My husband and I came here for our 15th year wedding anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay the Clontarf Castle Hotel. The staff was fabulous and friendly. When we needed directions for driving to a certain location, the concierge had them ready when we returned to our room. (They offered. We didn't ask... Very nice!) The eclectic design between modern and old world was unique. As for location, we preferred the quaint and quietness of being away from the city. Our room was extremely quiet at night even on those occasions when the hotel was hosting an event. It's only a short drive or bus ride to the Centre of Dublin. I really could go on and on with our review...and I'm already making plans for our next stay.