Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

, Dublin
4 star

Rooms: 113

Killiney - Dublin - Ireland Hotel Website | | 012305400
263 Traveller

Reviews - Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

9/10
A luxurious Treat!
Submitted by: A Grimaldi in 06/10/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Stayed my last night in Ireland before flying back stateside. Lovely Room, Fabulous restaurant and bar(s),
attentive staff.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

Paying for the area...not the hotel...

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in this hotel last week for two nights (Thurs 27th to Sat 29th)and found it to be just ok for the price we paid. Needs to be refurbished, bathrooms are old, breakfast is fantastic, pint was crap, served in wrong glasses, reception staff abit shabby, don't pay attention to detail. We requested pillows which we had to request four hours later on our return to our room. We requested Church times on Friday but got weekend times and they couldn't be supplied until concierge came into work! When we went to use the pool, we found that the local kids were having swimming lessons so we could only use it at certain times. Leisure facilities are badly situated in the hotel, have to parade by everybody to get to swimming pool. Beds had plastic sheets on them!!!! We enjoyed our stay but we were very lucky as the weather was fantastic but otherwise I would have been very disappointed. The dining room room staff were excellent. You are definately paying for the address and don't be fooled by the 'castle' description......B. Ennis

Great Location

from HilaryM
The staff were very friendly, the view from our room was wonderful.
However, the whole 'Castle' needs a complete overhaul. The decor was dated, and tired looking. The menu was very average.
We did enjoy our stay, however, thanks to the staff, and the great view.

Lovely hotel-very pleasant staff

from Deb3
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in March 2006. We had a lovely spacious room with a balcony overlooking Dublin Bay. The hotel was quiet and very relaxing.The staff were very pleasant and helpful.The hotel serves snacks almost all day which is great when you have children with you. Breakfast was excellent and we had a good meal in the Dungeon. If you can, try "The Guinea Pig" Restaurant in the nearby village of Dalkey for an excellent meal.
The hotel is within walking distance of Killiney Beach and the DART staions. Take the DART from Killiney or Dalkey to Bray or Howth for stunning coastal scenery.
Our 3 year old loved the hotel's pool and he also spent an hour at the creche which he enjoyed.
Our only disappointment was that the beauty salon was closed for staff training.
We really enjoyed our stay and will certainly go back again!

Loved It

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at this hotel for 10 days in February with my girlfriend. We absolutely loved it. We paid a little extra and got a sea view room which was amazing. The staff was extremely warm, and on a few occasions went way out of their way for us. They actually reopened the kitchen one night and specially made a warm steak sandwich just for us. The concierge is extremely knowledgable and helpful. Although it is listed as a castle it has all the comforts and accomodations of a hilton hotel, if not more. If you're looking to stay in a drafty, medieval castle then this is not for you. The Dungeon restaurant is delicious, and we spent many a nights getting inebriated in the Library Bar. The town of Dalkey, where you catch the Dart into dublin, is a brisk 15 minute walk down the hill. However, if you plan on making this walk or traveling into Dublin... wear comfortable shoes. After a long day in Dublin the last thing you want to do is walk back up that hill. Also, there is Killiney Hill which has amazing views of the sea and coast. We only had one minor complaint and that was the cost of the room service... but one should expect that for a four star hotel. All in all a great hotel in a great location. We had an amazing trip and I would reccomend this hotel to anyone traveling to Dublin.

Disappointing

from slocumdave
Shouldn't be advertised as a castle. We stayed at Ashford, Waterford, and Dromoland, and they were castles - Fitzpatrick is not. It cost more than Waterford and was not nearly so nice. The room was fine, but the bed was uncomfortable. There was loud noise from guests in the hall all night long and I finally complained about 5 a.m. When checking out, they asked about it, said "sorry," but offered nothing else. It is a nice hotel, good location, friendly staff, but, for the price, nothing special. Unlikely to return.

Perfect location, enjoyed our stay

from theworldawaits
As a family of 4 visiting Dublin for 5 days, we found the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel to be the perfect hotel & location. It was a quick cab or DART ride in to Dublin, but also gave us a pleasant suburban environment near the ocean. We enjoyed day trips to the surrounding area as well as heading into the city of Dublin - can't beat that! My expectations for the 'Castle' were realistic and we were pleased with the large room (for 4 of us), the quality of service, & the very large seating area where we spent time talking & playing cards before heading back to our room for sleep. Overall, we enjoyed the Fitzpatrick tremendously. It was great value for the money, perfect location, good service, & comfortable rooms. What more could you ask for?

Great location but hotel is run down

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in the Fitzpatrick Castle hotel for 2 nights. The location is fantastic, Killiney Hill is just a few minutes walk behind the Hotel and has fantastic views of the Dublin Bay, the Wicklow Mountains and Dalkey/Bray on the other side. Definitely worth the walk.
The hotel has a lovely swimming pool and you can see it on your way to the Bar, Breakfast, reception, rooms etc so you've got a public watching you doing your lenghts, not the best. Getting to the pool is not easy if you don't have a dressing robe. So we didn't use it in the end.
The service was ok, nothing special.
The hotel could do with some serious refurbishment, it is definitely getting on a bit but it's comfortable enough.
The biggest problem for us was with the taxi company they use which was very disappointing. You need to add a lot of extra time to your journey because they will be late getting you! Traffic in Dublin is well known to be a challenge but Taxi companies should be prepared for this and not accept picking you unless they can guarantee being on time. They were late twice including when we had to get back to the airport!

experience we hoped for

from A TripAdvisor Member
I should have known that paying $175 for a night in a castle wouldn't have been all it was cracked up to be. Like another poster commented, there's very little castle and very much modern, normal-hotel-style building (where the rooms are).

As to everyone's positive comments about the staff, we only interacted with the bar staff, and they were really nice. One let us try a "new drink" he was working on.

The front desk had just one desk open for check-in. Fortunately we arrived on a Sunday night so the line was only about 10 minutes long. The check-in process itself was very fast once we got up there.

The room was OK - just a regular hotel room down a long walk through regular hotel corridors. No view or anything (we could have upgraded to a view room w/ a balcony once we got there for, I think, $50 or so).

There was ample parking and the hotel was a short walking distance to a very nice park with a mountain trail to a view of all of Dublin) and the very pleastant town of Dalkey was about a 5 minute drive.

disappointed

from A TripAdvisor Member
Disappointed to find that the publicity photos of this hotel carefully omit the huge ugly modern building, where most of the bedrooms are situated. The bathrooms are dated and the white shower curtain had nasty brown stains.
However,the staff were excellent.

t ask the hotel for directions

from sfsarah
There are some wonderful things about this hotel: the rooms are beautiful, the food is phenomenal (especially breakfast), the pool is great, and many members of the staff are friendly & helpful. However, I was unimpressed with how the hotel handled a situation that arose. We printed directions from the airport to the hotel directly from the hotel's website. The directions were terrible! It took us over 3 hours to get there, and when we finally did, the person at the front desk looked at the directions and said "These are terrible," then tore them up. At that point, a little gesture from the hotel would have been so welcome--even something as inexpensive as a free cocktail after such a harrowing drive that was entirely their fault and set such a rotten tone for the first day of our international vacation. Instead, we got nothing--just the torn-up directions and a terse "Sorry." I think a really classy hotel would have offered a more sincere apology and some part of our stay--even a small part of it--on the house.

Top Local Tips for Dublin

Dun Laoghaire restaurant recommendation Dun Laoghaire is a short drive away. We had a lovely meal there at Alexis, excellent value, gorgeous beef, a great atmosphere and very popular judging by the full house.

Druid's Chair Pub and local scenery Be sure to have a pint in the Druid's Chair in Killiney village and go for a walk up Dalkey Hill or along the Vico Road

Powerscourt Get a combined house and garden ticket, whilst not a big exbition, the house is well worth an hour of your time (but not for kids).

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  • Address: Killiney - Dublin - Ireland
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