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The Shelbourne




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The Shelbourne

Address 27 St. Stephen's Green

Location St. Stephen's Green/Grafton Street Area

Transportation DART: Pearse. Bus: 10, 11A, 11B, 13, or 20B

Phone 800/225-5843 in the US, 01/663-4500

Fax 01/661-6006

Web site 

Room Information 190 units

Prices €200-€250 ($260-$325) double. Breakfast €20-€26 ($26-$34)

Credit Cards AE, DC, MC, V

In Room Amenities A/C, TV, dataport, minibar, radio

Parking Limited free parking

Frommer's Review

Since it's closed for top-to-toe renovation until September 2006, we're including the Shelbourne in case you're planning to come to Dublin after it reopens. This is one of two Dublin hotels that mean more to the city than just a place to stay. Like the Northside's Gresham, to Dubliners the Shelbourne symbolizes history and politics, and nothing -- not even getting swallowed up by the Meridien Group -- can change that. Founded in 1824, it has played a significant role in Irish history -- the Irish constitution was drafted here in 1922, in room 112 -- and it still attracts Irish politicians, especially to its bars and restaurants. Before the renovation, the bars, lobby, and tearooms were warmed by fireplaces and lighted by Waterford chandeliers, and we hope that will remain the same. Once it reopens, we'll revisit it and report back.

2 restaurants (Continental, modern Irish); 2 bars; fitness center; concierge; room service; babysitting; laundry/dry cleaning; barber shop; beauty and spa treatments; foreign-currency exchange; safe-deposit boxes; tearoom; video library