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The Clarence
Ranked #41 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 19, 2007

A few days away from home, mid july 2006...very friendly staff.
The exceptional service and the delicious food. Classy Oxagone bar, that has some surprisingly very tasty cocktails.

Very discrete personel. Excellent restaurant. Expensive indeed but worth every eurocent. Nice rooms too.

Bumped into Antony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers'singer and quite a cheeky littke guy ! ) and had breakfast with Ben Harper.

Too bad the weather was a bit of a downer (raining most of the time..), but Dublin was a great experience.

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed January 1, 2007

I don't get why all the complaints! Surely all city breaks will have some traffic noise and Dublin is no exception. Our room had a beautiful view over the Liffey and for that we had to put up with traffic noise but it was worth it.

The staff were incredibly helpful and pleasant, felt a little uncomfortable in communal areas due to the high profile guest staying in the penthouse suite, the place was crawling with bodyguards. Nothing worse than having some Steven Segal type staring at you whilst you are tucking into your Afternoon Tea - which I must add is highly recommended!

The Octagon bar was great too - nice atmosphere and generally a classy clientel except for the wierdo who left his backpak unattended in there and sent the Steven Segal types into full protection mode, talking into their sleeves and about to evacuate the room. Same wierdo later smashed the big beautiful mirror in the bar with a glass tea light holder - toooo much guinness perhaps.

Loved this hotel - it was priceless!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2006

We stayed here the first weekend in December and had a very lovely time. The room was simple yet luxurious and the bathroom was fantastic. One point to grumble about is that we emailed the hotel asking for a room on a high floor to avoid the Temple Bar noise, and also asking if the room could face the Liffey. We got a quick reply saying they had acknowledged the request and added it to our details. On arrival though, there was no recollection of this request and we ended up in a room on the lowest floor and overlooking the noisy temple bar street below! It was not a massive problem to us as we were so tired the first night we slept right through the street noise, and the second night we were out amongst it until 2am in the morning!! The Temple Bar pub is a must for a good night out.

Another minor grumble was we had emailed the hotel to ask if there were any of their special 2 night packages left that included an evenings dining in the Tea Room restaurant as we wanted to dine there on one of our nights. They replied to say that they had no packages available but did not suggest we book the table prior to arrival. When we did arrive, the restaurant was fully booked, and had been for weeks. We found ourselves wandering around Temple Bar from restaurant to restaurant looking for a nice restaurant to eat in, all of them were fully booked, weeks in advance. We ended up back at the Clarence at 9.30pm and called in to the Tea Room on the off chance of there being a cancellation, which there miraculously was! We had the finest meal anyone could imagine with complementary pink champagne as we were guests.

A point of recommendation, book the table in advance and take something smart to wear as I felt a little underdressed in my smart Jeans and blouse. This might have been simply because it was Christmas party season.

Aside from the minor grumbles, the location of the hotel is great and the staff were very friendly. I am not sure we would return to the Clarence as there are so many hotels in Dublin to choose from and we feel we could get more for our money, e.g. at least get tea making facilities in the rooms for the price we paid!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2006

Perfect location. Friendly staff, took care of all our little quirky requests. Food is fantastic and the Octagon bar ( onsite) is just perfect for a drink to finish off the day. LOVE the bright purple drapes and beds / white walls/ simple moldings- very refreshing when travelling. Well-appointed bathrooms too.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2006

My husband and I stayed at The Clarence the last three nights of our honeymoon in Ireland. We chose the hotel because we're big U2 fans. Upon our arrival, the friendly front desk staff couldn't have been more welcoming showing us around the hotel and to our room. We were upgraded to a larger deluxe room at the rear of the hotel. The comfortable furniture and decor seemed sort of a unique blend of modern industrial. The bed, however, could definitely be replaced with something less utilitarian and squeaky and the tub in our bathroom was badly stained. The location is the best, but if you're a light sleeper, keep in mind that late night activity from nearby Temple bar can be clearly heard until at least 3:30 in the morning. We dined in the Tea Room one evening. The service was exceptional and the food was delicious, but it's expensive. The very helpful front desk staff recommended two less expensive terrific restaurants. Da Pino for Italian was fabulous and we enjoyed one of the best meals of our entire three weeks in Ireland at Eden. Wow, what amazing food!! Dublin is a great city and we thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Clarence. We would definitely recommend it, however, it won't be right for everyone so educate yourself before booking to see if it suits your travel needs.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2006

I will say the best thing about this hotel is the location, right in the center of everything. However for a hotel that charges 300 euros a night it needs a lot of help. All three of our groups bathrooms had nasty dirty looking marks on the tubs and cracked tiles on the floor. There is no way to modify the temp. in your room so you leave the window open to hear - every drunk singer walk down the alley behind the hotel. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms either. Rooms that face the alley are much larger than ours that faced the river.

Try to get the buy one get one free room deal which helped me to feel less ripped off. Not a 5 star hotel in my opinion.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 20, 2006

The hotel definitely needs to be refurbished. The rooms are great - big size; very comfortable; the check in staff are friendly, efficient and competent. Location is good and the in-room breakfasts are great. I thought the value for money was good too. But overall, things are looking a little shabby. My room smelled of stale B.O. and cigarette smoke. The tiles in the bathroom were cracked. The toilet was stained, as were the carpets. The bath was marked and the shower curtain dirty. The place hasn't been done up since it re-opened - about 10 years ago? It's definitely time. Apart from that, it's great.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled on business
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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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#50 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#52 Business Hotel in Dublin
Price Range: $126 - $412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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