I hear that Bono and The Edge have got the green light for their controversial plan to redevelop their hotel, The Clarence in Dublin.
The U2 frontmen have faced opposition from heritage campaigners over the proposed 150 million Euro (£120million/$240million) reconstruction of the protected building on the River Liffey waterfront. But after a long consultation process, the Irish planning authority has given it the go-ahead.
The Clarence dates originally from 1852. Bono and The Edge took it over in the 1990s and extensively refurbished it as a five-star boutique hotel with 48 rooms and suites. It’s attracted guests such as former US President Bill Clinton as well as international rock stars and supermodels.
The promised new super-luxury Clarence will have more than 150 bedrooms, a signature restaurant and a massive floodlit glass-roof atrium dubbed ‘the flying saucer.’
There’s still time to spend a weekend at the fine ‘old’ Clarence in Dublin before work gets under way. Luxique can get you the best room rates with no booking fees.
by Andy Moreton