The Merrion competes against the Four Seasons to be the best hotel in Dublin. For me, the Merrion edges out the Four Seasons because of its understated charm and outstanding service.
Given that the hotel fronts the street as part of one of Dublin's fine Georgian terraces, the interior is unexpectedly spacious. This applies most notably to the bedrooms. Most are capacious with high ceilings and well-decorated in an understated yet unique and elegant style. The decor is more reserved than fussy and the furniture is entirely comfortable. The bedrooms simply have more chacter than the Four Seasons.
I found the bathroom attached to my bedroom less delightful. Nothing wrong with the fixtures and amenities. Just that the ubiquitous white marble with black streaks seemed at odds with the warmth of the bedroom furnishings.
The service is hospitable and unpretentious while being responsive and professional. The food quality in the main restaurant is equally terrific.
Room prices are currently very competitive , given the economic downturn, and certainly good value compared to comparable hotels in London. But the point is that the Merrion is not coparable. It has its own unique style and ambience which makes it all the better.
- 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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