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“Lovely hotel with a B&B feel.”
Review of King Sitric

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King Sitric
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Howth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 May 2014

We began a week-long trip to Dublin for business with a 2 night stay in the charming, small fishing village of Howth (pronounced Hoat, with a long "o" and a very hard "th" sound. ). The hotel includes two restaurants (casual cafe and more formal dining room) in addition to rooms right across the road from the Irish Sea. A friendly, family-run business that seems too take pride in caring for their guests. We loved it and would recommend a stay to anyone looking for a clean, comfortable and charming place to stay and/or to dine.

Upon arrival from the airport we faced a somewhat daunting prospect of dragging our bags up several flights of stairs, but the very kind and helpful proprietor, Joan immediately had a strong, young man carry the, all to our room. That was a relief!

We stayed in the "Fastnet" penthouse room which was simply decorated, immaculately clean (not a speck of dust or dirt to be found!) and has a lovely view of the Irish Sea from windows and skylight. The king-sized bed was very firm and comfortable. The room was cool and quiet for sleeping and little if any noise from the adjoining rooms. We slept very well listening to the waves and arose to a gorgeous sunny day.

The cliff walk is not to be missed and while steep in a few places, the trail is doable by those of normal level of fitness. Spectacular views everywhere, lots of wildflowers in bloom, and several loops for those wanting shorter or longer hikes. We encountered many nice people on the trails. The breathtaking views over the coast and sea are well worth the time!

We had two meals at the King Sitric, both were excellent with the local fresh seafood highlighted in simple but creative ways. Highly recommend the lobster and/or the bay prawns which were truly delicious!

Breakfast was included in our rate and went well beyond the normal buffet (although that was available too) and included scrumptious smoked salmon with eggs, or a full Irish breakfast for the really hungry traveler.

Overall, we were very pleased with every aspect of our stay and should we return to Howth we will most definitely be staying and dining at the King Sitric.

Our thanks to Joan and all her staff who did an excellent job making our stay delightful in all respects.

Room Tip: Worth getting a sea view room for the sounds and sights from the windows.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed there two nights on an Irish golf trip. At first had some reservation about why the golf travel company booked us at the property. Parking can be tough, there is no elevator and the staircase is narrow. First impressions can often be wrong and they certainly were here. The staff is outstanding. Carried all of our bags up and down again when we left. The room was pleasant with a great view of the sea. A very charming place. I'll review the restaurant in a separate review.

Stayed: May 2014
2  Thank Marwalker2
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

There were four of us with four sherries while reading the menu. One squid, two mushroom soups a a smoked salmon... all simply presented but very good.
The hake was exceptional, simple, flavousome and quite enough. The vegetables served separately were very good indeed. A nice Sancerre, some coffees and a long conversation all made for a very nice 'old fashioned' Sunday lunch out with the family. Less than €40 per person. Recommended as is, but a long overdue refurbishment will close it for a while in late March / early April. After which the menu will have an uplift and a lower price possibility as well. We will certainly try that.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
3  Thank 34210king
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We spend here one night last weekend. Superior room wasn't maybe very luxury but reasonable and with the stunning view and you pay the most price for views and location. Food in restaurant fantastic. I don't like fish so much but if I was in seafood restaurant I decided to try Hake. It was heaven! Breakfast delicious as well and location for those without car perfect bus stop very close the same as railway station.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Iv0ne
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We normally stay at an airport hotel the night before we fly. Sitric was only about 30 minutes of an easy drive, right on the water, absolutely gorgeous view and with a fresh seafood meal included. It was great.

The rooms are all named after lighthouses. Ours was "Rockabill" which I initially thought was just a corruption of "Rockabilly". We sat in the window and looked at the storm tides while sipping some of the fine Greenspot Irish Whiskey we had earlier bought from the Celtic Whiskey trader shop on Dawson St. We walked the sea wall/promenade in a pretty stiff gale.

The dinner was fresh, the service great. The parking was free, the trip to the airport easy and out of most of the Dublin traffic jam. This sure beats any airport hotel.

The views from the restaurant were also grand. What a great spot.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank vintagetrailer
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Comfortable room, delicious food, of course. This was easily one of the nicest stays we have had in Europe and the British Isles. The room was clean and filled with light, the views were spectacular morning and evening, the smells and sounds of the Irish Sea were alternately invigorating and soothing. The food at the King Sitric was some of the best we have had in Ireland, both at breakfast and at supper. It is not a small operation, yet Joan learned our names right away and both she and her team were very careful to ask about our needs and fill them quickly. Now if you are expecting American style corporate luxury -- oversized rooms and oversized meals -- you might be disappointed. But in that case, I'd recommend Houston. If you like very fresh seafood, though, prepared by people who appreciate very fresh seafood, you will like this place.

Room Tip: Rockabill (the rooms are named, not numbered), at the top of the stairs, has windows opening out on...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We just returned from Ireland. We spent our first night at the King Sitric in Howth. We had a very nice room looking out on the Irish Sea. Joan is a great hostess. She upgraded our room for free just because she could. The hotel is close to a wonderful coastal trail where you can walk for hours. The Irish breakfast was divine. It was our first experience traveling in Ireland and it was a great start. I would highly recommend staying here. It is only a twenty minute train ride into Dublin.

Room Tip: Spend the extra money for a room with a great view.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about King Sitric

Address: | East Pier, Howth, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Howth
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Howth
Price Range: £139 - £181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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