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“A bit of Irish charm”
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The Merrion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 July 2011

What I liked best about the Merrion were the charming peat fires in the drawing rooms. I also found myself wondering if anyone having tea in the drawing rooms were from the parliament buildings across the street. We found everyone very kind, which we found to be almost universal in our week here. Patrick at the concierge desk was especially helpful. One drawback is that the restaurant seemed to be filled with Americans on Friday evening. The hotel can be expensive, but well worth the money. I don't think you could ask for a better location in Dublin, or a better start on a trip to Dublin and Ireland.

Room Tip: The inner courtyard was very nice
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

stayed here with my BF over the weekend. Staff is INCREDIBALY helpful and friendly without being snobbish. The hotel is very beautiful- i loved the reception area and the bar next to the reception with fireplace and georgian style decor. Drinks are AMAZING. their Classic daiquiri is a must.
The outdoor garden i also very stylish and a little quiet place in busy and noisy Dublin.
Our room was good- bed and pillows were comfy.
Bathroom was HUGE! with lots of hangers, shelf space (all in marble of course) both shower and bath and really nice toiletries.
Internet was working well and was complimentary- a BIG plus!
We were not bothered by noise from the corridor or the other rooms.
House keeping did a good job.
You could chose NOT to have your towels and sheets changed every day- which i like. I think its a total wate to have it change every day and very non- eco friendly :-)
(many hotels dont respect that though)

the minuses:

-the room had no view and was a bit dark.... the window was a bit far away from the bed and it felt a tiiiiiny bit claustrophobic. I did ask the concierge/ reception is they had other rooms, but they were all booked (or at least so they said)

-room service and mini bar are REALLY expensive!

-i wish thay had real comforters instead of the horrible blankets for sleeping. as we had nice weather we only slept with the sheets. but i would wish they would replace the blankets/ plaids.

- the gym is rather sparse- but has many tv screens which is nice.

- we inquired for a deal on a 6 week stay (business related, my BF was thinking of moving from the hotel he is staying at originally while in Dublin) and they offered us the same price as the one we found for a weekend 3 night stay ourselves online.... - about 200 euros.... So staying for long stays didnt qualify for a good deal, and my BF ended up staying at the other hotel.

I have also been to the Shelbourne hotel- only for dinner though, and would love to try to stay there the next time, but will always come back again and again for the drinks at Merrion, and would also stay here in the future.

PS- merrion is just net door to the 2 star rated Michelin restaurant Patrick Guilbaud which is the best food i have had in Dublin so far! (both lunch and dinner)

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

From the second you walk into this hotel you feel like nothing is too much trouble for the friendly and helpful staff. The decor is beautiful and our room was perfect, spotlessly clean with everything you could possible want there. We chose to dine at the cellar bar and the food was exceptional with a very varied wine list specialising in wine by the glass allowing guests to sample a wide range of the excellent wines on offer. The bar 23 was also good with great cocktails delivered with elegance and class. The hight of our stay had to be the infinity pool in the spa area which provided a tranquil and relaxing environment in the heart of such a bustling and exciting city. There is so much on offer in the hotel we did not leave from our check in time to check out the next day and cannot recommend this hotel highly enough!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

We really love this hotel and would recommend it to anyone going to Dublin and looking for more high end accommodation. We've stayed here a couple of times with our 1 year old and for a five star hotel they are very child friendly. The rooms are amazing and the beds are the best you will ever sleep in! Very friendly and helpful staff and great food. Special thanks to Caroline on reception for all your help.

Room Tip: great mid week deals and last min options
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank tieler
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

As I write this review, The Merrion is the highest rated Dublin Hotel on Tripadvisor. Within my experience of four Dublin 5-star hotels, The Merrion fully justifies it's top position.

We've just spent three nights in one of the standard rooms and for once, the standard room has few if any compromises. Our room even had a view over the Merrion's garden.

Room features included...
Free internet access
Tea/Coffee making (on request)
Both Shower & Bath
Bose Wave CD/Radio
Excellent Air Conditioning

All the guest areas of the main house have an authentic Georgian feel which is no surprise as these are Grade 1 listed buildings.

While the furniture and architectural features seem to be authentic to the Georgian period, the many artworks in the main building are a mix of modern Irish art and older pieces. They include artists of the calibre of Jack B Yeats, Roderic O'Connor and Paul Henry and even contemporary artists such as Sean Scully. In this setting, these more modern artworks really help to prevent the building feeling like a museum - it's a fantastic mix.

Members of staff at The Merrion provide a style of service that is courteous, friendly and helpful and yet also discrete. This level of service extends to all the hotel's reception, bars, restaurants, lounges - in fact everywhere! They have somehow managed to attain a consistency of service that I haven't experienced before and consistency like this does not happen by accident - they obviously have a 'best in class' training system in place.

The most gratifying thing is that the staff seem to take real pride in their own professionalism.

It's a masterclass in hotel service.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

We were in Dublin for one night celebrating a big occasion. The Merrion knew about this beforehand and could not have been nicer. From the moment the taxi pulled up
outside to the time we left the service could not have been better. The rooms were lovely
and big, breakfast in our room (despite the early hour) was delivered bang on time. The
hotel is very unassuming which adds to the experience. My only regret was an early
morning flight and therefore could not have a lazy morning in the Merrion. Will definitely
return.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank JazzLimerick
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

Great location - in the centre of town but not on a noisy road. Excellent service - staff couldn't be more attentive. The hotel I have ever stayed in. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Merrion Hotel

Address: Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Price Range: £216 - £439 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Merrion Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 142
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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