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The Merrion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 153 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Up Tight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

Our driver told us the hotel was very nice. Personally, I was not impressed with the 'old style' decor and my first impression was that things were run-down...no, it was antique everything...including the carpeting. Everyone whispered! My husband, 2 adults sons and I were having a nightcap, discussing the adventures of the day and we were asked to quiet down by the 2 elderly ladies sipping their tea! Great place for 'elderly' folks. Very nice garden area with flowers and statues. The rooms were not very impressive, either. They were on the small side. Dining hall is unique, arched ceilings, beautiful. Walk around to enjoy the art collection. Basically the hotel was up tight, we enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere.

Room Tip: Bring your convertors. Small rooms. Beautiful view of gardens.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ruth O
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Manager_PMacCann, General Manager at The Merrion Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Dear Ruth O,

Many thanks for the review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us.

We endeavour at all times to provide a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere for all of our guests and I was genuinely sorry to read that the décor and ambience was not to your liking on this occasion.

I do hope we have the opportunity of welcoming you back to stay with us again and we can be given the opportunity of restoring your faith in The Merrion Experience.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Mac Cann
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

I got a good offer so i really did get the deal of the decade here. The place was well located, clean, friendly staff, superb rooms, great food. Utter bliss!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manager_PMacCann, General Manager at The Merrion Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Dear Emily G,

Many thanks for the review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us.

We really do appreciate you taking the time and trouble to post it and thank you for your lovely comments which I have shared with all the team here. I hope it is not too long before we have the privilege of welcoming you back again.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Mac Cann
General Manager
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

We've stayed in the Merrion a number of times over the years and have just returned from another impromptu stop over in Dublin on Friday 13th July. There's just a comfortable feeling about the Merrion that genuinely makes it feel like a home from home, which of course is its marketing pitch. Staff are always friendly and easy and understand the guest's needs. It is expensive for casual drinks and the like, but the lounge area is worth it. You can come in off the street and leave the hustle and bustle of 'touristy' Dublin behind you and just chill in the lounge area. The steam room seems to have been improved since last we were there, as it certainly was more effective than I remember. Breakfast is also a treat, and it was nice to recognise our waitress - 'Grace from Banbridge' - who served us on a previous occasion. She was 'spot on'. (There does seem to be a significant turnover of staff, a feature my wife and I have noticed. There could be a simple explanation for this but maybe not....) One quibble is that the breakfast buffet seems to have been trimmed back slightly over time, and we've noticed no cold meats, for example, or smoked salmon, as was the case in the past.

Overall its very hard to overlook the Merrion for service, convenience and relaxed atmosphere. If you get a chance dine in Pearl Brasserie two doors down and ask for one of the 'caves' or private setting areas to dine in. Perfect for a family gathering.

Our daughter who was in another room was disturbed by a brother and sister argument in the next room - and it seems that they were old enough not to be at that carry on. But that can happy anywhere and she really ought to have rung reception and explained that she felt like she knew them intimately by the end of the argument!

Room Tip: Rooms in the main house are be far superior than the Garden Rooms and a real treat if you manage to...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank CFrostyWhite
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Manager_PMacCann, General Manager at The Merrion Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Dear CFrostyWhite,

Many thanks for the wonderful review posted recently and for taking the time to tell us of your experience with us.

I have already shared your kind words with the entire team here and they all join me in thanking you. I hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Mac Cann
General Manager
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

We felt welcome from the first moment we arrived by a very nice hotel staff. Our room wasn't ready but the desk clerk took us to the spa and gave us towels, washcloths and all items needed to freshen up. So friendly and helpful. One person in outr party was so tired and the hotel staff allowed her to nap on the sofa in the lounge. We had a terrific time in the bar area. lobby bathrooms very clean. Excellent food in the restaurant and champagne in our room chilled when we checked in:)

Room Tip: look for the on line specials to save a little. We booked the friday night special for a good deal.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank charlie813
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Manager_PMacCann, General Manager at The Merrion Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Dear charlie813,

Many thanks for the lovely review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us.

We really do appreciate you taking the time and trouble to post it. I hope it is not too long before we have the privilege of welcoming you back again.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Mac Cann
General Manager
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Staten Island, New York
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

We stayed at this hotel in Dublin on the last night of our tour of Ireland with Ireland Chauffer Travel. We checked in and then we were walked right up to our room which overlooked the garden in the middle. The room was of a smaller size than some of the rooms on our tour but was nicely furnished. We ate in "The Cellars" Restaurant for dinner and enjoyed our meal, although don't order a martini there because it will cost you19 euros.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

We have just had the most amazing stay at the Merrion. We have been lucky enough to sample most of the 5star hotels in Dublin and the Ritz Carlton in Wicklow, but the Merrion was exceptional. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Our room was stunning and super comfortable. And dining was absolutely amazing. The whole experience was utterly luxurious and a super treat. Can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank deedeemac_12
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Manager_PMacCann, General Manager at The Merrion Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Dear deedeemac_12,

Many thanks for the absolutely fantastic review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us.

We really do appreciate you taking the time and trouble to post it. I hope it is not too long before we have the privilege of welcoming you back again.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Mac Cann
General Manager
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

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.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank David S
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Manager_PMacCann, General Manager at The Merrion Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Dear David S,

Many thanks for the absolutely wonderful review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us.

On behalf of everybody here, thank you for your very kind comments about the team here at The Merrion. I must say we get a great “buzz” when we read comments like yours; it really makes it all worthwhile when somebody enjoys a visit as much as you did. I am also pleased you enjoyed your meal so much us in the Cellar Bar which I have shared with our Chef and all the team in the Kitchen.

I hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Mac Cann
General Manager
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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
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Ranked #1 of 153 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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