Clontarf Castle Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- This “beguiling” hotel offers “centuries-old historical pedigree” and “delightful creature comforts” (The Daily Telegraph)
- It’s a 10-minute walk from St Anne’s Park and about 20 minutes’ drive from Dublin city centre
- The restaurant serves “striking modern Irish cookery” in a “dramatic showcase room” (The AA)
- Guestrooms range from “heritage to more contemporary” (The Daily Telegraph) and some have 4-poster beds
Clontarf Castle Hotel offers a “romantic and baronial” stay in “an excellent quiet location” (The Daily Telegraph) but within easy reach of Dublin city centre. Set on a tree-lined road, the hotel occupies a Victorian-era castle whose mottled stone façade is clad with greenery and topped with turrets, and is located a short stroll from the Dublin’s coastal promenade. St Anne’s Park known for its follies, woodland paths and walled garden, is 10 minutes’ walk away, whilst Bull Island, home to a bird sanctuary, sandy beaches and the Royal Dublin Golf Club takes around 10 minutes to reach by car. Many of cosmopolitan Dublin’s sightseeing highlights including St Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity College are within a 20-minute drive of the hotel.
“Historical architectural features” combine with “contemporary styling” (The AA) in Clontarf Castle Hotel’s interiors, hung with “a stupendous collection of paintings and artworks” and including to a “dark-wood, stone-walled, soaring lobby” (The Daily Telegraph). Guests can dine on modern Irish fare in the “destination” (The AA) restaurant with its “stained-glass windows, panelled walls and exposed beams” (The Daily Mail), sip drinks in the glamorous cocktail lounge, which extends to a leafy terrace, and relax by the open fireplace in the the stately bar, “the bustling heart of the hotel” (The Daily Telegraph). Afternoon tea is served in the lobby and al fresco BBQs are offered during the summer. There’s also an on-site fitness room.
The hotel’s “spacious” guestrooms are “full of character” (The Daily Telegraph), mixing the traditional with the modern. Standard rooms come with bold fabrics and wood furnishings, and include free Wi-Fi, TVs and minibars, plus laptop-sized safes, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Higher tariff rooms add details such as 4-poster beds, sitting areas and antique-style furnishings, and some offer mountain views, whilst lavish suites have hand-painted wallpaper. Room service is available 24 hours.