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
A slice of Dublin history overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, with an on-site museum and barbershop
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
Do an Internet search for the best hotel in Dublin, and your search results will most certainly contain The Shelbourne Hotel. This hotel offers the full glitz experience at a really affordable price, and the staff especially are wonderful and attentive.
My room was a little smaller than expected but the decor was perfect. There were no signs of wear and tear and all the fixtures and fittings worked as expected. The hotel is located in an area where there are plenty of bars and eating establishments, so after dining locally I was impressed on my return to find that my bed had been turned down and slippers set out!
All in all, a lovely well maintained hotel that I would definitely stay at again.
Being a steak & spuds guy, I could never see the logic in Afternoon tea. That's until my wife booked it for us for my daughter's birthday last year in Dromoland Castle. And as everything is wonderful there anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed it. So on a recent trip to Dublin for a Monday morning meeting where we stayed over the previous night, I booked Afternoon tea at the Shelbourne as a treat for my wife. She really enjoyed it as it was truly fab & I have to say l am totally sold. Everything was magnificent & the staff are so informed & engaged. I can only recommend it highly except to add that a Guinness & select whiskey afterwards in Horseshoe bar isn't a bad idea either with a G&T for the lady! The barman really knows his stuff.
Perfect location to walk all over the city! Close to Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Book of Kells and shopping. Amazing staff, and rooms. We arrived early morning due to our flights. They offered bag storage and a place to freshen up so we could continue our day. Only downside was the heavily fragrances entry. Otherwise a wonderful hotel!