When planning our 2 week Ireland itinerary my wife had one request... she wanted to stay in a Castle in Ireland. I found the Clontarf Castle Hotel online and booked our last night in Ireland there since it is relatively close to the airport (15 minutes). When we arrived my wife was so pleased, with the completion of their recent renovations, the hotel looks amazing.
We checked in to the Royal Suite and it was amazing. The red wall paper was a bit overwhelming to me, but after looking around the suite, I quickly realized it was one of the nicest rooms I ever stayed in. We arrived in the evening so the views of Dublin from the top of the castle were fantastic. In the Royal Suite, the dining area has a glass wall on three sides. The electronics in the room are state of the art. The bathroom had a heavenly shower and a bear claw bathtub.
The best thing about the room was the four post king sized bed. It was so comfortable, we agreed it felt as cozy as sleeping on a marshmellow.
Breakfast was included in the rate and there was a nice selection of cold items and/or you can order off the hot breakfast menu. All the food was delicious.
As mentioned in previous reviews, if you want to be in the heart of Dublin this isn't a good location for you. Clontarf is a suburb just north of Dublin's city center. We chose the hotel because it was close to the city center and close enough to the airport to catch a mid morning flight without a problem. Traveling to the airport in the morning from this hotel is going against rush hour traffic in Dublin.
I've traveled to a lot of very nice hotels, but this one has class, has character and has a wonderful history. Yes, the rooms are modern, but the medieval theme has been carried through the entire hotel.
I would highly recommend this castle hotel to anyone who wants a unique castle experience at an affordable price.
- 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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