Bigger isn’t always better.
In fact, if it’s a minuscule staycation bill you’re after and you don’t mind kicking back in compact accommodation, Cork’s first ‘microsleeper’ hotel on MacCurtain Street/York Hill is a small and mighty proposition.
Cork artists Deirdre Breen and Jamie Howard put the finishing touches on the building’s eye-catching exterior over the weekend, but inside REZz Hotel Cork, the first guests have already been checking into the €10.5m hotel’s 72 bedrooms over seven floors.
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So what’s it like inside?
With a bold neon purple custom piece by Breen on the exterior and a ten-foot alien looming over the lift in the lobby, images shared by the hotel on Instagram show the vibe is fresh and relaxed and the scene is set for fun.
The rooms, designed by Meitheal Architects, are small but cosy, featuring top-quality basics (comfy bed, power shower, 50” smart TV, lightning-fast wifi) and industrial decor. They come in three sizes with prices starting at a very reasonable €69 for the ‘Mini’ midweek.
Plus, if you stay three nights you can get the cheapest night for free – the perfect excuse to tie one on during your Cork staycation.
The top floor Penthouse is still being completed but when it’s finished it’ll offer 360-degree views over Cork city.
Food and drinks
Guests will find communal coffee and snack docks on each floor with stations where you can rearrange your luggage.
The street-level bar is home to draft beers, spirits, and wines, with Banba, a locally-designed smart food ordering service that delivers Cork’s top local takeaways direct to your table, set to be in operation soon so you can sample the best eats from the comfort of the hotel.
Steps from the door, guests will enjoy the best of Cork’s Victorian Quarter, one of the coolest areas in the city and home to Cask, one of the best cocktail bars in Ireland, Mother Jones Flea Market, and the new Harley StrEAT – an alfresco hub boasting food trucks and benches for relaxed. weekend dining.