Dublin was the first stop on a 10 day driving trip throught Ireland and the Hotel Merrion got us off to an amazing start. The vibe is upscale luxury but not stuffy at all. From the moment we arrived by cab in the rain all of our needs were anticipated and met. Very nice front door staff helped us out of the cab, covered us with an umbrella, took our bags and walked us in. Check in was very smooth and we were shown to our amazing room. I had let them know in advance that we were celebrating our honeymoon and they upgraded us to a larger room, where we were met with some delicious apricots on a plate which spelled out "congratulations" in chocolate script! The bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in and I am very picky about beds. Bathroom was great--my only minor complaint is the hot and cold water come out of seperate faucets in the sink so you need to be careful not to freeze or burn your hands when washing up. We had dinner at the cellar bar the first night and it was one of the best meals we had on a trip filled with them (who knew the food in Ireland was so great!). Next morning we got some great suggestions of what to see in Dublin from the friendly conciere. The location of the hotel is great for sightseeing. Right near St Stephens Green and Trinity College, walking distance to Temple Bar and most everywhere, 2 min from a hop on hop off bus stop. Cannot recommend this hotel enough. My one regret is that we did not have time to get some drinks at the Cellar Bar which looked amazing, but we only had 2 nights in Dublin and just couldn't do everything we wanted!
In sum--don't think twice, stay at the Merrion. It is on the higher end price wise of the hotels in the city but absolutely worth it.
- 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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