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The rock band U2 has been struggling to get the addition/renovation plans for their Dublin Hotel, The Clarence, approved for quite some time now.
Initially, the city's preservationists called the plans a "bastardisation" but it looks like Bono and Co. will get their way after all. The Belfast Telegraph reports:
The Republic's planning board, An Bord Pleanala, has granted planning permission for a controversial redevelopment of the Clarence Hotel on the Dublin quays, but included an unusual condition that the public must have access to the fabled 'sky bar' which is an intrinsic part of the plans.
True, that might mean the rock stars, celebrities and dignitaries Bono wants to host at his hotel may have to rub elbows with the common folk but we say he'll just have to deal with that.
Now that the plans have been approved, the hotel can begin construction which will quadruple the size of the hotel and include a huge glass atrium as well as an indoor pool.
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The Peninsula Hotel has now formally re-opened, after repairs said to cost more than $100,000. It estimates it lost $1.2m through the alleged coup attempt.
That is almost as bad as Britney Spears spending a night at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
Some more hotel news:
· The Hotel@MIT, one of our favorite Geek Hotels, is going to become a Le Meridien Hotel. The luxury brand will replace the geeky but cool @ name. [Boston Globe]
· Visit Bill Clinton's hometown by staying at the newly opened Capitol Hotel in Little Rock [Mercury News]
· U2's latest hotel still causing drama with local environmental agency. [UK Guardian]
· Ace Hotel which has locations in Seattle and Portland, is looking at Palm Springs for its next location. [The Desert Sun]