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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Clarence Hotel Dublin
- Clarence Hotel Dublin
- Clarence Dublin