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Review of The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel

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The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel
Ranked #18 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
2 reviews
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“It's good, depending on what you want.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

I was excited to stay at the Shelbourne as it was my first time in Dublin and everyone I spoke to has such great admiration for this hotel and its history. Let me inform you though, I didn't really feel this was a hotel for my own needs. I guess the main things I come to expect are a pool, a decent gym (not converted hotel room still carpeted), a spa is often nice but but necessary, however complimentary wifi for all guests is necessary, and I also expect to be able to switch on my TV and find CNN. I enjoyed the service and the room was beautiful. The location is also very central. It just wasn't the hotel for a younger, international traveller like me although I do wish the hotel continued success.

  • Stayed January 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

My husband and I spent our last night in Dublin at the Shelbourne. You can't beat the location! This hotel is in the heart of Dublin's city center. You are walking distance from everything...and in most cases, just a few steps from some of the best tourist sites including Stephen's Green, Grafton Street and so much more. You are also just a few steps from some of the top rated restaurants in Dublin (highly recommend Unicorn and Shanahan's).

The Shelbourne has a charming, historical feel to it (but is modern in amenities). The lobby is warm and welcoming with fireplaces to cozy up to on a cold, rainy Dublin day. The Shelbourne is also known as having one of the best high teas in the city (highly recommend). The bar is old, classic trendy and a great place to grab a pre-dinner drink.

Our stay included a free Irish breakfast- the buffet selection was huge and yummy!

The Staff: Great. Very attentive to all your needs. Knowledgeable and friendly.

The Rooms: We were upgraded to a suite, so the room was HUGE and overlooked Stephens Green. Very clean. Great views, however, even on the 4th floor it was pretty noisy with all the traffic. The rooms are done in an old Victorian style. The bathroom was very large with a great soaking tub and very modern. The bed was very comfortable (as long as you like softer mattresses). I would recommend, even though the view was great, to try and get a room away from the street.

Overall, pleasant stay. It's worth it for the location alone. You will LOVE this place if you love historic, charming and Victorian-like hotels.

Room Tip: Request a room away from the street (other side of the hotel).
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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GuestRelationsDublin, Guest Relations Manager at The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel, responded to this review, 9 March 2012
Dear Guest,

I am glad to see you enjoyed the location of our hotel while staying in Dublin. I am happy to see that you enjoyed the Suite and different outlets in the hotel. Thank you for comments about the staff, we share all Tripadvisor feedback with our team. Please contact me if you are traveling to Dublin in the future.

Kind Regards,
Raphael Brandou
Guest Relations Manager.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

We stay every year for a night or so. The Shelboyrne is consistently good. So far have established that we like the Heritage rooms the most overlooking the Green. If you can get breakfast included as well worth it, although coffee could improve. Beds are fantastically comfortable, rooms clean and good quality furnishings, bathrooms very nice. You can't beat the location and the food in the Saddle Room is better every time we visit. Will be back again.

  • Stayed February 2012
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GuestRelationsDublin, Guest Relations Manager at The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel, responded to this review, 9 March 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review. I am happy to see that you enjoy staying at our hotel when you visit Dublin. Please contact me directly next time you are planning a trip to Dublin and I will personally look after your booking.

Best Regards,
Raphael Brandou
Guest Relations Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

My boyfriend brought me here for champagne afternoon tea,it was really good.It was in the lord mayor room overlooking stephens green,a lady played the piano and the seats were really nice..especially by the window and the open fire.

The staff couldn't be more helpful and the food was amazing. I'll also post some pictures!There was a choice of about 40 different teas,I had the chocolate orange truffle tea. It also came with sandwiches,4 different scones with clotted cream & home made jam,amazing macaroons,short cake biscuits with fresh raspberry filling,chocolate cups,little glasses of cream & raspberry berry compote with white chocolate pieces and a glass of champagne.

It was a really nice treat,although I'd happily do it every week:-) &24.50 for regular afternoon tea/33.50 for champagne afternoon tea.

I would definitely do it again,delicious!

  • Stayed February 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

We have stayed twice in this wonderful hotel during our trip of Ireland. The hotel is located in the heart of Dublin amongst magnificent Georgian buildings. The building is a grand place which dates back to the 1700s, many famous people have stayed here and the Irish Constitution was drafted here - there is a special historic exhibit. Across the street is St James Park and it is an easy walk to shoppiongs streets and other tourist attractions including Trinity College and the Book of Kells. The rooms are comfortable and stylishly decorated, the staff are extremely friendly and helpful and there is a very good restaurance and historic bars. There is also the best concierge in the world, Dennis Kelly, who was formerly the President of the internation Concierges' Association, a charming jolly man full of helpful information. Every observation is positive, cannot fault the staff or the facilities, it was a really enjoyable experience, suggest you come here to this classy establishment for the time of your life.

Room Tip: Dennis Kelly, the Concierge, will help you with everything, he knows all the good restaurants nearby...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel

Property: The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel
Address: 27 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Dublin
#7 Business Hotel in Dublin
#11 Romantic Hotel in Dublin
#15 Family Hotel in Dublin
#16 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€
Hotel Class:5 star — The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 265
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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