Autograph Collection Hotels has announced the addition of the Shelbourne, the enduringly iconic hotel that’s been at the heart of Dublin society since 1824.
Proudly overlooking Dublin’s grandest square, St Stephen’s Green, the Shelbourne is just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s most celebrated landmarks: Trinity College, parliament building Dáil Éireann, and the National Gallery.
Recently renovated by Guy Oliver of design firm Oliver Laws, the timelessly elegant interiors honour the illustrious history of Dublin’s Grand Dame.
For the past two generations, royalty, statesmen, artists, writers and legends of stage and screen have made the Shelbourne their home away from home, from Princess Grace of Monaco, to John F Kennedy, Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera, all of whom have suites with enviable views of the green named after them.
JP Kavanagh, general manager of the Shelbourne, said: “The Shelbourne has played a pivotal role in Irish society for nearly two centuries.
“Autograph Collection Hotels’ independent spirit is the perfect fit for the hotel’s next chapter, honouring the unique personality of this timeless Dublin landmark and its countless iconic stories.”
The Shelbourne offers several distinctive food and beverage options to suit every occasion. The Horseshoe Bar, which has played host to notable meetings over the years from politicians and journalists to visiting dignitaries and local personalities.
The Lord Mayor’s Lounge, Ireland’s most iconic drawing room, offering Afternoon Tea overlooking St Stephen’s Green.
The Saddle Room Restaurant, a timeless dining room with a relaxed atmosphere, old-school Irish service and a menu full of classic favourites 1824 Bar, the Shelbourne’s newest addition – a snug and sophisticated hide away with a hand-picked list of whiskey.
The Shelbourne has 10 historic meeting rooms spanning over 10,000 square feet, many of which have their own unique character, style and stories, hosting an array of events from intimate private dining to impressive business conferences.
On joining Autograph Collection Hotels, the Shelbourne will introduce a signature offering called Independent Spirit that pays homage to Irish Whiskey.
Celebrating the rebirth of Irish Whiskey in 1824 when the Shelbourne opened its doors, the spirit will be featured in crafted experiences including an after-dinner whiskey trolley in the Saddle Room Restaurant and ‘Whiskey Sommeliers’ in the Horseshoe Bar.