One of my favourite posts on the blog so far was about trying to identify the oldest restaurant in the city. The comments, arguments and people’s memories that followed were brilliant.
This morning I had the idea to try to find out Dublin city’s oldest hotel. As you do.
Google brought up a whole range of contradictory answers. The Ormond Quay Hotel was described as “Dublin’s oldest hotel”, The Gresham as “Ireland’s oldest hotel”, The Shelbourne as the “oldest hotel in Dublin”, Wynns as “Dublin city centre’s oldest hotel ” and The Castle Hotel as “the oldest hotel in Dublin”
The Ormond (Quay) Hotel if still open, it closed in 2005, could not be Dublin’s oldest hotel. It was opened in 1900.
The Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street would have a good chance, it was established in 1817.
The Shelbourne on St. Stephen’s Green, which many people may think was Dublin’s oldest hotel, opened its doors in 1824.
Wynn’s on Upper Abbey Street, which I personally did not think was particularly old, was in fact established in 1845.
However, it’s the relatively unknown Castle Hotel on Great Denmark Street which wins the prize for the oldest hotel in Dublin in continuous existence. It was opened by a Mrs. McCrory in 1809.
Buswells (estd. 1882) on Molesworth Street deserves an honourable mention. As does perhaps The Clarence on Wellington Quay which, though completely renovated in 1992, was originally opened in 1852.
Then there are others like The Westbury (estd. 1984), The Merrion (estd. 1995) and The Westin (estd. 2001) who I thought had been on the Dublin landscape for a lot longer.