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Clontarf Castle Hotel
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

If you want to feel like you were a part of the famous Battle of Clontarf in 1014 stay at Clontarf Castle Hotel. Whilst doing our family genealogy we found Clontarf Castle Hotel and booked it. Located in a lovely residential area – we had a car, and Clontarf Castel Hotel is a great mid-point between Malahide and Portmarnock off the Irish Sea, and it’s only a taxi away from downtown Dublin.
Everyone was great from our arrival to our way too early-bird wake-up call. Breakfast was delicious – we love the Irish breads. We dined all 3 nights at the Fahrenheit Grill. And, lucky you if you’re greeted by server Elaine – she’s A+ customer service, lively and fun. Have the fish chowder!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of Clontarf Castle Hotel. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay at the castle so much. I'm particularly glad that you experienced excellent customer service as this is something we strive to have. I'll pass your lovely comments to Elaine and all the other staff. Many thanks again for your feedback, we really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for us. We would be delighted to welcome you back to Clontarf Castle Hotel again in the future if you return to Dublin.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Long
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Clontarf Castle Hotel

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Just brilliant! ! Even having to call the concierge at 1.30am to ask our neighbours to lower the noise was undertaken in seconds and no further issue.
Great bar, lovely restaurant, great concierge service. It isn't the cheapest but it is worth every cent and they have great offers!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thanks very much for your review of Clontarf Castle Hotel. I was delighted to read that you were staying with us as part of your honeymoon, congratulations on your nuptials and thank you for choosing Clontarf Castle Hotel as part of your special trip. I'm really glad that you experienced such good customer service during your stay and that you liked the bar and restaurant. I'll be sure to pass all your lovely comments on the the staff here. Many thanks again for your lovely feedback, we really appreciate it. We would be delighted to welcome you back to the castle again in the future if you return to the area.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Long
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Clontarf Castle Hotel

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Went on a deal after Christmas! Booked table for dinner in advance, arrived at the restaurant and no booking was there! Stuck us at the end of a group so we ended up leaving! Room service food wasn't great! On site car parking was always full, if you don't know the area it's not great trying to find somewhere else to park! Nice rooms and hotel in general is nice!! Good location

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of Clontarf Castle Hotel. I was disappointed to read that you did not enjoy your dining experience at Clontarf Castle Hotel; as the feedback over the Christmas period last year was very positive. Our car park at the Clontarf Castle Hotel can be busy at peak due to the popularity of the bars and restaurant with our local clientele and i apologise for the inconvenience caused to you.

We really appreciate your feedback on Clontarf Castle Hotel and we take your comments on board.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Long
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Clontarf Castle Hotel

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

As Wikipedia and other online sources will tell you, although the original Clontarf Castle dates back to around 1172, it was much modernised in 1837 and has clearly been further modernised in recent years. Therefore, visitors should not expect to be sleeping within the walls of an ancient castle. Having said that, the communal areas of the castle have been sympathetically updated and enhanced to at least give an ancient feel to what is mostly a relatively modern building and our bedroom was modern, well equipped and very comfortably furnished.

Although the castle is located in a residential area rather than being set apart, it does still have an imposing private entrance and driveway.

These considerations aside, the guest experience for us at Clontarf Castle was a very positive one. The staff were all friendly and very helpful during our 2 night stay.

Located downstairs is a popular bar that also serves food while upstairs there is the fine dining 'Farenheit' restaurant that serves breakfasts and evening meals. We sampled both of these dining options and were favourably impressed with each of them, although the service at breakfast was a little slow and disorganised. (The breakfast is mostly 'self service' but we chose one of the cooked options that had to be cooked to order and staff were quite slow in actually taking our order). By contrast, the service in the evenings was much better and we enjoyed 2 excellent meals in the Castle's 'Farenheit' restaurant - the first of these being on the evening of our wedding anniversary.

We would also like to mention that, having told Clontarf Castle in advance that we would be celebrating our wedding anniversary during our stay there, when we arrived in our room we were very pleasantly surprised to find a nice card and a large plate with a 'Happy Anniversary' message piped on it in chocolate around a free sample of one of their delicious desserts ! Thank you Clontarf, that was much appreciated.

So we have no hesitation in recommending Clontarf Castle to anyone looking for a romantic location to stay in Dublin with some fine dining.

Here's hoping we will get the opportunity to return there ourselves before too long.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thanks very much for your review of Clontarf Castle Hotel. I was pleased to read that you had an enjoyable 2 night stay at the hotel and that you found all staff to be so good. I'm glad that you liked the anniversary surprise they organised for you. It's great that you enjoyed all your meals while staying at the castle. We often receive guest compliments on both our bar food and the food in Fahrenheit Grill. You have my apologies that the breakfast service you experienced seemed a little disorganised, I assure you that I will be looking in to this issue personally. Many thanks again for your feedback, we really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for us. We would be delighted to welcome you back to Clontarf Castle Hotel again in the future.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Long
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Stayed here overnight before leaving for Wales. Very nice hospitality, room and dinner. Breakfast was included as part of our package deal, but knew we would miss it due to early flight. They said they would bring up a continental breakfast to our room at 4:30 a.m. Sorry to say we missed our flight due to long security lines.....came back to hotel to regroup on our plans. They were so helpful. Allowed us to stay in our room until 1:00 p.m. and offered another breakfast. We highly recommend Clontarf for their customer service & hospitality.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of Clontarf Castle Hotel. I was so pleased to read that you felt so well taken care of during your stay with us. Customer service and hospitality are hugely important to us so I'm delighted you rate us so highly.

Many thanks again for your feedback on your stay at Clontarf Castle Hotel, we really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for us. We would be delighted to welcome you back to the castle again in the future if you return to Dublin.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Long
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