Those who like to stay perched above the action, rather than right in the thick of it, will doubly appreciate one of the chief selling points of the stylish Montenotte—a fantastic view across Cork City and the River Lee. Converted and renovated top-to-bottom from what used to be a rather sorry Best Western, the hotel is a sophisticated, fun place to stay. The cool, modern color schemes in the good-size guestrooms are offset with traditional patterns. The Panorama Bistro offers topnotch bistro cooking—with a superb view from the dining room, of course. There’s even an in-house cinema, where dinner-and-movie specials are offered on a few nights each month.