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the clarence hotel – dublin

September 4, 2009


When we were in Ireland, we stayed at a rock star’s hotel, a castle, a hotel that looked like an old fashioned B&B, complete with the wallpapers and doilies and a cottage on an English manor-type farm.

I liked the rock star’s hotel best.  Go figure.

The Clarence Hotel is owned by U2’s Bono and The Edge.   It is located right at the edge of the Temple Bar district, which is the happenin’ place in Dublin.

temple bar on a weekday night

temple bar on a weekday night

The interior of the hotel is sparse and understated.  It doesn’t SCREAM I’m a lux hotel.  I like that in a hotel.

hall at the clarence hotel

hall at the clarence hotel

The rooms are all austere – wide plank floors with thick purple rugs, blonde wood accents, and super deluxe beds with extremely high thread count sheets.

I love the high thread count.  This is worth at least 100 Euros a night to me.

We did not actually eat The Clarence, because we were hemorrhaging money in Ireland – we went elsewhere so we could actually pay for our hotel room bill.  But every morning we ordered cappuccinos and sat around in thick bath robes and read the Irish Times.  I love that!

foodie suz at the clarence.  with her cappuccino

foodie suz at the clarence. with her cappuccino

One other exceedingly classy touch of this hotel is that kids were treated to a little extras.  A glass of milk and cookies, a complimentary stuffed donkey, and a cocktail at the famous Octagon Bar.

the clarence milk and cookies

the clarence milk and cookies

the clarence donkey

the clarence donkey

The Octagon Bar is indeed octagon in shape and also super cool.  There’s even a private room, where we hid most of the time with our little friend.  I love that kids are allowed in bars/pubs.  This makes things nice for the adults travelling with them.

the octagon octagon bar

the octagon octagon bar

Take a gander at the drink menu.  It really does say 12 Euros for a drink, which is close to $20 Canadian.  Oy.

octagon menu

octagon menu

Despite the exorbitant prices, I cannot say enough good things about The Clarence.  The service was gracious, the location perfect, and the surroundings lovely.  Highly highly recommended.

The Clarence
6-8 Wellington Quay
Dublin 2, Ireland

6 Comments leave one →
  1. ellahorne permalink
    September 4, 2009 10:28 am

    ooo… bono!

  2. September 4, 2009 12:34 pm

    Nice post. I like how the WordPress ‘possibly related posts’ widget came up with a Motel 6 reference! Ha!

    I would also like to point out that our Octagon bartender has served Bono and The Edge. And he served us. So that makes us just like U2. So there.

  3. September 4, 2009 2:09 pm

    Looks really sharp!

  4. September 4, 2009 9:59 pm

    Hi Sue!

    I’ve been following your blog ever since we met. It was truly a pleasure. Thought of you again, as my husband and I went to see Julie and Julia tonight. I really enjoyed it too.

    Got me thinking about blogs, their purpose and what matters – what we write and/or what people read.

    Check out my post…

    as I’d love to hear your take!

    Also, I would love to hear more about the amazing experiences your family had in Ireland. Wow, travel sure is an amazing gift to share with your children.


  5. September 5, 2009 8:29 am

    My husband lived in Ireland for two years in the early 90s and it was just as expensive then, but without the affluence of today’s Dublin! Imagine! But what a great city, great culture and a great place to hang out. I too have fond memories of spending hours pouring over the Irish Times and thinking, now THIS is a newspaper. Glad to hear that it’s still a good read. I am living vicariously through your posts on this one. Thanks!


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