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It is not hard to see why the Merrion Hotel has been awarded the Leading Hotel of the World label! It is installed in a superb set of interconnected Georgian houses in perfect condition, and offers guests a luxurious, stylish, and comfortable place to stay at the heart of the capital. With a spa and a swimming pool, it also boasts the only restaurant in Ireland with 2 Michelin stars.

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      The Merrion Hotel   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.29 /10

    The hotel occupies a row of Georgian houses on a very quiet street. It is opposite the large residence of the Prime Minister, in the heart of Dublin.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    All in all, the hotel has 143 guest rooms, 110 of which are in the new wing. Half of the rooms have a balcony and are furnished with tall king or queen size beds (super king size in the suites) covered with fine bed linen. The rooms are also equipped with a large plasma screen television, mini bar, tea and coffee-making kit (on request), an electronic safe, individual air conditioning, and a telephone. The 33 guest rooms in the Georgian wing are all unique! You cannot help but admire the way all the Georgian features that have survived up to the present day are maintained as though they were articles in a museum. The ceilings are high, especially on the ground floor! As for the views, you can choose between the gardens and the most important buildings in the country. Every little detail is eye-catching: coloured walls, hand painted porcelain lamps, superb and highly comfortable sofas, mouldings, etc. The bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub and separate shower, a hair dryer, 'Merrion Hotel' hospitality products, etc.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    The hotel opened in 1997 and its facade rises to 5 storeys, the last of which is taken up by the penthouse. Square forms are the common theme in the design of the building. The hotel conceals a large inner courtyard with a fine formal garden at the heart of the city. Everything is measured out between little bushes and ponds. A small section of this space is taken up by the lounge terrace, where tea, coffee, and afternoon tea can be enjoyed. Another part of it has been designed as a miniature green labyrinth. A fine glass corridor links the two wings of the hotel, giving you a view of the garden and the new wings of the establishment. The latter were built to coincide with the hotel's opening and are, needless to say, much less aesthetically pleasing than the Georgian parts of the building. After the Georgian entrance, a concierge service is available, followed by the reception, with its superb counter and checked flooring. The eye is then drawn towards the highly sophisticated settings of two softly coloured lounges. Light pours into these comfortable spaces through large attractive windows. The mouldings, roaring fireplaces, and a superb chandelier provide the final touches to these exceptional rooms. It doesn't get much better than taking afternoon tea here. At the far end of the hotel, businessmen can settle in at the bar, N°23, which takes its name from the Georgian house found at this address. The furniture is magnificent, consisting of various articles from all over Europe that were selected by a designer. Throughout the hotel, and even in the rooms, superb artwork by Irish artists (including Martin Mooney) adorns the walls. This is no coincidence, as the owner of the hotel has Ireland's largest private art collection, and it is just your luck that he chooses to share it with his guests. A stylish catalogue lists all the artwork on display. In the basement, the decor features Greek influences, in particular monochromatic bas-reliefs. It is here that the 18m long swimming pool is housed, bathed in soft light. Guests can either visit one of the two treatment rooms or request a massage in their own room. The gym is equipped with 10 'Cynex' exercise machines and a television.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The hotel's main restaurant, 'The Cellar Restaurant', is quite literally in the cellar. No natural light filters down into here, and the ambience is quite unique because the tables are set out beneath handsome low vaulted ceilings that date back to the time when the Duke of Wellington was born at this address. The lights are dotted high up on the columns. Diners are seated on beautiful high-backed chairs set out on the stone slab floor, and the cream colour scheme marries everything together into a well matched setting. The 3 meals of the day can be taken here. Why not try the ever-popular 'Merrion Fish and Chips'! The bar area is superb, with its leather armchairs nestling in the little alcoves, a long wood counter, and big fireplace. More than 80 different wines can be ordered by the glass. You can also enjoy your lunch and dinner in this captivating room.

    Prepare to be impressed, as you are entering Ireland's best restaurant. The 'Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud' is the only establishment in the country to have been awarded 2 Michelin stars. After savouring an (innovative) cocktail in one of the lounges, diners are invited to take their seats in the main dining room. The exquisite cuisine here features local products and seafood in the classic style. The house speciality is pig's trotters. Wild crab is another delicacy on the menu. It is not a dish often seen on menus, partly due to the perilous fishing conditions and partly due to the scarcity of the creature. The dishes on the menu are changed every two and a half months. The restaurant's wine cellar is overseen by two sommeliers, and about 70% of the 800 wines are from French producers. Almost all of the staff here are French.

    To know

    The Georgian buildings now housing the hotel used to be government offices. The hotel has received many awards for the quality of its facilities and the services it offers. A Wifi connection is available throughout the hotel.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, Turkish bath, beauty salon, spa, massage, wellness, keep fit, sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, aerobics, beach volley, golf, fitness, sports, gym

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The ever-present artwork
    • The spa
    • The superb decoration
    • In the city centre
    • Very peaceful
    • The superb bedrooms
    • The level of comfort
    • Georgian houses
    • The best restaurant in Ireland

    disadvantages

    • Very formal!

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