We stayed at the Clontarf in Jan 09, and what can I say?? I had a wonderful time!! The accommodation was lovely!! The rooms were extremely comfortable and the staff were very polite.
I have been to Dublin a couple of times before with friends and have always stayed in the centre, for the price it is well worth staying a little out of the centre!
Its only 10 mins on the bus (I think the no 130) we tended to walk down castle st which was a few minutes down the road to catch the bus on the main stretch! The bus does pick up straight outside the hotel but I think it may then drive around the village and adds time to the journey, it was just as easy to walk to the main stretch and on a good way a really delightful walk!
Clontarf itself is a lovely town and worth exploring, we spent a couple of hrs in the park around the corner from the hotel, (the hotel staff I am sure could provide you with a map of clontarf, there is also one you can download on the website) The park is huge and well worth a look!
We spent a day in the city as I had seen a lot of the city anyhow, spent the day visiting the square, the art gallery and tried the history museum (which happened to be shut for re furb at the moment!! Ohh well!)
There was also a really nice photography gallery near the temple area which is worth a visit and probably in most of the guides!.
We met a lovely lady while in the park in Clontarf who told us if we had time to go to Howth (I am not sure of the spelling) anyhow you can get a bus about half a mile up the road to the left of the castle (I think the 32) heading towards Howth Summit (but I am sure the staff at the hotel can direct you better) What a Fab place, if you enjoy walking and taking in the views this is fantastic!!
There is a trail that takes you all around the coast when you get off the bus which leads you into the centre of howth to a very pleasant harbour, you can get get the bus directly back from the harbour ( I think the No 30 ) Theres a lovely chippy there, which incidentally is also in Clontarf and the centre of Dublin, but they do the most amazing Scampi and Thai fish cakes!!
Overall, the weekend was most enjoyable, the accommodation was second to none, we could not of asked for anything nicer!! The staff were most pleasant and I would recommend this hotel to anyone that does not mind been a little out of the centre, after all its only 10 mins!! And nice to get away from the hustle and bustle!
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- 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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