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“Noise and heat made for an unpleasant stay” 3 of 5 stars
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Castle Hotel
Ranked #61 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Canberra, Australia
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30 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Noise and heat made for an unpleasant stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for four nights in October. The hotel is in a great location just a short walk into the city centre. Our room was large and the bed comfortable. Unfortunantly thats where the good story ends, the room was almost unbearably hot day and night. Which made for extremly uncomfortable nights. We were also disturbed by other guests who were having a very loud domestic in the early hours of the morning one night. I do understand that, thats not really a problem with the hotel but it didn't help with our experience. The other minor issue for us was the shower. The water pressure and temperature was extremly variable and the best we could hope for was to have the temperature somewhere that we could avoid being burnt.

We would not stay here again, despite the location.

The food and atmosphere down stairs was really good though.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Meath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

A great location for exploring Dublin. Old Georgian building. Antique furniture in abundance, creaky olde word staircases, framed musical prints, friendly efficient staff, excellent food at a reasonable price, complimentary Baileys with meal. Car parking on site. Good live music on the Saturday but all over by 10:30p.m. Stayed there last December 2010 and again in 2011 and will do so another time. Booked two adjacent rooms and found them warm, clean and full of charachter and charm...just like the staff. Little murmer between rooms but that is a reminder 'no man is an island'. Great venue.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Our family two room,three night stay at the Castle Hotel was fine.Location is very good and typical [large] Irish breakfasts were a great way to start each day.The older furniture and different small lounge areas add to the period feel of this historical establishment.
The bedrooms were fine though despite reporting my phone being out of order it remained so throughout.The only evening dinner we had was very tasty but did not compare quantitywise with breakfast and the enjoyable wine was overpriced.

In my 70 years,I have stayed at hotels all over the World but have never been required to pay in full at the outset of my stay.I did here.When I asked for my dinner bill to be charged to my room I was told that payment was required then and there.I thought that this policy was wrong and reported my views to reception staff.


Despite the negative aspects of my comments,I would happily return as it was a value for money break and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank MerlinSouthYorkshire
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Ballymoney, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Had to pay on arrival, went to our room, smelt of stale smoke/damp & very small, requested new room which we got. Bathroom not up to standard. Shower curtain fell off repeatedly, not very clean at all. Radiator in room didn't work so room was very cold, reported to reception but wasn't fixed in our time. Remote control for television didn't work. Very dusty in general. Hotel in much need of renovation, breakfast was organised chaos, no one to show you to your table, breakfast was poor, we ate in a cafe next morning, couldn't face going through that unpleasant experience. On the plus lovely bar is the only positive thing I could say. We felt totally riped off by this hotel & definatley wouldn't reccomend it. We have also emailed the hotel stressing our complaints and we still haven't had any acknowledgement from the hotel regarding this. Very poor all round

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Katerox
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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

Just a one night stay in this city centre hotel which really is just a four minute walk to the top of O’Connell Street. The hotel itself is a converted row of terraced Georgian houses which means you have quirks. This can be charming like the high ceilings and scattered antique furniture and furnishings or irritating, the floor boards creek beneath the carpet, there is little sound-proofing between rooms and it can be a pain to pull curtains on a 15 ft window.

Plusses – friendly, efficient staff. Good restaurant with reasonably priced meal deals, mind out though that Steak and Chips has a €5 supplement not shown on the menu given to you at check-in and a small glass of wine at €6 is not cheap, efficient if a little rushed service. On Friday and Saturday evening, they have a local trio of musicians that can belt out “Ring a Ring a Rosy” and “Fields of Athenry” with the best of them. Good flow and temperature in shower. There were three biscuits in the coffee basket which were welcome. Checked out of hotel before full breakfast was served, continental breakfast was okay, but no more than that – the full breakfast which is served from 7am at weekends is said to be excellent, it’s not buffet though. Saw a review which said rooms were cold, but mine was absolutely fine and the radiator was on. There was a nice sofa in the room. Okay value at €64 including breakfast. Broadband in rooms was fine. Spotlessly clean.

Minuses – hairdryer in room didn’t work, but reception had a spare. Toilet fitting needed repair as it took 15 mins to refill. Shower only, no bath and the shower was pretty small. TV was old-fashioned and 12 inches. In this day and age, you expect flat screen and large. There was no curtain in the bathroom so your showering was visible to the office block opposite if you had the bathroom light on. There was masking on the window but only the bottom half. The hotel is very noisy, the floor boards creek, you can hear conversations in neighbouring rooms, you can hear noise from the street and given it is a city centre hotel, that can be annoying especially at the weekend with revellers and the constant click-click-click of a pedestrian crossing beside the hotel. The windows look original, so no soundproofing at all. I did not sleep well there.

Overall this is, to my mind, clolser to a two star hotel than a three star, decent value, close to the centre of things, with friendly and efficient staff and a nice restaurant with good entertainment on Fri/Sat. It is however a noisy hotel and its charm is offset by the fact it is a cheap conversion of an old Georgian terrace.

Room Tip: The rooms at the front of the hotel on Denmark street are definitely noisy, but I would think that w...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JaggersS
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Brisbane
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30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

Our two day stay in Dublin in Mid May was rewarded by the accommodation at the Castle Hotel. The location in the city was central and we found it very easy to get to and from the hotel in the the city and also to and from the airport by public transport [bus]. Staff answered all e/mails promptly and gave us good information on the hotel. Our room was spacious, had a good comfortable bed, very clean including the ensuite and best of all virtually noise free. Breakfast was spot on. pleanty to eat and fulfilled our needs and the evening meals were also good. However, due to dining room availability and the number of patrons eating we endured a short wait in the bar, which of course was plesant chatting to people and few ales did not go astray. The hotel has character and even though it is a older hotel, the character of the hotel made our stay pleasant .The staff were courteous, pleasant and very helpful and satisified our inquiried needs. I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to others and definately would stay there again. Thumbs up for this one.

Room Tip: Ask for a back room for extra quite
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BobJen
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Copenhagen
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

If you loved and miss you grand mother as much as me, you will love this place.

The furniture really came out of a grandmother home. I liked the place. Hotel staff was nice, location great for my taste and quiet untouristic. It is a good place to explore daily life in Dublin.

And bonus Info: hottest male room cleaner I have ever seen. Not that it says much, but in this case, it does. Smashing.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Castle Hotel
Address: Gardiner Row / Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
Phone Number:
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#67 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Castle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Dublin city centre, just two minutes from O'Connell St, The Castle Hotel is within minutes walk of everything that the city has to offer including Temple Bar, Croke Park, The Gate Theatre, Dublin Writers Museum, James Joyce Cultural Centre and the principal shopping districts. Boasting grand staircases, magnificent crystal chandeliers and marble fireplaces, The Castle Hotel provides guests with a glimpse into the Georgian era while staying in touch with the demands of the modern world. We offer single, double, twin, triple and family rooms, all are en-suite and elegantly decorated in warm tones to offer both comfort and style to our guests. Our converted 19th Century wine cellars are the setting for the Castle Vaults Bar and Restaurant which serves a pre-theatre and an a la carte menu daily. The bar stocks a wide variety of craft beers, wines and spirits to please the most discerning of tastes. Each weekend the hotel offers live entertainment with traditional Irish music playing in the bar in the evenings from 9-11pm. The hotel has its own secured, gated private car park at a cost of €15 per night and the 747 Airlink airport shuttle stops just a 1 minute walk away. As far as local attractions go, Croke Park, The Hugh Lane Art Gallery, The Garden of Remembrance, The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre and the James Joyce Cultural Centre are all just a short walk away. ... more   less 
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