The Shelbourne

27 St Stephens Green North, Dublin, Ireland, 2

Price from: £123

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By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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#3 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Location:
5
5.0
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.9
4.9
Public areas:
5
5.0
Leisure facilities:
3.5
3.5
Service:
5
5.0
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions

Best for Luxury - Expert review of The Shelbourne

Opulence is tangible through the revolving doors of one of Dublin's Georgian icons.

The five-star appeal of this jewel has endured for two centuries. When the Georgian building came under fire during the civil unrest of the1916 Easter Rising, Afternoon Tea for guests was simply transferred from the drawing room to the reading room at the back of the hotel for safety – now the Horseshoe Bar. The same removal from reality continues to this day. I can always rely on the Shelbourne to transport me from the doldrums to a glamorous parallel universe in the time it takes to whip up one of their fantastic cocktails. Each room tells its own historical tale. John and Jacqueline Kennedy stayed here in 1958 and JFK returned as US President in 1963. The last time I popped in, legendary Irish actor Stephen Rea was chewing the fat with a distinguished friend over a drink at the bar.

Location: 

Outstanding, look down onto 22 acres of manicured green lawns in St. Stephen’s Green and across to the Dublin mountains from upper level rooms. Turn right at the entrance to reach Dublin’s shopping Mecca on Grafton Street in five minutes, or top eateries and buzzing bars along Baggot Street to the left.

Bedrooms: 

Elegant and plush, you’ll want to climb into bed the minute your feet melt into the lavish carpets. The building is a listed heritage site and rooms have high 14 foot ceilings and large Georgian windows that evoke a rich character, making you feel instantly at home and relaxed. There are three types of suites, each with their own separate living area and if you really want to splurge, get thee to the stately two-bedroom presidential suite.

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Public areas: 

Marble floors, classical music, huge antique vases and crystal chandeliers paint a world of opulence with plenty of sharply-suited staff to cater to your every whim. There’s a bar/cafe/restaurant to appease every mood – turn right to sink into the deep cushions and low tables in the Lord Mayor’s lounge for afternoon tea or veer left into the eclectic and trendy hotel bar where you might find Bruce Springsteen or Bono mingling with other celebs.

Eating and drinking: 

Take your pick. The Saddle Room sparks and fizzes from an open kitchen, offering excellent lunch and dinner specials, or private dining areas for couples and groups. The leather seats and oak panelling are lush. No. 27 bar is ideal for snacks or cocktails and the Horseshow Bar is a regular haunt for Dublin socialites. You need to be a fly on the dark red walls of this enigmatic Irish bar.

Leisure facilities: 

There's a small gym, or grab a running map at reception and trot across the road for laps of pretty St Stephen’s Green.

Service: 

Dignified and sharply dressed staff are discreetly milling around every corner. Bar staff are effortlessly efficient.

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Who stays there: 

Billionaires, millionaires, rock stars, Hollywood faces, sports stars, politicians, media moguls, honeymooners. Dublin locals who want a part of it all.

Price advice: 

Book ahead for cultural or sporting events as this five-star is often fully booked. Plus, prepare to pay 25 euros for overnight parking

Pros: 
Heavenly dining and imbibing
Lively social areas
Glamorous
Cons: 
No car park – 25 euros for overnight parking

More information on The Shelbourne:

Price from:
£123
Type:
Hotel
Address:
27 St Stephens Green North, Dublin, Ireland, 2
Free tags / Keywords:
St. Stephen's Green, History, Baggot Street
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
City Centre

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Community comments (1)

We stayed at the Shelbourne last weekend. It was by far the best hotel I have every stayed at. From the moment we stepped out of the Taxi, we were taken care of. The staff were impeccable, especially our waiter in the Saddle Room Restaurant, and those on reception. Without a doubt we would stay at the Jewel again.