Best Castle Hotels in Dublin in 2024

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If you want a unique way to experience Dublin, Ireland, you’re in the perfect spot. Ireland is one of the best places in the world to stay in a Castle Hotel, so you just need to work out which one to book!

This list is your best guide for traditional castle hotels (upgraded for luxurious stays) that will help you plan your Irish getaway with ease.

If you’re here, you’re likely to be planning a stay in an Irish castle. A stay in a Castle Hotel is the kind of experience that will make your trip to Dublin Ireland really stand out. Castles have been around in Ireland longer than we are even sure, visible in archaeological digs and in ruins. A lot of the castles still standing in Ireland were built after the arrival of the Normans in 1169. Many have fallen into disrepair, some are private homes (lucky them!), and good for us, some have been converted into luxurious castle hotels. Ireland has some seriously good and internationally renowned castle hotels that are the perfect base for your trip, where you can expect a warm Irish welcome, four-poster beds with modern amenities, indulgent Irish breakfasts and lively bars with music.

This post is about the main castle hotels actually in Dublin. Dublin is the perfect starting point for a longer trip around Ireland or Western Europe. With a lively nightlife, access to Irish music and traditional Irish dancing, and stunning landscapes, it’s clear why Dublin remains one of the top destinations for visitors in 2024. Add in the old-world charm of a Castle Hotel, and you have the recipe for an unforgettable stay!

Walk through my list of Castle Hotels in Dublin and find your own Irish Castle getaway.

Best Castle Hotels in Dublin

Clontarf Castle

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2 miles from Dublin City Centre

5 miles from Dublin Airport

Nestled in the historic surroundings of North Dublin, Ireland, Clontarf Castle Hotel blends together luxury and heritage. This castle hotel is iconic to Irish people like me and is known to provide overnight guests with an unforgettable experience. Anticipate having your expectations surpassed! There’s a range of accommodation here at a range of budget points, including elegant rooms in the main castle, luxurious suites in the castle towers and more modern rooms in the contemporary wing.

Clontarf Castle Hotel has a wide array of upscale amenities:

Food & Drink – Clontarf Castle Hotel has a range of food options. The Knights Bar is a kind of gastropub, meaning you can get a proper but informal meal to enjoy along with a pint of Guinness or a glass of wine. The Fahrenheit Restaurant has two AA Rosettes and has more of a formal fine-dining vibe. The Head Chef is Paul Devoy.

Amenities – visit the Front Desk for personalised recommendations and help with anything from transport to alternative places to eat in Dublin during your stay. There’s a gym available, although it’s small and free 100Mb high-speed WiFi to stay connected. Ask for recommendations about tennis, swimming and watersport options nearby too.

Spa & Fitness – The hotel does not have a spa or swimming pool on site. There is a fitness centre in the basement.

Summary – if you’re staying at Clontarf Castle Hotel, leave enough time in your itinerary to actually hang out at the Castle. I’d spend a couple of hours in the Knights Bar, which is the hub for hotel activities, not least the people watching to come with the many weddings held at the Castle. I felt very welcome at Clontarf Castle as a solo traveller, but this is also a great spot for couples or family groups.

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Fitzpatrick Castle

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9 miles from Dublin City Centre

29 miles from Dublin Airport

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is a unique 18th century castle hotel in Killiney, South of Dublin. The family-owned castle overlooks Dublin Bay and is about 20 minutes (drive) from Dublin city centre. Expect to choose from elegant suites, Seaview Rooms, family rooms and classic suites in what is quite a substantial property of 113 rooms. If you don’t want to drive (it’s 50-60 minutes from the airport), take the Air Coach from Dublin Airport which stops right at the castle hotel.

WARNING: Fitzpatrick Hotel was been served with a public health notice due to problems in their kitchen (notice from the Irish Times newspaper, May 2024). Planet Patrick is WITHDRAWING its recommendation to stay or eat at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel at this time.

Food & Drink – Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel has three options to enjoy. At the slightly more formal end is Mapas restaurant which focuses on locally sourced Irish produce. PJ’s restaurant has a different atmosphere perfect for couples or friends catching up on the day’s activities with one of their wines by the glass. The Library Cocktail Bar offers an afternoon tea if you fancy staying in, or a cocktail, beer or soft drink ahead of your dinner reservation in the evening.

Amenities – The hotel offers a concierge service for help with car rental, airport pick-up, a hotel chauffeur, directions and bookings. High-speed WiFi is available everywhere. You’ll find tennis, swimming and watersport options nearby too.

Spa & Fitness – The hotel has a decent-sized 20m indoor swimming pool, a spa, sauna and steam room, and a Leisure Centre for guests. Lessons are available.

Summary – if you’re staying at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, take in some of the coastal town vibes at Killiney, Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire, in particular the excellent cafes and restaurants in this part of Dublin. The vibe at the hotel is definitely family friendly.

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Note: if you’re looking for information on Finnstown Castle Hotel in Lucan near Dublin, it went out of operation in December 2022. There’s a placeholder on its website about a new site “coming soon”, but I don’t know if that’s an indication of a revamped Finnstown Castle, or simply an old page. I’ll update this page if the hotel comes back into operation.

Dunboyne Castle Hotel

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22 miles from Dublin City Centre

15 miles from Dublin Airport

This charming 4-star castle hotel is set in 21 acres of countryside in County Meath, less than 45 minutes from Dublin City Centre, and about 30 minutes from Dublin Airport by car. This is a more peaceful environment in which to base yourself, an oasis after busy days exploring Temple Bar or further afield, as the Dunboyne Castle Hotel is just off the N3/M3 motorway between Dublin and Kells, Cavan and beyond. Choose from 145 rooms and suites with luscious views across the gardens and lawns, including Junior Suites or the Synolda Suite in the main Manor House.

Food & Drink – There’s really no shortage of options. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the Sadlier Bar. The Terrace Lounge serves afternoon tea, which I believe is popular far beyond overnight guests, plus less formal dining in the evenings. The Ivy Restaurant has a more formal vibe with interesting green banquettes and fresh local Irish produce.

Amenities – Expect free wi-fi in rooms, proper Samsung TVs, air conditioning, a tea/coffee service tray and 24 hour room service at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Apart from the usual concierge help with airport pick-up and local reservations, the hotel has some unique offerings including picnics at a very reasonable price to be enjoyed in the gardens. A Fairy Trail is in place for families with small children to enjoy, as well as family bicycle rental. hotel offers a concierge service for help with car rental, airport pick-up, a hotel chauffeur, directions and bookings. High-speed WiFi is available everywhere. You’ll find tennis, swimming and watersport options nearby too.

Spa & Fitness – The Spa at Dunboyne Castle is a very well-respected luxury spa with everything from facials to full body and hot stone massages, masks, scrubs and wraps for both men and women.

Summary – while Dunboyne Castle Hotel may appear less crenellated than some other castle hotels, the manor house at the centre of this modern and comfortable hotel is in the grand tradition of Irish country houses. This is a luxurious hotel with some very modern packages that will make you extremely cosy and this part of your trip feel very self-contained if you need some time away from it all on your Irish trip.

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Kilkea Castle Hotel

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50 miles from Dublin City Centre (80 mins)

54 miles from Dublin Airport (67 mins)

It’s a stretch to include Kilkea Castle Hotel in a post about Castle Hotels in Dublin, but I simply have to bring in this charming and very ancient hotel, one of Ireland’s oldest inhabited castles. Think of this gem as a very unique base close enough to Dublin for day trips, but also in an excellent position to extend your itinerary further into other parts of Ireland, particularly the southwest. The history of this 140 bedroom resort dates back to 1180 and the very comfortable surroundings include great food choices and an 18-hole championship golf course.

Food & Drink – Expect lots of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks including al fresco terrace seating on warmer days. Restaurant 1180 is the fine dining option in a room with golden walls and lush dark blue upholstery. Expect local meats and vegetables, beautifully plated. Hermione’s Restaurant is a little less formal and known for great roast dinners for Sunday Lunch. Afternoon tea available in Hermione’s at the weekends too. Visit the Keep, the ground floor bar with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and gothic vibes! If your visit includes golf, The Bistro is at the Clubhouse building for lunch and drinks from 4pm onwards.

Amenities – Rooms are either in the actual castle (wow), find carriage rooms around the courtyard or self-catering lodges overlooking the golf course. Expect free wi-fi in rooms, flatscreen TVs, car parking, room service for all meals.

Spa & Fitness – The Spa at Kilkea Castle is extremely luxurious, in particular the gorgeous Thermal Suite (add a glass of prosecco to your visit!). As well as a comprehensive spa menu, there’s also a beauty lounge on site for make-up and manicures. The Gym is pretty small, but includes a treadmill, Peloton bike and free weights.

Summary – if Dublin is not your only stop in Ireland, I’d be certain to include Kilkea Castle Hotel in my itinerary. This is the kind of experience that you simply won’t get anywhere else, from the sensational setting to the unique room types.

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I'm Patrick, your Irish guide to the skies and beyond. With 58 countries visited, my journeys have taken me from busy economy to fabulous first-class.

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