My husband and I stayed at Clontarf Castle over Valentines Day for 3 days. The hotel is unique and lovely, outside of bustling Dublin in a safe, quiet, residential neighborhood; a short two block walk to the bus stop and 1.80 Euros and you're in the bustling city of Dublin - buses run every 10 minutes and we did not expereince any more than a 5 minute wait.
The lobby, bar, and restaurant areas are all part of the original castle; the midieval decor truly gives you the feel of "living" in a castle. While the rooms have been added to the castle, the integration appears seamless. Our room was outstanding...massive comfortable king bed, plasma TV, fabulous bathroom and shower. We enjoyed the restaurant for both breakfast and dinner - food was very good. The staff was very friendly and responsive to all our needs.
When I booked the room I did not book the Valentine Dinner package. Two days before Valentines Day, I contacted Clontarf to see if reservations were available for the "Valentines Day" dinner and was told they were booked; however, the very nice receptionist transferred me to the restaurant manager who, after checking, advised there was a reservation available at 6:30 pm. The 5 course Valentine dinner was superb and well worth the additional cost.
If you want to be in the "middle of Dublin", this is not the hotel for you...however, if you want to experience a peaceful respite in a quiet, residential area with quick access to the city, this is the perfect place.
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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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