We stayed here for a weekend. We arrived into the hotel and the concierge guided us to the check in area. It was what I felt a rushed check in as there was a wedding in the hotel also and they were busy with the ongoings of the wedding I guess. We made two dinner reservations for the main restaurant in the hotel. We were asked did we want help with our bags but we didnt so that was grand.
Our room was basic with the usual things- double bed, tea/coffee facilities and mini bar. There was a large window which was lovely to look out at the grassland ahead and over the area where you enter the hotel but at night there was very little lighting around the entrance to the hotel which wasnt great. The bathroom was big but again just the usual things from any standard hotel.
We went to the restaurant the first night. The man who showed us to our table appeared to be good at his job. We ordered our food. It was lovely but the a la carte menu was very small. Basics like steak and fish were on the set menu and a la carte menu. The second night we ate we took in a little more of the goings on. We went to the restaurant and the same man showed us to our seats. He didnt tell us the fish of the day or say anything more. We noted that if couples entered that the female wore a dress, he went through the menu and spread our the napkins and treated them in a nice way where as is a woman was wearing trousers or any type albeit jeans or linen etc he didnt go through anything. On the second night we were given complimentary soup which was lovely but again the menu was the same as the previous night.I am aware that on the menu it says that it changes with the seasons but when you are staying two nights in a row the same food can be monotomous and repetitive. The food was cooked well and portions sizes were good. The menu was a little expensive but I guess that depends on people personally. Average for a main course was €25. The set menu was good value at €27.50 for 2 courses.
Both nights there were weddings in the hotel and people were very loud when going to their rooms at 2,3 and four in the morning. Especially when you have a couple outside your door having an intense discussion at 530am. Thank you to the man in the opposite room for asking them to move on.
On a major plus the breakfast was wonderful. The cooked breakfasts fantastic with lots of options and not hard like some hotels have. Also the fact that in the bedrooms you werent listening to alot of traffic was excellent and the rooms were very clean.
Overall a good stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fota Island Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland’s finest five star resort properties. Just 15 minutes from Cork City Centre, 20 minutes from Cork International Airport and 2 hours from Dublin, it offers 131 bedrooms and suites overlooking the surrounding 800 acres of woodland and championship-standard golf courses. Tennis, running trails and a world class spa - with 18 treatment rooms, swimming pool, hydrotherapy suite and 24-hour fitness room - are just some of the many leisure facilities available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fota Island Hotel Fota Island
- Sheraton Fota Island Hotel
- Sheraton Cork
- Fota Island Sheraton
- Sheraton Hotel Cork
- Fota Island Resort