“ Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland. Tel:+353 1 833 2321 Fax: +353 1 833 0418. „
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My wife and I have just returned from the Clontarf castle and all I can say is superb!! The reception staff and concierge were all very polite and helpful. The room was spotlessly clean and very well appointed.
The room had a huge bed with a backlit panel which gave a soft red glow to the room. The blackout Velux remote controlled blinds were a nice touch too! Although the room was possibly smaller than some of the other rooms in the hotel (due to it having a sloping roof at one side) it was absolutely perfect. On the last night we upgraded to a Junior Suite with a four poster which equally as nice but maybe not worth the extra 110 euros that we spent.
The reception area and all of the restuarants and bars retained all the original features of the castle whilst the recent addition of a glass entrance to the hotel added a little modern luxury.
We only ate at the Knights Bar and although maybe a little expensive, the food was very tasty.
The hotel does have other large venue rooms which hosted weddings on the Friday and Saturday. On the Saturday we heard a little noise from the disco but it was nothing to bother about. I suppose it may depend on where in the hotel you are though.
If you can manage to get a package with breakfast then do it! On Saturday and Sunday the breakfast was served buffet style with the exception of tea/coffee and toast presumably to accommodate all the wedding guests. On Monday and Tuesday you ordered from the menu. They had just about every type of breaksfast that you could want including continental style. Oh, the scrambled eggs are delicious!
The hotel is well placed to be close enough to Dublin to just hop on a train and far enough away to explore the coast line going towards Howth. My wife and I hired a car and for the one day we spent in Dublin we drove to Clontarf D.A.R.T station which is about a mile away, parked the car for free and payed 2. 50 each for return to Dublin city centre. If you've not got a car I guess the station may be a little harder to reach and is not really in walking distance.
To sum up, I could not fault this hotel. It is just as nice if not better looking than the official web photos. The staff are always willing to help, the food is great, the rooms have real character and is a must stay at if you are visiting Dublin!!
Our leader is based in Dublin, so it came as no surprise when a meeting was held at the Clontarf Castle. Now, you have to understand that I have not been sucked into this Irish thing. The thought of a weekend in Dublin just makes me shudder, and you can stick your pubs (anywhere for that matter). Clonarf Castle is a first rate hotel in the middle of a housing estate in Dublin, just by the bay. There isn't really anything around it to be of great note, and a walk from the hotel has nothing much to see at all. However, you might not want to wander from the hotel. Its great. It's like your rich uncle's home, except you haven't got a rich uncle, so this will have to do. Staff are very friendly and helpful, and the facilities are great. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped. There are lots of strange nooks and crannies, and there is lots of time to be wasted wandering round looking what is in various corners. Mostly it's places to drink. Conference facilities were good, and there was a large room that could be organised classroom style. Lots of other rooms for syndicates, and other boring things. It's only a short taxi ride into the center of Dublin. Dublin is terribly fashionable at the moment, and the weakness of the punt has made it a better bargain. Much of the culture is based around drink and music. I could have lived and died without both. I know I am going to get pilloried over this opinion, but the whole Dublin thing has been so hyped. Avoid the Ryan Air flight. It's hell.