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The Merrion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 April 2010

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.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 April 2010

Myself and my partner stayed for one night in a garden room, check in was impeccable, very polite efficient staff we were taken to our room and were told the garden rooms were the more 'contemporary' rooms (maybe look up the meaning of contemporary), the rooms were adequate if a little old fashioned, the Bose sound system being the only 'contemporary' thing in the room. We were dining in Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant for lunch, great experience, We had the surprise menu, only hiccup, sommelier was giving us wine by the glass and his assistant poured a wine from a different table (a Sancerre) into my partner's Chablis, overall though a great experience. Staff throughout the hotel could not be any more helpful. Next morning is where it fell apart, we went down to breakfast in the cellar restaurant, firstly I must say the cold buffet was extremely good. My partner had eggs Benedict which I have to say were probably the worst Benedict we have either ever tasted, the hollandaise (which I think may even have been bought in, by the colour of it) was badly curdled, under which lay almost raw eggs. I ordered the steak and eggs, was asked how I would like it cooked 'medium rare please' when it arrived it was rare but a badly done rare (stone cold in the middle, just straight out of the fridge and into the pan) the egg on top of the steak was burst, now I am sorry but a 5 star hotel can surely afford a few cents to recook an egg to make a dish look presentable!! I said nothing at the time simply to avoid embarrassment in front of my fiancé

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

We have stayed at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin many times where we find the accommodations, service, staff, ancillary facilities and location to be outstanding. We spent a most enjoyable night there in April staying in the Main House, dining with friends in the Cellar Restaurant where the food and wines were excellent and chatting into the early morning hours sitting by the fire in one of the drawing rooms - at all times the service was excellent and unobtrusive. The Merrion Hotel is a real gem in a great location in Dublin.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2010

Merrion Hotel is in an excellent location, quietly set across from the government buildings amongst the beautiful Georgian homes (and their famously colored doors). It's within walking distance of many attractions including Trinity college and steps from one of the hop-on-hop-off tour bus stops. The quality of everything was extremely high and did not disappoint. From the service to the food to the rooms - all wonderful! Treat yourself to this elegant and luxurious oasis within Dublin!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 April 2010

My husband and I spent three nights in the hotel to celebrate our Golden Weddding Anniversary. We did not choose the hotel it was a gift from our family and they could not have chosen a better hotel. The staff were so friendly and made us so welcome nothing was too much trouble for them. It certainly made our celebration top class.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2010

From the moment we checked in for a one-night birthday treat to the moment we checked out this place hit all the right notes! We were asked by our lovely receptionist at check-in if we we were there for an occasion, which we duly told them about. Having used the spa later in the afternoon we returned to our room to find that some birthday cupcakes had been left in our room! Later on after dinner in the Cellar Restaurant my partner was given another birthday treat in the form of a mini birthday cake, this time accompanied by a candle!! All nice touches, as was the complimentary car-wash! The staff really can't do enough for you. The Cellar Bar was closed during our stay but we thoroughly enjoyed having a few quiet drinks after dinner-excellent cocktails by the way-in the lovely drawing room area outside the residents bar. All in all an excellent stay. Good food, lovely rooms, great staff. All you expect from a five-star experience. Would definitely stay again!

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Reviewed 1 April 2010

My spouse and I have dined in the Merrion Hotel many times in both its restaurants and enjoyed the rather special afternoon tea, so when it came to surprising my spouse for a significant birthday what could top a surprise overnight stay in the Hotel? Well to be honest nothing! from the doorman to the receptionists to the waiters in the restaurant it was five star service all the way!
A very minor glitch regarding our restaurant bill was dealt with swiftly ,with courtesy and efficiently. We will certainly be back and would recommend it to all our friends and associates unreservedely. As we travel extensively we feel happy to give our own hotels a fair comparsion to other establishments around the world and certainly the Merrion Hotel is up there with the best! Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 150 Hotels in Dublin
Price Range: £245 - £520 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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