Temple Bar's most prestigious hotel, and occasional home to your potential new best friends/elevator buddies, co-owners Bono and the Edge of U2, this renovated 1852 grand old hotel is the place to sample Temple Bar's nightlife, even if your pals are too busy rocking to hang. The design of the public spaces uses a subtle palette of natural tones and materials, and maintains the unique shapes and Arts-and-Crafts style of the old hotel in the Octagon Bar and the elegant Cleaver East restaurant. Guest rooms, with Shaker-style furniture, are a bit underwhelming, decorated in a mishmash of earth tones accented with crimson, royal blue, gold, and chocolate. With the exception of those in the penthouse suite, rooms are small. The laissez-faire service seems to take its cue from the minimalist style, so if you like to be pampered, stay elsewhere.
Dec 16, 2008
My husband and I recently travelled to Dublin. We were so excited to be staying at the Clarence...it was getting good reviews and it must be cool right, Bono owns it. The room was mediocre. The bed was uncomfortable and the temperature was all off. It was very noisy as it is close to Temple Bar and on a main street. The restaurant and Bar were so highly rated. We chose not to eat in the restaurant because it was expensive and the menu was not
all that great. We did have a few drinks in the bar, but again, more hype than it was worth. We didn't hate it, but for the price, would not stay there again.