Article: 19980101057

Title: A Bona Fide Treasure

19980101057
00074100
200050_19980101_074100.xml
A Bona Fide Treasure
0032-1478
Playboy
HMH Publishing Co., Inc.
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At the edge of the River Liffey in the Temple Bar section of Dublin--a funky area favored by artists, writers and musicians--sits the Clarence, the city's most prestigious and expensive boutique hotel. It's also Dublin's hottest hideaway, and for good reason. The hotel, built in 1852, closed for remodeling in 1994 and reopened in 1996, is owned by U2's Bono and the Edge. That means on any given night, bandmates are apt to mingle with the hotel's guests. Even if the band doesn't show, there is much to enjoy about the Clarence. The eight-walled Octagon Bar, once a favorite watering hole of Dublin judges and priests, is staffed by the young and Irish. (Look for Bono and the Edge in the "snug," the sideroom where celebrities may gather for private drinks.) The Tea Room, a restaurant serving grilled quail salad and lobster ravioli, features a 20-foot cove ceiling, double-height windows. And the two-storied penthouse (pictured here), one of the hotel's 50 rooms and suites with custom-made furniture in oak, leather and stone, boasts two dramatic views of Dublin's skyline: one from inside and one from the roof hot tub. Price: from $275 (double occupancy) to $2400 (for the penthouse) per night. For reservations, call 800-628-8929.
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At the edge of the River Liffey in the Temple Bar section of Dublin--a funky area favored by artists, writers and musicians--sits the Clarence, the city's most prestigious and expensive boutique hotel. It's also Dublin's hottest hideaway, and for good reason. The hotel, built in 1852, closed for remodeling in 1994 and reopened in 1996, is owned by U2's Bono and the Edge. That means on any given night, bandmates are apt to mingle with the hotel's guests. Even if the band doesn't show, there is much to enjoy about the Clarence. The eight-walled Octagon Bar, once a favorite watering hole of Dublin judges and priests, is staffed by the young and Irish. (Look for Bono and the Edge in the "snug," the sideroom where celebrities may gather for private drinks.) The Tea Room, a restaurant serving grilled quail salad and lobster ravioli, features a 20-foot cove ceiling, double-height windows. And the two-storied penthouse (pictured here), one of the hotel's 50 rooms and suites with custom-made furniture in oak, leather and stone, boasts two dramatic views of Dublin's skyline: one from inside and one from the roof hot tub. Price: from $275 (double occupancy) to $2400 (for the penthouse) per night. For reservations, call 800-628-8929.

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