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“Ask for a quiet room!” 2 of 5 stars
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The Clarence
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #80 of 176 Hotels in Dublin
Scotland
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“Ask for a quiet room!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2008

Stayed for two nights dinner B & B. The Tea room is without doubt one of the best food experiences in Dublin, very highly recommended. However, our bedroom overlooked the street to the rear. Noise from a nightclub at the rear was unbelivable. Staff did offer us a new room and gave us complimentary champagne however if we were to stay here again, we would make sure we asked specifically for a room not at the rear. Overall The Clarence is a very good hotel but it is just beginning to need upgrading.

Stayed January 2008
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2008

Six of us travelled to Dublin for a friend's birthday and we had a great weekend. We wanted to treat ourselves and stay at The Clarence. We arrived before check in time so our rooms were not ready but our bags were taken and labelled ready for our return after we'd been out exploring.

We requested river view rooms and they were very nice, although they did vary in size rather substantially! Our room was small but perfectly adequate and there is a nice 'entrance' room with a long mirror where I could do my hair and make up without disturbing the other half watching tv!

Our friends were in the room next door but this was much bigger and had a living room also! This was for the same price as ours.

The hotel was aware of our friends birthday and left a bottle of champagne and glasses in his room one night as a surprise which was lovely.

All in all it was a nice hotel and I would go back. We didn't eat in the hotel but we did sample the cocktails which were gorgeous!

  • Liked — The enormous and very comfortable beds!
  • Disliked — Room size (of our's anyway!)
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2008

I have stayed in many of Dublins finest hotels and I have to say that this was not one of them. The only thing that saves this hotel is the location, friendly staff and fine food we ate in the restaurant downstairs. The bar down stairs was also nice and relaxed. The room was small but well laid out. Fresh, modern decor, lovely bed linen and clean bathroom.

No tea making facilities in the room either, I cannot understand this in such an expensive hotel. Also practically every item in the hotel was listed to purchase if you liked. Decor in main areas needs to be painted, looked unkempt during my visit there.

  • Liked — nice bed linen etc
  • Disliked — small room, overpriced
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2008

We stayed for my partner's birthday during the Rubgy 6 Nations last weekend. The person who showed us to the room was very polite but had a problem with b.o. Our room was nice (we paid extra for a delux room), but the window was broken and it couldn't be shut properly. This made the room quite cold and the air con could not be turned up. The corridor outside our room smelt of ciggarette smoke every morning, and we could only think the staff were smoking in one of the nearby stairwells. When we arrived we requested the address for a restaurant we had booked (hands up - we had left it at home!), the receptionist did not know the address but promised to find out in time for our reservation the next night. When we returned the next night, she hadn't and again the reception could not help us. As every restaurant was booked solid due to the Rugby, we had no alternative but to wander the streets for over half an hour before we found the place (NB if you want a fabulous meal and an extensive wine list we can highly recommend Harry's Cafe - a lovely French Bistro www.harryscaf.ie) . The breakfast was nice, but way to formal - we weren't allowed to help ourselves to anything - it was all silve service which was OTT considering the setting. Overall, nice hotel, nice bar, but the staff, service and general atmosphere of the hotel lacking. I wouldn't run away screaming from the place, but for a 5star, it was disappointing and I'd look for another hotel in Dublin before staying here again.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — smell and staff
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2008

My sister-in-law and I stayed here on our once in a lifetime trip to Ireland. While outside of her budget, I picked up the tab so we could say we stayed at Bono's place.
The location was great. The staff was great, service provided was beyond exceptional. BUT, we found the services lacking quite a bit. The elevator was down for 2 days, so we walked up to fourth floor. The Internet was the most high priced we paid on our entire trip and very spotty, often we couldn't even access it.
Overall, very pricey, we could have had equally luxurious rooms a few blocks away for less money.
We heard from many people that they stayed for the Bono/U2 thing but would not choose the hotel again.
Now we can say we've been there, done that. I have no regrets but unless the prices come down, next time I'll go somewhere else.

Stayed August 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Clarence for three nights in February, 2008. Our rate did not include breakfast, which I initially was disappointed, but every time we looked inside the restaurant it was pretty empty. There were so many great places to eat in the area, we ended up having fun choosing different, busy restaurants ourselves.

We loved the room. The minimalist decor was appealing, both bedroom and bathroom. The young staff was very pleasant and professional. I would stay at the Clarence again if I ever get the chance to return to Dublin.

Stayed February 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2008

My girlfriend and I stayed two nights at The Clarence and we really enjoyed our stay. We had a room with a king-size bed, and the decor was modern but very comfortable. We found the staff to be friendly and very helpful. We had some car trouble and one of the staff helped us locate a nearby Dan Dooley car rental to return the car. We found everyone to be very attentive and willing. The hotel has a lovely "sitting room" off the lobby where you can relax. While the hotel has a bar and a separate restaurant, we did not use either. The hotel is located in the Temple Bar area...very close to popular pubs and restaurants, and within easy walking distance to the primary shopping district and Trinity College. It's a great location to use as your base while visiting Dublin. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Clean and nicely appointed...very hip!
  • Disliked — I had no complaints
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Clarence

Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#60 Romantic 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 is Dublin's premier boutique hotel located in the heart of the city, on the banks of the River Liffey just a stone's throw from the famous Ha'penny Bridge. Our hotel is a proud reflection of 21st century Ireland, simple and elegant, a contemporary aesthetic that embodies the very best of Irish hospitality. The Clarence first opened its doors in 1852. The hotel was refurbished in the 1930's and hosted an eclectic clientele, from visiting clergymen to bawdy musicians. The tired two-star stopover was bought by Bono and The Edge in 1992 and transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel, the kind of place that they would choose to stay themselves, if visitors to Dublin city. Their new Clarence Hotel opened in June 1996. Our hotel is located within short walking distance of a myriad of Dublin city experiences to suit all tastes: from Michelin star Irish restaurants to cool indie coffee bars; big brand shopping on Grafton Street to cutting edge Irish designwear around Temple Bar, George's Street and South William Street; theatres such as the world famous Abbey as well as contemporary venues such as the Project Arts Centre and the New Theatre. Catch a huge international band at The Olympia or discover some brand new Irish rock music in The Workman's Club. Dublin's biggest nightclubs are just a stroll away, from the opulent and exclusive Madison Nightclub to the fun filled party vibe of Everleigh Gardens. Cultural Dublin awaits guests at The Clarence: Trinity College, The Guinness Storehouse, The James Joyce Centre, Dublinia, The Natural History Museum and so much more. With 50 bedrooms and suites to choose from, as well as our spectacular Penthouse Suites, The Clarence offers luxurious and stylish accommodation in the heart of it all. Within the hotel complex, guests can enjoy a number of dining and bar areas - The Study and The Octagon Bar in the hotel itself, as well as Cleaver East restaurant on the ground floor and The Liquor Rooms underneath the hotel. We also provide 24 hour room service and many added comforts for our guests to enjoy. The Clarence is the perfect location for a stylish, modern city centre wedding or civil ceremony and our dedicated team will provide every assistance in arranging your beautiful day in one of our many spaces.Our front facing function rooms and suites offer privacy and understated elegance overlooking The Liffey. We have all the facilities needed to host your event, from large conferences to intimate meetings. Our events team will assist from start to finish. From fun weekends to romantic getaways, family gatherings to solo business trips, a warm welcome, a luxurious room and superior service awaits you at The Clarence Hotel. ... more   less 
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