when we had dinner that night in the Hotel which was part of the deal, it was awful, my adult son who was with me ordered the bangers and mash only to be told there was no potatoes available on the menu at all that they were only serving chips, so he agreed to have the sausage and chips, I ordered the home made fish gougons and chips, well what you would get in McDonalds would have been a pleasure compared to what we got, his chips were well overcooked, they were frozen chips, the portion size was not enough to feed a 5 year old never mind a hungry 18 year old, not even a bit of salad to replace the vegetables that should have come with the mash, my portion size was also child sized but with a small bit of salad, spent 20 mins trying to attention of the staff to get a jug of water. Breakfast the next morning was dreadful, no orange juice, few slices of cheese and ham that looked like it was there for 2 days, asked for tea and had to go back up when I had finished eating to ask for the tea again as no staff were to be seen anywhere to ask for anything. I can not comment on the leisure center as I did not make it down there with only staying for one night. Be prepared for a long difficult walk up a steep hill from the city center to the Hotel unless you are willing to pay for a taxi. Overall the staff were friendly when they were around or you could get their attention, food was not good but had a great nights sleep and was put in a nice quiet room which was very big and airy, would I stay again, maybe if I could not get the same value somewhere else but would not include the eating in the Hotel.

by Ellie on Apr 15 2014 10:45

Myself and my husband had a lovely one night stay with evening meal at the ambassador hotel in Cork. We were greeted at reception by a very nice gentleman who was extremely polite and explained everything really well. During our stay the hotel was undergoing some renovations but this did not upset or interfere with our stay there one bit! - Due to the renovations they had a temporary restaurant available to eat and the food was very nice. Over all the staff couldn't have been friendlier and I would highly recommend this hotel for a stay when visiting Cork city.

by alan ( on Apr 3 2014 15:43

I Have Stayed In A Lot Of Hotels . This Has To Be The Worst ... NO orange Juice For Breakfast , Eggs Were Like Rubber,, Only 1 Rasher Left ...HA HA ,, No TOmatoes .. Was Given A voucher For Dinner . Crap Menu .. Had Steak ???? with Salad , THey Didnt Even HAve Pepper Sauce.. It Was A JOKE... WONT STAY THERE AGAIN

by Roscommon on Mar 26 2014 14:08

We had a bit of car trouble on the way but got to the hotel in the car, the trouble was the car lost power on hills, unfortunately for us this hotel is up a very steep hill, we got the car in the driveway but had to double park and then look for help. We went into reception to check in and report the car and a Manageress was called, she came in a flurry and demanded we had to move the car immediately - they were expecting a bride and groom. While I can understand this is one of the most important days in a married couples lives myself and my husband found ourselves feeling like two flies this lady wanted to swot out of her way. We were paying guests also but were made to feel so unwelcome. She immediately began to look for a tow-truck to move the car, when in actual fact the car could drive but not up a hill, lucky for us she could not avail of one (I wonder if she had located one would she have paid for the bill). A porter came out and got another car to move so we could reverse into that space and then my husband was able to take the car (downhill) to a garage, which was recommended to us by a friend. All is well that ends well with the car but as far as our opinion in this hotel lies that is entirely another story. This Manageress was one of the most unfriendly, un-coperative and unsociable people I have ever come across in the hotel business, she leaves a lot to be desired in people skills. When we eventually got to our room, the room was very dated and small and I also noticed a not too pleasant smell coming from the bathroom but gave it the benefit of the doubt as we were frustrated by our experience to date and after a long journey from the West we were hungry and needed to chill. We headed down to the bar for food and found it cold, had to leave my jacket on, although I have to say the food was ok. We had a couple of drinks and returned to our room only to find I found the smell coming from the bathroom rather displeasing. I phoned down to reception to report the smell to be told that there was no other room available except a room for the disabled and when I enquired if it was further away from the function room (as the wedding was in full swing with music - and I hope this couple had a wonderful day) I was told the room was closer to the wedding party. The only other solution the receptionist had was to send a porter up with a can of air-freshener, which I declined. I cannot fault the staff in the hotel, apart from the Manageress we found the rest of the staff very pleasant and easy to deal with. Needless to say I will not be returning to this hotel and would not recommend it if you are looking for a nice relaxed getaway break. Signed: Displeased Roscommon Woman.

by pollyos on Mar 18 2014 13:44

Unfortunately our stay was terrible, rude staff, room not ready, lifts not working, really difficult to locate room, maze of corridors. Confusion about rooms at check in and confusion over price at check out. While waiting at half two for room to become available we ordered drinks at bar, two pints of Heineken and two pints of Guinness, we couldn't drink them, Guinness was warm and Heineken was flat. We had two rooms booked and all four if us felt that service was terrible, we also had this hotel booked for another occasion in June and will be cancelling. Very disappointed and so glad we got it at a reduced rate.

by Noodles on Mar 11 2014 10:42

This hotel was perfect. food was great, room was nice and warm and beds were comfy. close to cork city. 6 or 7 euro in a taxi. staff were very nice.

by Pleased Customer on Nov 19 2013 14:08

I have to say the bed was one of the most comfortable i ever slept in. Breakfast also very good. Would stay again.

by peter on Nov 9 2013 18:12

hi team, we enjoyed the break away nice hotel staff very friendly, nice walk to city centre, just what we needed. thank peter.

by unhappy guest on Oct 3 2013 13:23

When we checked in the receptionist was warm and welcoming. Unfortunately the stay went downhill from there. The rooms and hotel in general are very tired, they majorly need redecorating, wall paper is peeling off walls and the bathrooms need updating, or at minimum a good clean! The noise in the hotel is awful, I barely slept the 2 nights we stayed there due to people walking up and down corridors and talking. The food was not good, we tried dinner and breakfast. The service in the restaurant was basically none existent. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.

by Darren on Sep 24 2013 10:49

We stayed in the hotel on the 20/21st Sept. Overall it was a great place to stay, the hotel is Victorian and has a lot of charm. The room was massive and had a balcony with a great view of the city. The nicer of the two bars was closed however, never opened all weekend. We had the dinner as part of the package and it was really nice, not a huge choice but adequate. Breakfast was nice, it was brought to you rather than buffet style but juice/cereal/fruit was out for you to help yourself. Its about a 10 min walk to center, has parking but its on a hill so a taxi back will cost you 7-10 euro. Overall a great stay and excellent value.

by rebecca payne murphy on Jul 8 2013 19:05

Stayed Friday night with friend. Had a lovely stay. Staff were friendly and helpful and food was great. Great value will definitely return.

by Evelyn on Jun 5 2013 10:04

Quite nice hotel if you only can handle the impolite receptionist.

by Mgt Monahan. on May 19 2013 11:07

We spent two nights BB and one dinner. We found the Hotel and staff just wonderful food excellent.Very good value. Mgt. and Jack.
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