Expansions & Renovations

The Shelbourne Introduces Lavish Refurbishment

Guy Oliver leads refurbishment of the Heritage Suites & Heritage Park View Rooms

DUBLIN, IE. September 27, 2017 - The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin recently appointed Guy Oliver to lead the refurbishment of their historic Heritage Suites & Park View Rooms. This was the last phase in a multi-million-dollar façade and guest room refurbishment project, completed in June 2017.

Guy Oliver, principal designer and owner of Oliver Laws, the established London design company, focused on creating an atmosphere in each Heritage room to evoke a particular sense of Irishness. Using a subtle blend of colour, texture, cultural reference and art, these rooms and suites are comfortable and contemporary, but strongly grounded in a scheme that reflects the traditional nature of The Shelbourne and quietly reflects its national and historical importance.

Renowned for his work on many historic properties in London and around the world, including Claridge’s, The Connaught and Number 10 Downing Street, and with a partly Irish ancestral background himself, Guy Oliver was conscious to use local suppliers and manufacturers in The Shelbourne wherever possible. Many of the furnishings and fittings selected for The Shelbourne Heritage suites and rooms refurbishment have been designed, made or sourced in Ireland, including exquisite Waterford Crystal chandeliers, bespoke furniture, contemporary Celtic-themed embroidered curtains, and a collection of contemporary photography by Irish artist and photographer David Farrell.

With marble chimneypieces and antique mirrors in the sitting rooms, as well as window seats overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, the suites also have very handsome marble bathrooms. Each room and suite has Irish ephemera and artworks, often drawn from the hotel’s own archive collection.

The Princess Grace Suite is home to historical artwork which has been re-sited from within the hotel, including two landscape oil paintings and a suite of prints by John Leech, as well as several beautiful antiques, sourced from Fennelly Antiques in Dublin and the hotel’s own antique furniture collection. This suite includes a personal butler service, valet service, complimentary airport return service and a daily newspaper of your choice.

The Grand Staircase, also newly restored, is now exactly that – truly grand. It is the star feature of the hotel, and Guy Oliver wanted to redesign and redecorate that space in the manner of important buildings of the same period. The four tiers of windows on the Grand Staircase will feature the crests of each of the 32 counties of Ireland, with each tier representing a province - Ulster, Connacht, Leinster and Munster.

Features and amenities of Heritage Suites & Park View Rooms vary per individual room but may include: Elegant Waterford Crystal chandeliers, Goose down 300 thread count bedding by Lissadell Liddell, LCD flat-screen televisions, Bose® Soundsystem, a Nespresso® coffee machine, complimentary Wi-Fi, seasonal flower arrangements and more. This handsome refit of The Shelbourne’s Heritage rooms and suites brings the overall multimillion guestroom refurbishment of Dublin’s favourite five-star to a close, with all of the bedrooms lavishly reappointed, as well as the magnificent restoration of the hotel’s 193-year old historic façade.

About The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel

The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel is housed in a 200-year-old historic building in the heart of the city and sets the stage for an exceptional visit to Dublin. Guest rooms and suites feature complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a deluxe pillowtop mattress, 24-hour in-room dining, a flat-screen TV and an elegant marble bathroom. The hotel boasts a leisure club with a fitness center and indoor pool, a tranquil signature spa and salon, and true 5-star restaurant dining at The Saddle Room and Lord Mayor's Lounge. If hosting a meeting or event, make use of the impeccably appointed, light-filled venue space and state-of-the-art planning and catering services. Let luxury surround you at The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel.

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The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel
27 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Ireland

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