This is one of those hotels that is not what it seems,often marketed as the DUBLIN CASTLE HOTEL,this gives the impression that it is in(or at least is walking distance from) the city of Dublin & that it is a castle-WRONG!
I'll tackle the castle bit first,it is one of those old buildings which was a large house which somebody decided to build (roughly) in the manner of a castle & called it such,I guess 'cos they wanted to!
As for it's location,it is not far from Dublin in real terms,you can see Dublin quite clearly from it's grounds, but it is in a pretty remote spot,up a very steep hill,it is not the easiest of places to find in a maze of narrow roads,if you are not in a vehicle beware,you need to be pretty fit if you are going to go anywhere!
Having stayed there as a kid in the '60s this was no surprise to me,it was just a place of great memories that I had to get back to,although it was a shock how much steeper the hills seem when you are 40 years older!
This was our second stay in recent years & both times the place,amazingly considering its location,has been packed,many have been first time visitors who did not expect to be so isolated & many are more local,usually there for weddings for which it is rightly very popular.
For us the effort is always worth it,it is a beautiful hotel,from the moment you enter through the front door(up steps just as it was all those years ago-yes more climbing!) you are met with a superbly appointed hotel,the lounge & bar area are superb places to relax,such a wonderful atmosphere,there is an excellent pool,a fitness centre & the rooms are very well appointed & spotless,many with a view over Dublin Bay.
All the staff were very friendly & helpful,the food superb(both in the bar & the two restaurants).
The grounds of the hotel are particularly nice making them ideal( weather permitting!) for wedding photographs & for a leisurely stroll,further affield the villages of Killiney & Dalkey are within walking distance,as is Killiney Hill with it's outstanding views,BUT beware the walks to Dalkey & Killiney Hill involve steep climbs in one direction or the other,curiously enough the walk to Killiney village seems to involve climbing in both directions(well it is Ireland!).
Another word of warning regarding eating at the hotel,it is advisable,in our experience,to book in advance,either when you arrive or by email beforehand,the two restaurants can get very busy,it's hard work finding somewhere else to eat!
Overall a beautiful hotel just as long as you are not expecting to easily head for the shops & sights of Dublin City.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fitzpatrick Castle Dublin is the epitome of the elegance and charm of the south Dublin coast. The only hotel located in the fashionable suburbs of Killiney and Dalkey, overlooking Dublin Bay. Fitzpatrick Castle is only 9 miles/20 minutes from downtown Dublin. Luxurious bedrooms and suites decorated in the traditional castle style are also renovated to the highest spec with ISDN lines and in-house entertainment system in all rooms. Wireless broadband Internet access is available in most public areas of hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fitzpatrick Castle Killiney
- Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Dublin Ireland/Killiney, County Dublin