Last year I booked the Clontarf Castle hotel because there was an offer on, and my colleague and I were very impressed by the hotel. So this week when we returned to Dublin for business we booked it again for 2 nights. Not only is the hotel beautifully decorated, but the bed must be the best bed i've ever slept in in a hotel ! I don't always sleep well in hotels but again I sleep very well due to the comfie beds and quiet surroundings. The room I had was great, and offered complimentary tea/coffee cookies (which is always appreciated after a long day of meetings..)
The first night we ate at the bar, the food was very nice and affordable, good atmosphere as well. The second night we tried the restaurant (michelin recommended) and it was fine but not as special as I expected, maybe I wasn't hungry enought that night. The breakfast is fine, althought I think it should be included in the price of the room.The staff of both restaurant/bar, the concierge and the room maids were all very polite, friendly and helpful. On the other hand, the reception staff was not the most friendly, they were polite but very cold and not a smile on their face (Maria should learn to smile that would make a huge difference ! ) the blond lady who followed shift was also quite grumpy, none of them could crack a smile, a big shame for such a hotel, especially because they are the first people the guests meet.
In summary it is a great place to try, not as expensive as people might think for such a grandiose hotel, the decor inside is really amazing and the rooms very confortable. it's only about 15 Euros by taxi from the airport and about 20mn off peak hours. Well worth trying for a change from the 'normal' looking business hotels, and for sure a big hit for couples or even family with kids who would love the castle atmosphere ! In fact as my husband and I are invited to a wedding in Dublin in August i've decided to stay at the hotel again so my husband and son can enjoy this beautiful place.
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April 20, 2009
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Thank you very much for all of your feedback on Trip Advisor.
I'm delighted to hear that your business trip went well and that you enjoyed your time spent in our 12th century castle hotel.
We most certainly take all of our feedback into consideration, therefore I regularly circulate all Trip Advisor reports to management etc to ensure that everyones' visit is most perfect and any area that requires improvement is implemented. Therefore thank you for providing us with your experience whilst visiting the hotel.
I'm very pleased to hear that you and your family will be returning to the hotel quite shortly to attend a wedding. On behalf of the team here we look forward to welcoming you back to Clontarf Castle and very much hope that you enjoy the wedding taking place.
Should you have any future queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will do my utmost to ensure that your next visit is most memorable.
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