After having had more than €40 million lavished on it by its new owners (this 19th-century Dublin landmark is now a member of the Marriott empire), the Shelbourne is looking pretty damn good. It always was the doyenne of Dublin hotels (albeit in a slightly faded kind of way) but now this five-star is once again a major contender, with more than just the prestige of a long and eventful history to offer.
From the candelabras in its echoing marble lobby to the Egyptian cotton sheets and sumptuous bathrooms on the floors above, the Shelbourne is all about good living. Of course, as is the usual story with the finer things in life, it ain't cheap, but at least you can see where the money is going: expensive products, fine fixtures and top-dollar amenities are on hand in all the guest rooms. The Horseshoe Bar is a great nook for a nightcap, while the Lord Mayor's is the place for afternoon teas. At the time of writing, work was underway on a fancy in-house spa.