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
This is an historic hotel on St. Stephen's Green. The lobby level has two bars and a tea room. The front desk and the Navigator (concierge) were very helpful. The hotel did get very busy on the weekend, and there was one busload that came for Saturday night, but overall the hotel was quiet. The location is excellent with an easy walk to Grafton and Dawson Streets and to museums & Trinity College. St. Stephen's Green is across the street. We only needed a taxi once, and that was to go to the Guinness Storehouse. Very nice rooms, great service.
Afternoon tea at the Shelbourne is an absolute delight. While not cheap, it's a wonderful experience - charming and attentive staff, delicious food and drinks, beautiful surroundings and a lovely atmosphere. For a special occasion, or as a gift (I was given a voucher as a present), it couldn't be nicer. Highly recommended.
My husband and I stayed here while visiting Dublin. The hotel is beautiful, rooms are well appointed and extremely comfortable, the restaurants and bars are filled with great staff and wonderfully delicious food options. This hotel is why you take vacation. It is the epitome of beauty, grace, and elegance. I can't wait to return. The hotel is close to everywhere and everything that I wanted to see in Dublin.
Great location, lovely hotel decor.
The room was a good size and clean! Breakfast takes place in a very relaxing room with a good buffet and a la carte options.
Lovely staff made this a very enjoyble experience.
Have not been to the Shelbourne bar in a long time . Early lunch. Great selection of food. Anything from good quality starters to more substantial fare. Service good. Able to talk which is always a plus.