In our serie of Historic Hotel we write today about The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.
Nowadays one of Marriott’s jewels around the world, the Shelbourne Hotel is a part of Dublin city history. Under its roof many significant historical events happened in last two centuries. But also important social and family occasions for generations of Dubliners.
This 5 star luxurios hotel overviews St Stephen’s Green, one of major Dublins’ squares. Around the hotel there are many touristic and famous places as the Trinity College and the National Gallery.
The Hotel has 265 rooms, ready to gift luxe and comfort, with their prestigious furnitures e valuable fabrics.
A long list of famous Guests…and an unusual one!
Among the long list of famous Guests we can remember actors and politicians as: Charlie Chaplin, Peter O’Toole, John Wayne, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rock Hudson, Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama…ok we can stop here.
There’s also a particular Guest, according to some clients and staff declarations: the Ghost of a young girl! It is believed the hotel room’s spirit is Mary Masters, a seven-year-old girl who died of cholera in 1791. You cannot miss a ghost tale in Ireland!
A little bit of history
The Shelbourne Hotel was established in 1824 by Martin Burke, whose ambition was to open a hotel in Dublin for ‘clients who wanted solid and comfortable accommodation at a fashionable address’. The name Martin Burke chose for the hotel reflected his sense of business. He named it after Lord Shelburne, taking the liberty of adding an ‘o’; this way he instantly linked the hotel with his fame and his ascendancy.
Within a year of its opening, The Shelbourne was at the centre of Irish upper class social life. Martin Burke realized his ambition.
Martin Burke is remembered as a great hotelier who ‘contributed to the welfare and improvement of Dublin’.
After Burke’s death in 1863 the hotel maintained its splendor and fame: famous actors and actresses from London companies became frequent visitors.
In 1881, electricity reached some parts of Dublin and, in time, the Shelbourne.
In early 1900, the hotel enjoyed great success. New additions included the telephone and a lift. Guests started arriving by car and tram. We love to see that Historic Hotels are often places in which often new inventions and modern comforts take place first (as for the case of the lift at Grand Hotel Pera Palace http://homesuitehomeblog.org/historic-hotels-the-grand-hotel-pera-palace-istanbul/ )
After the two world wars the hotel was restored and re opened maintaining its excellent standards and clients.
A historic meeting at the Shelbourne: The Irish Constitution
From February to May 1922, the Shelbourne hosted its most historic meeting: the draft of the Irish Constitution, that took place in room 112, under the chairmanship of Michael Collins. This room is now The Constitution Room.
A draft copy of the constitution resides in the museum.
A hotel with its own museum
The museum is defined as a social archive, not just of the hotel, but also of the surrounding city and countryside. The Shelbourne’s museum contains stories from staff, guests and commentators. You can find there menus, letters and articles that represent the history of the hotel’s various eras.
Even TV series!
National Geoghraphic recently produced tv series at the Shelbourne. Episodes show the impeccable service and what is needed behind the scenes to obtain it. The entire Staff – managers, chef, concierge,florists, houseekeping employees – has been shooted by cameras during the preparation of big events, famous international politics arrivals and of course during crisis moments!
Book your room: hard choice among famous suites
Today you can book a room at the Shelbourne quite easily if you can afford it – http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dubbr-the-shelbourne-dublin-a-renaissance-hotel/
If you dare you can reserve one of 13 historic meeting rooms, but consider that the most famous is undoubtedly the Constitution Suite. With luxurious silk wall coverings, crystal chandelier and views over St. Stephen’s Green, the Constitution Suite offers you the chance to create your own history in this very special room. Otherwise you should go straight for one of the 19 suites named after famous guests like JFK and Princess Grace.
You will certainly enjoy the Spa of the hotel, with 6 special treatments rooms, manicure and pedicure and a swimming pool.
Reserving a table at the Restaurant Saddle Room, will allow you to eat delicious meal dishes as well as delicate fish proposal.