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Review: The Shelbourne Hotel - a night at Dublin's most famous five-star

The Shelbourne is nearing the end of a €40m refurb. Pól Ó Conghaile returns to review Dublin's grand dame...

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Grand designs: The Princess Grace Suite

Grand designs: The Princess Grace Suite

The historic Constitution Room

The historic Constitution Room

Irish whiskeys are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration

Irish whiskeys are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration

The Saddle Room

The Saddle Room

A Heritage Parkview room at The Shelbourne

A Heritage Parkview room at The Shelbourne

The Lord Mayor's Lounge

The Lord Mayor's Lounge

The glossy, refurbished lobby space

The glossy, refurbished lobby space

The Shelbourne Hotel's new terrace

The Shelbourne Hotel's new terrace

The Shelbourne's Grand Staircase

The Shelbourne's Grand Staircase

The new 1824 bar

The new 1824 bar

The refurbished reception area at The Shelbourne

The refurbished reception area at The Shelbourne

A new, one-bedroom suite at The Shelbourne

A new, one-bedroom suite at The Shelbourne

A new, one-bed suite at The Shelbourne

A new, one-bed suite at The Shelbourne

The Shelbourne's refurbished lobby

The Shelbourne's refurbished lobby

Afternoon tea at The Shelbourne

Afternoon tea at The Shelbourne

JP Kavanagh, General Manager, The Shelbourne - voted Ireland's Favourite Hotel, at the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards. Photo: Fran Veale

JP Kavanagh, General Manager, The Shelbourne - voted Ireland's Favourite Hotel, at the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards. Photo: Fran Veale

Adrian Murphy of The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

Adrian Murphy of The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

The Shelbourne Hotel

The Shelbourne Hotel

The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite

The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite

The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite

The Shelbourne's Princess Grace Suite

The Shelbourne spa

The Shelbourne spa

The Terrace

The Terrace

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Grand designs: The Princess Grace Suite

"Eyebrows?"

I'm sitting in the Shelbourne Hotel's basement barber shop.

My hair has been clipped. Now, a scissors hovers above my eyes. A trim is tempting, but the barber senses my reserve.


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