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Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin

Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin

4 Stars

Castle Avenue Clontarf Dublin 3


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Cleanliness 5
Facilities 4
Service 5
Location 4
Pricing 4
Overall 4.4
The Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin is a luxurious castle hotel located minutes from the vibrant city centre. This charming hotel enjoys a boutique atmosphere, merging the grandeur of Ireland's historic castles with contemporary style and service. Uniquely appointed with lavish decor and period furnishings, this authentic hotel is near Bram Stoker Park, St. Anne's Rose Gardens, and The Bull Island Bird Sanctuary.

Location
Situated only minutes from bustling downtown, and less than 10 minutes from the Airport, Clontarf Castle is surrounded by golf courses, scenic landscapes, and the sea. Also nearby are Croke Park, O2 arena, and East Point Business Park.

Rooms
Opulent guestrooms at Clontarf Castle feature high-end decor and extravagant furnishings. Modern conveniences adorn the rooms, such as wireless Internet and coffee-making facilities. Custom-designed executive rooms and suites are appointed with 4-poster beds and views of the Dublin mountains.

Restaurant
Clontarf Castle's Fahrenheit Grill serves gourmet Irish dinners in an upscale, romantic environment. The comfortable Indigo Lounge offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu featuring coffee and pastries.

General
The elegant Clontarf Castle is a picture perfect hotel with ample grounds for corporate and private events. Business facilities include spacious ballrooms as well as PC and audio video equipment rental.

Additional Information

  • 3 km to City Centre
  • 8 km to the Airport (Dublin)

Hotel Facilities

  • Baby Sitting Service
  • Business Centre
  • Conference Facilities
  • Gym / Fitness Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lobby
  • Room Service
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Child Care
  • Currency Exchange Services
  • Internet Access - High Speed
  • Laundry Services
  • Parking Facilities
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Concierge
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access - Wireless
  • Lift / Elevator
  • Restaurant
  • Secretarial Services

Room Facilities

  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Internet Access
  • Safe
  • Ensuite / Private Bathroom
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Telephone

Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin Guest Reviews (29)


Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin
5 out of 5

Overall I very much enjoyed this hotel. The staff was friendly and informative. It was really only a couple/few kilometers from most things to see in Dublin, so it is quick to town but a taxi or rental car is needed. Very clean and well kept. Really a great hotel and I would recommend it to anyone so long as the distance from the city center isn't and issue.

Dalton J wrote on December 31, 2011


Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin
3 out of 5

We chose Clontarf Castle for our honeymoon based on great reviews. We arrived around 10am and we were accommodated with an early check in. Our room was great (more spacious than we expected with a large window and a cute L-shaped nook in the corner with a table and a chair), but the bathroom light did not work. After traveling for 15 hours to get here, we wanted to take showers so we saw housekeeping in the hall, and they said they would send someone over to fix the light. No one came. A couple hours later we told the front desk, who also said they would fix it...no one came. My husband took a shower in the dark, which I refused to do. Finally, before dinner, we went back to the front desk and spoke to a man who sent the concierge up who simply changed the light bulb. Some things we wished we had known in advance...they do not put a top sheet on the bed. The mattress is covered with a sheet, and then there is a down comforter, but no sheet. This drove us crazy as the room was already preset for a cooling and heating temperature, so we were either burning up or freezing at night; we found it hard to regulate. Also, they do not provide washcloths in the bathrooms. You do get towels and some hand towels but not very many. But I was impressed with the size and style of the bathroom. It was clean, and modern, with a nice walk in shower. The vanity was huge and had room for all of my hair and make-up accessories. We were extremely thankful we bought our computer, Wifi is free, because we only got maybe 10 channels on the TV and you had to pay extra for stuff that I think is normally included in the States. I would recommend bringing your own DVD's/CD's to play on your computer. Housekeeping is nothing more than them coming in and making your bed. If we left the iron and ironing board out, it was never put away for us and was still where we left it when we returned at night. Twice they didn't replace the dirty glasses/saucers we had used. The room has a fridge, but it is stocked so we couldn't buy our own drinks to store in there, which was frustrating. The hotel does serve breakfast each morning, and we were both impressed by that. It was 12.50 Euros per person, but it was set up buffet style and included sliced meats and cheeses, 3 or 4 different types of fresh fruit, yogurts, danishes, both fried and scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, 3 or 4 types of juices, tea, coffee, toast...I feel like I'm forgetting some items. Breakfast was always a pleasure, no problems, no issues and very friendly staff. We also really enjoyed The Knight's Bar, located on the first floor. We had dinner and or drinks there most nights. There is not much to do at this hotel but eat and drink. The castle doesn't really have any grounds, and it's situated in the middle of a residential area. There is no pool or hot tub, no spa or gym. The most economical way to get into town is by bus, and it's a bit of a walk from the castle to get to the closest stop, and we planned a lot of activities and wished halfway through our trip that we had paid more money and stayed in downtown Dublin as we paid a lot in bus and taxi fares. Overall we enjoyed the hotel but think it's better suited for those wanting a weekend romantic get-away, not a week long vacation.

Mrs. Wrong wrote on December 7, 2011


Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin
3 out of 5

The Hotel was nice. They charged you for every little amenity used however. It was a bit too far out of town, about a mile walk to the bus stop every day. The staff was pleasant and helpful.

Captain Elle wrote on November 13, 2011


Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin
4 out of 5

Loved our one week stay at the Clontarf Castle. Food in the restaurant and bar was excellent. Staff attentive and helpful. Beautiful building with comfortable rooms. I wish it was a little closer to Dublin City Centre but the bus stops right across the street or take a taxi.

GandL1 wrote on October 31, 2011


Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin
5 out of 5

I’ve always wanted to live in a castle. Unless I ever get filthy rich or decide to pursue a career in butlery, that’s not going to happen. Thus I satisfied part of that childhood desire of mine by staying in a castle the last four nights. Tonight is my last night in the Clontarf Castle Hotel, and I just wanted to share how incredible the experience has been. I cannot recommend this place enough. Here are a few reasons why: It’s a castle! This hotel is not like any other. Its walls are those of a very old castle. And it’s so much more than just a novelty feature. Sure, the bedrooms just feel like ordinary hotel bedrooms. But there are a number of lounges that intertwine in and out of the castle parts of the building. This is particularly important for rainy Irish days when you don’t want to go out much. Hanging out in the castle parts of the building on those days is a vacation in itself. Location. The hotel is in Clontarf, a little seaside town about 10 minutes away from Dublin and 20 minutes away from Howth, where I spent a lovely day today. Honestly, there’s not a ton to do in Clontarf, but it’s great if you’re like me and want to pretend you’re indigenous for a few days on vacation. Now, there are certain perks to staying in Dublin–considerably more choices of restaurants and pubs, as well as more tourist destinations–but Clontarf feels like an escape from the hubbub of real life, which has its benefits. Affordable luxury. This is a four-star luxury hotel that you can stay at for under $100/night. Amenities. I’ve spent most of my time in an awesome in-hotel bar called the Knight’s Bar, but there’s also a club and an expensive restaurant here. Just depends on what you’re looking for, but it’s nice to have all of them in the hotel. They seem to attract a number of locals, not just people staying at the hotel. And there have been a ton of weddings here during my stay. I may or may not be married to an Irish woman; I’m really not sure what happened in that ceremony. Service. I need a separate section for this, because it’s been astoundingly good. See below. My flight arrived on Friday at 8:00 am, and I wanted to go to the hotel first. I would have been fine with just dropping off my bags because check in wasn’t until late afternoon, but they found me a room right away. It was really nice to be able to relax after the long trip. I had a bit of an issue with cash on my second day. I realized that many places here only accept “cash or chip,” the latter of which means that your debit card has a microchip in it. Your American debit cards will not have this chip, and without it you may not be able to use ATMs or make payments. In the US I just use my credit card for everything so I can track my expenses, but I wasn’t going to be able to do that here. I was a little stuck, but I explained the situation to the concierge, and he let me pay for cash from the hotel with my credit card. I didn’t expect them to help in that way, but they did, and it was a huge relief for me. I’ve tried to eat a variety of Irish food during my trip, but I had difficulty finding shepherd’s pie in any restaurants for some reason. Finally I found it today at a local shop where they make food daily and package it for reheating. So I had a cold meat pie with no way to heat it (my room doesn’t have a microwave, but the pie was in foil, so a microwave wouldn’t have helped). I mentioned it to the concierge (a different guy than the first one), and he told me he would take care of it and send it up to my room when it was ready. 20 minutes later I was happily eating a deliciously warm authentic Irish shepherd’s pie in my room. For all three of those situations, the hotel could have said, “We don’t do that.” But instead, they found a way to help every time. You’re not going to find that everywhere, so make sure you come here the next time you’re in Ireland. Mention the shepherd’s pie guy to the concierge and you’ll share a laugh.

JameyS wrote on October 28, 2011


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Overall Guest Rating

Overall4.4 out of 5
Cleanliness5 out of 5
Facilities4 out of 5
Service5 out of 5
Location4 out of 5
Pricing4 out of 5

Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin Guest Reviews

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5 out of 5

Overall I very much enjoyed this hotel. The staff was friendly and informative. It was really only a couple/few kilometers from most things to see in Dublin, so it is quick to town but a taxi or rental car is needed. Very clean and well kept. Really a great hotel and I would recommend it to anyone so long as the distance from the city center isn't and issue.

Review by: Dalton J
Date stayed December 31, 2011

3 out of 5

We chose Clontarf Castle for our honeymoon based on great reviews. We arrived around 10am and we were accommodated with an early check in. Our room was great (more spacious than we expected with a large window and a cute L-shaped nook in the corner with a table and a chair), but the bathroom light did not work. After traveling for 15 hours to get here, we wanted to take showers so we saw housekeeping in the hall, and they said they would send someone over to fix the light. No one came. A couple hours later we told the front desk, who also said they would fix it...no one came. My husband took a shower in the dark, which I refused to do. Finally, before dinner, we went back to the front desk and spoke to a man who sent the concierge up who simply changed the light bulb. Some things we wished we had known in advance...they do not put a top sheet on the bed. The mattress is covered with a sheet, and then there is a down comforter, but no sheet. This drove us crazy as the room was already preset for a cooling and heating temperature, so we were either burning up or freezing at night; we found it hard to regulate. Also, they do not provide washcloths in the bathrooms. You do get towels and some hand towels but not very many. But I was impressed with the size and style of the bathroom. It was clean, and modern, with a nice walk in shower. The vanity was huge and had room for all of my hair and make-up accessories. We were extremely thankful we bought our computer, Wifi is free, because we only got maybe 10 channels on the TV and you had to pay extra for stuff that I think is normally included in the States. I would recommend bringing your own DVD's/CD's to play on your computer. Housekeeping is nothing more than them coming in and making your bed. If we left the iron and ironing board out, it was never put away for us and was still where we left it when we returned at night. Twice they didn't replace the dirty glasses/saucers we had used. The room has a fridge, but it is stocked so we couldn't buy our own drinks to store in there, which was frustrating. The hotel does serve breakfast each morning, and we were both impressed by that. It was 12.50 Euros per person, but it was set up buffet style and included sliced meats and cheeses, 3 or 4 different types of fresh fruit, yogurts, danishes, both fried and scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, 3 or 4 types of juices, tea, coffee, toast...I feel like I'm forgetting some items. Breakfast was always a pleasure, no problems, no issues and very friendly staff. We also really enjoyed The Knight's Bar, located on the first floor. We had dinner and or drinks there most nights. There is not much to do at this hotel but eat and drink. The castle doesn't really have any grounds, and it's situated in the middle of a residential area. There is no pool or hot tub, no spa or gym. The most economical way to get into town is by bus, and it's a bit of a walk from the castle to get to the closest stop, and we planned a lot of activities and wished halfway through our trip that we had paid more money and stayed in downtown Dublin as we paid a lot in bus and taxi fares. Overall we enjoyed the hotel but think it's better suited for those wanting a weekend romantic get-away, not a week long vacation.

Review by: Mrs. Wrong
Date stayed December 7, 2011

3 out of 5

The Hotel was nice. They charged you for every little amenity used however. It was a bit too far out of town, about a mile walk to the bus stop every day. The staff was pleasant and helpful.

Review by: Captain Elle
Date stayed November 13, 2011

4 out of 5

Loved our one week stay at the Clontarf Castle. Food in the restaurant and bar was excellent. Staff attentive and helpful. Beautiful building with comfortable rooms. I wish it was a little closer to Dublin City Centre but the bus stops right across the street or take a taxi.

Review by: GandL1
Date stayed October 31, 2011

5 out of 5

I’ve always wanted to live in a castle. Unless I ever get filthy rich or decide to pursue a career in butlery, that’s not going to happen. Thus I satisfied part of that childhood desire of mine by staying in a castle the last four nights. Tonight is my last night in the Clontarf Castle Hotel, and I just wanted to share how incredible the experience has been. I cannot recommend this place enough. Here are a few reasons why: It’s a castle! This hotel is not like any other. Its walls are those of a very old castle. And it’s so much more than just a novelty feature. Sure, the bedrooms just feel like ordinary hotel bedrooms. But there are a number of lounges that intertwine in and out of the castle parts of the building. This is particularly important for rainy Irish days when you don’t want to go out much. Hanging out in the castle parts of the building on those days is a vacation in itself. Location. The hotel is in Clontarf, a little seaside town about 10 minutes away from Dublin and 20 minutes away from Howth, where I spent a lovely day today. Honestly, there’s not a ton to do in Clontarf, but it’s great if you’re like me and want to pretend you’re indigenous for a few days on vacation. Now, there are certain perks to staying in Dublin–considerably more choices of restaurants and pubs, as well as more tourist destinations–but Clontarf feels like an escape from the hubbub of real life, which has its benefits. Affordable luxury. This is a four-star luxury hotel that you can stay at for under $100/night. Amenities. I’ve spent most of my time in an awesome in-hotel bar called the Knight’s Bar, but there’s also a club and an expensive restaurant here. Just depends on what you’re looking for, but it’s nice to have all of them in the hotel. They seem to attract a number of locals, not just people staying at the hotel. And there have been a ton of weddings here during my stay. I may or may not be married to an Irish woman; I’m really not sure what happened in that ceremony. Service. I need a separate section for this, because it’s been astoundingly good. See below. My flight arrived on Friday at 8:00 am, and I wanted to go to the hotel first. I would have been fine with just dropping off my bags because check in wasn’t until late afternoon, but they found me a room right away. It was really nice to be able to relax after the long trip. I had a bit of an issue with cash on my second day. I realized that many places here only accept “cash or chip,” the latter of which means that your debit card has a microchip in it. Your American debit cards will not have this chip, and without it you may not be able to use ATMs or make payments. In the US I just use my credit card for everything so I can track my expenses, but I wasn’t going to be able to do that here. I was a little stuck, but I explained the situation to the concierge, and he let me pay for cash from the hotel with my credit card. I didn’t expect them to help in that way, but they did, and it was a huge relief for me. I’ve tried to eat a variety of Irish food during my trip, but I had difficulty finding shepherd’s pie in any restaurants for some reason. Finally I found it today at a local shop where they make food daily and package it for reheating. So I had a cold meat pie with no way to heat it (my room doesn’t have a microwave, but the pie was in foil, so a microwave wouldn’t have helped). I mentioned it to the concierge (a different guy than the first one), and he told me he would take care of it and send it up to my room when it was ready. 20 minutes later I was happily eating a deliciously warm authentic Irish shepherd’s pie in my room. For all three of those situations, the hotel could have said, “We don’t do that.” But instead, they found a way to help every time. You’re not going to find that everywhere, so make sure you come here the next time you’re in Ireland. Mention the shepherd’s pie guy to the concierge and you’ll share a laugh.

Review by: JameyS
Date stayed October 28, 2011

5 out of 5

The staff was helpful and always there with directions and support with issues with my car rental from Hertz in Dublin.Ire. Would recommend to others and would stay there again when I am in Dublin Ire.

Review by: Art Allen
Date stayed October 18, 2011

5 out of 5

Clontarf was probably the best hotel we stayed in, though it would be closely tied with Fitzpatrick Castle. We were astounded by the low price we booked through Orbitz. The neighborhood was beautiful, the staff was friendly, and it was easy to get into the city. Wow. We cannot wait to go back!

Review by: KayMc
Date stayed October 6, 2011

4.4 out of 5

Having just returned from a wonderful weekend in Dublin I felt compelled to write and express just how wonderful this hotel is. Upon arrival the staff were attentive and helpful, this is despite my 'Hotel Club' reservation not appearing in their system! A problem that took rather longer to resolve than I would have hoped. (none of which was the hotels fault though). The concierge was especially helpful to us in organising a local restaurant booking and was only too happy to organise taxi's for us and provide advice on our plans. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. We had a room at the end of a corridor and had 2 beautifully undisturbed nights sleep, not hearing any of the usual hotel noises of banging doors or neighbours overly loud TVs. The hotel itself is situated outside of the city, but a taxi into the city only cost us 10-14 Euro each time and for us it was a price worth paying to stay in such a beautiful hotel.

Review by: David Bower
Date stayed March 15, 2011

4.2 out of 5

Nice hotel, very pleasant staff, the only downside was that I could'nt get any hot water from the sink. Apart from that no complaints.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed September 28, 2010

4.6 out of 5

Very professional, polite and efficient staff. We enjoyed a relaxing break. Recommend the jam and cream scones!

Review by: BRIAN HUGHES
Date stayed September 28, 2010

4.4 out of 5

Outstanding accommodation amidst an old (but refurbished castle). Dining options excellent (bar or restaurant). Little out of Dublin so OK if driving. Good value for money. Would definitely stay again.

Review by: Doug WALKER
Date stayed September 18, 2010

5 out of 5

We had a very relaxing, enjoyable weekend in the hotel. Everything was done very efficiently without any fuss or bother. The staff could not have been friendlier. Having been in Dublin often but never to Clontarf we enjoyed the historic ambience of the hotel, the local walks by the bay and felt no need to go any further.

Review by: Margaret Smyth
Date stayed February 4, 2010

5 out of 5

Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin is a must stay, service is great, and the hotel has an old-step back in time feel mixed with a contemporary setting. Good value for money.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed July 26, 2009

4.4 out of 5

A great hotel with a fantastic design, a mix of old castle and very comtemporary style, with spacey bedrooms and the best beds I've slept in ! There are two restaurants, both are good but I prefer the more relaxed one (knights bar). The staff of the restaurants, bar, the concierge and the maids were all very helpful smiley and polite, the staff at the reception on the other hand wasn't the most cheerful lot, they were both really grumpy and althought not impolite it felt like we were disturbing them and they had better things to do then check us in... we were probably unlucky to have the only 2 grumpy ladies receptionist of the hotel ... The location is not central, but perfect if you don't want to be in the center of Dublin, it's only a 15€ ride from the airport (about 15-20mn) and there's a bus going to the center of Dublin.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed April 23, 2009

4.8 out of 5

We wished to be near City Center on North Side adjacent to Raheny. This location is ideal. The hotel is outstanding.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed January 15, 2009

4.2 out of 5

Hotel staff were very pleasant and helpful. The room was fine, beds very comfortable and lovely ensuite bathroom. The barfood was good and very reasonable. The only complaint was that the breakfast was poor.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed March 27, 2008

4.4 out of 5

This hotel was absolutley stunning, and would highly reccommend

Review by: Katherine Smith
Date stayed February 14, 2008

4.8 out of 5

Beautiful hotel very well situated (15 mn from airport and not in city center so practical if you drive). The staff were very attentive, good breakfast buffet and the room (twin) was spacious and beautifullly decorated. Great place to stay for tourism or business.

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed February 13, 2008

5 out of 5

The House keeping (Vanessa)and bar staff i(Eva)n the Indigio Bar were excellent and I felt should be working in reception and front desk instead as they would have given us a much better check in. next time I book this hotel I will ask for a room in the quieter side of the hotel and also the non smoking section as it did get very noisey and we could smell cigarette smoke from the other rooms on the corridor. Everything else was perfect and should I be returning again to Dublin, Clontarf Castle wiil be my first choice.

Review by: Elaine Speight
Date stayed December 12, 2007

5 out of 5

The Castle is very impressive. We stayed there for two night in December and it was a fantastic weekend getaway. The rooms are nicely decorated. The two bars are very different in atmosphere and therefore something for everyone. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Bar prices are reasonable and the food is good. Its a 10 minute bus ride into Dublin - great location

Review by: Anonymous
Date stayed December 6, 2007

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