We took a long-weekend trip to Dublin from 3 July to 6 July 2009 with a group that totaled 9 adults. We stayed at Clontarf Castle Hotel for the duration of the trip and found the hotel very relaxing and comfortable. The exterior is simply beautiful, although the interior is a more modern remodel that caused the hotel to lose a bit of the charm of staying in a castle. Our room was very small, even by Euopean standards, but it really didn't matter because we never planned to sit around in our room. We spent many long hours sight-seeing through the Ring of Kerry & the city of Dublin, so the hotel was meant to recharge our batteries for the next day's outings. Our room was on the 4th floor, so we didn't hear a thing from the lounge or restaurants downstairs. The bed was divine!! My husband & I want one for our home!!
We ate at both the Knight's Bar & Farenheit. The Irish Stew at the Knight's Bar was lovely, but I didn't really enjoy paying 20-ish Euro for my steak at Farenheit. Especially considering the steak was a bit tough and the side dishes were served "family-style" from small sauce pans. This was supposed to be the more upscale restaurant so we definately weren't expecting to have to serve ourselves from worn-out looking pots.
The hotel's cleanliness was maintained to very high standards. We had absolutely no complaints there. The reception and conceirge staff were very friendly and EXTREMELY helpful in making suggestions and calling a "people mover" taxi. This is what the Irish called the larger vans that could accomadate our whole group. We found all the locals to be friendly and welcoming. We are already planning another Ireland trip for Spring 2010. The only reason we won't be staying at Clontarf again is because we want to see a different part of Ireland and so we won't be staying in Dublin.
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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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