Stayed recently overnight and must say that it is an excellent hotel by any standard expected from a five star. Lots of room with an atmosphere of luxery where the staff are happy to help. As with most hotels in Ireland these days, a lot of foreign nationals on the staff but most had good communication skills. My room was spotlessly clean and service was clearly designed to make my stay special. Everything comes at a price though and you get what you pay for. Great idea to light turf fires in the evening, the smell filling the rest areas. Overall I did find the hotel a little too hot for me. I did dine in the celler restaurant of the hotel and this is the one area that was not up to scratch in my view. I had the Galway salmon starter which does not work for me. Sugar and salmon do not go together. For my main course I had the 'house fish & chips'. Both the fish and the chips were overcooked. the batter was hard and tough and I dont like mushy peas being made into a paste, just let them be mushy peas please! Desert was just ok. Not hte best dining experience I have had. I would recommend dining out in one of hte many good restaurnats close by. This was suggested to me by one of the hotel staff when I booked in but unfortunately I did not follow that advice. Overall though a great hotel to stay in if you are in Dublin for a weekend.
- 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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