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The River Lee Hotel

Welcome to The River Lee Hotel

A Doyle Collection Hotel

Standing on a bend on the river just a short stroll from the city centre, the River Lee Hotel is that rare destination, a truly urban hotel, in a leafy waterside setting, with genuine warmth of service. A university town with a young and vibrant population, Cork has a rich cultural scene, with international Jazz & Film festivals.

Well-loved institutions such as the Cork Opera House and the Triskel Arts Centre, sit side by side with an eclectic collection of independent galleries and theatres.There is also a strong food culture centred on the famous English Market and supporting a variety of intimate bars and restaurants. The "second city" is the perfect base from which to explore the rich hinterland, or to travel west along the coastline of Ireland's largest county.


A striking contemporary building, the River Lee Hotel has a series of tall and bright ground floor spaces opening onto a large sunny terrace overlooking the river. Quality natural materials such as wood, stone and glass provide a background for an interesting collection of contemporary art. The relaxed and comfortable furnishings combined with the warmth of service make this a perfect place to meet.All of Cork life is played out here, from leisurely weekend breakfasts to business lunches, from late night cocktails, to that special celebration.

The rooms at the River Lee hotel are truly outstanding; all are bright and spacious, with large comfortable beds, four piece bathrooms and dedicated work spaces. They enjoy a range of panoramic views; across the city from our front facing rooms, over the leafy parkland of the Bishops Palace to the rear, or from our premium corner rooms directly onto rushing waters of the weir. Guests enjoy complimentary access to our in house health club complete with gym and 20mtr swimming pool. Relaxing treatments can be booked at the award winning Urban Escape Spa. The dedicated business floor has a range of meeting rooms, some with outside terrace space, where a variety of business and social events can be curated by our in house team. Special menus featuring the best of local produce can be prepared by the Weir Restaurant kitchen.

River Lee Christmas Brochure


Celebrate the festive season with friends or colleagues in The River Lee! Whether you are lunching or dining we have a Christmas menu just perfect for you to toast this magical season!  

Have a look at our Christmas brochure here .



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The Weir Bistro

Menus & Details


Famous for our breakfasts, and proud to be a Good Food Ireland member, the Weir is made more memorable by its beautiful riverside setting with green and tranquil views, as well as outside terrace, when weather permits. Our chefs are happy to tailor orders to customer’s requests and, with calorie counts on all menus, it’s easy to keep track of your daily intake.


Continental Breakfast
Monday to Friday: 6.30am – 10.30am
Saturday and Sunday: 7.00am - 11.00am

Full Breakfast
Monday to Friday: 7am - 10.30am
Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am - 11.00am

Dinner in the Weir bistro from 6.00pm – 10.30pm all week
All day Menu in The Weir Bar: 12.00noon – 10.30pm all week

Chef Michael Clifford


From childhood days stirring the Christmas cake with his mum, and picking fresh mussels and periwinkles with his dad, Castletownbere native and Executive Head Chef Shane’s earliest memories are all about food. On his 18th birthday, a trip to Michael Clifford’s famous modern Irish restaurant, 18 Dyke Parade, put flame to touchpaper and Shane’s future as a chef was set. Shane’s cooking adventures took him to Greece, the US, the UK and finally back to Cork. Since joining The River Lee Hotel in 2010, Shane shares his passion for all things local every single day. Working closely with his team to create the most delicious food with the very best ingredients Cork has to offer, Shane has transformed The River Lee Hotel into a destination in one of the food capitals of the world. 

Form to table


Shane O'Sullivan has taken Cork’s food philosophy to heart - sourcing the best possible local ingredients, cooking them simply and letting the food speak for itself. A task made much easier by the hotel’s location in the culinary capital of Ireland and by Shane’s thriving relationships with some of the best artisan producers in the country.

Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Cork’s award-winning cheese include: Ardsallagh Goats cheese, Coolea , Gubeen, Durrus, Milleens, Hegarty's & Carrigaline Cheese. The perfect artisan crackers come handmade, courtesy of Patisserie Regale, Dunmanway, and West Cork.
  • Seafood: Locally caught brown crab from Shane’s hometown, Castletownbere, comes via Shellfish De La Mer who with family-run Ballycotton Seafood delivers the very freshest fish daily including Hake, Plaice, Cod, Monkfish, Scallops.
  • Duck: Is it the 100% natural diet of cereals, the fact they are hand-reared by Helena & Eugene Hickey for longer or their habitat, overlooking a beautiful West Cork bay, that gives our Skeaghanore duck its full flavour and tenderness? It is all of these together.
  • Beef: When all your beef comes from Ireland’s renowned butchers, Twomeys, you know it will always be a treat. With every cut fully traceable from farm to fork, and approved by the Bord Bia Quality Assured Scheme, Macroom based Toomey’s is a guarantee of quality and flavour.
  • Lamb: Purveyors of the finest, tenderest lamb to Cork’s discerning for over 35 years, O’Connell & Sons is a byword for Ireland’s tastiest, most succulent lamb and we owe them a debt of gratitude for every bite.
  • Fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and salads: Putting fine, local veg on the plates of Cork natives for nearly 90 years is no mean feat. That the Southern Fruit continues to serve only the highest quality produce, much of it sourced from local Cork growers, is down to their passion for the very best.
  • Buffalo: The multi award winning Toonsbridge buffalo Mozzarella, ricotta and haoulmi from Toby at the Real Olive company.
  • Ice cream: Very few could match the rich creaminess of Baldwins farmhouse Ice cream. Some flavours made exclusively for us like Lee Vanilla, or white chocolate and blueberry.

awards & accolades

TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2014
TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2014
Triskel Arts Centre Cork

Just five minutes’ walk from the hotel, the Triskel Arts Centre is one of Cork’s finest, and busiest, venues for live music, cinema and the visual arts, and has long partnered with The River Lee Hotel.

Penny Dinners Association Cork

Staff and management at The River Lee Hotel volunteer once a week to help at the centre, providing a hot meal and a warm place for those that need it while, every year in December, our chef and his team cook and deliver a full Christmas dinner to all comers.

Lewis Glucksman Gallery Cork

Part of University College Cork, the Glucksman Gallery is a great place to visit. Located a short walk away from the hotel, we’re proud to partner with this local cultural and educational institution.

Cork French Film Festival

With everything from classic Film Noir to award-winning gritty contemporary dramas, The River Lee Hotel is delighted to sponsor the annual Cork French Film Festival.

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Ireland’s biggest jazz event and famous the world over, October’s annual music fest, The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, is an event which transforms Cork City and it’s one we’re always excited to be a part of.

Cork Opera House

As an official hotel partner to the Cork Opera House, The River Lee supports events here year round, so you might find yourself rubbing shoulders with a future Pavarotti in the Weir Bistro or being serenaded in the lift.

Good Food Ireland

As a provider of the finest authentic Irish food and passionately committed to using local food, supporting Irish farmers, food producers and fishermen, we feel we’re reading from the same cookbook and bringing people together over a shared love of fine food.


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