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:
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.
Address: Lower Road, Cobh, Ireland (see map)
Price: from 165 USD
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, Cobh, Ireland (see map)
Price: from 170 USD
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, Cork, Ireland (see map)
Price: from 189 USD
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!
Address: Westbourne Place, Cobh, Ireland (see map)
Price: from 91 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
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
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.
Price: from 243 USD
Number of Guests: 8
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
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 three bedroom apartment
Price: from 387 USD
Number of Guests: 8
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.
Two bedroom chalet
Price: from 217 USD
Number of Guests: 4
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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