Dublin's hotels enjoyed a brief resurgence in the mid-aughts, before a big bad recession spoiled the party. Dozens of hip hotels arrived on the Dublin scene within the space of a few years: The Four Seasons opened a palatial new-build hotel in Ballsbridge; Bewley's budget chain revamped the old Masonic school at Thomas Prior Hall; and John Rocha opened the floodgates for design hotels with his Morrison Hotel on the quays. But the big Dublin hotel news was the stunning restoration of two Victorians. Opened in late 2006, the Dylan (formerly the Hibernian Hotel) was built in 1900 as a nurses' dorm and is now considered Dublin's coolest sleepover. The Shelbourne, Dublin's grande dame hotel (the Irish Constitution was drafted in Room 112 in 1922), finally reopened in spring of 2007 following a lengthy upgrade. The net result is light-years from the hotel room squeeze of years ago, with reasonable value now available at almost every price point in Dublin.