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The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel
Ranked #16 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Highland Mills, NY
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“The Perfect Location”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

The Shelbourne is one of the Grand Old establishments in Dublin and it has witnessed history and history makers in all it years across from St. Stephens Green. From its fine dining, snug pub, oyster bar, and renowned High Tea, this hotel just exudes old world class and charm but with its association with Renaissance/Marriott it also has all of the amenities that we Americans in particular come to look for. Best by far is its location! Around the corner is Trinity College and The Museum of Archeology. Down the road is Grafton Street and shopping. Down the other way is the National Library and the government offices. All around are great restaurants like Pearl and Bang. Short walks to O'Connell st, Temple Bar, The Liffey and its bridges and just a ton of fun. Not to me missed is the Dawson Lounge, literally around the corner from the hotel that is billed a the world's smallest bar. Its is and you cant help making friends. Down the other way is a true Irish Pub called Donahue's that jumps till closing. It makes a huge difference after slow walking through sites like Kilmainham and the National Gallery to be so close to comfort and relaxation, and after one to many at the pub, knowing you could crawl home if needed was a blessing. Hotel is beautifully maintained, has a helpful and friendly staff who, btw, found my memory card on the floor when I left and mailed it back to me so I didnt lose some cherished memories. I'm going back soon!

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  • Stayed January 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,
Thank you for choosing The Shelbourne Hotel while in Dublin and for taking the time to share your impressions. We are thrilled that beyond our excellent location you have as well enjoyed the services of our hotel and employees. We are always so delighted to hear when our guests plan on returning in the future. We await your return and look forward to welcoming you again in not too distant future.
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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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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.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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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.

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Raphael Brandou
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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.

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Raphael Brandou
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Reviewed 19 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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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 Luxury Hotel in Dublin
#15 Family Hotel in Dublin
Price range (per night): $395 - $2,092
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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