THE MERRION HOTEL (DUBLIN)
The Merrion Hotel
by Aleksandr Siling
The Merrion is often called the No. 1 hotel in Dublin. It has wonderfully spacious rooms and suites, with lots of natural light and luxury furniture and amenities.

The indoor pool, spa, and gym are all impressive. The food is great, so it's no surprise that their restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars, which means "Excellent cooking, worth a detour".

Merrion is perfectly located between two of Dublin's greenspots, and the hotel's own lovely green courtyard is very inviting. The prices are high, as you can imagine.

Given the lack of any important drawbacks, if you can afford it, you should definitely book it.
In the heart of Dublin
ESSENTIALS
Historic
The Merrion hotel has remained true to its roots, featuring Georgian architecture as well as Georgian-inspired fabrics on the walls of some of the suites. The interior decor is elegant and fits with the European period style of the 19th century, making strong use of Italian marble, woven carpets and antique furniture.
Family
The hotel prides itself on being family-friendly and has designed a special program for child guests. The Merrion Kids program provides in-room facilities and arranges daytime activities to keep the young ones occupied.
Gourmet
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is the only restaurant throughout Ireland to boast 2 Michelin stars.
Luxury
The Merrion leaves no stone unturned in providing the best guest experience possible.
Sport
The gym includes cardiovascular machines, free weights, and audiovisual equipment. A personal trainer can be hired to assist with fitness routines. 18-meter-long swimming pool is available.
Spa
Tethra Spa offers a long menu of beauty treatments and massages to serve a range of needs.
Park nearby
Merrion Square Park and St. Stephen's Green are nearby.
Stylish
The entire hotel is beautifully appointed with stylish furnishings, art, and decor. The public spaces feature beautiful peat-fired fireplaces and plush furniture.
Business
The Merrion is an excellent choice for business travelers. The rooms and suites feature a work desk and have access to WiFi. The Penthouse Suite even has its own study. The conference facilities include free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, audio-visual aids, projectors, screens and microphones.
Luxury five-star hotel
The Merrion leaves no stone unturned in providing the best guest experience possible.

The hotel's location affords guests easy access to numerous government buildings and embassies, galleries, museums, the Dublin Convention Center, pubs and restaurants, the IFSC, and Grafton Street's shopping district.

From the center of Dublin's Georgian neighborhood, this collection of four restored Georgian townhouses provides 142 bedrooms and suites and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Guests can enjoy free WiFi Internet, as well as access to a spa, gym, and an 18-meter-long pool.

Two-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, No. 23 Cocktail Bar, and The Cellar Bar and Restaurant provide cocktails, snacks, and fine dining meals for both guests of the hotel and walk-in customers.
The entire hotel is beautifully appointed with stylish furnishings, art, and decor. The public spaces feature beautiful peat-fired fireplaces and plush furniture.

It has received awards and recognition every year since 1997. Last year, it was voted the Number 1 hotel in Dublin for Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Award. It was also featured on this magazine's Gold List for more than 5 consecutive years, granting it status as a member of the magazine's Platinum Circle that year. Meanwhile, in the same year, The Cellar was voted the best hotel restaurant by the Restaurant Association of Ireland.

The artwork adorning the walls of The Merrion are pieces of a private collection. Dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries, it provides a dramatic backdrop that blends perfectly with the European style of the hotel. A guide from the National Gallery can even walk interested guests through an art tour of the hotel's collection.

Art lovers will be especially pleased to find themselves within walking distance of the National Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In fact, the hotel's own pastry chef Paul Kelly has created a very special Art Afternoon Tea menu, inspired by paintings on the walls.

Even the hotel's two period gardens have earned accolades in their own right. Designed by renowned landscape artist Jim Reynolds, the 18th-century-styled gardens feature box hedges, fountains, obelisks and statues, and pathways.

Many guestrooms overlook the large central garden, which is used as an extension of the drawing rooms during summer months, where guests can dine al fresco.

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ROOMS & SUITES
The hotel offers 123 rooms in total. Each of these is designed to make best use of subtle colors and natural light.

In the Garden Wing, guests can choose between the standard queen room, with its city view, and the superior king room, with its view of the gardens, and in the Main House, they can choose the deluxe king room, which may overlook the city's government buildings or the hotel's period gardens. Rooms range in size from 30 to 40 square meters and are all non smoking.
These rooms are in the hotel's garden wing, with city views. The large bathrooms are styled in Italian carrera marble.
from 330
30 sq.m.
1 double bed
City view
Air conditioning
Bath
Private bathroom
Desk
Tea/Coffee Maker
Every room has free Wi-Fi Internet, video conferencing, multi-line telephones, two armchairs, personalized voicemail with remote access, television with movies on demand, a writing desk with Merrion stationery, individually controlled air-conditioning, and a minibar.

The queen room can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child. It has a large bathroom featuring Italian carrera marble and separate bath and shower, as well as a bidet. A radio and refrigerator, as well as clothes press, safe and stereo system are also available in the room.

All of the same features are offered in the two king rooms; the difference lies in the size of each room and the views from the windows.
These larger rooms are in the hotel's Garden Wing, with views of the period gardens. The large bathrooms are styled in Italian carrera marble and offers bathrobes and hairdryers. This room features WiFi, flat-screen TV, desk and a mini-bar.
from 459
34 sq.m.
1 large double bed
Garden view
Air conditioning
Bath
Private bathroom
Desk
Tea/Coffee Maker
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Suites
The hotel offers 19 suites. These one- or two-bedroom suites are perfect for families. In the bedrooms, one can request either a king bed or twin beds.

Each suite has a sitting room that includes a four-seat dining table, a sofa, and two armchairs, as well as a coffee table with a selection of magazines and a Nespresso coffee machine.

Apart from this, all of the same amenities offered in the smaller rooms are also available in the suites.

In the Garden Wing, guests can choose the Garden Wing Suite, which is 82 square meters wide and overlooks the city, or the Penthouse Suite, which is 204 square meters wide and commands breathtaking views of Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains, and the period gardens. The Penthouse Suite is the largest of all the hotel's suites, with the Garden Wing Suite following as second-largest. The Main House's suites are all much smaller, ranging from 53 square meters to 73 square meters.

In the Main House, the Merrion Suite overlooks the gardens as do many of the Junior and Specialty Suites, though some of these can also overlook the city's government buildings.

The Garden Wing Suite features a king bed in one bedroom and twin beds in the second bedroom. An extra rollaway bed or crib can be placed in each room, on request. The suite can accommodate 2 adults and 4 children.

The Junior Suite can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child, featuring one king bed with the option to include a rollaway bed. The same applies to the Merrion Suite.
Situated within the Georgian house, this air-conditioned room offers impressive views of the government buildings or the Merrion's private landscaped gardens.
from 559
40 sq.m.
1 extra-large double bed
City view
Terrace
Interconnected rooms
Air conditioning
Bath
Private bathroom
Desk
Tea/Coffee Maker
Called the Specialty Suites, the Lord Monck and Lord Antrim Suites are found on the upper floors of what was once Nos. 22 and 23 Upper Merrion Street. They feature plenty of natural light. The Lord Antrim Suite overlooks the city's government buildings, and the other suite overlooks the hotel's landscaped gardens. Both suites feature a lovingly restored version of their original rococo plaster. The curved ceiling in the Lord Monck bedroom boasts avian and floral motifs.

Specialty Suites have a king-size bed, as well as the same sitting room and dining room arrangements found in the other suites. A decorative Georgian fireplace completes the picture of stylish comfort. The Lord Monck suite includes a cozy additional bedroom that can double as an office or gym or even as an extra dining room.

The Penthouse Suite, typically frequented by heads of state and celebrities, features private access and security. Up to 5 guests can be accommodated in its three bedrooms. The master bedroom features a king-sized bed, while the second room has twin beds and the third has a sofa bed. In addition, a rollaway bed or crib may be placed in each room, upon request.
Called the Specialty Suites, the Lord Monck and Lord Antrim Suites are found on the upper floors.
from 650
On the ground floor of the split-level suite, the two bedrooms are en-suite, featuring separate bathtubs and showers. Georgian-inspired fabrics are used on the walls of the rooms to retain the hotel's historical connection. On the upper floor, one can find the carpeted living and dining rooms. The marble-floored kitchen features state of the art equipment to allow home cooks to indulge themselves. The suite also has its own music room and a private roof terrace overlooking the hotel's period gardens. The Penthouse Suite offers all the same features found in the other rooms and suites; the exceptions are that it includes two seating areas instead of one, a fully equipped kitchen, a study, and two mini bars. It also includes a private study, and the dining table can accommodate six people, instead of four.
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Location
The hotel is located in the heart of Dublin's Georgian area, right across from government buildings and only a short walk away from the city's galleries, castles, museums, restaurants, pubs, the Dublin Convention Centre, the I.F.S.C, and shops on Grafton Street.
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Nearby Grafton Street is extremely popular for fashion stores, boutiques, and specialist retailers and for its wide range of dining establishments and pubs.

The Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College are two other popular venues frequented by guests at the hotel.

The National Museum of Ireland is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and there is no entrance fee. The museum is sectioned into a number of categories some of which include archeology, decorative arts & history, natural history, country life and a section to explore and learn. Visitors to the museum will get an in-depth overview of Ireland's history, victories and heritage sites.

The National Gallery of Ireland is a popular tourist attraction that showcases the national collection of Irish and European fine art. The gallery is located in the heart of the city and there is no entrance fee required. The gallery runs a number of promotions and events on a regular basis and publishes this information on its website. Visitors are encouraged to visit the website and learn as much as they can about what is available before visiting the gallery.

Both the National Museum of Ireland & the National Gallery of Ireland are not very far from the Merrion hotel and guests who are looking to find out more about Ireland and its past will have a great experience at these two places.
Scenic Surroundings
The Merrion Hotel is situated near to St Stephen's Green and Merrion square which gives guests the option of taking a slow walk and relaxing at these two beautiful parks. The Merrion square was founded back in 1762 and is considered to be one of the top surviving squares in the city. The park is managed by the Dublin City Council and contains a number of fantastic sculptures including Sir Oscar Wilde and old Dublin lamp standards. Guests can take a slow tour of the park to go back in time and learn a little about the history of Dublin.

St Stephen's Green is one of the biggest parks in Dublin and is spread across 22 acres. The park is situated close to the shopping district in Dublin and has a number of unique features including a special area for the blind that is filled with scented plans that are labeled in Braille and can withstand handling. Some of the other highlights in the park include a seated statue of Lord Ardilaun on the western side; a statue of Robert Emmet, the Yeats memorial garden with a sculpture by Henry Moore and a bust of Constance Markievicz.

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FOOD & DRINK
The Merrion has several dining options from casual pub meals at The Cellar Bar to contemporary Irish cuisine at The Cellar Restaurant and fine dining at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. In fact, the latter is the only restaurant throughout Ireland to boast 2 Michelin stars.

The Merrion's club-style cocktail bar, No. 23, is very popular for relaxed conversation over a few drinks.

In spring and summer, Afternoon Tea is served in the tranquil Garden Terrace, while the Drawing Rooms, featuring open log fires, also serve Afternoon Tea throughout the year. Also known as Art Tea at the Merrion, this version of afternoon tea is inspired by the hotel's private collection of 19th and 20th century art.

Guests also have 24-hour access to in-room dining facilities, which includes separate menus for adults and children. The options are seemingly endless and range from simple fare to gourmet cuisine.

Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the guestrooms as well for extra privacy. If a guest is entertaining in the room, a canapé menu is available through room service as well as a lengthy wine list.

Picnic lunches can be ordered from room service by 6 pm the day before. These hampers also range from simple meals to gourmet meals.
Cellar Restaurant
Executive chef Ed Cooney serves up the freshest Irish produce to create his masterpieces that are innovative and contemporary takes on traditional Irish cuisine.

Lunch is available Monday to Friday from 12:30 pm to 2 pm, while the "Our House" menu is available throughout the week from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. An a la carte menu is on offer for another hour after this before the restaurant closes.

The Cellar Restaurant was voted the best hotel restaurant in 2014 by the Restaurant Association of Ireland.
CHEF ED COONEY
The Cellar Restaurant executive chef Ed Cooney is easily recognized as a TV guest chef.
Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant
This is Ireland's only 2-starred Michelin restaurant. It overlooks the spectacular period gardens and offers an other-worldly fine-dining experience. Everything from the service to the menu selections and ingredients are impeccable.

The restaurant has been in operation for 35 years and counting. Reservations must be made and will be reconfirmed by the staff a week prior to the booking. Unconfirmed reservations are subject to cancellation.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. The last orders for lunch are taken at 2:15 pm, while the last orders for dinner are taken at 10:15 pm. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The restaurant also features a private dining room for up to 30 people, while larger parties of up to 80 people can be accommodated in the main dining room.

Apart from the a la carte menu, guests can select a 4-course degustation menu (from Tuesday to Friday) to get a chance to taste a variety of items. Large parties can order an 8-course degustation menu. Wine pairings can be included, on request.

The Cellar Bar
The Cellar Bar is very popular as an after-work meeting area. Found in an authentic 18th century wine vault in the hotel's Main House, lined with warm oak features, the Cellar Bar offers a range of casual pub grub items all day long as well as a full bar service.

All manner of wines and beers are available here, making it the ideal place to kick back and relax with friends over a few drinks and a light meal.
Bar No 23
The elegant Bar No. 23 has the atmosphere of an exclusive club, where intellectuals may engage in private conversations or where new friendships and alliances are forged.

The walls are bedecked with grand paintings from the hotel's private collection, while the leather furnishings blend in gently with the muted, natural colors of the room.

The bar offers signature cocktails, champagnes, and even wine from the hotel chairman's own vineyard. A special whiskey tasting selection is offered as well. To stave off the hunger pangs, a range of canapés are also provided.
Afternoon Tea
Drinking tea in Ireland is traditional and just about every hotel serves tea to its guests but the Merrion Hotel specializes in offering an afternoon tea that both guests and visitors must try. There is an art tea menu customized to give guests a unique tea experience and includes black teas, flavoured black teas, green teas, fruit and herbal fusions, speciality teas and even coffee. The hotel also provides a wide selection of art tea pastries, art tea savouries along with break and cakes.

The cost is around €39.00 per person and if clubbed with a glass of Rumart NV will then be priced at €55.00 per person. Afternoon tea is served from 3 pm to 6 pm from Monday to Thursday and 2 pm to 4.30 pm Friday to Sunday. Hotel guests and visitors are welcome to try the afternoon tea package and are encouraged to make an online reservation to ensure they have a place at the table.
SERVICES
Butler services and other in-house services are available to both rooms and suites.
Ideal for guests with children
The hotel prides itself on being family-friendly and has designed a special program for child guests. The Merrion Kids program provides in-room facilities and arranges daytime activities to keep the young ones occupied. Facilities are provided for babies and toddlers as well as young teens. A rollaway bed for children aged up to 12 years or crib for children aged up to 2 years can be placed in each bedroom, upon request, free of charge.

A special junior room service menu is offered, and their food is served on bespoke Miss and Master Merrion crockery.

The Tethra Spa also welcomes children to swim in their pool. Mini bathrobes are provided, along with special mocktails from the bar.

Since the Merrion is close to numerous tourist attractions, it is the ideal base for sightseeing during the day.
CHILDREN ARE WELCOME
The hotel offers babysitting services, as well as cots and extra beds for kids staying in their parents' rooms.
MEETING FACILITIES
House No. 24 at the Main House features six salons, decorated in period style, with each named for a historical figure associated with the original buildings. Each salon varies in size and decor. They can be used separately or in combinations.

The Pembroke room can host a board meeting of up to 16 people or can be used for private dining for a party of 20. The Wellington room is used for larger parties of up to 100 people at a standing reception and accommodates 50 for a seated gathering.

The Wellesley room can accommodate up to 80 standing guests and can be connected to the Fitzgerald room, if necessary. While the Wellesley overlooks the gardens, the Fitzgerald overlooks the city's government buildings and supports up to 50 guests at a standing reception.

The Waterloo room featuring a gorgeous mahogany table, decorative fireplace, and ornate ceiling can accommodate up to 12 people at a board meeting or banquet, and the Dangan room has a similar set up.

Each salon is decorated with fresh flowers. Guests are given stationery, pens, water, and mints. Use of the cloakroom and registration facilities are free of charge.

The conference facilities include free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, audio-visual aids, projectors, screens and microphones, but these must be requested in advance.

Another popular meeting place is the pond section of the hotel's period gardens, where private receptions and barbecues can be arranged.
BUSINESS OPTIONS
The hotel is an excellent choice for business travelers. The rooms and suites feature a work desk and have access to WiFi. The Penthouse Suite even has its own study.

For guests attending conferences at the hotel, the events department can ensure private check-in through an exclusive entrance, welcome drinks at a garden reception, private tours of the hotel's art collection, private dining, informal evenings celebrated at the Cellar Bar, and accommodation in the Garden Wing's rooms and suites.
WEDDINGS
The Merrion offers customized wedding packages to couples to create an unforgettable experience on their big day.

The Wellington room is licensed for hosting wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, and the hotel's other meeting rooms can accommodate a large number of wedding guests or can host intimate banquets for close friends and family.

The landscaped gardens make the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs
TETHRA SPA
The hotel offers access to Tethra Spa, the therapists here have won awards for their treatments and are available throughout the week.

Available at the spa is a long menu of beauty treatments and massages to serve a range of needs. These include signature treatments such as hot stone therapy and Balinese massage, ESPA luxury body treatments, tanning, waxing, eyecare treatments, and full-day spa experiences.

The spa is open every day until 9 pm.
Keep up with the sport
Tethra Spa features an 18-meter-long swimming pool as well as a steam room bedecked with Italian marble.

The gym includes cardiovascular machines, free weights, and audiovisual equipment. A personal trainer can be hired to assist with fitness routines.

The hotel's website also offers a map that outlines the best routes for joggers, winding its way around Merrion Square Park and passing St. Stephen's Green, an enclosed public park.
BODY TREATMENTS
The body care and beauty treatments make use of ESPA and Darphin products.
ART
The hotel has remained true to its roots, featuring Georgian architecture as well as Georgian-inspired fabrics on the walls of some of the suites.

The interior decor is elegant and fits with the European period style of the 19th century, making strong use of Italian marble, woven carpets and antique furniture.

The hotel's classical gardens have also been landscaped to fit the Georgian period style.
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Car Parking
The hotel made a lot of changes to its parking space during the early part of 2015 and charges guests €20 for overnight parking. The hotel provides valet parking and cars are parked in the underground parking facility of the hotel.
Recognition
The Merrion is one of the top five star hotels in Dublin and has received a number of awards over the years in recognition for the fantastic service that the hotel provides its guests. Some of the awards and recognition received include being number one hotel in Dublin in October 2015 based on the Reader's choice awards (by Conde Nast Traveler), being rated as the best hotel in Europe for families in May 2015 (by Tripadvisor), being rated as the best hotel restaurant in June 2014 (by the Restaurant Association of Ireland) and being featured on the gold list for world's best places to stay in 2014 (by Conde Nast Traveler).
REVIEWS
Merrion is rated as one of the best hotels in Dublin on booking.com. Guest reviews praise the hotel for its central location, helpful staff, comfortable rooms and high levels of quality and service. The other highlights based on guest reviews include a large swimming pool and spa, fantastic gardens and nice public areas to relax. The bed and pillows also get a mention for being really soft and comfortable. The few complaints on booking.com mostly highlight the fact that the hotel is extremely expensive and guests have to pay a lot for breakfast and drinks at the minibar.

Yelp.ie has a number of reviews on the hotel that come from both guests and tourists who have either stayed at the hotel or visited due to a conference or event. The majority of reviews are positive with guests raving about the beautiful gardens which light up in the evening, the afternoon tea special and the fantastic food on offer. The reviews also caution guests that the hotel is expensive and one user Eileen R from Las Vegas stated that she felt the hotel vibe makes it more comfortable for older guests.

Customers who would like to have a look at the hotel and see the dining area and spa facilities can do so by visiting virtualvisittours.com.

The Telegraph Traveler sent Neil Hegarty to review the hotel and he termed it as classy and best suited for business travelers and wealthy families. He looks at all aspects of the hotel and gave it either a 9/10 or 10/10 rating.

The Telegraph had also done an article on the Merrion earlier which highlights the fantastic art collection of the hotel which includes over 100 paintings featuring artists like Sean Scully, Roderic O'Conor, John Lavery, Martin Mooney and Jack B Yeats. The art collection is worthy of being in a museum.

Anthony Bidulka, a Canadian writer states that Merrion is one of the most non-ostentatious hotels that he has stayed.
Ketty, a well known food blogger from Dublin decided to try the special art-themed afternoon tea and came away very impressed. She has published a number of photos and said that it was a dream for those with a sweet tooth and also made mention of the hotel surroundings.
Stacie H Connerty, a blogger also published a picture of her at the art-themed afternoon which begins with a glass of sparkling wine.
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