My first impression of the hotel was that it was very dated and hadn't been touched in the past decade. We had a superior double room which was on the small side. Although the room was generally clean it lacked any sense of design or style. We also faced the courtyard which was actually the outdoor patio for the dance club located in the basement of The Clarence so the view was lousy and it got noisy at night (past 2am). However, if you shut the windows then the noise was pretty well muffled. Luckily it was chilly while we were there but this would've been a huge problem as there is NO air conditioning.
Our biggest issue was probably with the bathroom. Our toilet ran the entire time and would stop only if we jiggled the handle in some unknown precise manner that we never quite figured out. I also thought the hotel was a little stingy with their towels since we never got washcloths. There were also no hooks in the bathroom or there might have been but looked like they fell off at some point and were never replaced.
Our other disappointment was with the Octagon Bar. Maybe in its heyday this bar was rockin' but the night we were there it was just pretty sad. The dated decor screamed for a makeover and made me feel like I was sitting at the bar at the Best Western in downtown Iowa. The only people there (7 of us) were guests of the hotel.
If you're just looking for a place to sleep and shower that's in a great location then this is fine. But if your expectations are any higher than that you might be a little disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarence boasts fifty bedrooms and suites, along with our world famous Penthouse Suite. Our rooms range from Classic through Deluxe and on to our River View and Garden Terrace Suites. Our furnishings are simple: classic Shaker oak, beds dressed in cool white linen, sitting elegantly in contrast to a palate of vibrant cardinal colours, rich drapes and luxe carpets. We aim to provide all the simple needs of our guests and we offer 'round the clock room service and all rooms have complimentary WiFi as standard. Our city centre location means car space is at a premium, but we do have a small underground car park that can be reserved for a small nightly supplement. It is also worth noting that our location does mean that the area can be lively at night, especially at the weekends and while we have taken every effort to reduce noise, it is not possible to block it all out. Please do consider this before booking. Within the hotel complex there are many drinking and dining experiences, from the chilled out bliss of The Study to the super stylish Octagon Bar, the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail or a laid back nightcap. We also have Michelin star chef Oliver Dunne's Cleaver East restaurant within our walls and we are very proud that Oliver and his team provide all catering at the hotel, so whether it's a late night bite in your room or a Full Irish breakfast the next morning, you know your food will be of the highest standard, made from the freshest produce, closely cared for by Michelin starred hands. In the bowels of our building you will find the luxurious cocktail and food bar The Liquor Rooms, home to Dublin's arts set and the first ROI bar ever to be nominated in the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. On our first floor, overlooking the River Liffey lies The Cleaver East Suite at The Clarence, which can be reserved for special occasions, from large weddings to intimate business meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Clarence Hotel Dublin
- Clarence Hotel Dublin
- Clarence Dublin