It's not often you find a 5star hotel that delivers on every aspect being perfect for both couples and families. I had the pleasure of staying in the Merrion twice recently within a very short period. Firstly without the kids when my husband was doing the Dublin Marathon and secondly as a family for a pre Christmas break. The level of service and attention to detail on both occasions was exceptional. There was a pre marathon menu and post marathon sports massage available during our first visit and the location made the Merrion an ideal choice for marathon runners. On entering the hotel you feel a sense of calm, the atmosphere is genteel and relaxing and the well appointed rooms tastefully decorated.
On our second stay we had two interconnecting rooms which these days is a rarity in hotels and absolutely perfect for our needs. There was a welcome pack for the Children with smoothies and fruit kebabs and mini dressing gowns and slippers in the wardrobe. We did have an unfortunate incident with my son locking himself in the bathroom which was swiftly dealt with by the arrival of a maintenance man and disaster was avoided. We ordered dinner from the room service menu and standard was excellent with a very well thought out menu for the younger ones.
We made daily trips to the hotel pool which was extremely welcoming and the staff made a fuss of my son who is autistic, making sure we had buoyancy aids. We started off with a timid boy afraid of the water and came home different child who was very relaxed in the pool and actually enjoyed swimming. My daughter loved the loungers and felt very grown up sipping her drink at he side of the pool.
Another thing to note is the quietness which is very welcome and hard to achieve in a city centre location.
I cannot praise this hotel and staff enough and will, I am sure be a repeat visitor every time I return to Dublin.
- 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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