Top 5 Family Friendly Hotels in Cork
Holidays with children are often so exhausting that it’s a break to go back to work!
You can make the whole experience a pleasurable one for everybody, however, by choosing the right accommodation for your family. So where should you stay when you want the kids to have fun but you need some grown-up time too? Here are our favourite family friendly hotels in Cork:
1. Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Road, Douglas, Cork
They know how to look after families at the Rochestown Park Hotel, where family rooms are large, comfy, and generally quiet. Pancakes for breakfast will be a real hit with your small ones, and they will love the pool too. Douglas Shopping Centre is within easy reach, and the hotel does a great family package that includes a family pass to the Fota Wildlife Park with a packed lunch and dinner for all four of you on one evening. A highly rated kids’ club runs during school holidays. Visit their website here.
2. Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Co. Cork
If you fancy a deluxe family experience, you have to try the five-star Fota Island Hotel. The ideal option for many parents will be to book one of the lodges on Fota Island. These sleep up to seven, giving you the freedom and flexibility of self-catering while offering access to all the amenities of the hotel. Kids’ camps run during school holidays, and the hotel also has a swimming pool, tennis courts and walking trails. The main draw is the adjacent Fota Wildlife Park (a shuttle bus runs from the hotel to the Park and to Fota House and Gardens). Your brood will never get bored, getting up close to the animals, taking the train, trying out the playground, and picnicking in the extensive grounds. Visit their website here.
3. Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork
Bantry Bay is the perfect location for a family holiday, being close to attractions such as Mizen Head and the Dursey Island cable car, as well as stunning beaches like Barleycove. With its focus on families, the Maritime Hotel makes a great choice for your stay. The leisure centre has a dedicated children’s pool, and there’s a free kids’ club in the school holidays. In addition, the Maritime offers advice on what younger guests can do in the area, and they can also organise babysitters (24 hours’ notice required) and in-room family movie nights for an extra charge. Visit their website here.
4. Quality Hotel, Youghal, Co. Cork
For reliability and value, it’s hard to beat the Quality Hotel in Youghal. They are old hands at taking care of families, with a great pool and kids’ camps during holiday periods throughout the year, including movie club nights and the ever-popular disco. Self-catering is an ideal option at the Quality Hotel, where you can get excellent deals on stays in the attached apartments or holiday homes including breakfast in the hotel, so you get the best of both worlds. Visit their website here.
5. Trabolgan Holiday Village, White Gate, Midleton, East Cork
The original family getaway, Trabolgan Holiday Village offers affordable self-catering family fun beside the beach in East Cork. Located in a 140-acre park, it is a purpose-built environment suitable for everyone from toddlers to teens and parents to grandparents. Accommodation is available in holiday homes, apartments, and a caravan park, with good food, live entertainment, an 18-hole golf course, a 10,000 square-foot indoor sports complex, and a great indoor water centre with a wave pool and waterslide all on site. There’s no excuse for boredom! Visit their website here.
Which other hotel would you add to our family friendly list? Be sure to let us know in the comments!