Bono’s huge hotel plans
Rocker BONO wants to spend a staggering US$237.2 million turning the hotel he owns in his native Ireland into a spectacular city resort.
The U2 frontman and bandmate The Edge bought the 156-year-old Clarence Hotel in Dublin in 1992.
Now the pair have hired award-winning architect Sir Norman Foster to draw up plans for a spectacular overhaul of the 49-room hotel - with designs which include a glass atrium in the shape of a Viking long boat.
The plans have been passed by the city council, but have been met with opposition from locals, who are objecting to the partial demolition of several historic local buildings.
Bono and The Edge will have to appear before a planning board in the next week to oppose the objections.
A source said: "This meeting, like the hotel project, is very important to him and he is in Dublin to make sure everything goes well."