A Tipperary man, Martin Burke, whose ambition was to open a hotel in Dublin that would ‘woo genteel customers who wanted solid, comfortable and serviceable accommodation at a fashionable address’, established The Shelbourne Hotel in 1824. To achieve this, he leased three houses - numbers 27, 28 and 29 St. Stephen’s Green - in the most fashionable part of the city. “In consideration of a down payment of £1,000 and the promise of a further £2,000 at a later date, and a yearly rent of £300,” Burke and his heirs were granted the leasehold interest for 150 years.
The Shelbourne Hotel is a timeless landmark and an Irish institution. As the scene of significant historical events and the backdrop for important social and family occasions for generations of Dubliners over the past two centuries, the hotel is an iconic part of Dublin city history.