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Clontarf Castle Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Castle Avenue | Clontarf, Dublin D3, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #22 of 175 Hotels in Dublin
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“Beautiful stay near Dublin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2009

Beautiful converted castle just a short bus ride to Dublin City Center. Elegant rooms and common spaces, great beds and room facilities. Efficient and friendly staff, very nice lounges. The hotel was having a special on internet and movie service while we were there, otherwise would be kind of pricey.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sales_Coordinator, Marketing & Internet Executive at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2009
Dear Guest,

I'm absolutely delighted to hear that your visit to Clontarf Castle Hotel was most enjoyable and that you found our hotel "beautiful" and staff "efficient and friendly".

Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor and should you decide to revisit our hotel in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Siobhan Fagan
Sales Department
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2009

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.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sales_Coordinator, Marketing & Internet Executive at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2009
Dear Guest,

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.

Kind regards,

Siobhan Fagan
Sales Department
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michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2009

We stayed at the Clontarf Castle from 3/31-4/7/2009 for our 20th wedding anniversary. I would have to say that the castle exceeded my expectations for a genuine traditional castle feel in the lobby & common areas with somewhat modern decor in the guestrooms. We arrived at the hotel at about 11:30 am after taking a cab from the airport (21 euro but well worth not having to change buses & drag luggage around after a long flight/jetlag) & were able to check in early. After trying to figure out how to turn on the lights in the room (you have to insert your room keycard into a slot by the door) we gave up at this point & took a nap. After we woke up & were able to figure out the lights I was not happy with the view (overlooked dumpsters!) or the condition of the room (stains on carpet/furnishings looked worn) & called the desk. After I explained that we were expecting a little better than this to celebrate our 20th anniversary, they promptly moved us to another room which had a wonderful view of the mountains & harbor in the distance & was in much better condition. They even sent up a special dessert with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate syrup on the plate to make amends (very nice touch!) The rooms seemed quite large and the bed was wonderfully soft and cozy. Everything seemed very clean & no request was too much for the friendly housekeeping staff. My only two negatives were that the bathroom had no fan (which in our travels seems to be quite common oddly enough, even in the best hotels) and that the "coffee making facilities" advertised consisted of an electric tea kettle and packets of instant coffee (although in checking with other travellers that we met who were staying in other hotels I will say that this seemed to be the norm--the Irish are not much for fresh brewed coffee apparently! We found a small grocery store a few blocks from the hotel and purchased some filter packs of coffee in these little plastic things that sat on top of your cup & made fresh brewed coffee a cup at a time which really came in handy because in most of the restaurants you will only get instant coffee also). We ate at the Knights Bar the first night that we were there. It had nice sandwiches and bar food & the staff seemed very efficient & friendly. Certain days they have a carvery lunch there & it looked very good but our timing never allowed us to partake. We had lunch at Indigo the last day we were there and that was excellent also. Pricewise both restaurants seemed pretty much in line with other similar establishments in the city center (around 11-15 euro per entree). We never tried the breakfast at the hotel. They were running a special for 15 euro per person for the breakfast, but we headed into Dublin where you could usually get a full irish breakfast at many different places for between 8 and 10 euros each. We would walk up to the coast road & take the #130 bus which takes about 15-20 minutes and the final stop is lower Abbey St. which puts you just off O'Connell St. right in the heart of the city. (La Pizza on O'Connell St. has a full irish breakfast for about 8-9 euro that was very good & was clean with very friendly service) I have to say that the Concierge staff at the hotel was the best that we have experienced anywhere in the world for both their knowledge & efficiency. Many thanks to Ankur & Vijay for all of their help with mananging our itinerary! We were happy with the location, as the dart was only a short walk (kind of hard to find the station, though--it's hidden in the middle of a residential area without many signs. The concierge drew us a map or we would've never found it!) and you could take this to Howth or Malahide (about a 20 min ride) or the other direction to Dalkey & the South area (not sure how long, we didn't get there but it seemed about 20-30 mins also). Malahide was a very cute little town & Malahide Castle was beautiful. We mainly rode the bus and from our experience the rambler bus passes were not a good value. We paid approx 6 euro per day round trip total for 2 people (we walked around once we got into Dublin--you're just stuck in traffic on the bus there anyway and nothing is that far of a walk) so for 7 days we paid about 42 euro for the bus and for 2 seven day rambler passes it would have been 58 euro. I guess if you're someone who is going to keep hopping off the bus or riding it around once you get into the city the bus pass may be worth the price but if you intend on just riding there and riding back it's not a good value. To sum up this long review, we found the hotel to be very nice, the staff friendly & professional and we very much enjoyed our vacation. We would definately stay at Clontarf Castle on our next visit to Dublin and will recommend it to our friends and family.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sales_Coordinator, Marketing & Internet Executive at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2009
Dear Guest,

I wish to thank you for all of your feedback on Trip Advisor regarding your visit in our hotel.

I'm absolutely delighted to hear that your 20th wedding anniversary was well spent and you had a most enjoyable visit to Dublin on your special occassion.

I'm also glad to hear that our Concierge Team were able to greatly assist you with your itinerary etc and that you got to experience all the various activities and areas throughout Dublin.

On behalf of all the team here at the Castle, we very much look forward to welcoming you back to our four star Deluxe hotel in the near future.

Many thanks,

Siobhan Fagan
Sales Department
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2009

We got the hotel on a special deal and it was beautiful. Although we didn't get the free upgrade we were offerred, we would never have known. We had a room looking towards the city, a bed big enough for a party, a great walk in shower and tea, coffee and biscuits on the hostess tray. The staff were friendly, helpful and couldn't do enough for you. The films on the flat screen TV were current and we had a great time.

The only drawback was that a glass of wine in the bar cost €9.50, so after the first mistake we avoided that :). The food was a little expensive but that was true of most of Dublin. The breakfast was superb, served in a vaulted ceilinged dining room.

We would definitely stay there again and recommend it. It is not in the city centre (we didn't want that) but is easily reachable by the bus - you can do the scenic route along the sea front to the terminus, which is just outside the hotel. We bought a 3-day rover ticket at the airport for €13.50, which took us there and back and everywhere else in between - bargain.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sales_Coordinator, Marketing & Internet Executive at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2009
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review on Trip Advisor.

I'm pleased to hear that your time spent in the Castle was most enjoyable and that you found our staff to be very friendly and helpful.

You are indeed correct that we are in a perfect location, not quite city centre, however within easy access to the town without being directly in the hustle and bustle of the centre itself.

In regards to the complimentary upgrade, this is always subject to availability, therefore on this occassion unfortunately we may not have had an upgraded room available. However, should you wish to revisit in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I'll do my utmost to ensure an upgrade for you.

Once again many thanks.

Kind regards,

Siobhan Fagan
Sales Department
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huddersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2009

We booked on Zoo travel and paid only 69 euros for bed and breakfast. We expected to get a broom cupboard at that price but actually got a lovely room. To top it off the room had a lovely massive bed with the most amazing king coil mattresses.
We ate in the bar and the food was ok and the guinness was good.
Yes it is a little out of the centre of dublin, but a 15 minute bus ride sorted that out, so only be put off if you want to be right in the middle of it.
Another handy feature which would have been missing in a city centre hotel is that it came with plenty of free parking!
We have already recommended this hotel and have only been back a couple of days or so .

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sales_Coordinator, Marketing & Internet Executive at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2009
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback on Trip Advisor.

I'm delighted to hear that you availed of the exclusive TravelZoo offer to visit Clontarf Castle.

We often receive compliments about our beds as our pillow top mattresses always ensure a perfect night's rest!

In regards to the parking, we have 180 ample free spaces, therefore it is very handy should you decide to rent a car or drive down to our hotel for the weekend etc.

Once again thank you for your comments and recomendations and should you wish to return to Clontarf Castle in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Siobhan Fagan
Sales Department
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2009

We stayed in Clontarf Castle Hotel for 5 nights at the end of March 2009. Booked through ZooTravel we got a rate of €69 per night for a double with breakfast. And amazing value it was too.

The hotel is modern, built around an old castle tower, clean, with friendly staff. The house maids always said good morning with a smile as we passed them in the corridors. Our bathroom light failed and within 2 hours of reporting it in the morning, it was fixed.

The busride into town is fun - mad drivers ignoring the sleeping policemen. The 130 terminates outside the hotel gates and runs every 5 minutes during the day and every 10 mins up to about 11:30pm. But walk 300yds to the main road and you can save 15 minutes of the journey. We bought a 7 day Rambler card for €23 from the airport and that gives you access to all dublin city buses including the 747 air link service to/from O' Connell St. A 5 minute walk to Lower Abbey St and you can board the 130 to the hotel. Dead easy.

Clontarf has some nica walks along the front (with lovely views across to the port and industrial areas!). North Bull Islands is a very pleasant walk in the sun with nice beaches, but minimal facilities. Malahide, less than an hour on the bus, was pretty with it's estuary and marina. Wongs Chinese restaurant on the Clontarf frount is to be recommended, though as with everything in Dublin is so very expensive - over €5 was the average for a pint round the city. The hotel restaurant and bar is good, especially the bar snack curry.

If we did come back to Dublin, we would definitely look to go back to Clontarf Castle.

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Sales_Coordinator, Marketing & Internet Executive at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2009
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review on Trip Advisor.

I'm delighted to hear that your visit in March was most enjoyable.

You are indeed correct that the local bus stop is very convenient and easily accessible just outside the entrance of the hotel.

The local area of Clontarf is also a lovely town with scenic coastal views and much to see and do!

Once again, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your visit and your feedback and on behalf of the team here at Clontarf Castle, we very much look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Kind regards,

Siobhan Fagan
Sales Department
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San Jose, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2009

The only reason I chose this hotel was because my sister and I were meeting up with her husband who was concucting a seminar at the hotel. He had arranged a corporate rate for me which, only after staying there for 3 days, they refused to honor and they were quite snootie about it!

That said, the hotel is your more of a business hotel than a vacation destination. There is some lovely architecture and the bar get's rather roudy at night (probably because there's nothing else around). It requires a rather expensive cab ride to get to the city center and even getting to the nearest DART station is an adventure.

The room was small but modern and there were some nice touches like 110v outlets for us from the colonies. Just make sure you double check your rate before checking in!

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sales_Coordinator, Marketing & Internet Executive at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 14, 2009
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your feedback on Trip Advisor.

I wish to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience you experienced whilst visiting Clontarf Castle regarding your rate.

As your stay was back in September 2006 we have since changed our booking system, therefore I am unable to check this for you. However should you wish to return to Clontarf Castle please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I'll do my utmost to ensure that your stay is most enjoyable.

In regards to the DART station we are indeed very close to both the Killester and Clontarf Station. Killester would be nearer and is only a ten minute walk from the hotel.

Once again, many thanks for all of your feedback.

Kind regards,

Siobhan Fagan
Sales Department
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Address: Castle Avenue | Clontarf, Dublin D3, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #22 of 175 Hotels in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Clontarf Castle Hotel 4*
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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