The Merrion

Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Ireland, 2

Price from: £105

Junior Suite

By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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expert-rated hotels in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
5
5.0
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
5
5.0
Service:
5
5.0
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions

Best for Food - Expert review of The Merrion

Original art and meticulous service set the Merrion apart from peers as Dublin’s top five star.

Perhaps Dublin’s most understated five star, but the reputation of the Merrion Hotel is undisputed, and the last time I visited, the hotel is fully booked for five days. It’s easy to see why. Unequalled historical and cultural importance, fantastic location, a two-starred Michelin restaurant, a beautiful spa and swimming pool, outdoor terrace, manicured garden area and two funky bars; all here. Plus, original Yeats and Le Broc paintings, as well as specially commissioned pieces, are dotted around the beautiful 18th-century building, comprised of four Georgian town houses. You can even book a private art tour if you wish. Oh la la.
 

Location: 

Opposite Government buildings and around the corner from Merrion Square, some of the upper levels rooms look down onto Merrion Gardens. It's a quick five-minute stroll from St Stephen’s Green, adjacent to the excellent strip of eateries and bars along Baggot Street.
 

Bedrooms: 

Kick back in relaxed grandeur with light, airy bedrooms that nod to 18th-century history with an antique edge. Italian marble bathrooms have separate baths and showers. Rooms in the old house look across to stately Government buildings while the Garden Wing looks down onto the period gardens. Suites are ideal for families, with extra beds and cots available. The 2200 sq ft penthouse can accommodate up to eight people in three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
 

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Public areas: 

Savour Afternoon Tea or a martini in the formal antique setting of two drawing rooms, where couples and businessmen chat quietly in front of crackling fires. There’s a fantastic outdoor terrace where you can enjoy your snack or drink in the sun amid pristine garden surroundings. The medieval stone arches of the Cellar Bar are open to the public to give it a bubbly atmosphere at weekends.
 

Eating and drinking: 

Two-starred Patrick Guilbauds restaurant is widely respected, in a magnificent setting with large airy windows and luxurious seating. The impeccable service of the Merrion translates easily to blend French style with Irish charm. The Cellar Bar is set in an original wine vault and buzzes at weekends while Bar 23 is a more intimate cocktail bar. The Cellar restaurant can be booked for private dining.
 

Leisure facilities: 

A fantastic 18 metre infinity pool is the standout feature, plus a fully equipped gym. There’s a steam room, four spa treatments rooms, or you can enjoy a private treatment in the comforts of your bedroom. Yes please.
 

Service: 

Impeccable standards, formally delivered in a friendly manner.
 

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Who stays there: 

Celebrities, dignitaries, politicians, businessmen and women, wealthy mature travellers, couples enjoying a romantic occasion.
 

Price advice: 

The cheapest offers are January or February, the quietest months for bookings. It costs 20 euros for 24 hours car parking.

Pros: 
Two-starred Michelin restaurant
Spa and pool
Original art
18th-century Georgian building
Cons: 
20 euros for 24 hours car parking
Pricey - 72 euros for afternoon tea (2 ppl)!

More information on The Merrion:

Price from:
£105
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Ireland, 2
Free tags / Keywords:
Government buildings, Michelin restaurant
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Merrion Square

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