I would just like to say thank you to all the staff at the Merrion hotel for a wonderful stay. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anybody. You really are made to feel that nothing is too much trouble. If I had to sum this hotel up, I would say that it reminds me of Fairmont hotels in terms of its excellent service and attention to detail, except with even friendlier staff.
The afternoon tea is definitely not to be missed! Sitting in one of the hotel's large comfy sofas in front of a magnificent open fire - while it was cold and windy outside! - enjoying a posh afternoon tea was a highlight of my stay:-) It was posh, but friendly at the same time! (You do need to book in advance for the afternoon tea. I was lucky as somebody had cancelled.)
I was also delighted by the hotel's artwork. They house an impressive varied collection spread throughout the hotel which is recorded superbly in a glossy catalogue which you can keep.
I have no complaints whatsoever about the food or the room we stayed in. I was staying with my 12 year old son and because we needed a twin room I was concerned that we may end up in a less attractive room. Instead the room was perfect. We were in room 325 which overlooked the hotel's gardens and charming rectangular pond. The room was a decent size, the mini bar was very well stocked and there was a flat screen TV - not overly large, but perfectly adequate, plus all the usual necessities: iron, hairdryer etc. Likewise, the bathroom was fine. I liked the modern all-glass shower cubicle.
Breakfast is very good :-) My son loved his full Irish breakfast, whilst I was more than happy with the buffet selection. In any event, the staff are very willing to get you whatever you would like. The service truly is second to none.
Although our trip was brief, we did try out the gym and swimming pool. There's not a lot you can say about a treadmill! It worked and was fine! The swimming pool is a good size. My son really liked it and said the water was the clearest he had ever been in for a pool. He wears goggles and could see the whole length under water! Its styled like a Roman sunken pool - to my mind at least - with a big fresco painting at one end on the wall. All very nicely maintained and very clean. I didn't have an opportunity to try the spa. I am saving that treat for next time perhaps!
In terms of location, the hotel is directly opposite the Irish Government's Parliament, as well as some art galleries. It is very convenient for town and the sights in general. I really enjoyed the stroll I had with my son around St Stephen's Park - even though it was raining! Although the hotel is lovely, I did miss it as I first went past, as it does not have a very showy exterior like some other hotels. However, there are doormen outside, so if you just look for them, you can't miss it!
I will definitely be coming back to this hotel when I have the opportunity :-)
- 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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