Tuesday 23 January 2018

First Look: Inside the Shelbourne's €7,500-a-night Princess Grace Suite

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The lounge in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The lounge in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne Hotel
Main bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
Main Bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
Hallway, Princess Grace Suite
Dining suite area, Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The main bathroom in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

The latest step of The Shelbourne Hotel's multi-million euro refurbishment has been revealed - an upgraded Princess Grace Suite.

The 1,530-square-foot presidential suite, once Princess Grace's favourite room at the five-star, has been overhauled by London design company Oliver Laws.

It is described as "the best room" available at the iconic Dublin hotel.

Featuring two double bedrooms and a pair of bathrooms, the suite is steeped in historic detail, from the antique dining table to the master bed frame, French chairs, and a drawing room writing table restored from the hotel’s furniture collection. 

Main Bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
Main Bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The lounge in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The main bathroom in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
Dining suite area, Princess Grace Suite
Hallway, Princess Grace Suite
Main bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne Hotel

Oliver's upgrade also incorporates a suite of prints by John Leech, Waterford Crystal chandeliers and opulent marble chimney pieces.

Window seats overlooking St. Stephen’s Green look tempting, too...

And the price?

To celebrate the refurbishment, The Shelbourne is offering an overnight stay for a couple or group of up to four guests from an eye-watering €7,500.

The Shelbourne Hotel
The Shelbourne Hotel
The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The lounge in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
Main bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
Main Bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
Hallway, Princess Grace Suite
Dining suite area, Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The main bathroom in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite

The package includes Champagne on arrival, unpacking and packing of luggage, butler service, breakfast, return Dublin Airport transfers and valet parking.

The Shelbourne, first established in 1824, is today owned by Kennedy Wilson, the global real estate investment company. It is operated by Marriott as a Renaissance hotel - an upscale brand targeting lifestyle-focused business travellers.

Ongoing multi-million euro refurbishment works have seen the famed exterior receive a facelift (restoring all windows and repointing some 99,480 bricks), along with upgrades to the hotel's suites, Heritage Park-View rooms and grand staircase.

Next up is a refurbishment of The Leech Bar and Terrace, which will add a mezzanine bar with an adjoining outdoor courtyard. In 2018, the Lord Mayor's Lounge will get a makeover, along with the remaining corridors and public areas in the hotel.

The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
Main Bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne Hotel
The lounge in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
Main bedroom, Princess Grace Suite
Hallway, Princess Grace Suite
Dining suite area, Princess Grace Suite
The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite
The main bathroom in The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite

As well as Princess Grace, famous guests at The Shelbourne have included Michelle Obama and her daughters, Charlie Chaplin, JFK, The Rolling Stones and Peter O'Toole... famously said to have bathed in Champagne during his stay.

The Chieftains formed in the Horseshoe bar, while in 1922 the Irish constitution was drawn up under the chairmanship of Michael Collins in Room 112.

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