The Merrion is a nice hotel but for 260 Euro for a room per night, which does not include breakfast, it simply does not live up to the expectations derived from staying at of other 5* hotels at this price. Breakfast was about 30 Euro extra. The room was just OK (nothing special). The cellar bar was cosy but the food at this bar was poor. I had a simple dish of fish and chips. As a lone business traveller, I do not like sitting in the more upmarket restaurants in hotels on my own so I usually favour a good bar meal. The fish's batter was thick and greasy. The chips were lifeless. This is such a great dish when done well with good fresh fish and thin crisp batter. I have had much better at small pubs and expected more at a 5* hotel.
Staff were generally helpful but after sitting in the garden for 30 minutes waiting for a waitress to come over and see if I would like a coffee I gave up and left.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Merrion, created from four Georgian townhouses, is located in the city centre opposite government buildings. Many of the 142 bedrooms and suites overlook period landscaped gardens. Guests can dine in the 2-star Michelin restaurant Patrick Guilbaud or The Cellar Restaurant and Bar. The intimate No 23 cocktail bar waits as does the Tethra Spa which boasts an 18m pool, steam room, fully equipped gymnasium and two private treatment rooms. The Merrion offers six private dining and meeting rooms. ... more less
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