Clontarf Castle

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, County Dublin, 3, Ireland

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Satisfaction Excellent
Excellent
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Very Good
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Average
11%
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Poor
4%
64
Terrible
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 82% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Solo81
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  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo

    A special experience

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    This is Irish accommodation at its very best. Clontarf Castle is situated about 3-4 kms outside of Dublin City but is very well connected by bus or even a not too expensive cab to the city. We chose to stay here for a couple of very good reasons. Firstly there was a special deal on at the time and we were fortunate to get a really good low price and secondly, there was free parking readily available right in the grounds in front of the castle.

    The building is stunning and swathed in history. The present building was only built in 1837 but there has been a castle on the property since the 12th century. It was at one time held by the Knights Templar and a huge banner of the Knights hangs over the lobby area today. It changed hands many times in the centuries leading up to its present use as a four star hotel (more like a five star to me). Its owners have been a mixture of nationalities, governments aristocracy and commoners alike.

    Unique Quality: The service was excellent in all departments. The rooms were luxurious with all the bells and whistle you could name.

    Our only complaint was that there was a function on one of the nights we were there and we were awoken after midnight by the fire alarms going off. Apparently the disc jockey at the function had an overactive smoke machine which probably provided a great effect for the revellers but not for the poor old guests who were trying to get some much needed sleep. As a way of apologising to those of us who had been awoken, breakfast the following morning was complimentary (it usually cost 20 Euros) so we were well and truly placated especially since the breakfast was one of the very best I've ever seen anywhere.

    Unfortunately I did not get a photo of the building itself so must attribute the exterior shot to Wikipedia. Normally I wouldn't worry about uploading an exterior shot if I didn't have one but this place was an exception to the rule. I needed to show the true extent of its beauty, so please forgive me. All of the interior shots are indeed my own.

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    Once a knight is enough for any man

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    Ireland is awash with four star hotels. The vast majority were built during the celtic tiger on tax-break schemes. Most are now limping along on special offers designed to just keep the wolf from the door so that they dont have to close and hand back their tax-break money to the bankrupt goverment.

    Clontarf castle may have had its celtic tiger makeover, but it is clearly well above the category I have just been describing.

    The hotel is a built around the centuries old castle. I'll spare you the history for now. This is a genuine castle with genuine history, located only just to the north of Dublin city centre. The public areas have built around the castle keep but all the bedroom (or at least the vast majority) are modern in build.

    The bar or 'the knights bar' goes a bit overboard with all the faux medieval pagentry and the rest of the hotel is not immune to it. It doesn't however become overwhelming in nature. It stikes a balence between being a good quality modern hotel and the disneyfied 'ye old worlde of medieval olde englande'...sorry eyre-land.

    Good breakfast, friendly concierge, efficient reception, no pool but no complaints.

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    Superb!!!

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    Best place I’ve stayed for years. It is a genuine castle converted into a high quality hotel, done stylishly and in great taste throughout.

    Rooms good sized and very comfortable. Only €125 per night for the room for 2, during the week. An absolute bargain. Breakfast was not included and it was pricey (€38 for 2) but it was excellent.

    Public areas are wonderful too. We had lunch in the lounge one day, and dinner in the restaurant another (see eating tips), so the food is top rate all round. Staff are friendly and helpful.

    Its 3km from the city centre, but €1.50 on the bus gets you there in no time. Its also very handy (15 minutes drive) for the airport.

    Unique Quality: Well, its a castle!

    Directions: Just north of city centre

  • Benissimo's Profile Photo

    Medieval Gothic Hotel

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    Truly the best hotel I have ever stayed at, it's authentic splendor dates back a century. About a 15 minute bus ride to the City Centre from the Clontarf suburb, it's well worth it.

    Unique Quality: The ambiance and castle grounds are very nice. There is free high-speed internet access and the front desk has 110/220 converters free of charge in case you need/forget one. The rooms are typical, but all-in-all a great stay.

    Directions: Situated within the Clontarf suburb, 15 minutes via bus from the City Centre.

  • morgandk's Profile Photo

    The Castle Stay

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    We spent two nights at Clontarf Castle and throurougly enjoyed it. It has great facilities - the pool is several blocks down the street, but there is a fantastic pub well-stocked with Guiness and Bushmills.

    Unique Quality: It is an old modernized castle. A unique thing happened~ I ran into a couple that I new from North Carolina. Amazing how small the world really is!

  • Magic of old times!

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    We had booked a "web-special" at 99€ and didn't expect the most amazing things. Well, we were wrong! From the moment we arrived until we left we were treated like royalty. The room was fantastic, with a separate lounge and huge beds. Breakfast was quite interesting, since you had to order the warm food from the waiter and they would bring it to your table. Not the cheapest place I have stayed, but definately one of the most impressing!

    Unique Quality: The oldest part of the castle is built in the 11th century, and is worth some exploring. The details are quite amazing, and the atmosphere is different from most normal hotels.

More about Clontarf Castle

A Castle in the suburbs

by jacquitabanana about Clontarf Castle

I stayed here when my work had its Christmas party here a few years ago.
Beatiful building, restaurant, rooms and its only about 5 minutes drive to city centre. or just walk down to the seafront at the end of the road.
Lovely The building is a gorgeous big old castle steeped in history. We loved our triple room. The beds looked like something you'd imagine the 3 Bears slept in. Only big enough for us of course.
At Christmas the building is lit up.

Dublin Ireland, what an experience!

by artbybec about Clontarf Castle

What a beautiful structure. Upon arrival we were greeted by the breath taking lobby of Clontarf Castle along with the friendly staff. Our rooms were very clean and comfy.
I would recommend the experience of staying in a castle anywhere in Europe, but if your
in Dublin Ireland this is a must see.
This castle experience can get a bit pricey however, we were there on St. Paddy's Day. I didn't get to kiss the cook...but I would have. The food there was excellent and affordable. The best irish breakfast!

Lord of the Castle

by morgandk about Clontarf Castle

A stay in the remains of an original castle! The castle dates back to 1172! This is a good stay- it has its own fantastic pub! Not just a hotel bar- but a pub with good local color. Leisure room, near bus and Dart routes to downtown Dublin, or a two mile walk for those in shape. Cab fare to Temple is about 6 Euro. The pool is down the street at the local fitness center- but there is an exercise room in the basement.

Amazing Place

by TripAdvisor Member AustraliaItaly

Four of us (two adults,two teenagers)stayed for two nights. Clontarf Castle oozed atmosphere. We were amazed at the history of the hotel/castle and the fact that the hotel has been built into the castle. The lads thought they had gone back to medieval times. Our rooms were lovely, the Knights bar was great for informal meals, service was great.
There were two weddings on both nights we were there so it was very busy. Clontarf Castle hotel is VERY expensive and a long way from Dublin Centre. A great place for a special occasion.

Elegant and Classy

by TripAdvisor Member nightmarcher

During our trip to Ireland, we spent one night at Clontarf Castle to enjoy the comforts of a 4-star hotel. We were not disappointed. The hotel oozes with elegance from the minute you enter the driveway to the beautiful lobby blended with old castle charm. Our room was modern, clean and comfortable. If you are expecting to stay inside a castle, this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a romantic inexpensive place to relax with that special someone, this is it! We were able to get a room for 91 euros a night by booking online on their website. In addition to our stay, we decided to splurge and have dinner at the hotel. The food was good, service was excellent and the ambience was romantic. Overall we enjoyed our stay that the Clontarf Castle Hotel and would stay there again.

Excellent for a one or two night DBB stay

by TripAdvisor Member NITripper

My wife and I ( and 3 other couples) stayed at the Clontarf Castle for one night after an Irish rugby international recently and have only good things to say about it.
We got an excellent DBB rate - both the evening meal and the breakfast were superb. The food was of the highest quality and the service (particularly for dinner) was faultless.
The bedroom was clean and comfortable and we had a very enjoyable evening in the hotel bar - great atmosphere and nice decor. In fact the mediaeval style decor etc in the whole hotel, especially the reception area is superb.
True its not in central Dublin - its about a 15 euro taxi ride to Grafton St/St Stephens Green and its in a largely residential area so location might be a problem on a longer stay or a different sort of occasion but car parking is free and there was plenty of available space in it when we stayed
I suspect however that the main reason this hotel is less expensive than others of a similar standard is that there is no pool or gym (at least I didn't see one) but if thats not something you are particularly looking for definitely give Clontarf Castle a go!

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clontarf castle

by ericn131

could some1 tell me how far a walk it is from clontarf castle to nearest dart stop to go into dublin.or best way to go about it without using a taxi.manythanx

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by loughgilly

i have stayed at clontarf castle its lovely there is a bus service just across the road from the hotel the staff are helpful and will tell u all u need to know the bus takes u into dublin hope this helps

RE: RE: clontarf castle

by cloed

it would only take you 10 min to walk to the dart station from clontarf castle or as already mentioned there is a bus stop out site the place that will bring you into town.

enjoy your time there

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Address: Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, County Dublin, 3, Ireland