Clarence Hotel - Dublin
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The Clarence Hotel offers premier boutique hotel swank in a prime Temple Bar location on the south bank of the River Liffey. All this 4-star luxury plus a rock 'n' roll connection - what more could you want?
Built in 1852, The Clarence had seen better days by the time its traditionally well-heeled professional clientele began to drift away. From the 1970s onwards the old guard were replaced by artists, writers, musicians and designer types, reflecting surrounding Temple Bar's shift into cultural overdrive.
Two of those more creative guests - inspired by memories of good times at the grand old hotel - decided to rescue The Clarence from its gentle slide into decay. As members of hugely successful Irish export U2, Bono and The Edge were in a position to gather cash and attract investors - in 1992 they bought the ageing establishment and set about restoring it.
The proud new owners oversaw The Clarence's revival, bringing back its unique character whilst respecting its heritage. From custom-designed and crafted furnishings (primarily by Irish artisans) to wrought-iron bedside lamps inset with hand-rolled stained glass, no detail was overlooked. The result of all the hard work is a perfect blend of modern aesthetic and classic appeal.
The former Tea Room restaurant (in the hotel's original ballroom) has undergone a complete transformation and recently re-opened as Cleaver East. This impressive space with a soaring twenty-foot coved ceiling is now a new home for Oliver Dunne and Rory Carville, who have joined forces to create this exciting dining experience. Cleaver East features tasting plates - rather than tapas-style, they're complete fully-garnished dishes, but in smaller tasting sizes.
A cosy option on a smaller scale, The Study Café gives has a homely feel, and this is where many of the property's original features can still be glimpsed. Offering casual menus from day into evening, this area is also The Clarence's Residents' Lounge, with 24-hour food and beverage service for all guests.
Sited in the original bar of the hotel, The Octagon Bar is where Bono and The Edge began their love affair with The Clarence - and to this day, this is one of their regular haunts when in Dublin.
Two further appealing eating and imbibing options - subterannean drinking den The Liquor Rooms (beneath the hotel) and near neighbour Bison Bar & BBQ, the Irish home of authentic Texas low 'n' slow barbecue - complete the food and drink picture.
The Clarence is ideal for leisure and business alike. For meetings, events and private dining, The Clarence Suite is located on the first floor and features river views. The Suite can be subdivided into three smaller sections (for a meeting area, tea/coffee area and dining area).
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