Clarence Hotel is a four-star 51-room hotel located at 6–8
Dublin 2, Ireland. It is in the Temple Bar
neighbourhood, on the River Liffey. It was built in 1852, and bought
by U2 lead singer
Bono and lead guitarist
The Edge and their business
partners in 1992, and later refurbished in 1996.
3 Expansion plans
6 External links
Bono and U2 lead guitarist
The Edge bought and later
refurbished the two-star 70-room hotel, and converted it into a
five-star 49-room hotel. After an 18-month renovation costing US$8
million, enabled in part, due to a tax-exemption scheme which aimed
to revive the Temple Bar district the hotel re-opened in 1996. The
hotel is now owned by Brushfield Ltd, a company which also includes
Derek Quinlan and developer Paddy McKillen. The hotel currently has
The Octagon bar at the Clarence Hotel
The hotel provides a Concierge desk, Bar, Restaurant, Meeting
facilities, Wi-Fi, Safe, Room Service, Access to a gym, and laundry
service. The main restaurant, Cleaver East replaced The Tea Rooms in
In 2004, plans emerged for a major expansion of the hotel, which would
include adjoining properties 9 Essex Street and 9, 10 and 11
Wellington Quay. The project architect is Norman Foster. All of the
historic buildings would be gutted, leaving just the façades.
Everything else would be new. The budget is projected at US$237.2
million. There has been strong opposition from historic preservation
groups including An Taisce, but support from some city agencies.
One critic said that "The Clarence demolition is an old-fashioned
money-driven, anti-environmental exploit," adding that "
behaving like just another private-jet-addicted property speculator
feeding on Ireland's greedy zeitgeist."
The proposed project was approved in 2008 by An Bord Pleanála, the
Irish planning appeals agency. As planned, the expanded hotel would
have nine floors and 150 rooms. Featured would be a large glass atrium
with an oval glass roof to allow sunlight to enter, plus a "sky bar"
at the top of the complex, allowing views across Dublin. The
project was on hold for several years but has been revived. The hotel
lost money during the worst recession years, but is now
In September 2000, a month before the release of the U2 album All That
You Can't Leave Behind, a live version of the song "Beautiful Day" was
filmed on the rooftop of The Clarence Hotel for the BBC programme
Top of the Pops. It is featured on the extra features of the
Elevation 2001: Live from Boston DVD (although it is marked on the DVD
as "Toronto, Canada").
^ The Clarence Hotel. At the Clarence
^ "An 1852
Dublin Hotel Reopens, Redone". New York Times. 6 October
1996. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
^ McDonald, Henry (2 December 2007). "Building plans give U2 hometown
blues World news The Guardian". The Guardian. London: GMG.
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revitalised thanks in part to a tax-exemption scheme.
^ a b Lyons, Tom (21 April 2004). "
Bono aims to double size of
Clarence Hotel". Irish Independent. Dublin. Retrieved 1 July
^ a b c Doyle, Dara (25 February 2008). "Bono's
Dublin hotel plan pits
rocker against preservationists". New York Times. Retrieved 1 July
^ "U2 hotel revamp gets green light but only if rooftop is open to
all". Belfast Telegraph. 18 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5
July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
^ "U2's Clarence hotel sees losses rocket". Belfast Telegraph. 27
September 2010. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 1
^ Deegan, Gordon (15 October 2011). "
Bono and the Edge help Clarence
Hotel back to profit". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
^ >Cubillo, Carolina (Director) (7 December 2009). Callejeros
Viajeros [Street Travellers] (Television production). Ireland:
Beautiful Day on Roof of
Clarence Hotel – RTÉ Archives". rte.ie.
2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. a filmed insert for the BBC programme
'Top of the Pops'
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