The Shelbourne Dublin, Autograph Collection
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 fee 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
We received a strong recommendation for the Shelbourne from friends (and other we met in Ireland), and still the Shelbourne exceeded our expectations. The location is great for walking to all of the major attractions that we had planned. From the moment we arrived the staff was helpful and friendly. The doorman, Richard, was great with his recommendations in addition to the concierge desk. Breakfasts and dinners were extraordinary!
This hotel is simply the best I’ve ever stayed at. The touches of high-end elegance, the food and beverage offerings, and decor throughout the hotel are spectacular. The staff were well trained and very accommodating throughout the entirety of our stay.
The location was right in the heart of downtown and easy walking to parks shopping and other restaurants.... and the Guinness factory wasn’t too far away either.
We had a wonderful afternoon tea experience at the Shelbourne. The staff were very attentive and helpful and the portions very generous. A really enjoyable experience. Unfortunately that was somewhat soured when we went into the Horseshoe bar for a drink afterwards and were served by one of the rudest barmen I have ever experienced. An appalling manner which made us regret going in there at all and took a real shine off the day. Really disappointing and not what you would expect from a hotel of that calibre.