19 April 2017
The Kingsley Hotel, Cork: Allsun Adores!
Allsun recommending round these parts but this time she's kicking things up a notch with her first 'Allsun adores' post - about a spot that's close to my heart, too. Take it away, Allsun!
The Kingsley Hotel, Cork, has something very special. From the moment you walk into the rather grand lobby you get the sense you’ll be taken care of. Lovely, smiling faces greet you from the moment you check in, and that sense of welcome follows you right through your whole stay.
The décor is gorgeous, too – a nice mix of contemporary and traditional, with really elegant bedrooms, big glitzy chandeliers, dark wood panelling and, in the atrium, floor-to-ceiling glass windows which give an airy sense of space.
The windows showcase another of the hotel’s USPs: its pretty location on the banks of the River Lee. You can see and hear the river as you dine, swim, chill out or exercise – and I did all of the above – and it really adds to the sense of relaxation.
One way of seeing the River Lee in all its glory and one of my favourite experiences at the hotel is plunging into the balmy heated outdoor hydrotherapy pool (that's it in the top photo). It is absolute heaven being outdoors soaking up the beautiful scenery as the jets massage away the stresses of the day. Time just floats away as you begin to unwind. Sadly, we didn’t spot a kingfisher on this visit – the stylish little bird is a frequent visitor to the river bank, which is why it’s the hotel’s emblem.
I spent a lovely hour in the thermal suite at the spa, which boasts all sorts of impressive facilities from the aromatherapy steam room to the Finnish sauna, hammam spa pool, chromotheraphy room, tropical showers and heated loungers - who wouldn’t feel totally chilled after spending time here?! It’s one of Emma’s favourites in the country, and I totally understand why.
Dinner in the Springboard Restaurant was a treat. I was excited about this as I have seen their Head Chef Ger Lynch cooking up a storm on RTE a few times. Well it’s safe to say I devoured everything, and from melt in the mouth lamb to the pistachio parfait, it was a knockout.
Eventually we rolled back to our room, which had a stylish, modern vibe. Everything was cosy and immaculate. For me the bathroom was the wow factor, I admit to a bathroom fascination and the double sink gave me that 5* feeling. The hotel itself is a 4* but I think you’re totally getting a bargain because there are so many features that really impress.
I left Emma snoozing while I headed to the gym bright and early. I wasn’t expecting much from a hotel gym, but this was a nice size and had a good array of equipment. I took full advantage of the cardio machines and free weights areas, got a great workout in and felt like I really deserved my brekkie.
Hotel breakfasts are always a big treat and The Kingsley did not disappoint. From make-your-own pancakes to the full Irish, every taste is catered for. Grab a window seat beside the River and you’ll have a wonderful time daydreaming – you could be anywhere in the world.
So the question I always ask myself is, would I go back? Without a doubt I’ll be returning and probably over and over again. You are guaranteed the most relaxing few days, exceptional food, luxury and overall friendliness.
We were invited down to celebrate the launch of the Duo Delight package, which combines a Neom massage with a Kirsten Florian refresher facial. Including an overnight stay with breakfast, dinner in the Springboard Bistro and two luxurious half-hour treatments, this comes in at €390 per person and is the perfect treat to spoil yourself or someone else. Check out The Kingsley’s website for more, or read about Emma's visit to this gem of a four-star hotel.