The impressive redbrick exterior of this hilltop 1870s mansion on the northeast outskirts of Cork gives way to a glossy lobby, with black-and-white checkered floors and twinkly chandeliers.The guest rooms are modestly decorated, with traditional-style furnishings. Pay the extra for an upper-floor room with a city view. A pleasant bar is filled with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and the onsite restaurant is handy for a hotel that's a mile or so from the center of town, although it’s hardly a trek by taxi. Be aware that the Ambassador can get booked up by wedding parties in the summer.