Clontarf Castle

Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, County Dublin, 3, Ireland
(3 star hotel)
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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A special experience

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 25, 2013

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

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 12, 2013

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!!!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 7, 2008

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

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Medieval Gothic Hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 18, 2007

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.

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The Castle Stay

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 24, 2005

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!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 20, 2004

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.

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

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Amenities at Clontarf Castle

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free High Speed Internet
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  • Bar / Lounge

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