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The Merrion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 151 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 April 2012

Stayed here over a weekend recently and it's a stunning hotel run as a 5 star hotel should be, with the appropriate facilities and and excellent breakfast. We also sampled Patrick Guilbaud's excellent restaurant on the Saturday night which is pretty much a peerless dining experience in Dublin.

The Cellar bar is also very nice and offers a good contrast to the No. 23 bar.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Whilst we did not stay at The Merrion, my partner and I had the pleasure of taking afternoon tea there on Good Friday.

Firstly the waiter explained to us how it would be presented and served (in two courses with the tea as and when we requested it) and politely chatted to us about our plans for the time in Dublin.

When the first course came, again it was explained in detail what flavours where present and why the batten-burg was bright pink and blue! The food itself tasted delicious and we really had to force ourselves to eat slowly and not fill up too quick.

The second course is the 'art' part of the package. Three generous sized deserts based on paintings from the hotel were placed in front of us and the waiter invited us to guess the flavours and paintings on which the deserts are based (which we viewed on a set of playing cards-a very fun touch!).

It is the above mixture of fun and the beautiful grand setting of the hotel that made it such a delightful experience. The staff are very welcoming and even recommended other afternoon tea experiences we may enjoy (in particular a 'fashion' afternoon tea in Paris, that a waitress mentioned, sounded very good!) and made us feel very at ease.

The cost of the afternoon tea is 36euro a head but I cannot stress enough how well this represents good value for money. The quality and quantity of the food is very good and the service received very attentive.

We hope to return next year in order to treat ourselves to a night away.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Joanne1985
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We stayed one night in a standard room to break our journey from the west to the north. The decor is old Georgian Dublin, while not ' bright and shiny new' is quite beautiful. The staff are proably the best I have ever encountered in any hotel in 30 years of travelling. They manage to be very attentive and friendly without being obsequious. The room was comfortable and big enough. I loved the marble in the bathrooms. The beautiful little garden a real gem in the city centre. Food and drink are very pricey but I expected this.

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2  Thank Mastadon101
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Rooms, staff, service & food are fantastic! We really enjoyed our stay here, the little extras are what make the difference!

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Stayed for one night in one of the rooms in the main house. Excellent hotel with loads of character and an extremly good art collection.

We always buy ourselves one of the packages at Christmas - for 2 persons B&B with tasting menu dinner in Patrick Guilbaud's restauraunt. Over the years the price has gone up from €300 to €325 and now €350 for the same deal. Overall it is an excellent package provided it stays at this rate.

The staff are very helpful but a slight 'attitude' issue from the girl on the front desk over me only having an email version of the voucher left me a little cold. We also had an annoyingly loud water gurgling issue in the room (bathroom radiator) which we reported during the evening and while at dinner it was to be checked out. While a note was left saying it was fixed - well it wasn't! Please just leave a note saying that you checked it out but couldn't resolve at present... better then a pre printed note saying it was fixed! However these are only very small issues for a hotel that overall does a very good job and has a very good product.

Its not cheap but it is extreemly well located smack in the middle of town and there are loads of spots around to visit or eat at. It is not near as busy a spot as the Shelbourne Hotel, that is nearby, but it is a totally different character hotel and is much quieter

Breakfast as always here is very good with a great choice and all freshly cooked.

Provided they stay on track, we will be back.

Room Tip: Rooms in the old house have a lot more character but do remember that they are in old Georgian house...
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Stayed over night with 2 children in an inter connecting room. Very pleasant atmospere-welcoming but not stuffy. Swimming pool is lovely and refreshing, well worth the visit- also the breakfast was excellent. Its worth trying the house speciality cocktails in the bar and the staff there are very helpful and courteous . It was our second family visit , as you can park the car and stroll around the city without worry ing about parking.A lovely central hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

The hotel staff were very friendly. They go out of their way to make sure you're happy. Service was too notch. I never came across a rude staff member.
Have afternoon tea, very nice. It's a little pricey but worth it.
Hotel is close to restaurants, shops, attractions and the "hop on, hop off bus."
Room was nice, but some of marble tiles around tub were falling off wall.
I'd definitely would stay there again!!

  • Stayed: March 2012
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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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