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The Clarence Hotel 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin D02 HT44 Ireland
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The Clarence is Dublin’s original rock ‘n’ roll hotel, located in the heart of Dublin City. Our Temple Bar hotel features fifty bedrooms with classic furnishings. We pride ourselves on giving guests a friendly and warm Irish welcome in style while you relax and enjoy beautiful and vibrant Dublin City. Our rooms range from Classic through Deluxe and on to our River View and Garden Terrace Suites. Featuring warm decor and shaker oak furniture, our bedrooms include tea and coffee making equipment, complimentary toiletries and snacks, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Our super King Size beds have fluffy pillows and crisp white linens so you can get a great night’s sleep. We also have rooms with River Liffey views, Private Balconies and Terraces available. Our hotel features the world-famous Octagon Bar, the perfect setting for a glamorous gathering of friends over cocktails or pre-match pints. The hotel also plays host to a stylish restaurant featuring Irish and European cuisine. Room service is available 24/7. Meeting spaces are also available. 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. It is worth noting that our central city centre 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.
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Keelly C wrote a review Dec 2020
Galway, Ireland42 contributions49 helpful votes
The Clarence has a fantastic location and we had a brilliant deal from Black Friday, so we had no complaints considering the price we paid. BUT - i wouldn’t say the property is 4 star. The common areas are decorated in a kitsch style which fits with their ‘rock n roll hotel’ theme, but the rooms are pretty dated. There were gaps in the flooring, a crack in our bathroom sink, one of the panes of glass in the balcony doors had blown, there was an old fashioned shower curtain and there were still glass rings on the bedside cabinet from the previous occupant and a hand print on the window cill. The corridors have an old fashioned carpet and the oddest vases on the walls with weird plastic flowers in them. Saying that, the bar area was nice and the reception staff were also great. The bed was comfortable and sheets clean. The deal we had and the location of the hotel was so good, you could overlook the decorative issues, but don’t expect 4 star.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Keelly C, Thank you for sharing your review of The Clarence. We appreciate your comments about our newly refurbished Clarence Bar and our Reception staff. Best regards, Nadia
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Maura D wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions4 helpful votes
This trip was long awaited as I had booked before and cancelled due to the pandemic. I couldn't put it off longer so I went. I was so looking forward to it. Nice room, after having moved as my bathroom door jammed in the first room, lovely view and clean. Only one comment on the room. Don't put flat sheets under duvets to save on washing. It's uncomfortable and nowhere does it any more. The duvets are thin and need updating. However room lovely and warm. The staff are nice people. Now onto the food. I was going to say nothing as I loved the bar and felt save and happy on my own. I wasn't going to do this review but thus mornings breakfast tipped the balance. First night fish and chips. Microwave food thrown out with no presentation doesn't do it for me. Next mornings egg benedict was very good. Second night steak and chips, edible not great and dire presentation. Second breakfast, French toast, the smell was awful and the waiter could smell it too. They had grilled it on a greasy grill, it smelt of meat and grease and had grease on it. I asked for plain toast and was given 2 slices of cheap white bread on a cold plate and stone cold. Inedible. I was going to let the food thing go as I liked the hotel and staff but breakfast was the limit. This is not Irish cooking. You all need to come to a hotel in Belfast to see what a fish supper is and an Irish breakfast. I don't mind paying expensive for quality but really! I am a customer who spends freely when I travel and the lovely young staff knew that. You should not treat valuable customers like this, since the pandemic those days are gone. However your cook is needs sacked, they've got a problem and it's called couldn't care less.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 18 Dec 2020
Hi Maura, Thank you for sharing your reviews of The Clarence. I am disappointed to read that your stay with did not meet your expectations. I appreciate you've sent me an email, I will be contacting you directly. Warm regards, Nadia
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Chris.s wrote a review Jul 2020
9 contributions12 helpful votes
Spent one night in The Clarence during October 2019. 200 euros isn't budget accommodation by anyones standards, but thought second last night after three weeks of doing perimeter of Ireland would be a cool way to end the journey. People at front desk were helpful, and generally nice to deal with. We found the room tidy, nothing special, the view out the window of walls. rooftops, smoke stacks was most unappealing. Read the menu in the room and decided a few of the choices looked good. Made our way down to the main restaurant near the nearly deserted "Octagon Bar", and were quickly seated and given menus. This menu was totally different, and had few selections to choose from, unlike what we had read in the room menu. We asked if we could possibly have something off of the other menu, only to be met with a decisive NO. Offering no suggestions/alternatives, our server made it quite clear that we weren't welcome to explore any options, so we vacated the restaurant. Being that we didn't really wish to go out, in order to dine we had to. Felt really cheated about the situation actually. This experience had the potential to be memorable, but a very important first impression sincerely ruined it for us. Based upon a situation that's supposed to accompany, and compliment the overall experience, if you're looking for a place to stay, there are plenty of less expensive, and likely better options in Dublin than The Clarence.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from PressUp Entertainment, Owner at The Clarence
Responded 27 Jul 2020
Dear I5126NYchriss, Thank you for sharing your review of The Clarence. I am truly disappointed to read that your experience with us was less than satisfactory. We appreciate your comments regarding the Restaurant service, we take every comment as an opportunity to grow and improve. As per your observations on the view from your room, having booked a city centre hotel, I believe it is a matter of personal taste. It is worth to mention that since your stay in October and now, we have run a major refurbishment process in our rooms, bar and lobby. Should you give us a second chance, I believe you will enjoy our new vibrant atmosphere. Warm regards, Nadia Assistant Front Office Manager
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Jo M wrote a review Jul 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom35 contributions19 helpful votes
Had a superb girly getaway in March just before lockdown kicked in. Three of us had significant birthdays and we decided to hop to Dublin for a long weekend of celebrations. Choosing the Clarence for a bit of luxury was just what we needed. There were good features about this hotel, the room was nice, the restaurant was fab for breakfast with superb service and the octagon bar was chilled. However our break was spoiled by the extensive decorating, noise and building works of which no advanced warning was given. There was scaffolding outside our ‘river view’ room spoiling the view and our luggage and costs got duck egg blue paint on them in reception. What a shame this was it kinda spoiled our trip. I’m a frequent traveller and I just wish the hotel had had the courtesy to let us know beforehand. Would be keen to hear from the manager on this.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from PressUp Entertainment, Owner at The Clarence
Responded 27 Jul 2020
Dear jom711, Thank you for sharing your review of The Clarence. I am disappointed to read that your experience with us was not the best. I would love the opportunity to learn more about your stay, I would be grateful if you could send me an email to afom@theclarence.ie with the details of your booking so we can arrange a suitable time for me to call you on the phone. I hope you could accept our most sincere apologies for any inconveniences that you may have experienced. I look forward to hearing from you. Warm regards, Nadia
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Donough H wrote a review May 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
I booked the weekend of March 28th for a birthday celebration. The booking was made back in January. On the weekend before my intended stay the government of Ireland closed all bars and restaurants. I accept that the booking made was non-refundable but the hotel decided in their wisdom that they were entitled to keep the money paid. Apparently it is reasonable to expect someone to travel from the UK to Dublin to sit in a hotel room for 2 nights, when non-essential travel is not advised. IF Dublin is essentially not open for leisure, then you as a hotel provider, cannot provide the product that was paid for. Somebody called Marty offered me a credit note, which is of little use, as the trip was a one-off for a celebration, but then even that offer was withdrawn. As an Irishman myself, I'm embarrassed that this is what passes for customer service in my country of birth.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from PressUpEntertainment, Assistant Front Office Manager at The Clarence
Responded 5 Jun 2020
Dear Donoughh, Thank you for sharing your review of The Clarence. I hope you could accept our most sincere apologies for any inconveniences that this may be causing you. As our Reservations Manager has explained, the hotel's policy for all non refundable bookings is to offer our guests a credit note to be redeemed in the future. I will be passing your comments on to our Reservations Department, they will be happy to assist you. Warm regards,
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US$140 - US$296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
IrelandProvince of LeinsterCounty DublinDublinTemple Bar
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Clarence
Which popular attractions are close to The Clarence?
Nearby attractions include Temple Bar (0.04 km), SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Dublin (0.1 km), and Rural Pub Tours (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Clarence?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Clarence?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Clarence?
Conveniently located restaurants include SOLE Seafood and Grill, Darkey Kelly's Bar & Restaurant, and The Stage Door Cafe.
Is The Clarence located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Dublin.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Clarence?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Clarence offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Clarence?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Clarence?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kilmainham Gaol Museum (2.9 km), Trinity College Dublin (0.8 km), and Guinness Storehouse (1.4 km).
Does The Clarence have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is The Clarence accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.