River Lee hotel upgrades its bars and restaurants

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Part of the River Lee's renovation is the opening of the Mirror Room.
Part of the River Lee's renovation is the opening of the Mirror Room.

The River Lee, a Doyle Collection hotel in Cork, Ireland, has completed the first phase of an extensive renovation with the opening of the River Club Bar and Terrace, the Grill Room, the Mirror Room and the Cocktail Bar.

Subsequent phases of the renovation, which will be complete later this spring, will include the hotel lobby and 182 guestrooms.

The property remains open during the renovation.

The project is the work of designers O'Donnell O'Neill and Doyle Collection chairman Bernie Gallagher, with an eye to blending a modern aesthetic and authentic Cork charm.

The River Club Bar features a double-height ceiling with wooden beams reclaimed from a whiskey distillery, a mahogany bar, floor tiles in a chevron pattern, a frosted-glass, art deco chandelier and large windows overlooking the river. 

The River Club Terrace features tropical plants and outdoor heaters and serves brunch, cocktails and small plates. 

The Grill Room, with its leather banquettes and blown glass lighting fixtures, offers gourmet dining from a menu created by head chef Paul Lane that features local produce, much of it straight from the nearby English Market.

The Mirror Room is a new space for events and group dining, and the Cocktail Bar is a modern take on a mid-20th-century bar. 

Rates at the River Lee start from about $190 per night.

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