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The Clarence
Ranked #42 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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“Great Location & Styling...Worth The Money...Mmmm”
Reviewed 28 July 2009

Stayed here as a birthday surprise a couple of years ago. Had visited Dublin on numerous occasions in the past and hoped I'd stay here one day. Not disappointed. The famous 'U2' hotel is beautifully presented, with great staff and an excellent location, a few yards from the fantastic Porterhouse. Had a room overlooking the Liffey and, despite the traffic noise, I was pleased we were on this side of the hotel. Room was lovely with lots of nice little touches as you might expect.

The Clarence however is expensive. In my opinion you are paying for location and the prestige of staying in Bono's hotel. I had a lovely stay there, but there are better, less expensive properties in the city (I have stayed in many!). If you are going to Dublin for a special occasion, give it a go, otherwise do a little bit more research.

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

after booking in the clarence nice receptionist nice porter we were shown to room 302 no air conditioning but a fan on the table bathroom floor dirty with ingrained dirt bath badly chipped small tv on wall window dirty flaking paint room clean we were told the bar and the restaurant was closed on sunday and monday room service it was burger and chips 23 euros not good value no facilities we might as well have stayed at a travel lodge similar size rooms same facilities half the price not impressed wouldnt reccommend or stay again beware over priced .also because when its hot you have to have the window open to breathe the traffic noise is unbearable.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

After walking past the Clarence each time I've been to Dublin, I made it a point that we were to stay there on our next visit to the city. Who wouldn't want to stay at a rockstar's hotel (Bono and Edge) in the heart of such a great city? My boyfriend and I had spent two weeks in Europe and decided to stay at the Clarence on our final night before taking our return flight to Boston from Dublin airport. Needless to say, we were not dissappointed.
We checked in and were greated by very friendly staff, eager to hear about our journey and everyone greeted us with a smile and made sure we had everything we needed. We were shown to our King Size suite (complimentary upgrade!) and had a beautiful view of Temple Bar. Our room was clean, elegant, comfortable and large. We had a beautiful bathroom with a soaking tub, a hallway and large room with comfortable bed. The wood accents are classy and we were excited to have made the choice to stay at the hotel.
We wandered around Temple Bar, walked to the Guinness Factory (about 20 minutes), went back to the hotel before heading out for dinnner.
I cannot emphasize enough how friendly and wonderful the staff was at this establishment. From the friendly hellos, to printing out our boarding cards and carrying our luggage the staff seemed to be there at our call. The intimate size of the hotel felt like you were returning "home" even if it was only for a night. We ordered breakfast ahead of time in the morning and it was delivered at the requested time and it was delicious. We also enjoyed specialty cocktails from the Octagon Bar after a night around Temple Bar. I highly suggest this hotel and special thanks to a wonderul staff. I wish had names to personally thank everyone. We will definately stay again.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2009

I checked into this gorgeous and cool hotel in the hippest section of town at 10 a.m. My room was not only ready but they had upgraded me because well I have no idea. I unpacked and went down for the most magical breakfast I have ever had. It was celebrity packed and everyone was so nice not just in the restaurant but everywhere. The 2 concierges helped me plan day trips so I ended up spending two full days in Dublin (go to the historic jail there) and three day trips, one to Galway and Cliffs of Moher, then the next day to Wicklow and then I was off to Northern Ireland. Each night when I returned home the staff knew to send me up a Guinness. Every time I ventured out and was unsure where I was going in Dublin, they drew me routes on Clarence Hotel mini maps. The room was just so wonderful and 4000 thread count sheets. Room service rocks and the chef at the Clarence is beyond talented and inventive. Go for the soups, the smoked salmon but don't forget the breakfast in the Tea Room with unique samplings of Irish food. Oh and the porridge rocks too. The rooms are sound proof so I never heard a peep. Best hotel I've ever stayed in. It's the only reason I'm writing this.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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Manchester
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Reviewed 6 June 2009

The Clarence is in a great location just near the half penny bridge. I thought it might be a bit pretentious but far from it, the staff were very friendly, helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel actually had a very homely feel. We only stayed one night but felt we'd been there longer and I would definitely return next time I visit Dublin. I just hope they don't knock it down and replace it with a more modern version as plans suggest.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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South Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2009

This is a high end property that is in the middle of Dublin and within easy walking of many of Dublin's attractions. Do not be suprised with the price of things at this hotel. Breakfast is close to 30 euros ($42), internet hook up 25 euros ($35) and valet parking at 25 euros. We spent all our pub money on Temple Bar so we did not eat or drink in the hotel. The front door faces the River Liffy about six blocks from O'Connell Bridge and the rear door let's you out directly on to Temple Bar. Easy walking distance to Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Grafton Street Shopping, St. Stephen's Green and Christ Church. A little bit past Christ Church but still within walking is the Guinness Brewery (must have a pint at the very top bar enclosed in glass with a 360 view of Dublin). For those not atuned to Temple Bar, it is a must place for extra "buzz" with plenty of bars, pubs, music, food and a really good time. Be prepared to sing and dance (Irish style) from 12 noon until 2 AM. If you can't have a good time in Temple Bar, stay at home! (Temple Bar is a small section of Dublin, five or six blocks long with some small feeder streets that consists of 10 or 20 pubs, plus trinket shops, great food and alot of action)

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2009

We had a wonderful experience at this hotel. The staff was ever helpful and went out of their way to accomodate us and solve our issues, hotel-related or not. They were the well-trained staff types who are quietly there in the background and offer quiet but effective suggestions. Location: excellent. Food: excellent. Service: elegant. The hotel and room itself were stylish, funky, yet old-world elegant. I suspect this is what they were trying to achieve, and a good job they did. Stay there if you can!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank ColleenBoston
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Property: The Clarence
Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#50 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#53 Business Hotel in Dublin
#56 Family Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Clarence 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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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