Accommodating a birds eye view of the cultural cobbled Temple Bar district on one side and up and down the River Liffey on the other. Dublin Castle and Dame Street is a couple of minutes' walk away while Grafton Street and O’Connell Street are less than ten minutes' stroll.
49 bedrooms, inc. five suites. Deluxe king bedrooms have balconies looking down onto Temple Bar and across the city skyline to the Dublin mountains. Super king-sized beds are very inviting indeed. Free WiFi throughout and you can choose from five bold colour schemes in bedrooms – purple, red, blue, gold or chocolate. Rooms at the back are the quietest, or standard rooms cocooned in the middle of the building are equally quiet. Families can choose one of the River King rooms at the front where double doors open into a second bedroom. The penthouse on the roof also boasts a baby grand piano (plus the cool hot tub!).
The intention is to keep the interior as it was in the 80s - an ode to U2 -- it's not everyone's taste, especially not mine, but it has appeal in a retro way! There are plenty of cute nooks and crannies as you weave through the hotel where you can grab a coffee over the newspaper or delve into the social hive that is the back bar (for a pint) or the legendary Octagon (for a cocktail) after 6pm.
Eating and drinking
The Octagon is popular with Dublin locals for its €7 cocktail happy hours from 5-8pm every day and retains a certain status with the enduring U2 connection so the atmosphere is usually lively. Cocktail classes n the back bar are popular with groups – a total bargain at €25 including two cocktails. The 20 ft ceiling and space of the Tea Room restaurant is a little cold and lacking in character in my opinion, so perhaps not the best spot for an intimate meal, but perfect for groups, where up to 120 people can let loose a little. A more private lounge at the front of the hotel is a relaxing spot for Afternoon Tea.
A fitness room houses a treadmill, bike and ski machine. The Therapy spa is there if you feel like a massage.
Lots of attentive staff are on hand to cater to your every whim. Service is informal and friendly.
Who stays there
U2 groupies flock here from all around the world – even staff can’t believe the steady flow of fans year 'round. Musicians and celebs in that circle are known to frequent the penthouse, and a central location ensures the Clarence gets a mix of business travellers and tourists. Good value deals attract Irish customers.
The best deals are on Sundays and Mondays. Package deals are available including Guinness Storehouse passes as well as 15% discounts for visits of more than three days. It costs 25 euros to park for 24 hours.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- People watching
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Lively Octagon Bar
- Balconies in bedrooms
- Adjoining rooms for families
- Restaurant lacks character
- 25 euros 24 hours parking