Clontarf Castle Hotel has won the coveted Villegiature Award for Best Interior Design in Europe. The winners were announced in Paris, October 19th, 2009 where the best of the best hotels in Europe were rewarded through a jury of 20 journalists including the Chief Correspondent in France for BBC Radio and Television, the Chief Editor of Le Figaro Magazine and Voyages d’Affaires. Clontarf Castle Hotel was chosen as the winner from a final line up of five hotels including The Regent Grand Hotel, Bordeaux, The Augustine (Rocco Forte Collection), Prague and the Cour des Loges in Lyon.
Pius Furlong General Manager at the Clontarf Castle Hotel said "We are delighted to receive this award, Clontarf Castle is a very special offering steeped in history. We are delighted that our recent investment in a major refurbishment has been acknowledged as a style success by winning the coveted Villegiature Award 2009. This year the Castle has also won Best Conference Venue in the Event Industry Awards, the Deloitte top 25 Best Managed Companies in Ireland, the Optimus Business Excellence Award and the Insiders Select List by Expedia 2009 which is an outstanding level of achievement for the Castle in a difficult economic period," stated Furlong.
Following a major €10 million investment in 2007 on upgrading and renovating the hotel, the walls, blazing log fires and lavish interior, echo the long and turbulent history of the 12th Century castle. The designers of the Castle chose a suite of red to decorate the building, plums, reds, maroon wallpaper, ruby chandeliers, crimson pillars, pink swirls on damask and orange cushions. The original structure of the castle was maintained but incorporated a modern atrium style lobby. The 111 bedrooms boast junior, Superior and Grand presidential suites each with their own colour scheme, the bedrooms feature four-poster pillow top beds, 42" flat screen TV’s with Bose surround sound. The Knights Bar is firmly rooted in the traditional, historical surrounds of the original castle, in contrast the Indigo lounge is a richly decorated modern and elegant bar, worthy of the super chic. The hotel’s Fahrenheit Grill restaurant which is recommended in the 2009 Georgina Campbell’s Ireland guide offers dry aged beef while the Great Hall hosts formal dining in an opulent cream and gold surround, boasting a frieze of the Battle of Clontarf lit by Louise Kennedy crystal chandeliers.
Clontarf Castle Hotel is owned and operated by Tifco Ltd one of Ireland’s largest hotel groups. Other hotels in the group include Ireland's three Crowne Plaza Hotels (at Dundalk, the Blanchardstown Centre and Northwood Park Santry), the Cork International Airport Hotel, the Burlington Hotel, Express by Holiday Inn Dublin-Airport, Express by Holiday Inn Stuttgart, Parknasilla Resort & Spa and Johnstown House Hotel