I was lucky enough to have a week off school so myself and David tipped down to Cork for a few nights. I’ve lots of places to review, Castlemartyr being one, as well as The River Lee Hotel, The Maldron, Cornstore (food and cocktails) and Gallaghers Pub (lunch).
Ok, so the Castlemartyr Resort is about 25 minutes drive outside Cork city. It’s a five star resort, which had built up quite a reputation for itself.
It’s the little touches that make this hotel a 5 star, personalised screen greetings and a welcome card from management accompanied by chocolate dipped strawberries are the things that make it stand out from a good four star .
We were in a Junior Suite (pigs-back deal) so we had a separate sitting room in addition to our bedroom. The sitting room had a coffee maker (the real deal- very swanky!) work area, sofa, coffee table etc.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to take a picture of the bedroom, my very anti socialmedia boyfriend plonked himself on the bed for the evening, so that was that. (Anti social media and he is with me, the mind boggles 😂) but here is a few snaps of other areas of our suite.
Lights, curtains and aircon are controlled by a panel from the bedside locker, you press a button and viola, the curtains close automatically. Entertained us for a good five minutes.
Lets talk food and drink:
We ate in ‘Knights Bar’, the food was fab, no faults there. The room itself was gorgeous too, I spent a lot of my time looking up at the all the intricate plaster (I’m sure that’s not the correct term) work and alcoving on the high roof. Cocktails are so good… But at €13.50 each they’d want to be. A pint of Guinness will set you back €5.70. Heres some more pictures… As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words
Breakfast was the usual continental breakfast bar but everything was freshly made, no tinned fruit etc, scones were clearly just out of the oven . I got French toast and bacon. This is then followed by optional pancakes, offered to you by the waiter after your initial ordered breakfast . I didn’t say no, and had to be rolled back up to our bedroom!
Now… The spa.
I was so disappointed by the spa. I was expecting so much, but unfortunately it didn’t reach my expectations- at all.
First off, I didn’t get a treatment so I can’t comment on that, my favourite thing to do is just laze around in the spa chambers, steam room, jacuzzi, salt room, rainforest showers etc. I stayed a total of 5 minutes in these areas. As mentioned before I came with my boyfriend, but the men’s and ladies areas are separated, so I was literally sitting around on my own. I need someone to chat and giggle with and I felt a bit lonely if I’m honest! When you go away with your partner, you want to do things together as a couple, like lounging in the jacuzzi talking utter rubbish, it’s no fun sitting in there on your own, well at least it wasn’t for me.
On top of that, there wasn’t anything remotely luxurious about the spa rooms, they were really basic, bright, no music playing, no nice smells, the steam room wasn’t even that steamy (bit of a ridiculous statement there, but that’s how I felt!) I seriously could of been in any spa or pool, and I’m talking 3 star here.
The treatments probably are amazing but I didn’t get one so I can only go on what I SAW and I EXPERIENCED. I really was left feeling very disappointed with the spa facilities here.
Things to do:
We went down to the village after our dinner, we had a few drinks in Pat Shortts bar, perfect for what we wanted. We strolled around the ground of Castlemartyr too, which are beautiful.
I really enjoyed my time here, it definitely has that 5 star feel, the hotel itself is so clean and luxurious, the staff are so friendly and attentive, the food and drink is great but the spa… it Certainly won’t feature in my top ten spa visits. If you’re going on a girls night away and don’t mind that it’s quite basic, or if you don’t mind not lounging around with your other half and being by yourself, then you will have a differing opinion to mine.
Would I return: yes but I wouldn’t go near the spa.
Would I recommend it: yes, but not for spa lovers.
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