Where To Stay In Cobh, Ireland: 10 Hotels & Vacation Rentals - Updated 2021

Where to stay in Cobh, Ireland

Cobh offers you the promise of magical mists and gourmet cuisine, tucked neatly away in a colorful little harbor town. Whether you’d like to stay in a formal hotel setting or rent an Airbnb, you’re going to love your time here. I can promise you that the only sadness you’ll find is that which comes with saying goodbye. Here are the best hotels and vacation rentals in Cobh:

1. WatersEdge Hotel (from USD 75)

If you’re coming to Cobh, the cream of the crop is WatersEdge. It’s literally stationed upon the water’s edge. This is such an exciting place to stay. When the cruise ships dock, you can practically touch them. With gorgeously appointed rooms, the WatersEdge is elegance at its finest. It’s one of the highest rated hotels in the area and sells out quickly.

The hotel restaurant, Jacobs Ladder, offers sumptuous, unique, and ever-changing menu options. They also have a lovely bar where you can enjoy a nightcap. Truthfully, though, you’ll want to take that cocktail up to the rooftop so you can look out over the harbor. I simply cannot say it enough. WatersEdge is the kind of place that balances elegance with a welcoming appeal. The most disappointing element will be the morning you have to check out.

WatersEdge Hotel

Address: Lower Rd

Free parking Walking tours Fishing Dry cleaning Special diet menus (on request) Smoke alarms Packed lunches Newspapers

2. Bella Vista Hotel & Self Catering Suites (from USD 109)

Bella Vista certainly gives WatersEdge a run for its money. So, if WatersEdge is sold out during your preferred dates, run - don’t walk - to Bella Vista. This is a luxurious Victorian villa that offers modern, beautifully designed rooms. The clean, hardwood floors are the perfect foundation for its elegant linens and decor. Their continental breakfast has got to be one of the best in all of Ireland, surely. Everything is cooked to perfection and practically melts in your mouth.

While the dining options in Cobh abound, you just might want to stay “home” one night and enjoy the Full Rustic Bar, complete with open fires and a fine selection of whiskey. They’re likely to treat you to live music and it’ll be nice to know you don’t have far to go, come evening’s end. They, too, have a lovely rooftop you’ll want to visit each day. I don’t think those harbor views ever get old.

Bella Vista Hotel & Self Catering Suites

Address: Spy Hill, Bishop's Road

Bridal suite Family rooms Process in place to check health of guests Laundry Tour desk Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Snack bar Luggage storage

3. Fota Island Hotel and Spa (from USD 413)

Fota Island Hotel and Spa is a 5.1 mi (8.2 km) drive to Cobh, complete with glimpses of ancient castle ruins and picturesque country lanes. You’re going to love your island stay, all within an arm’s reach of the treasures that await in Cobh. Here, you’ll discover an 18-hole championship golf course, swimming pool, and show-stopping guest rooms. Ireland’s largest wildlife park, Fota Wildlife Park, is only a five-minute walk.

Don’t forget the spa portion of Fota Island Hotel and Spa. This luxury retreat boasts 18 treatment rooms where you can enjoy anything from a massage, to a manicure, to hydrotherapy, to thermal suites. Their attention to detail is simply superb.

You’ll find the restaurant to be stylish, flooded with natural light, and serving both modern and traditional cuisine. If you can, enjoy your meal out on the terrace one night. At any given point, you might want to savor a delicious cocktail in the Amber Lounge or Spike Bar. At Fota, you’ll be safely tucked into a world away and, just like WatersEdge, checkout will be your only disappointment.

Fota Island Hotel and Spa

Address: Fota Island

Business centre Golf course (within 3 km) Facilities for disabled guests Dry cleaning Physical distancing rules followed Newspapers Parking WiFi available in all areas

4. Commodore Hotel (from USD 87)

The Commodore Hotel is right across the street from Cobh Harbor, serving up sensational views and gorgeous harbor breezes. With comfortable and pretty decor in each of their guest rooms, you’ll be glad you checked into the Commodore.

Their restaurant overlooks the harbor, specializing in traditional and Mediterranean cuisine. Stop by their bar one evening for a pint and some live music. A stay at the Commodore means you’ll be neatly nestled in one of Ireland’s most colorful towns. With pricing like this, you’ll definitely want to take a close look at this harbor-side gem!

Commodore Hotel

Address: Westbourne Place

Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Smoke alarms Fire extinguishers 24-hour front desk Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Private parking Free WiFi Bar

5. Gilbert's Bistro & Townhouse (from 117 USD)

Gilbert’s is a spacious townhouse that has been converted into luxurious guest rooms, each boasting their own private bath. You’ll be centrally located on one of Cobh’s town squares and only a stone’s throw from the water. Gilbert’s will extend the epitome of warm Irish welcomes upon your arrival. Likewise, you’ll be able to enjoy their on-site restaurant, offering some of the tastiest treats in town.

Gilbert's Bistro & Townhouse

Address: 11 Pearse Square, Cobh, Ireland (see map)

Price: from 117 USD

6. Luxury Sea View Double Bedroom (from 132 USD)

This is a seven-bedroom guest house that was once the Sardinian Consulate. Today, it boasts newly renovated rooms and offers all the comforts of home. You’ll enjoy a private bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The decor is pretty as a picture, being fresh and clean, all while harkening back to the age and character that once defined this lovely building.

Luxury Sea View Double Bedroom

Price: from 132 USD

Number of Guests: 2

7. Georgian apartment (from USD 290)

Here, you’ll discover a lovely Georgian-style building with four en-suite bedrooms. Each room can accommodate at least two adults. Alternatively, if you’re traveling in a large group, the entire house can be rented, sleeping eight comfortably.

You might be thinking the price tag here is steep, but there’s a reason for it. The family who runs this Airbnb has a fantastic reputation for making sure everything is clean and prepared. These hosts are always available to their guests, making everyone feel welcome and secure. You’ll find this to be a great spot for an authentic at-home feeling during your time in Cobh.

6 Casement Square, Cobh, Co. Cork
Cobh, Cork, Ireland
50 reviews
Entire house 6 Beds 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
free wifi is available just ask
the coverage was spotty from our room but very strong in the common area
our room was comfortable and the duvets are the best
the place we stayed in was nice and clean
he was very friendly & accommodating the apartment was very clean & spacious
the place was spotless and welcoming when we walked in the door
john was an awesome host
very friendly and helpful hosts
john was a great host and was very responsive
thank you john he is so friendly and kind
enjoyed the hosts the neighborhood was beautiful by the water
great location to visit cobh
great location right in the middle of cobh
perfect location very close to train station restaurants grocery store and pubs
it is a great location to stay everything is nearby
great location right across from the ocean
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8. Victorian bedroom with a view (from 44 USD)

This is a lovely find. Here, you’ll be provided with a private bedroom, bath, and balcony. A solo traveler would probably enjoy this space, as it only fits one twin size bed. If that’s you, then snatch this room up right away!

The hosts are very welcoming and make sure you have everything you need during your stay. The view from the balcony is heavenly and the location is ideal. You’ll be removed enough from the hubbub of the squares yet close enough to make the short, peaceful walk to your morning tea along the harbor.

Victorian bedroom with a view

Price: from 44 USD

Number of Guests: 2

9. Large three bedroom apartment (from USD 435)

This apartment is located on the grounds of the lovely Bella Vista hotel. Unlike our lovely Victorian room above, this is intended for large parties of about eight or nine people. With three bedrooms, two baths, and six beds, you’ll be quite comfortable in this clean, updated, and spacious apartment.

Truly, you couldn’t be better situated. You’ll have full access to all the hotel amenities, including the restaurant and bar - which plays live Irish music every Friday and Saturday night. Because this is a self-catering service, you’ll have to stock your own refrigerator but, for a nominal fee, they’ll do this for you, allowing you to walk into what will truly be a home away from home.

Large and Spacious 3 bedroom Apartment
Cobh, Cork, Ireland
26 reviews
Entire serviced apartment 6 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bellavista was great we stayed in suite 6 - the 3 bedroom apt
everything was clean and spacious
place was very clean warm and comfortable
it was very clean exactly like the photos
it's a lovely house very clean we had a great night
the apartment was spacious and clean and was a great location for walking into cobh
delightful and helpful staff
the staff was friendly and helpful upon arrival
the staff was very kind especially fred
the staff was helpful in accommodating our large group in two separate suites
the people are friendly and help with anything
excellent location right in cobh
great location to the sites in cobh especially the cathedral
great location for day trips into cork using the rail system
place is well located with easy walking access to the waterfront and shops
both the apartment as well as the location were perfect for our purpose
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10. Two bedroom chalet (from USD 224)

This is another option located on the lovely grounds of Bella Vista. Feel free to spread out here in their two bedroom apartment that is well-kept and clean. There are double beds in each room, but the hotel is happy to provide other arrangements if need be.

With your own full-service kitchen, you’ll have everything you need. Upon request, the staff is happy to stock that before your arrival. What’s more, they’ll treat you to warm scones and tea every morning. You can also feel free to use any of the hotel amenities - from their restaurant to the music-filled pub.

2 Bedroom Chalet
Cobh, Cork, Ireland
50 reviews
Entire serviced apartment 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great complimentary breakfast scones
colman's catherdral from your bedroom window the apartment was huge and very clean
place was very clean and beds comfortable
lovely apartment really clean and warm
very clean and looked just like the pictures
lovely place to stay and clean and spacious apartment
the apartment was spotlessly clean newly refurbished and very comfortable
staff was very kind and helpful
the staff was great and the accommodations were tremendous
the appartement was very generous and the staff very friendly
great staff great accommodations
kevin and staff were super personable and very helpful
great location near to everything
what a great location in cobh
amazing chalet in a great location
very helpful great location and wonderful scones
not too far from the main road and super close to the main town area
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Fairy hills and mermaid mists

If fairy hills and mermaids exist, you’re most likely to discover them here in Cobh. So, keep an eye out! It’s a magical town brimming with gourmet cuisine, a multitude of places to lay your head at night, and air that puffs out live Irish music and harbor breezes.

I hope we’ll meet among the mists someday!

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