The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel
What We Love
- The Genealogy Butler services, available for anyone who wants to trace their Irish ancestry
- It’s a very short walk to Dublin’s famous Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green
- The barbershop services to keep gents well groomed
What To Know
- Pets are not permitted
- Valet parking is an additional $34 per day
- The hotel had a full renovation in 2006
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Shelbourne Dublin’s historic credentials are top-notch; it was between these walls that the Irish Constitution was drafted in 1922, and the hotel counts Princess Grace and John F. Kennedy among its former guests (they even have rooms named after them). Soak up the past in the Saddle Room, the Lord Mayor’s Lounge and the Horseshoe Bar, or brush up your knowledge in the Shelbourne Museum located in the lobby. The 265 bedrooms and suites have plenty of nods to its original splendor, from marble bathrooms to the 100 percent Egyptian cotton bedding by Rivolta Carmignani. Then get back to the 21st century with speedy WiFi and satellite TVs or work up a sweat in the dance studio and state-of-the-art gym.
In the Area
A trip to Dublin isn’t complete without a stop at the Guinness Storehouse. The 26-hectare brewery is seven stories of dedication to the good stuff, topped with the Gravity Bar to take in panoramic views of the city with a pint in hand. People-watch in the landscaped St. Stephen’s Green; the buildings that surround it date back to the mid-18th century. Shop ’til you drop on Grafton Street, which is home to Dublin’s most popular department store, Brown Thomas. For more unique pieces, veer off Grafton to Drury Street, filled with one-off boutiques. For some of the best food in town, try the Michelin-starred Chapter One, and for nightcaps there’s the gorgeous Victorian Long Hall.
How to Get There
Although the hotel is going through some renovation and you cannot go through the main entrance, the staff are friendly and always have a smile to help you. My room is amazing, great bed, a good working desk and large bathroom. I can’t wait to come back when the renovations are complete. Thank you for making a jet lagged traveler feel at home.
I have been wanting to stay at this hotel for a long time, however it was very disappointing. The hotel is under construction and we booked this about 9 months in advance, however were not advised of the construction until about a week before, which was too late to try and change hotels at an extremely busy time (rugby 6 nations). Our room was very nice - comfortable bed, lovely linen. It is situated in a good location for getting around Dublin.
The doorman was too busy on his phone to get me a taxi. The bar is great but it is too busy they should limit the access, as residents in the hotel we could not get into the bar at first. The barman worked their socks off and didn't stop but because they were so busy they were actually grumpy and you had to wait a long time for a drink if you could actually get to the bar.
The breakfast room had no atmosphere was just like a big conference room with a buffet in the middle, the service was very poor and took 10-15 minutes to get tea, often having to chase it 2-3 times.
So overall having wanted to stay at this hotel for so long was very disappointed and accept that they had construction work but we should have been advised of this. There is no reduction in the room rate because of the construction and the impact this has clearly had on their service.
People were constantly lost, roaming the corridors trying to find their rooms due to lots of diversions due to the construction work. We bumped into people several times going round in circles trying to find their room.
Unfortunately the entire front entrance area of the hotel has been closed off. You enter through a side door and have to take stairs to get to a room where check in occurs. This really takes away from the ambiance of the hotel and is a nuisance. You find yourself going down corridors and up and down stairs. I imagine the hotel with its entrance would be spectacular if it was open. Right now for the price paid you really don't get the same value. Also be careful with a room on the top floor. The AC didn't work which other reviewers have noted so it was uncomfortably hot in the room even for January. The hotel did agree to move us to another room which was much nicer and cooler. Breakfast was quite good but again was in a makeshift large room. Once the reno's are done I would return but not right now.
A group of four of us stayed here the 19th of January, although it was not my first visit it never disappoints us. We checked in earlier than planned but was advised by Miriamma that the room would be ready shortly, she was kind enough to call me on my mobile as soon as the room was ready. We were shown to the room by a lovely man by the name of Billy and our bags were brought up by Danny. Although there were renovations taking place at the time this did not impact on our stay. The managers and staff go above and beyond to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable stay.This place has always been a treat for us so we will be back. 5 star property and 5 star treatment.
I enjoyed lunch in this beautiful hotel with work colleagues. 3 courses came to €30 each. It was a special treat with sophisticated surroundings. The service was excellent. Although the hotel is currently being rennovated it is still a beautiful place for a meal or drink. I'd highly recommend this venue to locals and tourists alike.