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“Very good hotel but should be great” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Clontarf Castle Hotel
Ranked #4 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
North West
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60 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Very good hotel but should be great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

This was our 3rd stay at the Clontarf Castle Hotel, we love it. The hotel is stunning and the location is great just a couple of miles from the City centre but near a bus route in.

The rooms are small but fully equipped and very comfy. We have stayed in Dublin City Centre loads of times and Clontarf Castle beats them for value and it is quiet so you actually get some sleep. You would pay about 50 Euros more for a city centre hotel of equal standard.
Knight’s bar is really nice, good pub food menu.

I do agree with a lot of other reviewers that the standards are dropping though. We had dinner included in the Fahrenheit Grill as part of the package. The food was really mediocre and service was average. Both have always been brilliant before. At breakfast the food items were not replaced and the service was poor again.

The deals you get here are great and I would stay here again, but you can see the cuts and it affects the whole feel of the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

We were expecting a boutique hotel. It is, in fact, rather big – and a popular venue for local events.

Location : a little off center, in a green suburb. About a 10-15mn taxi ride to downtown

Room was medium sized and well equipped. All you could expect from a standard hotel room in that category. Not much to say about it, really. What you see (on the hotel website) is exactly what we got. Bathroom is in fact a very comfortable shower room, equipped with a large italian shower. We really appreciated that. That and the shortbreads provided with tea facilities.
Lobby provides several nooks and was quite welcoming.

Food is anything but worth writing home about – let alone writing TA about. Just try and go elsewhere.
We had dinner twice, tried some finger food in Knights Bar and only had breakfast once on our first day (the irish breakfast taken on the 1st floor, where we were almost the only guests in a very large beautiful but chilly room). The following days, we had breakfast in town.
As I said and from our limited experience (but which did not encourage us to experiment any further), cuisine is by far not the place’s selling point (despite what they advertise).

Staff was…. various. Some of them were really charming. After a week or so, the cerberian at reception desk engaged in a hint of a smile. Hurray !

All in all, I would say it is a good average hotel. Nothing extraordinary, nothing unforgettable, but a very decent stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for the nice review. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay with us and found the hotel to welcoming. I was happy to hear how impressed you were with your room & it’s amenities however, I was disappointed that you didn’t enjoy the food as it is something which we are often complimented on – both in the bar & restaurant. I hope you had an enjoyable stay in Dublin and I would be delighted to welcome you back again sometime soon.
Yours sincerely,
Mark Long
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

My mother, 9yr old daughter and I stayed here for one night in Feb 2012. Castle is absolutely gorgeous. My daughter loved it. The concierge, Eric went out of his way to help us in every way. He set up a fun night of Irish dancing and music in Temple Bar area, and even called ahead to notify them that my daughter was coming and is an Irish dancer who just won 1st place at All Irelands. He went even further the next day and assisted me on getting a rental car. Exceptional service thanks to Eric. Breakfast was good, typical Irish breakfast. All staff very friendly. I would definitely stay here again. :-)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for the lovely review. I’m so glad you had such a lovely time with us and that our dedicate concierge Eric looked after you and could assist you with your needs. I hope you had a terrific stay with us and I do hope we get a chance to welcome you back again soon.
Yours sincerely
Mark Long
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

we stayed for 1 night on 14th feb, everything was wonderful we stayed in a very large spacious room, the food in the restaurant was gorgeous and the staff were very helpful. I will definetly stay in clontarf castle again and would highly recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for the lovely review. I’m so glad you had a wonderful Valentine’s stay with us and that you very much enjoyed your room, the food and the service of our dedicated staff. I do hope we get a chance to welcome you back to the hotel again soon.
Yours sincerely,
Mark Long
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

An absolute Gem. What an incredibly imposing entrance to the grounds, not to be disappointed by the incredible combination of old castle and modern architecture entrance.

A step through the doors and you find yourself in an era of yesteryear, with suits of armour welcoming you, further along into the lobby, a lovely huge warming fireplace resplendent against the original stonework of the castle, complete with Juliet balcony. Adjacent to that in the centre of the lobby is a massive steel sculpture, reaching up to the heavens and the glass ceiling.

The rooms on the other hand, are modern, well equipped and clean. Totally different to what one would expect looking at the outside of the building.

The bed was large, comfortable and spotless. All cons expected such as,minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and toiletries are welcomed.

The Knights bar was popular, well attended and a great atmosphere. Service was good and the staff helpful.

Service was very good with the reception standing out above all. Having checked in the previous evening, when checking out was greeted by name, by the reception clerk. A surprise these days when one appears to be nothing more than a number! Nice touch.

I will be coming back to Dublin and will certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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MlongClontarf, General Manager at Clontarf Castle Hotel, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
Dear Guest
Thank you for the wonderful review. I was delighted to hear how wonderful a time you had staying with us recently. I’m glad you were so impressed with everything from the architecture & décor of the hotel to your room & amenities and atmosphere in Knight’s Bar. I’m also delighted to hear how our dedicated staff members could look after you. I hope you had a fantastic stay in Dublin and I would be delighted to welcome you back to Clontarf Castle on your next visit.
Yours sincerely,
Mark Long
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Additional Information about Clontarf Castle Hotel

Property: Clontarf Castle Hotel
Address: Castle Avenue | Clontarf, Dublin D03 W5NO, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,555 - ₹ 21,270
Hotel Class:4 star — Clontarf Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 111
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrate, chill out, or relish in a little of both. Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland is a perfect blend of a boutique and luxury hotel, providing unique style and exceptional service in comfortable surroundings. This unique luxury hotel in Dublin is well thought out from the guests' point of view by providing a modern aesthetic built around an ancient form. Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Dublin City Centre and 5 miles from Dublin Airport, the Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland is an oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of lapping waters from the Irish Sea. ... more   less 
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