Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland

I know I can’t be the only person who thinks of castles and history when Ireland comes to mind. In the city of Dublin there is said to only be one such castle hotel and that is Clontarf Castle Hotel. It is from the 12th century and when I got there I was excited about staying in a castle regardless of it being modernized. It is so beautiful and the staff were really great!

Location

As I stated before the Clontarf Castle Hotel dates back to the 12 century. Looking at the hotel the old and the new collide beautifully. Clontarf is 10 minutes from the Dublin city center. Public transportation is available, but taxis are very accessible and affordable. The Dublin airport is 5 miles away. The sea is not too far away and right near what they called the coast. You can walk along the water and enjoy on a nice day.

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Entry into the hotel ©2017 HollyDayz

The Clontarf Castle Hotel is a luxury hotel. The current building standing dates back to 1837. With the hotel expanding many modern wings were added. It really is beautiful and once we pulled up to the castle an exciting feeling came about. Upon walking in there were two suits of armor and beautiful decor all around. There was also a television screen with information as well.

Brunch in Fahrenheit Restaurant ©2017 HollyDayz

There were a lot of people in the lobby area trying to check in. No rooms were yet available, but the gentleman at the front desk happily took everyone’s luggage so that guests could do what they wanted in the meantime. We decided to visit their Fahrenheit Restaurant while we waited for our room. Although much of the food was gone because the buffet was almost over, we were able to get some food and enjoy the very cool atmosphere.

Atrium/Lobby area ©2017 HollyDayz

Once we were done eating, we began to roam around the lobby and outside area a bit. The gentleman and the front desk surprised and delighted us by letting us know our room was ready earlier than we expected. He also gave us a box of chocolate, which were delicious.

Rooms

Comfy and colorful ©2017 HollyDayz

The hotel has a few different types of rooms and suites. We had a deluxe room with double beds. When I tell you I could have just stayed in the room for a couple of days and never left the castle, I really could have. The room was very inviting and modern. The colors were great and the bed was extremely comfortable.

TV and Desk Area ©2017 HollyDayz

The 55 inch flat screen television had plenty on it to watch while awake at random hours or when winding down for a moment. The room also had a table with a couple of comfy chairs, tea and coffee maker with everything needed, and a mini bar. There was also a couple of bottles of complimentary water. The shower was a great size and had two shower heads. I also liked how the outlets also included USB ports.

Shower ©2017 HollyDayz
Cool phone and USB ports ©2017 HollyDayz

Hotel Amenities

Complimentary wi-fi throughout the entire hotel. Works well. I never had an issue with it. There are also many different dining options. Fahrenheit Restaurant is where we dined for lunch and dinner. Reservations for dinner are suggested or you will have to wait till they have an opening. The Knights Bar (which was packed to the brim with nowhere to sit when I went) is a great place to get a pint of Guinness and bar food.

Dinner at Fahrenheit Restaurant ©2017 HollyDayz

There is also a lounge that can be booked for private events. If I had the time to try, I would have loved to do afternoon tea in the atrium, by the beautiful fireplace. There is a very nice concierge area to help with any tours or places you may want to go.

Atrium/fireplace area ©2017 HollyDayz
Concierge Area ©2017 HollyDayz

Although not that big there is a fitness room on the premises. It was very clean and looked nice. Weddings are great to have heard as well. They have many different options including civil. There are many different spaces as well for business meetings and events. The hotel has also received the Green Hospitality Award Eco-Label.

Part of the gym area ©2017 HollyDayz

The Clontarf Castle Hotel was such a great place to stay. I didn’t want to leave and wish I could have stayed longer. It is a place I would definitely go back to, should I find myself in Dublin again.

Sitting on the throne ©2017 HollyDayz

Have you ever been to Clontarf Castle Hotel?

61 thoughts on “Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland

  • March 10, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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    I Love the throne pic!! A trip to Ireland is on the bucket list, however I don’t think so much about the castles, just the Irish pubs, and I don’t drink hard liquor. LOL Thanks for the review.

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    • March 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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      Thank you. I am sure a bunch of people think about drinking, but there is much more to the city then that.

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  • March 10, 2017 at 5:39 pm
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    The castle looks absolutely magical and such a cool place to stay. Definitely need to add that to my bucket list

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    • April 3, 2017 at 11:18 am
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      It was so nice. I really enjoyed it.

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  • March 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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    This is beautiful, heading to Ireland in 5 days. Being St Patricks weekend and on a tight budget won’t be able to stay here but if I get back to Dublin, I’ll have to remember this one 🙂

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    • April 3, 2017 at 11:18 am
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      I hope you had a great time!

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  • March 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    This castle looks incredible! It would be an experience to stay there for the night 🙂

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    • April 3, 2017 at 11:19 am
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      It was really nice! I loved it.

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  • March 11, 2017 at 11:02 am
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    I have never been to a castle before but I would love to spend my time in one for a dinner date, lunch, wedding ceremony etc.

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    • April 3, 2017 at 11:21 am
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      That would be some great times to spend in a castle.

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  • March 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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    Looks wonderful! I hadn’t thought of Ireland as one of my travel destinations but after reading this I will add it to my list. Thanks for sharing. The Throne suits you 😉

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    • April 3, 2017 at 11:22 am
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      Ireland is really nice. I would go back to explore even more of the country side. And thank you!

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  • March 11, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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    What a fabulous castle to spend some time in. You’d definitely feel like a Queen. I love the chair with the high twisted back in the concierge area.

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    • April 3, 2017 at 11:22 am
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      They have some great decor at the castle. I liked it a lot.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 6:24 am
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    That must have felt royal….nice theme for a hotel.

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    • April 3, 2017 at 11:23 am
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      Yea, especially since it was already a castle.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 6:54 am
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    I’m going to Ireland in October so I’ll have to keep this place in mind! It looks so cool. I’ve never slept in a castle before!

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    • April 3, 2017 at 11:24 am
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      Nice, I hope you get the chance to stay here.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm
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    I love the combination of old and new, such a fascinating place to visit and stay at the same time.

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    • April 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm
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      Yes! I really enjoyed it.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm
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    Castle Clontarf is officially added to my list of places I need to visit. I have always day dreamed about staying in a castle and this could make that dream come true. So cool!

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    • April 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm
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      I really hope you make it there. It is such a nice place. Great place to make a dream come true.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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    What an excellent luxury property. Love the Queen’s chair! The Clontarf Castle Hotel would make for a perfect stay in Dublin. I’ll have to keep it in mind for a future visit.

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    • April 11, 2017 at 10:37 pm
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      Great place to stay. I would happily go back.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm
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    Beautiful. Had no idea there was a castle hotel so close to Dublin city center. I’ve stayed in some castles in Scotland and they’re absolutely magical.

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    • April 11, 2017 at 10:37 pm
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      I would love to stay in one in Scotland.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 11:51 pm
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    I haven’t been there, but I will be in Ireland for the second time this fall. We are putting together things we want to do that we didn’t do last time so this might end up on the list. Thanks for sharing!

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    • April 11, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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      Awesome, hopefully you can stay there. It is so nice.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 12:51 am
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    Wow the castle hotel is beautiful looking in staying at the same location later this summer

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    • April 11, 2017 at 10:39 pm
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      Oh nice! You will enjoy it.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 3:58 am
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    I love that they have kept some of the original features, whilst modernizing other areas. It looks like a beautiful place to stay with great facilities.

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    • April 11, 2017 at 10:41 pm
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      I liked that as well. It was so beautiful.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    The castle hotel decor is stunning. I love the colors and the exaggerated furniture. The wallpaper in the room is vibrant and one. I’ve got to stay at a castle at least once.

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    • April 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm
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      I thought it was so pretty. Yes you do..at least once.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 7:43 am
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    The castle hotel decor is stunning. I love the colors and the exaggerated furniture. The wallpaper in the room is vibrant and one. I’ve got to stay at a castle at least once.

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    • April 16, 2017 at 10:56 pm
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      I really loved it. I thought it was so pretty.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 9:05 am
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    From your photos, I got exactly the same impression that you described in the beginning: the collision of the old and the new. I wonder if castles could feel what would they think about an elliptical bike or a phone?

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    • April 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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      lol that would be very interesting. It would be even more interesting to wonder what it would be like to take those things back into time.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 9:46 am
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    OMG this looks so cool! I’d LOVE to stay in a castle.

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    • April 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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      It was. I really enjoyed my stay.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    Looks like a lovely place to visit, seems like you enjoyed the trip, hope you made lots of memories.

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    • April 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm
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      It was a nice trip.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm
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    Really looks luxurious. I have never been inside a castle far less stayed in one. I like the decor especially the modern theme. The free working wi-fi and the USB ports are definitely a plus.

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    • April 16, 2017 at 11:06 pm
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      The ports were awesome. Helped with charging things and didn’t even need an adapter.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Looks like I need to get my passport ready. Dublin sounds like a delightful place to visit. Your post truly captures the food and fare of your experience.

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    • June 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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      Thank you! Yes, get the passport and head on over to Dublin.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    Never visited Dublin, but will surely keep this hotel in mind whenever we do. It sure looks super appealing.

    Supriya

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    • June 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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      It is really nice. We enjoyed our stay!

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  • March 14, 2017 at 12:15 am
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    How fun! A castle with all of the 21st Century amenities, one can’t go wrong with that, right? It’s good to know you had reliable wi-fi. Business travelers and the casual traveler all want that. And then there’s the food- dang, that looks kind of good!

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    • June 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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      Yes, perfect lol. Agreed, can’t go wrong. The wi-fi was really good. The food was too!

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  • March 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    What a cool place to stay! I wish we had castles in the US because I’d definitely be there.

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    • June 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm
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      It was really nice. There are some, especially ones considered castles.

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    • June 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm
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      It would suit you I am sure!

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  • March 15, 2017 at 5:32 am
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    Where can I buy one of those chairs?! This place looks great. I will definitely add it to the list next time I am in Dublin!

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    • June 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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      Haha I am not sure. It is a really nice hotel, hope you get there next time you are in Dublin.

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  • March 16, 2017 at 3:36 am
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    Staying in a castle has always been the dream. Now that we are in Dublin, maybe we can give this a shot. Staying at such old properties gives me goosebumps. I remember how excited I was when I was in Edinburgh as I was staying near the South Bridge that happens to be centuries old. Love the pic of the atrium.

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    • June 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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      I hope you get to fulfill that dream. Edinburgh is a place on my list to visit, hoping to get there soon.

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  • April 5, 2017 at 7:18 am
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    Oops! I missed this lovely hotel to visit.
    Quite luxurious and seems very pleasant. Bad luck but yeah will plan sure on my next visit.

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  • June 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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    If you ever get back hopefully you get the chance to head over there and stay.

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