This will be my first 5-Star review (I think) after over 20 reviews on Tripadvisor. Our Friday night at The Shelbourne was as close to heaven as we are likely to get - great service, warm welcome, great location and fab room - not to mention wonderful breakfast.
The fact that we were upgraded from the Heritage Park View room we had booked to a suite may have helped (!), but our experience outside this fab room also gave us so much pleasure.
First the room - beautifully proportioned bedroom and bathroom. The "other" room was big enough to entertain a party of 10 guests in style. Only gripe was that we noticed pillows were extremely firm - at 2am as we were about to go to bed. I called housekeeping, who delivered 4 soft pillows straightaway, with no fuss. Expected that the spare pillows would be of different firmness to the ones on the bed - but couldn't find any spares.
Enjoyed breakfast - very comfortable surroundings, tables well-spaced, porridge made on milk or on water (!), with honey straight off the honeycomb to sweeten it. Toast delivered while still warm. Selection of fresh fruit might have been wider and selection of cheese was a bit disappointing - no provenance noted (a lost opportunity to promote our high quality Irish farm-house cheeses). But these are moot points in a really pleasant, relaxing experience.
We dined elsewhere in the city, but returned for a few drinks to the hotel. There is a buzz in this hotel like no other in Dublin - mostly Irish guests, not normally resident in Dublin, intent on living it up for a night or two in this great hotel. The main bar here is the place to go to enjoy true Irish craic.
Why will I return? - genuinely friendly staff, stylish and comfortable surroundings, great location (at the nexus between good pubs and great restaurants around Baggot St., with shopping and more casual dining available around Grafton St.). Would I enjoy it do much in a more standard room - less so, no doubt, but absolutely enough to call me back for a return visit!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shelbourne Hotel Dublin
- Shelbourne Dublin
- The Shelbourne Dublin Renaissance Hotel
- Dublin Hotel Shelbourne