Bono and the Edge's handsome boutique hotel was once the hottest bed in town, but now it's just another elegant Dublin four-star designed to reflect the aesthetic of a 1930s gentlemen's club, complete with Shaker oak beds draped in Irish linen, an excellent bar and a fine restaurant.
Its owners have been involved in a long-running legal wrangle over plans to demolish part of the building as part of a €150 million expansion, but so far Dublin City Council has proven stubbornly resistant.
Owned by Bono and The Edge of U2, The Clarence boasts sumptuous rooms with super king-size, wrought-iron beds and velvet drapes. On the River Liffey, the hotel is situated right in Dublin’s centre. Each individually designed room features custom-designed and hand-crafted furnishings, and stained glass bedside lamps. There is free Wi-Fi in all rooms, along with American White Oak floors and a private bathroom with limestone flooring. The hotel’s Therapy area offers a range of relaxing massages and aromatherapy treatments. The Octagon Bar serves award-winning drinks and cocktails in Art Deco surroundings. Dublin’s lively Temple Bar District is just a 2-minute walk from The Clarence, while O’Connell Street and Grafton Street are both 10 minutes’ walk away. Trinity College and Dublin Castle are less than 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel.