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The Shelbourne, Dublin, Ireland
This is Dublin's grand dame - the city's oldest and most historic hotel, located in the city centre beside St Stephen's Green. It is a luxury five-star with top-notch service and everything from a ballroom to a swimming pool, and it is also a buzzing social hub and a traditional meeting location for Dublin society. There are three bars and two restaurants, plus an outdoor terrace in summer. The hotel is full of history; it first opened in 1824 and it is where the Irish constitution was drafted in 1922. Many of the historic public rooms on the ground and first floor have high ceilings, chandeliers, art and views over to St Stephen's Green and this carries forward to some of the historic rooms and suites in the old part of the hotel.
The hotel is a stone's throw from shopping, museums and nightlife but also faces the beautiful St Stephen's Green park.
You're in the heart of the city, within walking distance of attractions including Dublin Castle, National Gallery and Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
By plane: direct flights to Dublin from Manchester and Birmingham (1 hour), and London (1 hour 15 minutes). It's a 30-minute drive to the hotel. Parking costs €40 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
People who love the hotel's history, enjoy luxury and five-star service, and also want to be at the social heart of the city will enjoy it here. We loved the historic rooms at the front of the hotel, like the Lord Mayor's Lounge with its huge old paintings and grand piano.
Service & Facilities
The hotel has a hairdressing salon and nail bar, and you can even get your hair (and make-up) done in your room.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Princess Grace Suite has two bedrooms, a dining room, high ceilings and huge windows overlooking St Stephen's Green. Rooms have huge, comfortable beds and windows have a layer of inner glazing so don't pick up city noise.
Room, Balcony Room, Double Double Room, Deluxe Room, Heritage Room, Junior Suite, One Bedroom Suite, Signature Suite, Princess Grace Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We enjoyed afternoon tea in the historic Lord Mayor's Lounge with live piano music and views across to St Stephen's Green park. The seafood platter in The Saddle Room with prawns, salmon, oysters, crab and Guinness Bread was delicious.
The Saddle Room: fine dining, modern British cuisine, seasonal menus. All-day dining, open daily. Lunch set menu from €35.
No. 27: elegant bar, champagnes and sparkling wines. Fresh seafood and pub classics. Open daily.
Lord Mayor's Lounge: drawing room, serving afternoon tea daily, from €65.