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“Out Of The City But First class hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Dublin
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Dalkey Ave, Killiney, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Killiney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Laois
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19 hotel reviews
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“Out Of The City But First class hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

On arrival the drive up to the hotel was lovely, the grounds very well kept and giving you the feeling that your in for a surprise. Having read reviews from here on this hotel I did cringe a little and expected the worst. Maybe thats what made it exceptional. The best way to get around is to hire a car as you are a little outside the city however the dart (fast rail service) is available in Sandycove and very reasonably priced which takes you to the city. The hotel receptionist was male on arrival and welcomed me and my partner to the hotel. I was offered help with my bags and explained how to use my room phone for help. We both felt like a swim and as guests the use of the gym, pool, sauna and steam room is free. This was very relaxing and we were given towels and swim hats at the reception entering the gym as guests free of charge also. Be careful going into the steam room and sauna as I nearly slipped on the steps leading down there despite the warning sign I did see. The room was comfortable, bed was clean however the lace curtain needed a scrub. after that I have to say the room was very much 3 to 4 star style and very spacious room 329, this does not have a baloney but does offer a view of the harbor. As it was a Friday night the dungeon bar had a pianist playing and I enjoyed it very much with a very well presented cocktail which tasted divine but would want to at 9:50eur a glass. Before hitting the sack I decided to have one last cocktail upstairs in the main bar. Same price but badly presented and tasted awful. The room cleaners start early the next morning and like to make noise so make sure you hang your do not disturb up if you don't want them knocking the door down. Friendly staff. I'm sure you will enjoy your stay at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

  • Liked — Welcoming and very relaxing
  • Disliked — The carpet in the bedroom and the lace cutain
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

This property is beautiful. It seems peaceful and serene. It is an imposing building and you really do feel that you are staying in a castle even if all you see is the car park. The lobby/lounge are quite impressive and you feel comfortable just grabbing a comfy chair and some tea.

To get your luggage up to your room, you first have to drag it down a couple of stair to get to the lift. This annoyed me and with a baby in a pram getting the baby up and down those two stairs just confuddled me as to their purpose.

Our room was nice. We had a balcony and a wonderful view of the harbor. The bed was comfy and the bedding was nice. There were the appropriate amenities. Towels were a little thin, and no wash clothes. However... the room and bathroom were dated and dingy. Not as in "yuck" but more as in, could you run a steam cleaner soon and perhaps take care of the mold in the door jam? The edges and the trim were falling apart and the bathroom fixtures were also quite dated and worn. The door into the room was thin- very, very thin. But it was a quiet room so I don't know that it was truly a problem.

We did walk into town to eat dinner and the walk took us about 15 down and 20 up. It is a steep-ish hill so plan on a cab if your knees aren't what they once were.

In closing, this was a great place to stay and I did enjoy it. But for the money I wasn't 100% sold and the dirty and worn parts did disappoint me. It was very peaceful though and sure beat the rush rush of Dublin.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — The room was worn and in need of updates
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2008

In Dublin on business for 1 night I chose not to stay in the city and opted for Fitzpatrick's Castle instead.
I cannot recommend this hotel enough - beautiful, peaceful, clean, superb staff and a great setting.
Whether on holiday, on a stop off or on business you must consider this hotel as an option.
You must however do your travel homework. Do NOT get a taxi from the airport, charges are extortionate. Get the 747 bus which leaves every 10 mins and takes only 30 minutes to O Connel Street (6 Euro Single). there is a tourist info right by the bus stop.
grab a desk top map (free) and head for Tara Street (5 minutes walk) unless you want to go shopping - in which case head for Grafton St over the bridge. Take a look at the massive 'spike' as you go. At Tara street jump on the Dart South (2.5Euro single) and head for Dalkey. do not get off at Killiney like I did! it is a 25 minute serious uphill walk from there; the only bonus being you pass Bono's house and huge gates and later you see Enya's Castle. It is a 15 min stroll from the lovely Dalkey or hop in a taxi.
Get a sea view if you can.
Only 1 tiny complaint - the bedding is for Captain Scott, in June I was far too hot by far.
A really great alternative to the City - lovely hotel, highly recommended.

  • Liked — Character And Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2008

We stayed at the Fitzpatrick (formerly Killiney Castle Hotel) at the beginning of our holiday and it was a great place to stay.

We booked a suite and they gave us one at the corner with uninterrupted views of Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire harbour. I could have sat on the balcony and played harbour master all day.

Service was great and any need was promptly attended to.

Like others we found breakfast was a bit pricey. We had it one morning, but found the cafes in Dalkey to be a bit cheaper.

A lovely hotel, with great facilities and if Dublin is not your intended point of interest then this is a great place to call home. Personally I am well beyond finding Dublin of any interest and as such this hotel is the perfect location to base yourself in.

We have stayed here in the past, and will again in the future.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Cost of breakfast.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2008

The Fitzpatrick Castle is a well located, comfortable, four star hotel with good service. The Hotel is located about 15 minutes walk down a steep hill into the village of Dalkey. There are great views out into Dublin bay from its high position near the top of Killiney Hill. There are very pleasant gardens at the front of the hotel where you can sit out if it’s a nice day. The building is advertised as an 18th Century Castle but in reality most of the building looks to be a mix of Victorian and mid 20th Century architecture.

Rooms are comfortable and the standard rooms are of average size. The room I stayed in had a four poster bed (see pictures). The furnishings are of good quality although the decoration is a little dated. The rooms are equipped with a satellite TV (inc Sky sports), an in room safe, hair dryer, trouser press and tea and coffee making facilities. However, they do lack air conditioning and there is no mini bar.

The Hotel has two restaurants, PJ’s and the Dungeon Grill. I did not try PJ’s other than for breakfast. Breakfast is a little disappointing given the 19.50 Euro price tag. There is a good choice of hot food (although my experience was that is was warm rather than hot) but a more limited choice of cold fare. Dinner in the Dungeon grill was pleasant although fairly unadventurous. The Dungeon grill seems to be very lively and busy at all times and it is recommended you make a reservation to avoid disappointment. If you are looking for a quiet romantic haunt then this is not the place for you. There are many good, reasonably priced restaurants in Dalkey to choose from if you want something different..

There are good facilities including an extensive health spa with 20 meter pool and sauna. There are two main bars. The sophisticated but quiet Library bar and the livelier Dungeon bar in the basement.

The best point about this Hotel is the service. Staff are attentive without being intrusive with service being fast and efficient. I would recommend this Hotel for anyone requiring a relaxing break outside Dublin. The little village of Dalkey, down the hill is a great retreat and yet you are only 20 minutes from the centre of Dublin via the Dart.

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2008

This lovely hotel is situated just far enough out of Dublin to feel like a great break from it all but close enough to make it into the city for a bit of sightseeing or guiness drinking.
The hotel itself was friendly and with excellent staff and the lovely fitness club to keep you busy. The surrounding area was really lovely with some good walks in the hills.
Dalky itself is a lovely town with some nice pubs and restaurants- Finnegans and In cafe being our favourites, as well as the Druids Chair up on the hill.
It was a perfect 3 night getaway and would reccommend to families and couples alike!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — the hill from the town!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2008

Our second visit to the Fitzpatrick and we were not dissappointed. The hotel is situated on Killiney Hill only a short walk to the Dart into Dublin along the coast. It is a beautiful hotel and deserves the four stars. The room was large and very comfortable, the staff helpful and very friendly, and the meals beautifully prepared with good choice to suit all requirements. We had dinner included on the first night in the restaurent up to the value of 45 euros and this was very good. The hotel pool is nice too and towels are provided and a swimming hat if you have forgotten one. The walk up Killiney Hill and through the park down to Dalkey is well worth it. The concierge will give directions and provide umberellas if needed. Dalkey is a delightful town with great restaurants and lovely houses. We ate in Nosh and this was very good.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dalkey Ave, Killiney, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Killiney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Killiney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Dublin 4*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fitzpatrick Castle Dublin is the epitome of the elegance and charm of the south Dublin coast. The only hotel located in the fashionable suburbs of Killiney and Dalkey, overlooking Dublin Bay. Fitzpatrick Castle is only 9 miles/20 minutes from downtown Dublin. Luxurious bedrooms and suites decorated in the traditional castle style are also renovated to the highest spec with ISDN lines and in-house entertainment system in all rooms. Wireless broadband Internet access is available in most public areas of hotel. ... more   less 
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