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Ambassador Hotel & Health Club Cork

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Our party of 12 booked for early bird dinner on Saturday 11th November. As some were travelling quite a distance were late arriving. But we were still allowed have the early bird menu. The food was delicious and plenty of it. The staff were very nice and pleasant. The restaurant was very busy, nice atmosphere and very comfortable. The service was slow, which suited us but may not suit everyone. Car park was full so be prepared to wait for spaces. We always enjoy our visits to the Ambassador hotel.

Very big let down after spending near to 600 euro by renting out a function room for a Christening. Then told to vacate our hotel room after a restless night with the child up all night. Horrific gratitude.

Great 4 star hotel. Fantastic building, great food, gorgeous bar and deck, wonderful staff. Fantastic location for a few days in Cork. Not far from the railway station or the city centre(McCurtain St end). On an elevated site so don't venture to walk up there with luggage! Get a taxi, it's a very short distance from any part of the city centre. "A relic of old decency!"

Lying on a hill overlooking the City,It has the most amazing views of the city.A former hospital,it has been transformed into a beautiful Hotel.Staff are most helpful and it is quite Inexpensive.Food is wonderful and it is just a 5 minute walk to the City.

Spent a Friday and Saturday night here. Gorgeous room, really high ceilings, balcony with a class view of Cork City. Food in the gastro-pub was top class too. Staff were friendly and accommodating. Look at the ‘Shop till you Drop’ package for great value. Great stuff!

We loved this hotel, we had the biggest family room I have ever stayed in. 2 double beds and a single for a family of 4. Amazing views over the city. We had brilliant value for the family deal which included a picnic and tickets to foto wildlife park. The kids loved the breakfast, the pancake maker was a big hit, all staff were extremely friendly throughout the hotel, from April on reception to the ladies in house keeping. Our evening meal was beautiful, always found waiting and bar staff very attentive and friendly. Loved their outside seated/decked area which was lovely just sit out at to have a coffee. Lovely to stay in a building that that has a bit of history to it. Only 8 mins to Patrick street. Already want to book for mid term next year.

Location was ok. Henchley's Pub is just around the corner 3 minute walk. Downtown a good 15 min fast walk. Quiet though! This hotel is one of those pretentious hotels - maybe a bit past it's prime. The stairway from the lobby to the upper first floors .. had this weird old carpet smell to it. The first room was a total 2 star room. The second room they moved us to was a learning experience on how to find it. It's such a warren of hallways - with elevators that end on lower floors - meaning you're lugging your luggage down hallways, around corners and up flights of stairs. Room was clean, bed comfortable and the bath clean with ample room to move around in. This is listed as a luxury hotel in our package. I wouldn't give it that.

We stayed for one night. Big room, our bedroom was in the corner and we had a great view of the city centre, comfy bed and nice staff. They have a nice breakfast too. However, we had lunch at the hotel's restaurant and it wasn't good. My steak sandwich was dry and my banoffi crambule wasn't good either, the sugar on top tasted burned. Now, my big problem. They have very thin walls which a 4 stars shouldn't have. We couldn't sleep as we had a very noisy neighbours. To have an idea 4am I was in the hotel main hall. They said they couldn't do anything. I'm complaining about the noise itself, because they were having sexy (very loud btw). The thin wall was the problem. They couldn't move us to another room as they were fully booked out. Fair enough, the manager said we could have the breakfast for free as we hadn't book with it and he refunded a few quid. He was very sound guy and I understand how awkward the situation was. I didn't have lucky on this. But I expected the hotel having a good isolation between the rooms.

Stayed here for a few nights during the Cork Jazz festival. Spacious, quiet, large hotel and perfectly adequate for our needs. Ample car parking, easy to find, convenient position for us to walk into the city, yes a few hills but nothing too taxing, maybe 20 minutes up hill. Very clean and large warm room, good bed, good bathroom and shower. Could not fault the staff who were chatty and helpful and the breakfast was fine.

My family booked a graduation dinner for a Thursday night, and then my boyfriend and I stayed the night. The Ambassador is on the very steep northside of the city and some rooms do have amazing views from their balconies. For dinner, we ate in McGettigan's restaurant in the hotel, there was a group of ten adults and two toddlers. We didn't choose the graduation menu specifically as it had a limited choice and the McGettigan' s dinner menu has a lot to offer. They kindly supplied two highchairs, but neither of them had trays for the children to eat vegetables etc. for themselves, as they would at home so it meant one of their parents wasn't able to eat their meal while it was hot, or felt like they delayed ordering for the rest of the group. Only a few of us had starters, the prawns were lovely but very spicy which they were happy with. The tomato and pepper soup was also very nice. Large bread baskets were also served with the soup. The restaurant was busy but there was a long enough wait between courses. Two bottles of a particular Australian or Spanish red wine were ordered but a Chilean was served instead. When brought to the attention of the waiter, he apologised and said that they were out of that particular one and we ordered a different Spanish one. Clearly they thought we wouldn't notice. They have a nice drinks menu with wine, cocktails, soft drinks etc. but were lacking in popular drinks with people my age and yet had the likes of Blue WKD which would be popular with a much younger age bracket. I asked had they any flavours of Bulmers, or any Kopparberg at all and a different waiter said they had Orchard Thieves so I ordered a pint. A few minutes later he came back and said they had none which was very disappointing as I like to drink something I genuinely like the taste of, rather than have a drink for the sake of it. I tasted the Spanish wine and settled for that instead as it was quite nice. Later my boyfriend ordered a Jack Daniels and Coke and received a Captain Morgan's and Coke, which was immediately rectified. The staff seemed to be very busy and make a few mistakes like that throughout the night and at breakfast the next morning. There were little to no complaints about the mains, except that they aren't able to cook steak as it was ordered. Two medium steaks were ordered and they were served more raw than medium, the second time around they were served well done. One party member sent his back a third and eventually got it medium as he asked in the first place. I have to say the staff were very apologetic and accommodating in this case, and brought fresh chips and offered to take both steaks off the bill. The lamb special with red wine jus was delicious, as was the beef, fish and chips, salad, chicken, and sea bass dishes. The only complaint I would have had was that the portions of vegetables were slightly lacking, one bowl was to be shared between two people and though there was good variety such as carrot, cauliflower, peas in a pod, and parsnip. Deserts were also delicious, though inconsistent. Some thought they were small portions, but I thought the amount of chocolate brownie served for example was perfect as the mains portions aside from the veg were big enough! However, the wrong desert arrived for my brother, he ordered the banoffee crème brûlée and got a much larger slice of brownie than I did. He didn't make a fuss though as he's easygoing and his wife tried some before he came back and realised he got the wrong dessert! The majority of our party, if not every other adult bar one ordered the pavlova which was on their specials menu for the night. What they got was definitely not a slice of pavlova but a small meringue with some cream and tinned fruit on top, which for a four star restaurant is not what you'd expect to pay for. As for the hotel itself it is very old fashioned which I thought was nice and quaint. The corridors are wide and the ceilings are high which was a nice change from the low, dark, and narrow corridors of most modern hotels. Of course, on the flip side of this, it meant the rooms were quite small by comparison. The beds were extremely comfortable, and rooms well furnished with homely wooden furniture though heavily varnished they looked a bit too orange against they grey toned wallpaper. They had a coffee machine in the room with the capsules which was a nice touch along with a kettle and ironing board. We were lucky to be given a room with a small balcony on the second floor even though we did't pay the extra €20 or so to ensure a room with a view that the camera in my phone didn't do justice to. Very few complaints bout the room itself really. The balconies are filthy from the birds (see pictures below) and not kept clean by the cleaners at all. It's a nuisance with the overhang yes, but if they were done twice a week it would make a huge difference and I wouldn't have taken any notice. Unfortunately one of the bedside lamps wasn't working at all, and the bathrooms are very small and not as luxurious as you would expect for a four star hotel. They could definitely splash out on nicer toilet paper, and they need to replace some of the towel racks as they are eroded. Breakfast was also a little disappointing. They did have a nice selection of cereals in the small Kellogg's boxes such as Rice Krispies, Coco Pops etc., some fruit, juices, pastries, toast and various toppings. We sat at the table right in front of the kitchen window and the door and not once throughout the 40 minutes did one waitress ask us if we wanted to order tea and coffee. We were left waiting for a very long time to order the hot food. Again, I ordered just one sausage, rasher, and fried egg but got an extra egg and rasher which was nice to get more instead of less for a change but was a waste as I wasn't going to be able to finish everything! It also showed that the staff need to take more care when taking orders. I can't imagine management would be too happy with unnecessary food and drink wastage. The sausages were huge and very tasty, not overly salty as most are, and the fried eggs were also just right, but the rashers were tough and too crispy. Overall it is a lovely hotel with much more potential but I wouldn't say it is a four star hotel by any means based on this visit and price for a Thursday night (€134 for a couple with breakfast, €114 without) but certainly a very good three star hotel.

Military Hill, Saint Lukes Cross Cork Cork

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Cork City Hall
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Cork City Hall is a short stroll from Ambassador Hotel & Health Club Cork, and other popular attractions like Bells of Shandon are within a mile (2 km). This 70-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Located centrally in Cork, it's also close to St. Anne's Shandon Church and Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.


All 70 individually decorated rooms provide coffee makers, free weekday newspapers, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include ironing boards and desks.

Property features

Guests staying at Ambassador Hotel & Health Club Cork enjoy a fitness center, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include 4 meeting rooms, conference space, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Classic Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Classic Double Room Single Use

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Superior Room, Balcony, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

69% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1125 reviews