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“Small stuffy rooms - tired decor”
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The Clarence
Ranked #41 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
London/New York
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96 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Small stuffy rooms - tired decor”
Reviewed August 28, 2006

The commone areas of the hotel are pleasant and the staff is very helpful but the rooms are horribly stuffy - there is no air conditioning - and opening a window is impossible due to the noise. My last night was almost completely sleepless.

I am a Dubliner resident in London and know the city well. For natives, Temple Bar on a Saturday night is a shock. Returning to the hotel at night involves navigating through hoards of incredibly drunk people behaving like idiots.

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — Impossible to sleep / no air-con
  • Tips/Secrets — There are better hotels in Dublin
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 18, 2006

First of all, when you book your room be sure and insist that the rooms be air conditioned. I found it amazing that most of the superior rooms are not. This shouldn't be a problem in Dublin's cool climate, but our rooms overlooked an air shaft and had no cross breeze. You are right in Temple Bar so open windows = no sleep. All of the web sites I consulted said this was an air conditioned property so I was furious when our rooms simply had a table fan. We upgraded to Deluxe rooms the next day and what a difference! The rooms were larger and had french doors leading to a balcony that overlooked Temple Bar. (But rooms are still small)

We did not eat in the restaurants on site or even try the bar. Nether looked very inviting compared to the diverse offerings in the area. The location of this hotel cannot be beat! You are within an easy walk of most of the major sites, especially Grafton Street and Trinity College. Great food in the surrounding area and free entertainment every night from the many buskers and pubs that charged no cover. (Had a blast at the Vault!). The concierge was friendly and helpful but the front desk could have used some training in customer service.

My feelings on the Clarence are mixed. I think I enjoyed my stay more because I loved Dublin and the Temple Bar area. The hotel is simply average and not worth the extra money unless location is the most important thing to you. My step daughter moved over to the Westbury on Grafton Street after we left and said it was much nicer, spacious and friendlier, so we will stay there on our next visit.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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4 Thank kjindc
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Bangor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2006

We could not believe that our room had no air conditioning condsidering the price of the room and claiming to be one of Dublin's top Hotels.
It was 24.5 degrees in the room. A fan and open window ( complete with loud music down below) forced us to check out at around 10pm and make our way home ( 3 hrs drive).
I thought it would be a simple matter of either a refund or at least an offer of a free night later in the year when it would be cooler.
Still waiting on that decision to be made.
The rooms are small ,as are the corridors and lift.
The staff were pleasant and courteous at all times.
Parking our car 25 Euros- Mount Merrion Hotel is only20 Euros and the rooms have air conditioning.

Regards Alan and Liz Hannon

Stayed July 2006
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11 Thank drovingreporter
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Oklahoma City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2006

The Clarence is well located in the trendy Temple Bar area. We recently spent 3 nights at this hotel with our 4 children in 3 different rooms on the third floor. Our suite was spacious and clean, though the decor left some room for improvement. Two of our three rooms were air conditioned. The staff was courteous, although not all fluent in English. The delight of our stay was the night porter, Jacob. He is a truly decent human being that makes you glad you're there. We'll go back just to see him. We had been told that celebrities frequently stay here, and indeed, we ended up stuck in the elevator with a very nervous Pamela Anderson in her bathrobe. Luckily, we were all girls. The location was ideal, easily within walking distance of all the major attractions, including Trinity College, the Guinness Brewery, Dublin Castle, the Viking Museum and the best shopping area.

  • Stayed June 2006
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5 Thank ramlion333
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2006

My husband and I spent the first night of our Ireland vacation at the Clarence, and it was a great way to start off the trip. The staff was helpful and friendly, especially since we arrived at 7 a.m. after an overnight flight. We had breakfast in the Tea Room while they worked to get us a room well before the appropriate check-in time. The room we had was spacious and comfortable. We were not bothered by street noise, which was a pleasant surprise after reading some of the reviews - we must have lucked out. The location of the hotel is ideal for tourists. I think whether you like this hotel or not is determined by your expectations. It is a pleasant and understated place, not ostentatious or stuffy. If you are expecting "grand" decor or chilling out with rock stars, you will be disappointed. We paid about $200 per night, and were totally happy. Had we paid twice the price, we probably would have been disappointed. Yes, the breakfast is a rip-off (most hotel breakfasts are). But we enjoyed the octagon bar for a quiet drink to end the evening. Overall, it was a nice place and we would go back again.

  • Stayed May 2006
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2 Thank Travelbug68
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2006

We recently was in Dublin for 3 nights and decided to book dinner at the Tea Rooms. When the doorman opened the door I thought I was in school - the decor, like the staff was bland unimaginative and cold. The Tea Room was no better and the food was as bad as the decor. After dinner we decided to try the bar which at a glance looked inviting - how wrong we were. Again the bar was dull, the cocktail I had did not taste good. We could not wait to leave. So glad we had reservations to stay at the Morrison which is just across the street and less noisy.

  • Stayed June 2006
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4 Thank glenysreynolds
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2006

Bono & The Edge really MUST take a personal interest in the running of their own hotel. A very cramped building, appallingly poor levels of English amongt the staff, very small rooms, impossibly noisy on a Friday night due to the late night drinking and shenanigans of the nearby Temple Bar area. The hotel is locked at night and one has to wait outside for the night porter to open up. NOTE: this is not a pretty part of Dublin to be standing around -along the river Liffey where drunkeness and an aggressive attitude is everywhere. The bar is far too small and far too dark and far too crowded with non-guests. To summarise, VERY overpriced (including the food which is pretty average) and NOT a restful experience. Biggest gripe is the very poor English amongst the staff; from initial booking over the phone ( a major exercise in s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g everything very slowly, very slowly) to asking questions and directions from them during our stay. If you think Manuel in Fawlty Towers was dozy- try HERE. My advise is to stay at the Morrison Hotel across the river.

Stayed May 2006
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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:
#30 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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