BARGAIN LUXURY TRAVEL - IRELAND
SHELBOURNE HOTEL – DUBLIN
The Shelbourne Hotel was first opened in 1824 by an ambitious fellow from Tipperary, Martin Burke, intent on establishing a hotel in Dublin to ‘woo genteel custom” for guests at a fashionable address. He leased three houses at St. Stephen’s Green in the most fashionable part of the city. In 1904, George Olden took on the management of the hotel and in the Edwardian age from 1906 to 1913, the hotel was the best place to stay in Dublin for the upper crust, with the futuristic additions of a telephone and an elevator. In 1914 with the outbreak of European war, the Shelbourne saw its share of military generals. In May of 1922, the hotel played its most important role in history - the drafting of the Irish Constitution. The “Bunreacht na hÉireann” was drawn up in room 112, by a committee chaired by Michael Collins. This room is now called The Constitution Room and an original copy of the document still can be seen at the hotel. Ninteeen of the suites are named for famous guests who have stayed over the years, including Princess Grace of Monaco, actress Grace Kelly, and President John F. Kennedy, as well as figures of Irish history, Michael Collins and Eamonn De Valera. The hotel’s story can be seen in the small museum on the premises.
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The Renaissance Shelbourne features 265 artfully decorated bedrooms with old world style comfort in the form of Egyptian cotton bedding and elegant marble bathrooms, alongside modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, high speed internet access and climate control. Located across from St Stephen’s Green park, the boutique shops of Grafton Street are just around the corner on foot, while O’Connell Street, Trinity College and Temple Bar District are a 15 minute stroll away. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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