We stayed at this "hotel in a castle" on our last evening in Ireland. I picked this hotel for it's proximity to the Dublin Int'l Airport and it's easy access to Dublin center city, within 5 miles. I was travelling with my husband, son and daughter in law on our first trip to Ireland. What we experienced was so much MORE! What an elegant hotel and a wonderful "near city, yet quiet" setting. What fun to walk into a castle past the "knights in armor" and find a perfectly modern hotel with excellent customer service, superior room accommodations (incl. American plug in's), many great restaurants located within - all for the average price of a chain-type hotel! The Knight's Bar was a great 'castle-themed' pub with excellent food and Dympana, our server, provided the best customer service I've ever experienced! Just wish we could have stayed longer than 1 nite and if we EVER get back to Ireland - we will indeed make the Clontarf Castle Hotel a must stay - long enough to enjoy all their amenities. Try it - you will be so happy you did.