Clontarf Castle Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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Clontarf Castle Hotel

, Dublin
4 star

Rooms: 111

Castle Avenue - Dublin - 3 - Ireland Hotel Website | | 1 8332321
788 Traveller

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10/10
Absolutely Fabulous
Submitted by: Jackie in 07/03/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
I recently went on a weekend break with my boyfriend and had an absolute great time. The hotel was amazing, the bedrooms were ultra modern and had the most comfy beds ever! The staff even treated us like royalty. Will definitely be going back.
10/10
A great weekend
Submitted by: Peter in 10/11/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
This hotel is worth staying in. The staff are helpful and friendly. The beds and chairs are really comfortable in the hotel. The history attached to the hotel building is really interesting. The hotel is not far from the airport. The fare was about 20 euros each way. I would certainly stay there again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Clontarf Castle Hotel

Over-rated, terrible food

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel has nice setting & the common rooms have a lot of atmosphere. But it is not really a castle, only the facade of one, built in the 1800's - not the medieval date advertised. Pub is patronized by locals & can be fun. You may never get into the other one due to the continuous number of weddings on all days of the week - all hours of the day. Hotel is overrun with wedding parties.

Hotel bedrooms are quite ordinary & small. Hotel is nowhere near the DART line, unless you consider a 2 mile+ walk as being on the line. And a cab will run about 20 euro for a round trip into town. There is nothing nearby.

Food was absolutely inedible - a throw back to the overcooked, boiled, rubbery, tasteless days of Irish cooking. Just absolutely awful. You cannot even get the famed Irish breakfast here. They call it that, but with overcooked eggs, salty meats, wilted fruit, weak-as-water tea, it is a waste of money -- 20 Euro per person. Expect to go hungry if you stay here long. You simply cannot find anything worth eating. And there is no nearby alternative. Go to this hotel if you wish to shed a few pounds on your vacation - you will, guaranteed.

Too bad, it sounded so nice. Would never return.

What an awful place!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
On my trip to Ireland my weekend at the Clontarf Castle was supposed to be one of the highlights. From the moment I arrived I was treated poorly. I was told I couldn't enter the main lobby because a wedding reception was going on. So I was asked to stand in the rain while the wedding festivities were completed. When finally permitted to the check-in desk I was greeted abrasivly by an incompetent clerk who told me (without looking) I had no reservation and there was no room in the hotel because of the wedding. The fact that I prepaid this reservation several months ago seemed irrelevant to him. After consulting several other incompetent clerks I was told there was nothing they could do They were not impressed by my reservation receipt, or my receipt from the prepayment. I was told they were simply overbooked and they would help me find a new hotel. Did I mention I pre-paid for this room? It was obvious to me that the special bank holiday rate I pre-paid was not as lucrative to these bozos as what the annoying, intoxicated wedding-goers were going to pay. I ended up in a dumpy hotel that cost me $60 more per night than the Clontarf Castle. After I returned from Ireland the Clontarf promptly refunded my money and admitted it was their mistake. I don't buy it - it was a conscious move they made to screw me over to favor someone else. Do you want to stay at a place that treats people like this and doesn't honor reservations?

Dublin castle

from Charley2878
If you arrive from the airport, you may find yourself disappointed that there is no grand driveway or acres of beautiful grounds to wander around. Clontarf Castle is in a residential area and you'll need to catch a taxi or bus into town (from the hotel, turn right and head down to the main road - you'll save yourself about 20mins in the bus driving round the houses!).

However, we utterly loved our time at Clontarf. While the room wasn't the biggest and the hotel does get busy around wedding season, it was clean, comfortable, well equipped and you get your choccie at the end of the night.

The staff here were lovely, though my boyfriend tried to arrange a bottle of champers (it was my b'day), and was told it would cost 60 euros which seems a little expensive.

Overall the food was lovely, the staff attentive, especially the restaurant manager who did anything to help our evening pass without problems.

There are no leisure facilities and it's not a hotel you'd want to spend all your time in, but then again, if you're in Dublin, why would you anyway.

I certainly didn't experience any of the difficulties expressed by other reviewers, so I guess the best advice is to go and try it for yourself. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and hope you do too!!

Not what I expected for the price

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel was not at all what I expectd. I was looking for something on the nice side because I'm used to traveling on a budget. On this occasion, I was willing to splurge a little so I booked under the pretense that this would be a slighly superior hotel (based on the 4 star rating and reviews). I booked a non smoking room online and followed up with a phone call to confirm (as I've learned to do from other experiences). When I arrived and checked in, the lady at the desk said they were out of non smoking rooms. I asked her how this was possible since I had been specific when I called. She said there was no record of my calling and was very unapologetic and indiferent about the situation. Because the money had already been withdrawn from my account when I booked and I had already paid for the taxi to drop me off and I was not about to start looking for another hotel, I decided to stay anyway. The room had a very musty smell and a dingy feel to it. The smell of smoke had penetrated in the walls, the carpet (which was also stained), and the furniture. I was very displeased considering how much money I had paid for this so called 4 star hotel. I'm not sure what kinds of rooms other people who reviewed this hotel were getting, but mine was less than satisfactory. Something else you might want to know is that the Taxi ride to the city center was about 35 euro each way because it is not centrally located. Overall, I don't want to be negative about the situation, but if asked my opinion I would say you would get better quality for far less money elsewhere. And no, it's not a real castle (for those of you who were wondering).

disappointing third visit

from Love2travel27
We returned to Clontarf Castle for our third visit with our 9 month old son and were extremely discappointed. The hotel was not equipped to deal with babies and the staff were not pleasant in dealing with our requests. The high chair in the restaurant was broken and the room was very disappointing. We stayed there twice before but would not return, especially not with children.

Awful experience with kids, albeit in 2000

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stumbled on all these wonderful reviews and just had to write in, even though our experience was several years ago. Hopefully things have improved! Our stay at Clontarf was supposed to be the high point at the end of our 10 day trip in Ireland. First their website was out of date and they did not, as advertised, have an evening musical performance -- they'd discontinued it. We and the kids (7 and 11 at the time) arrived at dinner time, only to find the more casual restaurant closed. We thought the upscale restaurant wouldn't appeal to the kids, and the desk clerk advised us to try the bar. When we got there, the waitress, instead of taking our order, tried to order us to leave because we had children with us. She pointed to a small sign that said no children after 6 p.m., or something to that effect. We explained that we were actually staying at the hotel and that the front desk had sent us there. (This was in a residential area -- no other restaurants appeared to be close by) So she brought the bar manager over to try to get him to throw us out. As you can imagine this little drama attracted the attention of everyone in the bar. We ended up begging and pleading to get our hungry kids, and selves, fed. I stopped at the desk on the way back to our room and complained. The hotel manager later called to talk about the problem -- and instead of apologizing, gave me a lecture that "surely you understand we can't have children running about the place." Our kids were well behaved, well dressed and quiet. This was the most offensive experience I have ever had in any lodging.

Fabulous Hotel - Highly Recommend

from A TripAdvisor Member
We only had the pleasure of staying 2 nights at the Clontarf Castle Hotel, however we absolutely loved it! The hotel staff was very friendly and quite helpful. We spoke to 2 wonderful men at the concierge desk that gave us directions to a number of different places and were very informative. Our room was quite large, with a sofa, table with several chairs, entertainment stand, etc. The bathroom was nice sized and immaculately clean, as was the rest of the room. We were pleasantly surprised each night to come home for the evening to find our bed turned down and chocolates left for us.

There are three restaraunts/bars within the hotel and the food was very good. Breakfast, which was included with our rate, was wonderful!! They had a full breakfast with eggs, meat, fruit, pastries, etc.

The hotel is close enough to downtown Dublin that we were able to drive there in a few minutes time. We had a rental car, but you would be close enough staying here that you could grab a cab for a reasonable rate.

All in all, we loved the Clontarf Castle Hotel and hope to stay there again soon!

A great place to stay

from keithblizard
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at Clontarf Castle. Damien on the front desk made us most welcome, and was very quick to change our original room which had no view. The hotel is easily reached from the airport and is only a ten minute drive into the city. The main restaurant served an excellent full breakfast 19 euros (the white pudding was to die for) and the dinner menu and wine list was also first class. Several Phillipino staff who were charming. Large car park, which can get crowded as this is a great venue for weddings. Can't wait to return. Enjoy.

What a way to end a trip!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Oh my! It was everything it said it was . My favorite of the trip! The rooms were what was shown on the internet, and the breakfast was included. We ate lunch and dinner in their bar and it was very good and well priced for such a grand hotel. The staff were wonderful especially Vijay. If you need anything ask him. With a smile on his face he takes his job very serious. I'll never forget Clontarf Castle.

Fabulous four Poster Beds!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My Fiance and I won a weekend in the Castle over the 28th & 29th of January. The four poster bed in the suite was amazing. The breakfast in bed was great, homemade pastries, fresh fruits etc.Room service only cost 3 euro per person. Staff were so friendly and the area is great for taking walks. We'll be back!

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Bus to town centre Get the 747 , a double decker express to oconnell street, costs 5 euro each way, beats the taxi expense. The bus leaves the Dublin bus centre just near the big silver spire in centre of town on oconnel street

Cheaper to get a taxi to hotel than bus We took a taxi from Dublin airport to hotel which was $21 which I think was cheaper than if we'd all gone by bus

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  • Address: Castle Avenue - Dublin - 3 - Ireland
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