We stayed at the Clontarf Castle Hotel for 5 nights in February. We had a wonderful time and would definitely stay there again. There is a bus line that stops outside the hotel which will take you to Dublin center. There is also free parking which is a plus if you have a rental car.
The view of the hotel as we approached was so impressive. It looked especially nice when it was lit up at night. The lobby had a roaring fireplace which was so inviting.
The front desk staff and concierge staff were always welcoming and professional. We especially enjoyed Eric. He is a man who clearly loves what he does!
We had a deluxe room and it was very nice. The bed was comfortable and the amenities were fine. Our one complaint about our room, which was very near the elevator, was the noise level from the function room which is next to the lobby. There was a wedding one night and a party another. The lobby has a very high ceiling which looks very impressive but sound carries to the upper levels (when there is a noisy function it would be nice if the hotel staff would close the doors that open out to the lobby from the hallways leading to the sleeping rooms.) Our colleagues who had rooms further down the hall didn't hear the noise, so if you request a room away from the elevators noise shouldn't be a problem.
The Knight's bar is lovely with lots of dark wood. The bar, the dining room,and the breakfast room, however, really need more staff. The staff were pleasant and professional but were overwhelmed by the numbers of people that each one was trying to serve.
The town of Clontarf is about a fifteen minute walk from the hotel. It is a very pleasant walk through an upscale residential neighborhood. There are several nice restaurants there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celebrate, chill out, or relish in a little of both. Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland is a perfect blend of a boutique and luxury hotel, providing unique style and exceptional service in comfortable surroundings. This unique luxury hotel in Dublin is well thought out from the guests' point of view by providing a modern aesthetic built around an ancient form. Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Dublin City Centre and 5 miles from Dublin Airport, the Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland is an oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of lapping waters from the Irish Sea. ... more less
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