Shelbourne Hotel's Genealogy Service
Published: May 2009
A $137 million makeover has brought Dublin's landmark Shelbourne up to speed. The best new feature has to be the genealogy butler, a private consultant who, in an hour or two, can help you trace and map your Irish roots, back to the most distant great-aunt-thrice-removed from the tiniest Tipperary village (consultations from $140). As for the interiors, think Rivolta Carmignani linens and Carrara marble–clad baths upstairs in the rooms—and Bono sitting downstairs in the refurbished Horseshoe Bar (he and Prime Minister Bertie Ahern are denizens).