We arrived a couple hours before our room was ready so we walked around the castle and the cemetery until we could check in. Staying here was one of the most anticipated aspects of this trip and we were not let down. We took breakfast both mornings at Fahrenheit restaurant- freshly smoked lox, soda bread, Wicklow ham, grilled vegetables, Dublin sausages, black and white pudding, poached eggs, smoked cheese, crisp potatoes, fresh squeezed juices, diced fruits and fruit salads, pastries, smoothies, tea, and coffee were just part of what they offered on the breakfast bar. My favourite item was a large box full of honey comb that you could swirl up with a giant dipper and drizzle over your plate. The Knights Bar is great also, and they are open late.
Concierge is very helpful with hailing taxis, wake up calls, local recommendations, and secure storage. The castle plays classical renditions of many gothic favourites from Edward Scissorhands, Dracula, Nightmare Before Christmas, and other spooky films over the sound system, to our delight. Rooms were very clean, beds were so comfortable, and they allow (paid) early check in and late check outs if you like.
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- Celebrate, chill out, or relish in a little of both. Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland is a perfect blend of a boutique and luxury hotel, providing unique style and exceptional service in comfortable surroundings. This unique luxury hotel in Dublin is well thought out from the guests' point of view by providing a modern aesthetic built around an ancient form. Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Dublin City Centre and 5 miles from Dublin Airport, the Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland is an oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of lapping waters from the Irish Sea. ... more less
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