Very elegant hotel - it's easy to miss if you're driving past/ unfamiliar with the area. The location is excellent, with the National Gallery (lovely!) and National Museum within a 10 minute walk. Trinity College on one side (do see the Book of Kells through a guided tour by a young student and visit the Buttery Cafe after, for a quick cup of tea and a bite), and the swish Grafton Street area are also within a 10-minute walk each.
Absolutely top-notch staff - Daniel on the Concierge desk and Mhairi at Reception are of particular note. Our room faced the beautiful garden, and was very comfortable. The staff is happy to advise you on travel, day-trips etc and will make all the arrangements. We were pointed towards excellent running trails, with maps to navigate the neighbourhood.
The Merrion has a notable art collection in case you don't have time for the National Gallery; two paintings by Jack B. Yeats (brother of W.B.) greet you in the foyer as soon as you enter the hotel. An enormous basket filled with logs sits just by to feed the fire which is indeed a welcome sight when you step in out of the cold. There are log fires in the very elegant drawing rooms too which obviously people could not resist while we were there. Personally, I loved the charcoal braziers outside next to the gardens where you could sit with a drink. Or two.
Didn't care for the breakfast, though it could be that I got there within 10 minutes of closing time. Which might explain the cheerful note from the manager advising patrons to enjoy an early breakfast the following day ! Staff at the Spa were helpful and that's what earns this hotel top marks from me: stellar staff.
- 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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