Stayed here as a couple in December 2011 for a long weekend. The hotel is located right on St Stephens Green--basically in the center of everything--Grafton Street, Temple Bar, museums, Trinity College, great restaurants, etc.
The hotel was decorated beautifully for the holidays-- a great mix of the traditional and modern. The bar/restaurant areas were very stylish and seemed to attract a well-heeled over-40 crowd nightly while we were there. The reception area, while small, was attractive and functional. Our check in was fine. Our first room had a smoke odor (a smoke free room) so we went out to breakfast (Bewley's--yum!) and when we returned they gave us a new room. So not a big deal. The room was good sized, not huge, with traditional decor and plenty of storage; a balcony overlooking an office building with a tiny bit of a roof view. The weather did not really permit us to spend a lot of time out there anyway. The bathroom was large and well-equipped with nice amenities.
While we didn't use many of the hotel's service, every interaction we did have with service folks was pleasant and professional. I almost gave if 5 stars but I feel that we just didn't utilize the hotel enough to judge that. We did not have any meals in the hotel but did have drinks in the lounge one night which was great-- their ginger tea was fantastic!
The only thing we noticed in the negative was that the outside of the hotel was beginning to look worn in spots which detracted slightly from the luxury image of the hotel but I suspect they will look to take care of that soon.
- 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
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