I have to be honest, despite living in Dublin for most of my adult life I had not been through the doors of the Shelbourne Hotel until I received a gift voucher for the Spa on Mothering Sunday. With a good excuse to try out the hotel, I booked rooms for myself and my sister for the night before the Spa treatments as a special treat.
What can I say? From start to finish, the break from ordinary life's concerns was an absolute pleasure. I now realise to what others have been referring for so long. The friendliness of the staff made the brief stay very special, at no stage did we feel anything other than valued. The rooms were extremely comfortable, clean, quiet and relaxing. The staff were gracious and welcoming. It is a very nice, top quality hotel but only acknowledging that would do a disservice to the ambience and gracious welcome we experienced.
The atmosphere seemed to rub off on the guests as the residents bar was conducive to relaxed conversation between the tables of guests having a drink before retiring to enjoy the very comfortable beds.
Breakfast was delicious and plentiful both in quality, choice and service.
The Spa treatment was the icing on the cake and I left the whole Shelbourne experience refreshed and relaxed, everything I could have hoped for.
I would not hesitate in finding an excuse to return to this very special place, my only problem is that it is so very, very accessible and the temptation is consequently very, very strong!
- 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