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Dublin Hotels

The Clarence

Pros

  • Stylish Octagon Bar
  • The owners might be on-premises
  • Cleaver East restaurant

Cons

  • Rooms a bit small
  • Some rooms suffer from street noise
  • Paying a premium for "cool."

Updated 04/29/2014

Fodor's Review

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.

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Hotel Information

Address:

6–8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

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Phone:

01-407–0800

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 44 rooms, 5 suites

Updated 04/29/2014

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Dec 16, 2008

Sounds better than it is

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.

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By heather

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Nov 1, 2002

The Clarence is just as good as the owners Music

The Clarence was worth every penny. The rooms are beautiful. After getting ready to go out at night the room looked like a hurricane hit it, the housekeeping the next afternoon would make it look like we had never been there. Fergis, the concierge, was wonderful. You can sit in the front room at any time of day or night and order whatever you want or just sit there.

By Maria

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May 2, 2002

Just perfect!!!

My best memories from Dublin are from this hotel and its famous owners!!!

By Ryan

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Mar 6, 2001

You Too Will Enjoy The Clarence

The most sensible and well designed of the many Schrager-like boutique hotels springing up just about everywhere. Attentive and freindly staff and a good sized-very comfortable room.

By Kevin

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Aug 28, 2000

Best in ireland

This was one of the best hotels in Ireland. The rooms were not that big, but the decor was send to none. Breakfast was enough to fill you until dinner. A great romatic choice close to the heart of downtown

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