The grande dame of Dublin luxury, the AA five-star Shelbourne has quite rightly won worldwide renown.
Built in 1824, this national treasure has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and now looks better than ever, with striking contemporary art sitting happily beside roaring open fires and Waterford chandeliers. Located on St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin’s most glorious garden square, the hotel is just a short walk from Trinity College, Grafton Street shopping and the 22 acres of the green itself. The Shelbourne’s famous Horseshoe Bar won Licensing World’s Best European Bar 2010 and is the perfect place to sip a cocktail or a pint of the local favorite, Guinness. With its 13 banqueting and meeting suites and an unrivalled event planning service, the Shelbourne is ideal for a business engagement or celebration. Guests can indulge in tender steak at the Saddle Room Restaurant, fresh oysters at the stylish Oyster Bar or afternoon tea in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge, proud in the knowledge they are treading hallowed ground.
TOP SUITE PRINCESS GRACE SUITE
Why we love it: Hollywood legend Grace Kelly found in the Shelbourne a home away from home and her favorite suite now bears her name. The Princess Grace Suite is the last word in elegance and extravagance, with two bedrooms, Egyptian cotton bedding, plush furnishings, a large separate dining area and a marble bathroom. The style is grand and traditional with soft autumnal colors and rich wood features, and the views of St. Stephen’s Green are magnificent. The suite includes an LCD flatscreen TV, multi-line telephone, high speed internet and luxury amenities. Guests can also take advantage of a complimentary shoeshine service, barber service, 24-hour concierge, and an exclusive genealogy butler for those who wish to trace their Irish ancestry.
- Square footage: 1,530
- Nightly rate: $3,500