Upon arriving in Ireland from overseas, we recently spent one night at Clontarf Castle. I had been very excited about staying there based on the glowing reviews, but left feeling a little disappointed. To be sure, the public areas of the hotel are VERY beautiful and tastefully decorated. Whoever was in charge of design really did a wonderful job! I thought the gorgeous lobby was very impressive. Check-in was alright, not overly friendly.
We had dinner in the Knight's Bar, which was wonderful. Our servers, Elaine and Kate (?), were fantastic as was the meal (Guinness pie). Again, I thought the decor was great.
As for the room (deluxe), it was disappointingly small, and somewhat basic. After opening our two suitcases, we felt cramped. The bathroom was very clean, but everything had a plastic feel to it. Again, very basic.
The noise level also bothered me. We could definitely hear the comings and goings of the guests next door.
In sum, given what I spent on the room ($160), I would not choose to return as I thought the value wasn't that great.
- 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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