first off the hotel are great at organising things for you such as in our case champagne and helium balloons on arrival for my friend, taxis, suggestions of places to visit, and even checking us in online for our return flight and weighing our cases!!!! the concierge and front desk staff are extremely helpful.
the bar staff and waiters we encountered were friendly ,smiley and helpful people, but our main praise goes to stephen and gavin in the knights bar!! what a great pair of lads, they made our stay fantastic, they were funny, helpful, entertaining and work damn hard to make you feel special and enjoy your stay .
the food in the bar is a bit overpriced but to be honest the quality and presentation of the food was worth paying the extra as it was fabulous. the salad dressing is lovely just on the side salad!!
breakfast was really nice with a huge choice of cereals, fruit, toast, croissants and cooked breakfast, lots of juices cold fresh water and teas and coffees.
the room had 3 single beds , a table , 2 bedside cabinets a wardrobe a suitcase table and long dressing table and still had loads of room to move around in, the beds were so comfortable.
the bathroom was a good size and spotless. great shower too, my only little silly gripe was no conditioner, but there was shampoo shower gel and soap. you can purchase toothpaste from concierge at about 1-2 euros i think, but there is a pharmacy a 5 min walk down road.
a bus goes straight to dublin centre, but you need change as they dont accept notes, taxis are dear, and they change the price with whoever you get in with, one min our taxi was 15 then it was 20!!. but to be honest it made life so much easier at night going out .
temple bar is good place to visit, lots of bars, restaraunts and shops, but very touristy and pricey. we visited frankies restaurant and had lunch it was lovely food, great ambience good staff, they also have a great bar downstairs which i reckon would be great place to have a drink.
on the advice of a waitress in a pizza place we went to a bar called leggs!! she assured us taxi would be no more than 7 euros, it cost 13! it was free to get in but you had to buy a bottle of 35 euro wine, no prob, only she failed to inform us that it did not open till 11pm we got there at 10-30, no where else to go, its quite secluded and out the way of the main area, felt quite vulnerable walking around , finally got a free entrance card into another one opposite leggs, we were the only 3 people in the whole club until about 12-30 when a few 18 yr olds turned up ( we are 37-40) but we had a laugh, had a drink then as we left found out there was a great little wine bar upstairs!!! never mind, we did laugh.
the shopping in grafton street is pretty good, the other side of liffey is normal, for example primark which over there is called pennys, river island etc.
try out the church, it is a bar cafe and restaurant, its a converted church with all 3 things but separtley, only wish we had found it before leaving, it looks amazing with a really good buzz, it has outdoor seating if the rain hold off!! we had a coofee and cake and it was really good.
go enjoy .
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- 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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