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“Great location, ideal for couples”
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King Sitric
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Howth
Certificate of Excellence
Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Great location, ideal for couples”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

Stayed here over a bank holiday weekend. Had a lovely break and would strongly recommend.

Love Howth and concentration of seafood restaurants with the King Sitric pertfectly located on the sea front.

Our room was beautifully furnished, spacious and spotless. The view was great with uninterupted views over the harbour and sea. The position of the building at the end of the street meant that there was very little passing traffic to disturb a good nights sleep. Was nice to leave the window open and listen to the waves through the night.

Breakfast was a highlight, selection and all beautifully cooked / presented. The owner was also on hand in the restaurant to help out in any way, either in terms of the restaurant, accomodation or indeed in planning the days activities.

We had dinner one night in the restaurant and it was, as expected, top class. Our only regret is that we didnt give the wine bar on the ground floor a go for dinner one of the nights as there was a great atmosphere and plenty of people about - the upstairs dining is a bit more formal. (wine bar was nice for an afternoon stop off).

I love this place for its proximity to the harbour and all the other restauarnts, cafes and general buzz. If staying in Dublin, should always consider this place as a possibility. Its at the upper end of the price bracket and for accommodation alone, its probably difficult to justify but where this place comes in its own is the food with accommodation.

Not sure what it would be like with kids but works well for couples. Hope to get there again soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

This is our third visit to reputably one of the top fish restaurants in the whole of Ireland, sadly although it is a beautiful setting, food this time was not as we expected. Service was very good as usual, but food, for the money, poor value & not up to their usual standard, a bit of a let down really. Wine list seems like, what they wanted to give us not what we wanted, poor selection.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

Make no mistake about it….when you stay at the King Sitric, you are paying a premium price for a premium location. The rooms are pleasant, clean and comfortable, but they cannot be considered exceptional. What is exceptional is the unobstructed view of the Irish Sea (assuming you are on the second floor or higher) directly outside your window. Additionally, the King Sitric is located in the picturesque and quaint fishing town of Howth, near to Dublin but far away in terms of crowding and quiet. The location is ideal because it is a short walk to the train station where you can be in downtown Dublin in 25 minutes without the hassle of driving. Also, it is convenient for day trips to attractions on the north side of Dublin such as Trim and the Valley of Boyne. Finally, it is a 20 minute drive to the airport, so it was a perfect location for our final 3 days in Ireland. The hotel also has a fine dining restaurant associated with it which, unfortunately, we could not experience since it was closed the 3 nights we were there (Sunday – Tuesday). Nevertheless, we did get to enjoy the restaurant and the expansive views of Howth and the Irish Sea during our included breakfasts, which were bountiful and delicious. The owners were most gracious and went out of their way to provide a special early morning breakfast in our room on our final day when we had to leave before normal breakfast hours. But all of this comes at a price. Rooms are located on three levels with the higher levels costing more, as you would expect. But if you are going to stay here, I can’t see much point in staying on the ground level because your view with be blocked most of the time by parked cars. So, is it worth the premium price that you will pay? I will leave that judgement up to you, but I would have to say in our case, the answer was yes.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

We stayed at the King Sitric the night before departing Ireland after a two-week trip. Howth is a relatively attractive seaside town,but not worth a journey. The hotel is problematic. First, it has no parking, so we had to wrangle around with finding an available public space. Our room was several flights up the stairs -- no elevator. The hallways are claustrophobic and the doors to the rooms are heavy and hard to open -- it felt a little like a minimum security prison. The windows, although facing the sea, were small, so enjoying the view took some effort. Although the room was nice and clean, the linens and blankets were a little stale, especially for Ireland, which is generally very good on bedding quality. We left too early for breakfast, and no early morning accommodation was suggested. Even my effort at in-room tea making was thwarted when I discovered that no breakfast tea was to be found among the packets. The coffee option was an envelope of instant -- no brewing option. We dined at the restaurant -- ordinary at best but high-priced.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Athlone, Ireland
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

We really enjoyed our all too short stay in the King Sitric.
Where else can you laze in your bed on a Sunday morning while listening to the gulls and looking out over the Irish sea.The welcome was friendly and informative, the room was slightly dated but spotlessly clean and comfortable.
We dined there on Sat evening.Had a beautiful meal, really could not fault anything.
Howth itself was buzzing in glorious sunshine on Sunday morning
We will return to the King Sitric, next time for longer hopefully.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

They are located at the end of the main stretch. We had an excellent combination platter for two that was outstanding. We had a window seat. We did not stay in the hotel, we just ate at the restaurant. I would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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kilkenny
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

stayed in king sitric over the weekend. rooms clean but not comfortable. bed - 2 single beds pushed together - had no matress topper hence uncofortable. the beds were hard and had a blanket instead of comfy duvet. View of sea was lovely but tiny windows. one of the windows was damaged and hence you couldent see through it properly. On the other hand, the food was totally amazing. the selection was great and well presented. Breakfast was fabulous and sunday lunch was great. The bar serves really nice cider make in kinsale.
mary & tom

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: King Sitric
Address: | East Pier, Howth, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Howth
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Howth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1971, Aidan and Joan MacManus have earned an international reputation for fresh seafood in their harbour-side restaurant in the picturesque fishing village of Howth. In 1999, they extensively rebuilt their old Harbour Master's house, relocating the restaurant to the first floor with panoramic seaviews, and adding eight guest bedrooms. All the bedrooms are named after Lighthouses and have sea-views. DINING Fresh fish landed daily on Howth Pier, oysters and mussels from the west, lobster caught by our own fishermen in Balscadden Bay are among our specialities. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in our East Cafe Bar while choosing your wine from our outstanding Wine List. National Hospitality Awards Best Seafood Restaurant 2014. We are situated in the golfing heartland of North County Dublin and for sailors Howth Marina is three minutes walk. Enjoy a gentle stroll on the Pier before breakfast or a more energetic hike on the unspoilt Cliff Path and the trails of Howth Head. For business, shopping or sightseeing, Dublin City is only 25 minutes by Dart. Dublin Airport 25 minutes. ... more   less 
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