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“Great service and location if you want to be in the heart of Temple Bar”
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The Clarence
Ranked #41 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2010

This hotel is exactly as reviewed on this site. Great Great location, right in the middle of temple bar with access to all the places to eat, shopping, and nightlife. But lets not forget noise. The hotel is very elegant with an old world decor to accompany its modern take on service. Our room did not have air conditioning which made keeping the windows open very important to get air. Obviously at night this presented as a challenge in that temple bar is quite noisy all night long. So being at the heart of Dublin's nightlife does not come without cost. The rooms were adequate in size and amenities and the hotel even had a small but again adequate fitness center for those of us that like to break a sweat. But whatever they were lacking in, they made up for in service. The staff was more then helpful in mapping out directions on foot, or providing the nearest place to grab a trolley or bus. We found everything very adjacent to the hotel so were in no need of any public transport. They were also helpful in holding our luggage, scheduling our taxis in that our flight times kept changing, and these things are important when dealing with the volatile Dublin international airport. The restaurant was less than I expected, as they did not have many options not drenched in butter or cream, and for myself who is lactose intolerant, this made eating somewhat a challenge. If your going to be on top of the other hotels you must be able to cater to all sorts of dietary restrictions. But regardless of my few criticisms, we got every penny's worth out of this hotel and I would definitely recommend it. Just make sure you ask for a room on a high floor not facing temple bar or your in for a symphony of drunken clamor for the duration of your nights.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

We stayed in a river suite for 4 nights. The rooms was HUGE, and simply elegant. The air conditioning works almost too well-we had to turn it off several times when we got cold. The daily free wifi codes worked seamlessly, and the irish breakfast and room service were wonderful. We were sad to leave. If you like over the top gilt luxury a la Versace, this place isn't for you, but if you like simple elegance, you will be very happy at The Clarence.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

We thought we were staying in one of the best hotels in Dublin. I'd definitely recommend the FitzWilliam over the Clarence. (We stayed in the FitzWilliam in Belfast, and it was much better.) The biggest issue was not having any temperature control in our room. The days we were there were mild but not too warm outside, but our room was very warm and stuffy. We checked in to find the windows open and a fan running in our room, so that was the first red flag. We stayed 4 nights, and all were very warm. And while the hotel is in an excellent location for exploring the city, the noise at night from Temple Bar makes it hard to sleep. Even if the windows are closed, they are as old as the building and not sound-proofed. Overall, there was no luxury to speak of in the accommodations. The room was clean and spare in design -- what I would describe as functional but definitely not trendy or luxury. The staff was very kind and accommodating. (The hotel also missed an opportunity to deliver exceptional customer service. Their online reservation asks if it's an occasion, and we checked Anniversary. We also put in the comments that it was our 20th wedding anniversary. Not even a "Happy Anniversary" greeting when we checked in.)

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

This is the most bland, characterless hotel room I've ever been in. No luxuries and no design elements. Magnolia walls, brown acrylic carpet, brown curtains. No air-con so very stuffy. Hotel staff are very friendly and professional and the public areas are nice enough but if you're looking spoil yourself with a bit of luxury don't go here. This was booked as a birthday treat for my Husband for a couple of nights away without the kids so was a real disappointment as it's so boring and functional. The location is great though, but very noisy.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

Powerscourt is one of the most beautiful estates in Ireland. Situated in the mountains of Wicklow it was originally an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the late 12th century.

Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2010

Like all of Temple Bar, which is pretty much the dinky Times Square of Dublin, the Clarence is well past its glory days. That said, if you get bumped up to a nice room and are getting a good deal, it's not bad. The bad rooms are awful, but the good rooms are pretty nice. Charging for wifi is just another example of how the Clarence is stuck in the late 90s, and I have to admit that when I found out about that I immediately regretted booking this hotel. The restaurant has seen better days, but no one really goes to Dublin for the food, do they?

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2010

We traveled to Dublin with a group of friends over Memorial Day. I was wary of the Clarence because I read some of the Trip Advisor reviews disparaging the hotel and the staff. I think those naysayers must have stayed in another hotel by the same name.

The staff could not have been more lovely, helpful, engaging and kind. For example--the breakfast that came with our room was delicious and they were happy to accommodate special requests. They happily obliged my desire to have smoked salmon and toast in lieu of smoked salmon scrambled eggs--I don't eat eggs. No questions, no problem.

The design of the room was Shaker inspired and pleasing. The bed was extremely comfortable, the bathroom was spacious and the closet and drawers just fine. The WiFi was terrific, though the voucher system was cumbersome--I guess at the end of the day I would take the free WiFi and vouchers rather than pay. We arranged to have a room ready when we arrived after our transatlantic flight. Seeing that the balcony room was not available they put us in room 507. That room had a wonderful view of the Halfpenny Bridge and the Liffey. I think it would have been extremely quiet because it faced an inner court, but would have had ample natural light because the building was taller than those around it. The only difference between the balcony room and 507 were the addition of the balcony and a few inches more between the bed and the desk. Otherwise the furniture and space were similar. The balcony was nice, I loved the pivoting door that allowed access to the outside. We were fortunate to have nice weather while we were there so we did sit outside a few times. The fitness room is teeny--one tradmill one elliptical and one something else--a bike? There was never anyone

As for the Temple Bar area--there are people who have been overserved, crummy pubs and restaurants, but there are nice places too--reminds me of the French Quarter in New Orleans, there are highs and lows. The Old Stand pub was nice/ typical for drinks on our first afternoon. We ate dinner at Trocadero--our waiter (Paul?) was terrific, so sweet and kind. The dover sole was delicious and Paul even had the chef remove it from the bone for this visitor. I would go there again. We also enjoyed Fire which is a wonderful festive atmosphere. My husband had the stuffed shrimp about which he raved, my lemon sole was so so. We also ate at the Queen of Tarts (tasty) and the Mermaid Cafe (also tasty) for lunch.

There is some interesting shopping on Grafton Street--Browne Thomas is a gorgeous place, I guess it is Ireland's answer to Barney's. There is a sweet shop on Dame Street near Cow's Lane that sells local goods by artists, I cannot remember the name. I got a wonderful necklace and pashmina there. There is an art market on Cow's Lane so check the schedule.

Be sure to see the Book of Kells and walk all around Trinity College.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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:
#32 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#50 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#52 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range: £91 - £296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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