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Dublin hotels simply don’t come with a better historic pedigree than this—the Irish constitution was written in this very building (room 112, to be precise). A feeling of fin de siècle elegance pervades throughout the grand lobby rooms, with high plaster ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and a winding iron staircase. Guest rooms have a much more discreet, contemporary elegance, with extremely luxurious beds and a host of modern extras tucked in among the glitz. The spa is excellent, and a gorgeous old bar is popular with local writers and politicians. Afternoon tea at the Shelbourne is a true Dublin institution; consider splurging on tea or a drink in the lobby, even if you can’t spring for a night here.