I didnt stay in the hotel but I did attend a Christmas party with a group of friends, in one of the hotels reception rooms and also visited the main hotel bar. As I had heard this hotel was a 5 star hotel, I felt assured almost everything would be to a very high standard, I was mistaken. We were told by staff that any pre party drinks bought within the main hotel bar, could be taken into the reception room where the party was being held however we found out this was not the case. We had to leave our drinks and the HOTEL itself, walk outside, in the cold winter rain and wind, down the road to the entrance to the reception room. The only 5 star hotel I have ever been to that has no link hallway and is happy to allow their guest to be rained on. When we entered the reception room, it was packed full of tables. It looked more like a cheep bingo hall then a "luxury" hotel. No one could move and my back was constantly being knocked by fellow guests and passers by. Added to that, my table was right next to an exit used by staff and the doors were constantly left open, with freezing cold air hitting us every few minutes. To top it all off, there were cracks in the crowded dance floor, which a number of female friends caught their high heels in. Unhelpful staff, bad planning and poor surrounding. It has the location and the name, no doubt its standards are not that of a true 5 star hotel.
- 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