After touring Dublin it was nice to be staying a bit outside the city (15-min bus ride) in a very safe and quaint residential neighborhood. The hotel maintains some of the old castle charm with modern rooms and amenities. We got a good rate on the website for advance booking. It did not include breakfast which was 20Euro so we just went to a nearby coffee shop. The hotel itself was very nice. Our bed was very comfy with colored lights in the headboard! Also had a plasma TV on the wall and a little table and chairs to enjoy the tea and biscuits in the room. The bathroom was big and the shower excellent. The concierge was very helpful in giving us maps, directions on taking the bus in and out of the city, and tips on which places to see and those to skip on a tight schedule. Our only complaint was that it seems to be a popular place for events (2 going on during our stay) and we were awakened several times during the night by rowdy guests roaming the halls at 2-3am. This is obviously no fault to the hotel and I'm sure we would have had the same experience or worse staying in the city.
*One tip on Temple Bar area-- go early evening or be prepared for complete chaos if you stay past 11pm like we did. Given it was a Saturday night, but it was totally crazy with people fighting in the streets and trying to weave through a drunken maze of stag parties!
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- Celebrate, chill out, or relish in a little of both. Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland is a perfect blend of a boutique and luxury hotel, 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 5 miles from Dublin Airport, the Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland 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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