The Clontarf Castle is located about 10 -15 minutes from Dublin Airport and about the same distance by bus from the City Centre (take the 130 bus right into central Dublin). Due to the location, it is a bit out of the way to the main city attractions, but this would be an advantage if you were looking for some peace and quiet! The castle would be a perfect location for a romantic weekend away. A rental car is definately a must if you dont like busing it into town or wish to eat outside the hotel. We thought the meals at the hotel were on the expensive side (33 euro for a steak, 3.95 euro for a latte, as examples) but since we had a rental car there are plenty of pubs and bistros in the surrounding area.
We had a family room on the third floor and it was more than adequate for three adults. The beds are very soft but very comfortable. The rooms were clean, but unfortunately other than restocking towels each day, we did not receive any new toiletries, face cloths or hand towels for the 3 nights stay other than on the first day.
The recent renovations to the hotel are obvious. The reception area is beautiful. Lots of marble and armour displays which compliment the theme of the hotel. While we were staying there appeared to be a conference on at the hotel and I think the hotel would be a stunning facility for a conference and absolutely perfect as a wedding venue.
The staff on the reception and conceirge in particular were very knowledgeable and friendly. The only let down in terms of staff I felt was at Farenheit Grill where breakfast was served. The first day was appauling. Absolutely none of the food or drinks were labelled, we had to ask twice for coffee and the staff were grouchy and unmotivated. Thankfully the second two mornings things appeared to be better in terms of labelling etc. However the maitradee appears to have this bad habit of critisising and mocking the other staff in front of the guests which comes across as tacky and unprofessional.
Overall, a plesant stay at the Clontarf.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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