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.
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.
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.
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.
Informal and friendly but fuss-free.
Who stays there
History loving tourists, business groups, couples and locals for a special occasion.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Good choice of food and drink
- Free parking
- Close to the sea
- 800 year old Castle
- 10 minutes from city centre