More about Castleknock
Outskirts of Dublin.
Nice clean, business, formal style hotel.
Disappointed breakfast wasn't included in the rate for a double room.
It's a way from Dublin, without the car and sat nav, we would never have found it. Had a pool, gym ect...but we didn't use it as we were only there for 2 nights.
We have just returned from a long weekend away in Dublin. We stayed at the Castleknock Hotel and couldn't fault it.
All staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay.
Very clean, modern and comfortable. Lovely decor.
2 restaurants were fairly pricey, so we just ate bar snacks when we were there. Fantastic bar food, the best Burger I've ever had !! Good range of very reasonably priced bar food, with fab table service and very relaxed seating area. Buffet breakfasr was great.
The pool was lovely, really relaxing, clean and fab changing and showering facilities.
We had our 3 year old with us. They put an extra bed in our room free of charge and didn't charge for breakfast. It was extremely child friendly.
Would definately recommend highly !!
Comfortable, modern hotel and resort
We enjoyed our stay at the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club when we stayed there for a week at the end of July 2006. The staff was very helpful and friendly and tried to make our stay a good one. The rooms were big, clean and the beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was bright, modern and roomy. The breakfasts were buffet style with a selection of cold and hot dishes, cheeses, fruits, pastries, assortment of beverages, cold cuts, fish.
As a resort, they provide a health club complete with classes and a pool. Regretfully, we never got to try the pool. There's lots of free parking available on site. There is a golf course on site but never tried the course.
The hotel is not located in city centre of Dublin so it's not convenient if you want to go into Dublin every day. There is a public bus you can take that picks up within a 5 minute walking distance from the hotel. That bus can take you into Dublin and back. Otherwise, taxis can be ordered by the concierge. If you need to be north of the Liffey river and in western part of Dublin, it's a convenient location.
Items on their lunch and dinner menus are pricy and sometimes if there are a lot of guests, the staff becomes overwhelmed. This place does cater a lot of weddings and receptions and sometimes it can get noisy. Overall, a very good stay.
gets better every time
We have just returned from a weekend break in this fine hotel.Although about 6 kilometers from the city a quick drive through the Phonex Park will have you in the city with in 15 minutes.Spacious rooms and fine view of the golf club makes this place a plesent and quiet hotel to stay in for those who just want to chill out for a weekend.The leisure complex compliments the hotel and fine food in both restraunt and bar even makes it better.This is our second visit there and not our last.
Loved it so much, having wedding reception here!
I stayed at this hotel last year for a friend's wedding reception and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The facilities were excellent, the rooms extremely spacious and comfortable and the food served at the wedding banquet was amazing. I often returned to the hotel for lunches also and loved the decor and atmosphere in the place and the fact that the staff were always so efficient and friendly.
When I got engaged last year my first choice for the reception was the hotel as I held it in such high regard. The staff cannot do enought to help out and now in the weeks leading up to the event, they are proving invaluable in terms of the help they are giving us. There are event managers, planners and waiting personnel ready to answer any question and offer advice.
I heartily recommend this establishment and will be more than delighted to post a further review after the big day in November.
An Alarming Hotel
This is a difficult hotel to find if you are not familiar with the local area and would I really recommend you take a print out of the directions from the hotel website otherwise you could be driving around for hours. The traffic in and around Dublin can be diabolical and the roads and signposting could be better!
Once you arrive at the hotel they will make every effort to find you a room even if you arrive very early. The rooms are arranged over 2 floors with some long corridor walks if you are housed in the side rooms. The rooms, like the hotel, are modern and well kept. They are of a good size with flat screen TVs and good tea/coffee making facilities. The large bathrooms have a bath and separate shower and good quality toiletries are provided. The comfortable double beds are huge and we heard little noise at night except for the fire alarms – more of that later!
All the staff we met, other than one night manager, were efficient, very helpful and friendly. The breakfasts during the weekend were of a buffet style and I can honestly say they were the best I have encountered in this type of hotel – the food was hot and not the congealed mess often encountered. On the Monday morning, when there were fewer guests, the breakfast was cooked to order and served at the table. We did not take any other meals in the restaurant so I cannot comment of the quality but I would say that, in common with a lot of large, modern hotels, the public rooms are a little soulless and do not have a intimate atmosphere.
The hotel is obviously used a great deal for wedding receptions and other private parties and this caused problems on the first 2 nights of our 3 night stay when the fire alarms were set off in the early hours. On the first night the alarm, which were very loud in bedrooms, went on for about 15 seconds only – although we got up we did not evacuate. On the Saturday night the alarm went on for several minutes and because we could not raise anyone in Reception by phone, we got dressed and evacuated the hotel. However, when we walked around the outside of the hotel we could see that the late night parties were still in full swing. When we got to the reception, along with a number of other guests, we were told that one of the party guests had thought it would be good fun to set the alarm off. What was worrying were the remarks of the night manager who said it was a common problem in Dublin and they could do nothing about it. The reason why no one was manning reception was because they had all gone to see if it was a real fire. It appears that the hotel makes the assumption that fire alarms are false unless confirmed by a member of staff. In my opinion, the assumption should be that alarms are real and evacuation should take place without delay.
We enjoyed staying at this hotel and, if it were not for the fire alarm fiasco, I would have awarded it top marks.
The good, the bad and the annoying
I stayed at the Castleknock in late July along with a group from the U.S.
The good: The facility is beautiful, the decor lovely, and the room comfortable. The bath was luxurious for Ireland. I particularly enjoyed the mid-century modern retro decor and the open common areas on the ground floor.
1. Where the heck is this place? I had NO IDEA where I was located as compared to Dublin City. Our tour group went back and forth several times, and it seems we went a different route each time. I felt very disoriented and, frankly, cut off from civilization. There are no shops within walking distance.
2. Only one vending machine in the place, and it is in the gym.
3. No a/c. It was hot in Ireland this summer. The room was fine in the evening with the windows open, but the hallways and common areas were warm.
The annoying: Weddings!!!! Every night for threee nights there was a very loud, drunken wedding party in the hotel. My room was over the front entrance, and it seems that's where the wedding guests congregated to smoke, drink and have raucous conversation. That's fine at 10 pm, but by 2 am it is REALLY annoying. The hotel staff did nothing - clearly weddings are their bread and butter business, and not serving American tourists. Fair enough.
Overall: If you are a local planning a wedding, it's perfect for you. If you are a tourist, look for someplace in Dublin City proper.
Great until breakfast
I stayed in this hotel for one night and it got off to a great start. The decor is great. The girl at reception was very friendly and helpful. The room was spacious and well decorated and the bathroom pristine. We were served food and drink in the lobby by a polite and attentive young man. We later dined in the brasserie where the food was good. The restaurant was quiet but had they been busy I might have found the tables tightly-packed. Everything really went well until breakfast. As this was our last experience of the hotel it's a bit of a shame as it just leaves a so-so impression. They seemed to be under-staffed on a Sunday morning. We would have liked to have ordered off the breakfast menu but there just wasn't any service. We settled for the hot buffet but most of the trays were empty so we had to queue. It reminded me of a school canteen and I'd hoped for better. When we were eventually approached by a server - when we'd finished - we were offered tea or coffee. We both chose tea but there was only a cup and a half of cold tea left in her pot. It took another fifteen minutes to get the second cup filled. In all it was certainly reasonable for the price we paid. The location is nice. It's closer to Dublin city centre than you might imagine from it's parkland setting but it's not walking distance and you will be reliant on your own transport or a taxi service. Great for a golfing/spa weekend but not for a night out in Dublin city. Also beware of the families with young kids in the lobby on a Sunday afternoon - think TGI Fridays!
Contrary to other reviewers we found this hotel easily from the motorway, as it is signposted. We found it excellent value at 99 Euros for a double room including buffet breakfast. We made use of the swimming pool and gym including a steps session. We also got 10% off treatments in the beauty salon. We had our own car and found it useful to park in Phoenix Park and walk to a tram stop to get to the centre of Dublin.
Nearby is the hugh Blanchardstown shopping centre and leisure complex.
The staff were friendly, helpful and knowldgable. Definitely would stay there again.