Dublin

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

Have you ever fancied having Bono as a neighbour? Well now you can.

Located in upscale Killiney, where the rich and famous like to hang, Fitzpatrick Castle stands majestically above the coastline, overlooking Dublin Bay.  Just 20 minutes from Dublin City, it’s a great base for a visit to Ireland’s capital.

The History of Fitzpatrick Castle

Mount Mapas

Although official records show that there were buildings on this site earlier than the mid 1700’s, Fitzpatrick Castle really began life as Mount Mapas – a house built in 1740 by Colonel John Mapas.

It then changed hands twice in the next thirty years, being purchased by Colonel Loftus in 1770. Just two years later the property was once again on the market. However, during his ownership, the colonel created pasture where there had only been barren ground and also constructed a road around the hill on which the house stood.

The new estate owner was Lord Clonmel who invested the princely sum of £3,000 (nearly half a million US dollars in today’s terms) into improving the property.

A Name Change

In 1840 the estate became Killiney Castle after it was enlarged by Robert Warren. He also restored the obelisk that had been erected by Colonel Mapas nearly 100 years earlier. Killiney Parish Church also owes its construction to Warren who donated both land and most of the money to build it. Once a part of the estate, nearby Victoria Hill as it is still known, was sold to the Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Memorial Association by Warren’s son.

The 20th Century, War and Another Name Change

The Castle had an eventful 20th Century during which it was used in turn by the Black & Tans, the IRA and the Republicans during the civil war. It was also burnt by the Free State Troops and requisitioned by the government from 1939 to 1945 for use as an army billet.

In the 1970’s the Paddy and Eithne Fitzpatrick purchased the property and renamed it Fitzpatrick Castle. They converted it into a luxury hotel and today their daughter Eithne Fitzpatrick Scott-Lennon still owns and manages the hotel with her family.

What’s it Rated?

4 star Luxury.

Get Me There Now!

Killiney
Co. Dublin
Ireland

50 minutes from Dublin Airport
10 minutes from Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port

The Castle was voted as one of the best family hotels in Dublin by TripAdvisor’s family travel site Family Vacation Critic.

Rooms at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

The last word in elegance and comfort, each of the 113 rooms at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel are individually designed and decorated. Whichever room you choose you’ll enjoy pampering touches like luxury duvets, fluffy towels and power showers.

Classic Room

  • 19 square metres
  • Double or twin beds
  • On-demand movies
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Direct Dial telephone
  • 24 hour service
  • In room safe
  • Full ensuite bathroom

Classic Seaview Rooms

  • Balcony overlooking scenic Dublin Bay
  • 19 square metres
  • Uniquely furnished with rich fabrics and hand chosen accessories
  • King beds
  • On-demand movies
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Direct Dial telephone
  • 24 hour service
  • In room safe
  • Full ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower

Family Rooms

  • Large and spacious at 28 square metres
  • Two King double beds
  • Can accommodate an extra single bed or cot
  • Small fridge available on request
  • On-demand movies
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Direct Dial telephone
  • 24 hour service
  • In room safe
  • Full ensuite bathroom

Suites

For those who really want the ultimate 18th Century experience of opulence, a Castle Suite is for you. These rooms date back to 1741 and are decorated in Victorian style. These rooms are beautifully appointed and reflect the Castle’s history and heritage. You’ll be surrounded by antique furnishings and warm restful colours.

  • Seaview balcony Suites have views overlooking Dublin Bay
  • King double bedrooms with a separate sitting room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and Car parking
  • Complimentary use of the Leisure Club
  • In room movies & internet services
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Direct dial telephone
  • 24 hour room service
  • In room safe
  • Full en-suite bathroom
  • Trouser Press
  • Robes & Slippers
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Mini Bar (on request)

Dining at Fitzpatrick Castle

Tempt your taste buds with the finest ingredients at one of the Fitzpatrick Castle’s three restaurants.

PJ’s Restaurant

This is one of the finest restaurants in Dun Laoghaire with an award-winning chef. It offers a warm and friendly atmosphere overlooking Dublin Bay.

Mapas Restaurant

Paying tribute to the builder of the original Mapas House, this restaurant is led by Executive Chef Sean Dempsey. In warm surroundings you’ll enjoy a menu prepared with the best of Irish, locally sourced, seasonal produce.

The Library Bar

For an intimate and cosy atmosphere that’s popular with locals as well as hotel guests, head to the Library Bar. This popular pub serves delicious snack options as well as a renowned Afternoon Tea. Ireland’s glitterati have been known to tuck into one of the “to die for” scones here. And if you’re more in the mood for a Long Island Iced Tea they also have an excellent cocktail menu.

What else can I do here?

Leisure Club

The hotel boasts a fully equipped gym and a 20 metre indoor swimming pool with an on-deck whirlpool spa. For true relaxation there’s also a Scandinavian wood sauna and steam room. While you’re staying at the hotel you can join in any of the fitness classes that are scheduled, including spinning, aqua aerobics, total body workouts, step and tone and more.

Other Activities

There is plenty on offer in the local area:

  • Explore Killiney and Sandycove beaches
  • Breathe in the sea air and drink in the views as you walk on Killiney Hill
  • Visit the picturesque Dalkey Village and Heritage Centre
  • Powerscourt House and Gardens
  • Horseracing at Leopardstown
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding
  • Golf on one of the many local courses
  • Sailing & windsurfing
  • Bowling Green
  • Dublin City Centre is only 20 minutes away by DART

What About the Kids?

Fitzpatrick Castle is very family friendly. Kids will love the indoor swimming pool which also has a kid’s pool.  Beaches in the local area also suitable for swimming and if you’re here in September and October you can frequently see baby seal pups on Killiney Beach. There are also many beautiful walks near the hotel so the kids can burn off some energy.

Families can take the DART into Dublin and visit Dublin Zoo, Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre, Viking Splash Tours and Imaginosity. There are also plenty of other child-friendly attractions.

 

 

2 Comments

  • It looks like a nice place to stay and it definitely has it history. How much would it cost to stay there? I would imagine it would be expensive. I’d like to go to Ireland someday and staying at a castle would be a once in a lifetime experience. Well, something to think about in the future. Thanks for the information!

    • Hi Kevin,

      Actually its not as expensive as you might think. Just a random search for a night in June at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel showed a rate of US$159 which is certainly comparable with a regular hotel. Of course the rate will vary depending upon the time of year, how busy the hotel is on a particular night and what type of room you choose.

      I hope you have a chance to visit Ireland one day!

      Thanks for your visit and comment,

      Margaret

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