$145 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Sep 28, 2014 Check-out: Oct 1, 2014

The Clarence

4 stars
6-8 Wellington Quay, --, Dublin, D2
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
18 reviews
Anniversary treat

The hotel was quiet, clean, and the staff helped us create a special moment for both a birthday and... See full review

  • MikeandD
  • Oct 31, 2013
great location

Super location in Temple Bar. Very clean room and very nice staff. As it is in Temple Bar you... See full review

  • Ames
  • Feb 13, 2014
Rock star nights in the heart of Temple Bar
Located in Dublin's cultural quarter, Temple Bar, The Clarence hotel is the essence of modern Ireland. Built in 1852, the building was refurbished in the '90s by members of the Irish rock band U2. The historical facade and many original features have been restored using natural materials to complement the artisan, modern furnishings. Whether you are visiting with your family, a wanderer or a rock star, The Clarence delivers traditional Irish hospitality alongside deluxe accommodations. 
Highlights
  • U2-owned hotel located in Temple Bar on the banks of River Liffey, overlooking Dublin skyline
  • Irish-made furnishings, Shaker furniture and Kilkenny limestone bathrooms offer views
  • Kids enjoy milk and cookies at turndown, plus gifts on arrival
  • Offer views of the city
Rooms
The Clarence offers 51 rooms and suites, ranging from standard rooms to a penthouse suite, catering to every guest need. Rooms tastefully decorated in cardinal colors and Irish artisan-made furnishings feature king beds with Egyptian cotton linens, excellent views, mini bar and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Suites have an extra living room and also feature a stereo. The garden and penthouse suites offer outdoor terrace access and other added luxuries.

Features
Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at the Study Cafe or get cozy with a pint of Guinness near the fireplace at the Octagon Bar. Guests also sample delectable meals at Cleaver East restaurant on site. The hotel offers 24-hour room service, valet parking (fees apply), a fitness and massage room and free Wi-Fi service. Younger guests enjoy milk and cookies turndown service, kids' cocktails and gifts upon arrival and other child-friendly amenities.

Transportation
  • Dublin bus service outside hotel
  • Luas tram service (.2 mi/.4 km)
  • Aircoach service (.4 mi/.7 km)
  • Taxi service available
Attractions
  • Temple Bar
  • Grafton Street shopping area
  • City Hall (.1 mi/.2 km)
  • National Leprechaun Museum (.2 mi/.4 km)
  • Trinity College (.4 mi/.6 km)
  • Dublin Castle (.5 mi/.8 km)
  • Old Jameson Distillery (.7 mi/1.1 km)
Business
  • 4 meeting rooms, capacity 120 people
  • Audiovisual facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary valet car park space for host

Hotel Map

53.3454 -6.2671
Area served
Dublin City Centre
Nearby airports
International Airport: Dublin Airport 12km
Area description
Closest Public Transport: Connelly Station 1.5km, Heuston Station 2km

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The Clarence Rooms

Superior Room
Each Superior Room has a super king-size double bed and has been individually designed to provide accommodation that is simple, elegant and refined. No two rooms are alike and are decorated in one of the hotel's five signature colours: crimson, royal blue, amethyst, gold and chocolate with Shaker-style furniture, specially crafted beds with Egyptian linens and spacious white tiled bathrooms with pedestal sinks and oak cabinets. Each room is equipped with TV, Radio, WIFI Internet Access, 2 telephone lines, voice mail facility, hairdryer, bathrobe, toiletries, private bar and safe. Superior King Room size from 221 sq feet or 21 sqm.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
General
Concierge
Activities
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Grattan Bridge: 0 mi
  • The Project Arts Centre: 0 mi
  • Gaiety School of Acting: 0.1 mi
  • National Photographic Archive: 0.1 mi
  • Olympia Theatre: 0.1 mi
  • The Ark: 0.1 mi
  • Old Library and Book of Kells: 0.1 mi
  • Royal Exchange: 0.1 mi
  • Dublin Castle Gardens: 0.1 mi
  • Betty Newman Sculpture: 0.1 mi
  • Meeting House Square: 0.1 mi
  • Original Print Gallery: 0.1 mi
  • Button Factory: 0.1 mi
  • Dame Street: 0.1 mi
  • Monster Truck Gallery and Studio: 0.1 mi
  • Grattan Bridge: 0 mi
  • The Project Arts Centre: 0 mi
  • Gaiety School of Acting: 0.1 mi
  • National Photographic Archive: 0.1 mi
  • Olympia Theatre: 0.1 mi
  • The Ark: 0.1 mi
  • Old Library and Book of Kells: 0.1 mi
  • Royal Exchange: 0.1 mi
  • Dublin Castle Gardens: 0.1 mi
  • Betty Newman Sculpture: 0.1 mi
  • Meeting House Square: 0.1 mi
  • Original Print Gallery: 0.1 mi
  • Button Factory: 0.1 mi
  • Dame Street: 0.1 mi
  • Monster Truck Gallery and Studio: 0.1 mi
  • Temple Bar Gallery and Studios: 0.1 mi
  • Fishamble Street: 0.2 mi
  • National Leprechaun Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Wood Quay: 0.2 mi
  • The Garda Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Ha'penny Bridge: 0.2 mi
  • Graphic Studio Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Trinity Street: 0.2 mi
  • Chester Beatty Library: 0.2 mi
  • Christ Church Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • The City Arts Centre: 0.2 mi
  • Dublinia: 0.3 mi
  • Four Courts: 0.3 mi
  • Castle Market: 0.3 mi
  • The Icon Factory: 0.3 mi
  • The Dolls Store Hospital & Museum: 0.3 mi
  • The Oliver Cornet Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.3 mi
  • College Green: 0.3 mi
  • Smithfield: 0.3 mi
  • Arnotts: 0.3 mi
  • Westmoreland Street: 0.3 mi
  • The Keeling Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • O'Connell Bridge: 0.4 mi
  • Dublin Mall: 0.4 mi
  • St Audoen's Church: 0.4 mi
  • Father Mathew Bridge: 0.4 mi
  • Brown Thomas: 0.4 mi
  • General Post Office: 0.4 mi
  • Moore Street: 0.4 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (18)

Ratings and reviews for The Clarence

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
18 out of 18
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.5

78% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ames
Cork City, Ireland
Feb 13, 2014

great location

Super location in Temple Bar. Very clean room and very nice staff. As it is in Temple Bar you should expect a little bit of noise from the street.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
MikeandD
New York
Oct 31, 2013

Anniversary treat

The hotel was quiet, clean, and the staff helped us create a special moment for both a birthday and an anniversary. We couldn't ask for anything more.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Leo Burdock's, the oldest chip shop in Dublin is a quick walk away, opposite Christ Church. Nothing fancy but the best fish and chips.

Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anniversary Trip for 25th
Watertown, NY
Oct 15, 2013

Fine Spot for Couples

Nice location near the edge of the Temple Bar district. Rooms are nicely done and comfortable. Staff is courteous, helpful and professional. Enjoyed the quaintness of the Octagon Bar. The only drawback is that there is still a lot of street noise from the partying in the Temple Bar district until the wee hours of the morning. Even Sunday night! Bring ear plugs...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Recommend the "hop on, hop off" bus early on in your trip to get a better lay of the land in where things are in Dublin.

Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Milwaukee Brewers fan
Wisconsin
Sep 25, 2013

very nice; wonderful staff

reception staff and concierge were fantastic. every request and inquiry was met with a willing smile and useful information. we left a tip for the maid and it was not taken. location is extremely convenient to the Temple Bar area and all of it's pubs and restaurants.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Temple Bar area is fun. We took in the Musical Pub Crawl which begins at Gogarty's Pub - this was very entertaining - highly recommended.

Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Auntie DiDi
Sarasota FL USA
May 25, 2013

Loved it and got an upgrade!

From the minute we arrived the staff was superb. A free upgrade was great (room 501), in the front overlooking the river . Best room of our trip . Noise was not a problem . Loved the beds. The bathroom was a decent side and had two sinks and a nice size tub/shower. The bar is comfy and the bartender was great. Great dining within walking distance. Loved it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

FXB(Buckleys) steak house was recommended by staff and was fantastic. Hotel resturant has good breakfasts.

Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
I Love Europe
Columbus, OH
Nov 1, 2012

Good Hotel

Located near Temple Bar, the location is solid for popping down to Dublin Castle, over to Trinity College and the Book of Kells, or even a short walk to the Guinness Storehouse.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: In Hotel

The Tea Room in the hotel gets good reviews for a reason. The night we ate there we were the only ones, so the atmosphere wasn't great, but the food was outstanding.

Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
ryanchicago
Chicago
Sep 4, 2012

This is not even close to a 5 star property

Overall the service experience was good and the location in Temple Bar is great, but the hotel itself is old and rundown... borderline hostel caliber threadbare rugs, worn and dirty furnishings/walls. No a/c, which is probably not an issue the majority of the time in Dublin but on a humid weekend the room was unbearably hot to sleep. Even worse, room windows opened into a courtyard/outdoor neighboring bar which was packed and loud until 3:00am each night so opening the window for any breeze was a trade-off. Had I not been in Dub to party myself, it would have been unacceptable; we're talking 100+ people and loud music less than 50 feet from the open 2nd floor window. Other notable issues, neither the tub or sink drains worked so if you were 2nd in the shower you were wading in 8 inches of dirty bathwater. A single room key (physical key with the room number on it, so don't lose it!) and ridiculous lobby security made coming and going a hassle. All of it was very "hostel" like, which is fine if you are wanting that experience and there is a hostel just around the corner that I've stayed at before and had a fine time. But to spend $250ish/night for something represented as a 5* property and get this is not just disappointing, it's a lie.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
1
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Millstone on Dame street is a great restaurant find. Upscale but down to earth. Irish influence on the menu but more refined and modern approach to food than many European restaurants.

Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
kclu
New York, NY, USA
Dec 5, 2011

Great Location

Spent a long weekend in Dublin. The Clarence was a perfect location. The room was extremely comfortable and clean. Staff went above and beyond. Will definitely be back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Chicago, IL
Aug 14, 2010

Excellent location and great service

I was most impressed with the staff at this hotel. They were extremely friendly and helpful. I also appreciated the cleanliness of the rooms and the public areas of the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Temple Bar is only a block or two away!

Review of The Clarence

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MVP of the trip
Boston
Jun 2, 2010

Great location great staff super deal

Great location beautiful hotel very well kept. Exceptionally friendly staff. Very knowledgable of where to go and where not to go. Can't wait to go back. Super deal. I highly recommend staying there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Everything was close or a short cab ride. The staff gave great recomendations and were not affraid to say when something was overrated.

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