One of many small hotels on Western Road, Lancaster Lodge is modern and well-run and offers good value for your money. The purple color scheme in some of the public areas might be a bit garish for some, but guest rooms are big, with contemporary furnishings. Suites, which don't cost a great deal more than the standard doubles, come with Jacuzzi baths. Breakfast is better than you might expect from a budget hotel, and although it doesn't serve dinner, central Cork is only a short walk away.