What a strange world we live in right now. It would be an understatement to say that Cork City is a quiet spot these days. Streets are empty with only the bare essentials left standing but absence truly does make the heart grow fonder and our city and charming boutique hotel have never looked as well. This pause has given us all the time to truly appreciate how lucky we are and to take note of the things we usually take for granted: stunning Leeside sunsets, birdsong at dawn along the quays, the smell of freshly cut grass in the picturesque Fitzgerald’s Park, the soothing sounds of our very own waterfall in our charming courtyard.

Of course, it has also made us miss the great atmosphere that all our guests bring to Hotel Isaacs. We miss welcoming guests from all around the world, hearing their adventures and planning their travel itineraries. We also miss our regulars and our corporate guests, many of whom have become good friends to us, an integral part of our week. We can’t wait to swing back open our gates and welcome you all back. In what may seem like an interminable darkness right now, we know that there are brighter days ahead with so many things to look forward to. Here are just some of the things we are looking forward to right now here in Cork.

Artistic Adventures:

They’ve spent the past couple of months bringing us online tours of their exhibitions but we can’t wait to get up close and personal again with two of our favourite city galleries: the Crawford Art Gallery and Glucksman Art Gallery. University College Cork and a visit to the Honan Chapel’s famous Harry Clarke windows will also feature on our lists of perfect afternoons in Cork City.



A Return to Prison:

For many, these past weeks have probably felt akin to being imprisoned in our homes but a trip the beautiful haunting historic Cork City Gaol and its quirky little radio museum upstairs is one prison we won’t try to break out of. 



Peaceful Panoramas atop the Shandon Bells:

The Shandon Bells have provided the city with a sense of hope these days. We can’t wait to bound up the 132 steps to the top and enjoy Cork from new iridescent heights again.



Delightful Daytrips:

Be it having a long overdue tipple at the Jameson Whiskey Experience in Midleton, hopping on the 10 minute train for a wild adventure at Fota Wildlife Park, finally getting to breathe in the fresh sea-air down in the seaside town of Kinsale or delving into the history of Titanic and immigration at nearby Cobh, deciding which place to go on our first daytrip will be our biggest difficulty.

Having a well-deserved cocktail in Cask:

Our multi award-winning Cask Bar had just unleashed their new spring cocktail menu into the world when the government introduced the restrictions. Regardless of how hard we’ve tried to recreate some of their magic at home, nothing quite beats leaving it to the experts to serve up their glitter in a glass whilst sitting outside in our heated courtyard.



Gastronomy Galore at Greenes

We don’t know about you but we are beyond tired of cooking. Try as we might, we just won’t ever be nearly as good as our Executive Chef, Bryan McCarthy, and the mouth-watering dishes he never fails to deliver at our award-winning . 

Remember residents enjoy a 15% food discount. Of course, these are just a tiny selection of all the wonderful things awaiting a return in Cork City. Whilst we wait for this glorious moment, why not use this time to book your next stay with us? With bookings open from May 29th and free cancellation, this is one decision you can confidently make that is risk-free.

About The Author

Colette is a hotel receptionist working at Hotel Isaacs Cork. Her favourite part of the job is meeting the many guests coming from all corners of the globe and sharing with them all the wonders that Cork City and County has to offer. One of her great passions is travelling and exploring new places especially museums, galleries and castles. "One of the things I feel very strongly about is how so many people in Ireland are completely unaware of some of the hidden treasures right on their door-steps. When people go abroad, they push themselves to see all the cultural delights on offer but too often, they have no idea how great what is right in front of them, readily available every day is. I came to Cork as a student in 2008 and I too limited myself and didn't push myself to explore. It took a friend to take me off and show me how truly amazing this city and county is and this is what I want to share with my guests and readers.

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