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The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel
Ranked #18 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
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197 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

Stayed here recently with family for one night and it was everything I imagined it would be. We were very fortunately upgraded to a large sumptuous room which contained two large queen size beds; a beautifully furnished room with large bathroom. It was amazing comfortable and luxurious.

I totally agree with a previous reviewer who stated that the staff were more "real" than "trained" and seemed genuinely interested in being friendly with us whenever we encountered them. We began our stay with a leisurely lunch and a glass of wine. We had our dinner in a local restaurant and returned to the bar for a nightcap. At all times there is a lovely buzz around the hotel. The location is fabulous being just about 10 mins. walk from the lively Grafton Street area.

Following a most comfortable night's sleep we had a long lazy breakfast sampling everything on the menu both from the buffet table and also some dishes served by the waiter, e.g. crepes with berries and French toast.

It was with regret that we had to leave the comfort of this hotel and enter back into the reality of the real world! Would love to go back!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

I stayed in here in January the staff were excellent the food and service fab it is exactly as a 5 star should be. I have stayed in most of the 5 stars in Ireland so far it is the best will be back in november if not before

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

We dropped in to The Shelbourne for our lunch. Delicious French onion soup and freshly made sandwiches. Price is very reasonable for a five star hotel. I personally love the atmosphere in this hotel and when in Dublin I always visit for a glass of wine. I love just sitting and relaxing in the bar. Ivan and Stephen gave us excellent service. Ivan was very professional yet also very welcoming. Hopefully at some stage I will stay here for a weekend.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ireland
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43 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Stayed recently with a group of friends for one night and can only speak really highly of the experience. This was my third stay at this hotel and my best to date.

From the moment we arrived we got the treatment that I presume is experienced by all VIPs and celebrities when they stay at hotels - I could easily get used to it!

The hotel itself is really beautiful - while of such a high status, each staff member we encountered was most friendly and helpful in a 'real' and not 'trained' manner.

Our room was not ready when we arrived (which was not a problem as we arrived before check-in time) but our bags were taken and carefully put away for us. They were later brought to the room so they were in the room for us when we returned from a lovely stroll and lunch on Grafton Street (only a 1 minute walk from the hotel).

If I am to be very honest, there was just one element of our stay which we would have changed - we were a party of six in total and had booked two rooms - on the basis that each would accommodate three adults comfortably in three separate beds leaving comfortable space in the room. The rooms which we got each had two double (not queen/king) beds in them and would have been absolutely perfect for two people. A fold-out bed was brought into the room for us for the third person but was really only suitable for a child. Also, the room was not large enough to have a fold-out bed in it with the furniture that was already in the room. This was a slight pity but we did not let it hinder our stay in any way at all.

Dinner was good (some of the party did not enjoy their meal but I enjoyed mine). Breakfast was just excellent. We all commented that we would love to have sat around the breakfast table for hours going back and forth for the most fabulous breakfast buffet. I can probably say that it was the best breakfast experience I have ever had in a hotel - well done Shelbourne. What choice and catering for every taste - I had a most beautiful healthy option.

Unfortunately we could only stay one night but I will definitely be back again and will be recommending to others (have already done so but hotel was full for the date they wanted!)

Thank you to all the staff and well done.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

I was here for a family wedding and can not recommend this hotel enough. It's expensive, especially the bar, but for a 5star hotel I expected that. the hotel is beautiful and really well decorated, and the room was perfect. The bed was the most comfortable bed i've ever slept in, I almost forfeited breakfast to stay in bed. It was such a nice experience, we were made feel really welcome and really well looked after.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Clara, CA
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43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

This hotel is amazing, the rooms are amazing. One of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in. Stayed here with 3 of my children, so we had 3 rooms, one in the oldest section, which was also very uniquely cool and charming.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for elegant accommodations in the best part of Dublin for museums,attractions,restaurants,pubs, and shopping, the Shelbourne is the place to stay! It's pricey but worth it! All of the staff are very pleasant and helpful. Our room was spacious enough, well appointed with a very,comfortable bed and all the amenities you need. The Shelbourne is worth a visit even if you don't stay there

Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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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 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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