Clontarf Castle Hotel

Castle Avenue, Dublin, Ireland, 3

Price from: £79

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By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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#8 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.7
4.7
Public areas:
4.6
4.6
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
5
5.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Sporty types, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, History, Sightseeing, Special occasions

Best for Value for money - Expert review of Clontarf Castle Hotel

Clontarf Castle offers a four-star medieval experience less than five minutes from Dublin city.

How often can you stay in an authentic castle, where medieval architecture is balanced by the most modern facilities, for extremely reasonable rates? Clontarf Castle hotel underwent a full refurbishment in 2007 and though the castle retains a real sense of history and character, speckled with coats of arms and suits of armour, every room is fresh and stylish. A fantastic Great Hall can seat up to 600 delegates where lots of natural daylight, giant chandeliers and a dramatic plaster frieze of the Battle of Clontarf reinforce the age of the 12th century castle. This is an ideal spot for history buffs. Clontarf is a significant location in Irish history as the site where the famous Battle of Clontarf took place on Good Friday 23 April 1014.

Location: 

Clontarf is a beautiful seaside suburb of Dublin, and the seafront is a five-minute walk from the castle. Dublin bay provides a panoramic backdrop to upper level rooms. Buses run every 15 minutes from around the corner to take you into the city centre in less than ten. Croke Park is nearby.

Bedrooms: 

There’s a varied selection of bedrooms – from standard to deluxe and executive suites with four poster beds. Each room is individually decorated, and the recent refurb is obvious with a bold colour scheme of deep reds and purples throughout. Furnishings are luxurious, with leather chairs and plush velvet rugs or curtains, and while the effect is medieval, rooms are cosy and romantic.

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Public areas: 

Indigo Lounge is ultra-stylish with a boutique edge while Knights bar appeals to locals as much as tourists during the week. The public spaces are thoughtfully decorated in keeping with the medieval theme and there are lots of cosy snugs to make use of the castle’s nooks and crannies.

Eating and drinking: 

Fahrenheit Grill is in the Michelin Guide and serves delicious quality food in elegant, formal surroundings. Indigo Lounge is a romantic setting for cocktails and more informal dining and bar food in the lively Knights bar is another choice for more affordable dishes.

Leisure facilities: 

One of Dublin's best gyms – Westwood gym – is five minutes down the road with an Olympic sized swimming pool where guests can use the facilities for 15 euros. Or there's the beautiful Clontarf seafront for walking and running. 

Service: 

Informal and friendly but fuss-free.

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Who stays there: 

History loving tourists, business groups, couples and locals for a special occasion.

Pros: 
800 year old Castle
Close to the sea
Free parking
Good choice of food and drink
Cons: 
10 minutes from city centre

More information on Clontarf Castle Hotel:

Price from:
£79
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Castle Avenue, Dublin, Ireland, 3
Free tags / Keywords:
Beach, Howth, Castle
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Clontarf

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