Clontarf Castle Hotel – A Dublin Castle Hotel Review

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A review of Ireland’s magical Clontarf Castle Hotel located 2 miles from the center of Dublin and 5 miles from Dublin Airport. A luxurious Dublin castle hotel that offers the perfect blend of Irish history and tradition with all of the luxuries of the 21st century.

A review of Ireland's magical Clontarf Castle Hotel located 2 miles from the center of Dublin and 5 miles from Dublin Airport. A luxurious hotel that offers the perfect blend of Irish history and tradition with all of the luxuries of the 21st century. | ZagLeft

Last December I had the pleasure of visiting Dublin, Ireland where I stayed at the incredible Clontarf Castle. My husband and I were in London attending a conference and decided to hop on a plane and take the quick flight to Dublin for a long weekend.

Our last trip to Dublin was about 8 years ago. We flew into Dublin and drove west to visit family in County Mayo. Our time in Dublin was limited to about two days which really wasn’t enough time to take in all that Dublin has to offer. When my husband and I realized we would have the opportunity to visit again, we were thrilled.

My husband and I stayed at the beautiful Clontarf Castle Hotel and loved it. The hotel is a 10 minute drive from downtown Dublin. Clontarf Castle is located in the coastal town of Clontarf. The castle hotel is ranked #8 Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Top 10 Hotels In Ireland. This unique 12th Century castle hotel offers the perfect blend of Irish history and tradition with all of the luxuries of the 21st century.

Every morning, we walked to the bus stop which was just about 5 minutes away. The bus took us into the downtown Dublin. When we returned back to the hotel at the end of the day, we took a taxi or an Uber.

Lobby of the Clontarf Castle Hotel | Dublin | ZagLeft

Our room was beautiful and so comfortable. It felt like a storybook bedroom from a fairy tale. Royal colors, elegant yet relaxing.

Clontarf Castle Hotel Bedroom | Dublin | ZagLeft

Privacy Card | Clontarf Castle Hotel | Dublin | ZagLeft

We visited Clontarf Castle in early December and the hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Clontarf Castle is a lively castle. Most castles we have visited have been more sedate.

Clontarf Castle was bustling with activity every day of our stay. The hotel was packed with local folks attending various Christmas parties. The pub inside the hotel was always filled with locals as well as visitors and the evening carolers gave us something very special to look forward to at the end of our day.

Lobby of Clontarf Castle Hotel with Christmas tree | Dublin | ZagLeft

We enjoyed the Gastropub dining in the Knights Bar and ate there three times during our stay. The food was incredible!

Charcuterie plate | Clontarf Castle Hotel | Dublin | ZagLeft

If you find yourself in Dublin, I highly recommend Clontarf Castle Hotel. It exceeded our expectations and I look forward to returning sometime soon.

If you’re planning a trip to Dublin, be sure to add the following destinations to your itinerary…

Bakers Irish Pub for the best Irish Stew, according to locals we spoke with.

The Guinness Storehouse for a tour and tasting.

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

Catch 22, a wonderful restaurant for seafood

The Quay Restaurant, nestled in the middle of the Temple Bar area of Dublin

Cobblestone Pub , a traditional music Irish bar. Some of Ireland’s finest musicians lead traditional music sessions in the bar seven days a week. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy traditional Irish music, this is the place.

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