The Shelbourne is a Dublin institution, in a fab location on St Stephen's Green. It closed a couple of years ago for major refurbishment, and having moved away from Ireland, this was the first time I was in it since. We were there between Christmas and New Year and the place was buzzing - very atmospheric. In spite of this we were checked in straight away and service was excellent. Unfortunately though, the rooms didn't live up to the excellent impression we had downstairs. Very average, and it was hard to distinguish them from any reasonable 3-4 star hotel I have stayed in. The refurb seems to have concentrated on the areas downstairs, with the rooms and communal areas upstairs being given a basic brush up. Additionally, our room, while billed as non-smoking, smelled of smoke. Initially I though we must be overlooking a smoking area, but worked out it was the carpet smelling. Yuck.
We didn't eat at the restaurant, our meal was elsewhere in town, and the breakfast was ludicrously priced so we skipped it, but we did have pre and post dinner drinks in the bar. It's fab, a great place to people watch, and excellent service given how busy it was.
In short, I wouldn't stay here again, but would visit the bar to soak up the Dublin atmosphere.
- 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