I stayed at the Merrion for three days in October 2012 and couldn't recommend it more if you're looking for an elegant retreat in Dublin!
I stayed in a Merrion Suite in the Main House, which overlooked the garden. The suite was very spacious (it would have been comfortable to entertain in) and beautifully furnished. I appreciated that the suite had all the modern conveniences you would expect in a luxury hotel while still incorporating a lot of charming Georgian period detail. I especially liked that the room was decorated with many interesting antique engravings and prints (as is the rest of the hotel). It's like an art gallery and hotel in one.
The hotel could not have a better location: it's steps from St. Stephen's Green and Merrion Square, Trinity College, many museums, as well as lots of restaurants and shops. My companion and I were able to walk everywhere during our stay which really enhanced our trip.
I would recommend tea in the drawing room to anyone staying in the hotel, it was delicious and the setting couldn't have been lovelier.
The only real downside of the hotel is the high prices of the rooms. But I did certainly feel it was worth the cost, as the hotel met my every expectation.
- 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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