Dublin’s premier boutique hotel located in the heart of the city on the famous River Liffey. Owned by Bono & The Edge of Irish rock group U2, The Clarence is very much a reflection of 21st century Ireland.
Simple but elegant, timeless but yet of its time, contemporary but embodies the best of Irish hospitality. A personal vision of the hotel’s owners, representing a place that they would choose to stay in when visiting Dublin.
Built in 1852, The Clarence had last been refurbished during the late thirties in the Arts & Crafts style originating from when the hotel was first built. By the Seventies, while still retaining a sense of Old World charm and dignity, it was past its prime. At the same time, the ranks of the original clientele, once drawn primarily from the clergy, judiciary and vistors from the provinces, were swelled by the artists, musicians, writers and designers who began to make the Temple Bar area their own. Among the regulars were two members of the rock group U2, Bono & The Edge, whose fond recollections of their youthful haunt led them to assemble a consortium of Irish investors and purchased the hotel in 1992 with a view to restoring it to its former glory. To realise their vision, the owners assembled a team of professionals from both Ireland and abroad. The result of their collaboration, guided by the owners’ directive that the design respect the country’s quintessential Irish heritage and character. A hotel like The Clarence is inevitably a personal vision, and for the owners, The Clarence is where they would choose to stay when visiting Dublin – a hotel that is at once simple but elegant, unpretentious but luxurious, that is modern but also embodies the best of traditional Irish hospitality.
Each room and suite has been individually designed to provide accomodation that is simple, elegant and refined. Twin rooms are available but the majority of rooms have super king-size double beds.
No two rooms or suites are alike and are decorated in one of the hotel’s five signature colours: crimson, royal blue, amethyst, gold and chocolate. Shaker-style furniture, specially crafted beds with Egyptian linens and spacious white tiled bathrooms with pedestal sinks and oak cabinets.