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The Clarence
Ranked #45 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
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Ledbury
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126 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“perfectly situated”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

We were rather put off by the ghastly decor in the reception area - looked rather austere and like the entrance to my daughter's boading school - the ugliest light fittings I have ever seen!!! However up to the Third Floor and Room 303 and although furniture style is minimalist, presented us with a lovely suite overlooking the River LIffey. Well stocked bar fridge, large bathroom (with bidet) and an extremely comfortable king size bed contributed towards a most comfortable one night stay and a drawn out afternoon session at the temple bar. Room service was tempting after the hustle and bustle of the pubs. The the fish chowder was superb, however the fresh Irish soda bread and salmon we ordered did not materialise. Another call to the kitchen, resulted in the rest of our order. Impressed that our car was whisked away on arrival - just park outside the hotel entrance in the demarcated area (yellow lines seemed to be irrelevant !!) and on departure, the car arrived outside for us to drive away. Not terribly impressed with the breakfast. Do ask for a 'hospitality tray' - this was not made available however did not seem to present a problem. Kettle, cups (minus saucers!!!), sugar, tea pot and fresh jug of milk were brought up to our room at no extra charge. Would I stay again? Yes, same room and more chowder for sure. Lack of saucers did not matter.

Room Tip: Third floor rooms have good view over the river
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

Breakfast - very bad, supposedly hot breakfast served cold on both morning. served by unfriendly & unattentive staff
hotel bar - shut at midnight when we'd just returned from an event elsewhere with my customer, inflexible.
hotel room - very noisy got little sleep & no ironing board & iron - waited over 30mins for delivery of one.
For over €200/night this hotel is a major rip-off.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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27 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

Perfect location for walking anywhere in Dublin. Temple bar is noisy but it does die down, and it's "happy" noise not relentless at all. Very pleasant hotel staff. Comfortable rooms. Knowledgeable concierge.We were very well taken care of.
The breakfast is limited and not too healthy. The coffee is very close to water. But breakfast is a feast compared to the tasting menu at dinner, the latest effort to encourage you to order many tiny things and "share". The portions are so microscopic that the wait staff actually points out what the colorful dots and dashes on your plate actually are! Very trendy...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank akachan21
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

The staff were very knowledgable, welcoming and helpful.
Located in the heart of the temple bar, you are surrounded by restaurants and pubs, with shopping a walking distance away.
The hotel bar and restaurant were nice, both in price and service.
We just happened to be there on Arthur's Day, so the streets around the hotel were packed with people, giving the place a really festive vibe.
Only one small downside is the single glazing on the windows...being on a busy road, and with bars on the doorstep, sound leaked into the room a bit at night. The wifi was excellent.
The hotel is wonderfully classic and well restored.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Warwick P
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Walking distance from Heston Station, Grafton Street. Stayed for one night B&B with evening meal. Very comfortable room, bit noisy at night but didn't bother us. Reception staff were very helpful . There seem to be a lack of communication between the restaurant staff and the reception . The restaurant staff were confused about what we were entitled to, where meals were concerned. Food was nice.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We visited our son studying abroad and really loved this hotel. We stayed 2 nights in a beautiful suite with a huge bathroom and separate sitting area. We requested a higher floor since in the cities it can be a bit noisy. We did hear the bar crowd leaving at night but we found it quite amusing. Our room overlooked the river and was in the Temple bar district, walking distance to many other sites also. Will definitely stay here again. Breakfast was delicious!!!!

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor and to face the river for best experience.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Magsad
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Prague, Czech Republic
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42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

Hotel was ok, but nothing special. Single glazing so noisy, but good location for Temple Bar. Breakfast absolutely terrible, and served by the most unfriendly grumpy woman. Didn't bother having it on day 2, although included in room rate, preferred to go out and pay for a decent meal instead.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mikepnefan
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Additional Information about The Clarence

Property: The Clarence
Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland
Location: 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
#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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