We love this hotel. It's at the heart of Dublin and always has a lively buzz - even when it's not the 6 nations weekend. You always feel special staying here and this is a grand hotel that's maintained its standards and status. The rooms are lovely and the service from all the staff is delightful.
But, why charge €20 a day for wifi, when budget hotels chuck it in for free? There's something so grasping about charging obscene rates for what is today a utility that is as basic as hot water. Some five star hotels just haven't learned the lesson of the land line telephones (multiplying standard rates). If it's a utility, build it into the price. I probably won't go elsewhere for €20 on the room rate, but I will cavill at seeing €60 extra stuck on to my bill over three days. In fact I couldn't bear to do it more than once.
Same for breakfast - the buffet is €29 per head. To put that into context, Bewleys, the iconic landmark coffee house around the corner charges €9.85 for the full Irish including coffee or tea (with refills) and freshly squeezed orange juice, all freshly cooked and served to your table. It is at least the equal of the Shelbourne Buffet experience and in many respects better. So we just walked out and ate round the corner every day.
Now don't think I am some penny-pinching innocent abroad, who doesn't get the five star experience (or what it costs to provide). You'll see from my reviews that I travel a lot, stay in high end places and don't begrude paying top dollar when you get value for it. But whether it's my money or the company's there's a basic line in the sand of what's value for money and what's not. I'd happily pay €18 and eat in for breakfast. But not €29. Many will, because hunting out an alternative first thing is not very convenient - and the Shelbourne know it. But it rather sticks in the craw.
Shame really, and actually the Shelbourne lost out. We all walked out for breakfast every day, logged onto the wifi just once, but had the whole grand ccentral hotel experience for a very good rack rate (through Expedia).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The world famous Shelbourne Hotel is a timeless landmark in the heart of Dublin. Located only 9km from Dublin Airport, The Shelbourne overlooks the magnificent St. Stephen’s Green, and is just seconds from the city’s sights and shops, commerce and culture. But the connection to Ireland’s capital runs far deeper than location. Founded in 1824, The Shelbourne, a Renaissance Hotel is a place where history has been made – the Irish Constitution was drafted, literary masterpieces were penned and society was shaped. Today, as part of the worldwide Renaissance brand, the hotel has been dramatically restored to its full original splendour. Each of the 265 bedrooms are unique, but they all share a sense of charm, style and above all quality…100% Egyptian cotton bedding by Rivolta Carmignani, elegant marble bathrooms with luxury amenities, flat-screen televisions, high speed internet access and climate control. The Shelbourne has 19 beautifully appointed suites, 12 of which are named after famous guests who have stayed at the hotel, such as Princess Grace, John F. Kennedy and Michael Collins and Eamonn De Valera. At the very heart of Dublin’s very best times for almost 200 years, The Shelbourne continues to be the city’s favourite hotel for fine food and drinks in an incomparable environment for generations of Dubliners. The Shelbourne offers a superb choice of dining venues; The Saddle Room, a modern steak and seafood restaurant, The Lord Mayor’s Lounge which serves Dublin’s only true afternoon tea, the renowned Horseshoe Bar and No. 27 Bar & Lounge, the place to see and be seen in Dublin! The hotel features a luxurious Spa offering six treatment rooms, including a suite for two people to share their spa experience together, a manicure and pedicure area as well as an opulent relaxation room. A 17.5m swimming pool, thermal facilities, dance studio and state-of-the-art gymnasium complete the facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shelbourne Hotel Dublin
- Shelbourne Dublin
- The Shelbourne Dublin Renaissance Hotel
- Dublin Hotel Shelbourne