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The Merrion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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“Great Location”
Reviewed 31 October 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Merrion in September for two nights. We did the "sterling package" which proved to be good value. The lady who handled our booking couldn't have been more helpful.

This was our third visit which I felt should have been aknowledged.This time we stayed in a suite in the old part of the house rathar than a standard room. The room was spacious and looked over the Irish parliment buildings which was lovely. The bed was the biggest we have ever slept in (including 5 star hotels in America) and very comfortable. But the suite of furniture was tired and not in a shabby chic way. The antique furniture was beautiful but the slighly worn carpets let the room down a little.
The service was as always impecible. We had breakfast delivered to our for a fee of 5 Euro which was very resonable we felt. We didn't eat at the cellar as we had done on a previous visit. From memory it was an enjoyable meal. We did however eat breakfast there on the second morning (full Irish) and I felt that it was overcooked but my husband was happy with his.
The door man at the hotel is particularly helpful and informative.
The location of the Merrion couldn't be more perfect. I know Dublin well but if I were visiting for the first time I would definitely stay here.

Finally when we checked out there was a 20 Euro charge added to our bill that we couldn't explain. When we asked what it was for the manager just removed it without question. However a week later we got an e-mail saying we had been undercharged and they had debited our credit card. It seemed they wanted to charge us for a CD that we had not had but had listened to becuase it was in the cd player. The situation was eventually resolved but it was a hassle.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

The Merrion is a lovely old-period hotel, with friendly staff and a casual environment. It’s easy to feel at home at the Merrion, with its wood burning fireplaces, tea service and comfortable seating in the many intimate public areas. The rooms are well appointed, but not stuffy and far from formal. The Cellar restaurant is beautiful and you’ll be taken care of by the small army of friendly and attentive wait staff.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

I've lived in Dublin for over a decade now and this hotel, the preferred choice of the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the uber rich (Noel Gallagher checked in behind us...or should I say was ushered straight to his room by waiting staff). We stayed here as my other half was working in town and part of his package included a room in the hotel, so we thought, why not.

The hotel has a rather understated elegance inside - your bag is immediately taken off you by porters when you arrive and you are shown to the interior reception area.

We were shown to our room by a member of their greeting team and our bags arrived a few minutes later.

The room we stayed on, one the second floor overlooking the back street wasn't as plush as I'd expected. It was very old school, a comfortable bed, modest TV, big bathroom but none of the swagger I expected from a hotel of this reputation.

There was a small mini-bar - very well stocked with Champagne, red wine, various chocolates and nibbly treats ranging from €1.50 in price (Cadbury's Fruit & Nut) to €75 for a half bottle of Champagne.

The room service menu is also vast - and rather pricey - including caviar and vintage champagne.

Breakfast was included in our package - at a very reasonable room service delivery charge of €5.00.

Their spa came highly recommended but we didn’t have time to visit on this trip.

Also - looking at their prices I was very surprised to see how reasonable the room rates were.


PROS
Very elegant reception and parlour.
24 hour bar for residents and a 24 hour restaurant - service in the parlour.
24 hour room service.
Robes & comfy slippers.
Very comfortable beds.


CONS
The street noise - you have to accept when you're staying in the City Centre that there's going to be a certain level of noise and while the windows appeared to be double glazed we needed to open them as the air conditioning was *extremely* loud and totally dried out the room. Finally at 4am we had to close the window and turn the air conditioning back on as there were people shouting into he back alley at 4am - we woke up the next morning after a fitful night completely dehydrated and feeling like we'd been on the tear the night before.

The hotel appears to have interior rooms facing the courtyard and I'd definitely recommend asking for one of these to get away from the noise.
While room service delivery was cheap - everything on the menu is vastly expensive.

I'd certainly recommend the hotel but note the following - ask for an interior room and eat somewhere else.

Room Tip: The hotel appears to have interior rooms facing the courtyard and I'd definitely recommend askin...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

We have stayed at the Merrion three or four times in the past few years. We have returned to wonderful welcomes, even by our names! We expect to return shortly and have always asked for the 3 for 2 deal for six nights for a room on the garden side on the first floor with a King size bed. We have been there for Easter as well as Christmas . Christmas shopping is only a stones throw away. The help is very attentive but not intrusive. We tend not to eat breakfast there but do go to the Cellar Bar as well as the restaurant. It is truly a # 1 place to
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2011

Beautiful hotel in a great location. We had lunch and breakfast there and the food was excellent.Our room was comfortable, and the bed wow! best nights sleep ever!

However the Merrion's greatest asset is it's staff, polite, proffessional and friendly. Cant wait to visit again.

Room Tip: Rooms in the garden wing are quiet , have a little Juilet balcony and a lovely view.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2011

Great hotel in a very good location. Fast check-in. The bedrooms are very comfortable, large bed and very quiet for a good night's sleep. Room has all the amenities you could ask for including complimentary water, bathrobe and slippers. The bathroom is very clean with both bath and shower facilities. There is a fantastic restaurant for an evening meal and the breakfast choices are varied. The cooked breakfast is fantastic. The Cellar bar has a very good wine list in very relaxing and warm surroundings.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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East Coast, NJ
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

We stayed at this great hotel to start our trip to Ireland. What a great choice. It's a great location just a few short block to Grafton Street where most of the action is. The hotel is elegant. The lobby/drawing room is filled with comfortable couches and chairs. The fireplace is always burning creating a nice smell/atmosphere throughout the area. High tea is served in this area. The staff is VERY helpful and accommodates all your wishes. We stayed in room 101. This room was very large with desk and two armchairs. All amenities are first class. The towels, bathrobes and slippers create a nice touch. The turn down service is also nice at night. I will definitely stay here again when visiting Dublin. The have parking facilities for your car. .

Room Tip: Room 101 is pretty nice.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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