While traveling in England, my Wife and I took a side trip to Dublin for a weekend. The flight was cheap so we just grabbed a backpack and took off. No car rental, just walking and public transportation was all we needed.
Stayed one night at the Clontarf Castle and it was very nice. The front of the Hotel is the original castle with the newer hotel built on to the back. Rooms were very nice. Like most European accommodations, they were a little smaller, but not to bad. Not too much of a view as you are looking at the back of the property. i would agree with some of the other reviews that the front of the property is very upscale while the rooms not so much. But they were comfortable and clean.
The check in area and lounge are terrific, very rustic but comfortable. The staff was very helpful and friendly. They were able to assist and guide us to numerous area attractions. We found the Irish to be without a doubt, the most friendly people we have ever encountered on our trips.
We ate at the restaurant in the Hotel and it was definitely the best food we had during our entire month long stay in Europe. Cost was reasonable and the portions were huge. One of the best steaks I have ever had.
Upon their recommendation, we took a bus tour of the countryside that started just outside the hotel. We visited several other castles and the Irish Sea. Our driver, Joe, was fabulous. Absolutely hilarious. If I have the opportunity to get back to Ireland, I would certainly stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin Ireland is a perfect blend of boutique and luxury, 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 2 miles from Dublin Airport, Clontarf Castle Hotel 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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