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Castle Hotel
Ranked #54 of 152 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 14, 2010

Hotel is situated 5minuets walking distance from the heart of Dublin, the walk into the city is full of things to see and do.Hotel is clean and friendly,rooms cleaned every day. The staff go out of their way to make you feel at home and will help to direct you to where you want to go.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

Summary: The Castle Hotel proved to be fairly good value for money, and while neither the most extravagant, luxurious nor most centrally located hotel, it provided us with a great base for our daytrips to the city centre. Enjoy the bar, restaurant and service, but expect minor hiccups – remember, you’re not staying at the Ritz.

Room: The rooms were clean and comfortable, but a little worn. Do not expect the sterility and modernity of luxury branded hotels; instead enjoy the Irish charm of the furniture, décor and working fireplaces. Amenities provided were simple but practical, but a huge put-off was that the electric kettle provided was filthy.

Bar / Restaurant: This was the most enjoyable part of the hotel – an in-house bar and restaurant that provided affordable food and drinks late into the night. Be warned: this is not a ‘resident’s bar’ and if you visit during a game-day, it will be packed with rabid sports fans. For us, this was not a problem at all, and we visited this bar everyday. Food was fairly good, and drinks were always alcoholic – for those needing to kick a hangover or illness, ask the bartender (Jim) for a Hot Toddy (hint: it’s alcoholic).

Breakfast: Although it is ‘cooked to serve’, out of all the breakfasts we had in the UK, the food served here was the weakest. While it will definitely fill you up with all the trappings of a traditional Irish breakfast, it is relatively mediocre

Service: The receptionists at the lobby were generally friendly, with some better than others, but all were accommodating to our queries and requests. We met the owner and he is a charming gentlemen. However, a giant complaint by my friend was the stoppage of internet access during our final night’s stay, and the staff’s nonchalant response towards guests.

Location: The hotel sits opposite the Writer’s Museum, which lies at the end of O’Connell Street. Although it advertises itself as city center, expect at least a ten minute walk to tourist destinations such as Trinity College and Temple Bar.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

Stayed here on a rugby weekend in March 2010. A nice hotel in a good location, only 2 minutes walk away from O'Connell Street and about 10-12 minutes from Temple Bar. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the bar had professional musicians on Fridays and Saturdays.

We had dinner at the hotel on one night which was fine with good service.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2010

We stayed here to celebrate my sons eighteenth birthday on St Patricks Day, the hotel was ideal for us. Tasty and filling breakfasts, extremely clean and large room, good location for sightseeing and nightlife - not too close but within walking distance. The staff were extremely friendly and nights in the hotel bar are certainly worth a visit, sing alongs and live music are great fun. One of the receptionists was a little cold but she was the only one without a constant smile, even the owner Fionn had a pleasant greeting everytime we bumped into him.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

I stayed here Sat to Mon 13-15 Mar 2010. 2 nights but slept in 3 rooms. Why? There is no soundproofing. There are partition walls between rooms 327 and 328 and the tv is postioned on the partition wall of 327. So when my neighbour came back late and put his tv I could hear it crystal clear and it woke me up. He then went to sleep and I had to get the Night Porter to open the room and turn it off. I was then moved to room 133 and whilst there was no partition wall I spent the entire night listening to toilets flush from rooms on the floor above. I complained in the morning and was put on the top floor 425 for my second and final night with a promise that rooms either side of me would be kept empty. Thankfully the room on the other side of (another) partition wall was empty but the other side was not clear and whilst they were not noisy I could hear the tolilet flushing.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO NOISE. I have spent many a night in a hotel and expect to hear some coming and going but this is the worst stay I have ever had in a hotel, which is a shame as it is nice inside and is well located.

G T Walsh, Salisbury UK

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

clean rooms , friendly and helpful staff. breakfast ok but time waiting at busy times was a little long.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2010

Walton’s Hotel and the Castle Hotel are connected, with the nicer – and pricier rooms at the Castle. You enter and check in at the Castle, then pass through a series of parlors – with a step up or two – to the former lobby of Walton’s, where there is an elevator. The rooms are fine – nothing fancy. My room had a large deep tub that was perfect for soaking the feet and warming up after a full day of walking in cold and rainy Dublin. Lots of hot water. The radiators work very well, so be careful how high you set them before going out. Since the hotel had been full the night before my arrival, I was not allowed to check in until 2PM. Understandable, but the young woman at the desk was quite curt in telling me so. First impressions do matter. Perhaps more so t .The woman who replaced her before 2PM was far friendlier.
The location of these two hotels is perfect for arrivals/departures on the 24-hour airport bus that stops only a few blocks away. Easy walking distance to Temple Bar, Grafton Street, but you may need to catch a bus on one of the tourist routes to reach more distant tourist sites in Dublin.
The breakfast was filling and tasty, with a choice of Irish, American, or vegetarian, or any combination of those, in addition to cereals, yogurt etc.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Castle Hotel

Address: Gardiner Row / Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
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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: $121 - $347 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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