The Clarence

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, County Dublin, 2, Ireland

7 Reviews

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74%

Satisfaction Average
Excellent
31%
166
Very Good
24%
130
Average
19%
104
Poor
12%
65
Terrible
12%
64

Value Score Poor Value

Rated 19% lower than similarly priced 5 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families70
  • Couples55
  • Solo60
  • Business44
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    The Clarence owned by members of U2

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    The Clarence Hotel is situated on the River Liffey. Owned by two members of U2 Bono and the Edge its the place to spot the odd celeb especially in the Octagon- shaped dome bar, where you can sip cocktails or just sit back and enjoy the buzz.

    Unique Quality: The penthouse with has its own hot tub.

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    4 star hotel with 5 star prices

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    It is rated a 5 star hotel but I would say the quality was much more like a 4 star. The room we had was very small. We had a room at the front over looking the Liffey so that made up for the pokey room I guess! The bathroom had no ventillation at all and the bath tub was in need of updating as you could even see the wear on the enamel. Also (and this is the most important point) THEY HAD NO TEA OR COFFEE MAKING FACILITIES! We had to go out and buy a cheap travel kettle and a box of tea bags!

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    Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

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    A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World group, although it is indeed wonderful, as the title to this tip suggests this hotel is not quite what I'm looking for. The only reason for this is the style of the hotel, which is not of my taste.

    The Clarence is owned by U2, hence the real reason for the tip title, and in fairness to them and to their wonderful staff, they have built it to greatness.

    It is situated in a rather unfortunate area in that the main entrance is directly from the quays by the River Liffey. Because of this security downstairs is particularly tight and the entrance area and checkin desk are less than impressive. However, to the left of the entrance door is a huge reading room with an enormous open firse and that, in itself, makes up for the disappointing entrance.

    In addition to this, the bar downstairs is a delight and the staff are friendly and helpful. Returning from a days shopping, the barstaff will be straight over, fussing over you, admiring your purchases, bringing warm drinks and very tasty and filling bar food. Given that this is a five star de luxe hotel, the prices for bar food are very reasonable.

    As the hotel is almost directly across the road from Ireland's Four Courts, you will see many well known lawyers and journalists in the bar here.

    The rooms are tastefully furnished, but don't expect old fashioned glamour in this hotel. The look is functional and quite modern, using a lot of wood and unusual colours. My room, the last time I stayed, was furnished in bright purple and mustard colours. The down side to staying here is that it can be noisy because of its location right on the Quays and, because it's a renovated old hotel, there is no effective air conditioning and you may well suffocate with the heat on a warm Summer night.

    This hotel is the hangout of the supermodels when they are in town, and the penthouse suite has seen many a glitzy party.

    U2 themselves have even made one of their music videos on the roof of this hotel.

    Unique Quality: This hotel is slap bang in the middle of the fashionable Temple Bar area and, when you consider that it's owned by the greatest rock band in the world, you can conclude that it's a great hotel.

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    Bono & The Edge own this place!

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    This is a 5 star hotel, and the room rate is much higher than other hotels in the area, which means no screaming kids, or no drunk acting stupidly at night. I really enjoyed the two nights I stayed there. The room was great with very comfortable bed and a big soaking bathtub. I liked the wooden floor. Everything is simple and clean. Every staff assists you with a nice smile. The hotel is owned by Bono and The Edge of U2. Many celebrities stay here. Book the room early, especially if you plan to be there on the weekend.

    Unique Quality: The hotel is located in the Temple Bar area facing the River Liffey, you can walk to lots of attractions in the city centre.

    I liked The Study very much, where I could work with my laptop sitting comfortably by the fireplace with a cup of coffee. The room is available only to the hotel guests.

    Internet connection is available in every room.

    Directions: From O'Connell Street, turn right onto Aston Quay after you cross the O'Connell Bridge, and go straight till you see the hotel on your left hand side.

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    Bono's Hotel

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    Here's a picture of The Clarence Hotel along the River Liffey. Owned by Bono and the Edge from U2, it is reputed to have the most expensive room in Dublin. I didn't go in, thought I would show you the picture though.

    Directions: Overlooks the River Liffey, near Temple Bar area.

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    The Clarence Hotel

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    The Clarence Hotel

    Unique Quality: The Clarence Hotel Dublin is situated on Dublin's left bank, overlooking the River Liffey in the Temple Bar District. Originally built in 1852, the Hotel was completely refurnished in 1996 and now comprises fifty contemporary and elegant rooms and suites. Ideally located for both business and pleasure, the Hotel is within walking distance from the restaurants, cinemas, theatres and shops of Temple Bar and Grafton Street.

    Directions: 6-8 Wellington Quay
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2Tel: +353 (0) 1 670 9000
    Fax: +353 (0) 1 670 7800

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    THE CLARENCE HOTEL...

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    THE CLARENCE HOTEL DUBLIN.

    This hotel is in a great location situated on Dublin's left bank, overlooking the River Liffey in the Temple Bar District. Originally built in 1852, the Hotel was completely refurnished in 1996 and now comprises fifty contemporary and elegant rooms and suites. The Hotel is within walking distance from the restaurants, cinemas, theatres and shops of Temple Bar and Grafton Street.
    £220 Per night

    Unique Quality: Owned by BONO (U2)

More about The Clarence

Where's the bass, Bono?

by A TripAdvisor Member

I felt a lack of warmth from reception, and the doormen (except for the - non-Irish - night porter). Only when encountering the cleaning staff (again, non-Irish), did I feel like I was staying in a prestigious hotel whose staff could interact with guests with warmth and professionalism.

On entering (I lagged behind my partner as I was parking), I was asked if I was a resident. Fair enough, it was late. I said yes. I then asked where the lounge was, as my partner texted to tell me to meet him there. The doorman raised his voice and and asked me again if I was a resident. This was irksome and provoked me to snap a little: "I *will* be", I responded. His tone changed then, but this was my first impression. Not good thus far.

The Octagon Bar is no great shakes, alas. Pricey and ordinary, there are a myriad of more exciting watering holes within walking distance.

The room was tastefully decorated, with a fantastically comfortable bed and a pleasing wooden theme. It was fashionable without being angular or spiky.

The bathroom was a little small, with a rather narrow tub and no walk-in shower. But I liked the provision of some essential oil and a bath bomb!

The entertainment system with CD/DVD/Internet etc combo is a wonderfully innovative idea, but rather undermined by the unpleasant tinny speakers inbuilt in the monitor. It's a pity that a hotel owned by a rock band didn't ensure that better sound was possible. Where's the bass, Bono?

Overall, I wasn't overwhelmed by the Clarence. It's central, pricey and the atmosphere is a tad icy. Perhaps they should employ more non-Irish people who could teach the natives a thing or two about warmth? Hop over the bridge and stay at the Morrison instead.

3 Stars... Maybe

by A TripAdvisor Member

Great location, the staff was very helpful, bed comfortable, linens excellent, but for the price we were extremely disappointed. A lot of street noise, and one of the two rooms we had was so small, one could barely maneuver along side the bed. Based on the price to propery ratio, Bono would have had to sing us a lullaby every night to make it worth while.

Forum Posts

What's the name of the pub that U2 own

by Cagsey

Hi,

Coming to Dublin on Friday for 2 nights and would really love to go to the pub that U2 own. Does anyone have any idea what is called and where it is please?

Many thanks in advance.

Regards
Cagsey

RE: What's the name of the pub that U2 own

by TheTripmeister

Hi Cagsey - Bono and The Edge from U2 own The Clarence Hotel near the Temple Bar area. In the hotel you´ll find the Octagon Bar which is an upscale place to enjoy a pint or two...

Have fun!

TheTripmeister

RE: RE: What's the name of the pub that U2 own

by orlikins

You would have to dress up big-style if you want to go to the Octagon, however don't expect to see U2 around the hotel! You'd have a slightly better chance of seeing them if you go to Lillie's in Grafton St.

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Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, County Dublin, 2, Ireland