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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- King Sitric Howth, Ireland - County Dublin
- King Sitric Hotel Howth