The Merrion Hotel has a surprisingly discreet exterior and is concealed behind one of the finest restored Georgian facades in the city centre of Dublin. It is proudly known as the city’s top hotel, an elegant five star abode where most of Dublin’s prestigious visitors stay. I know this to be true as I spotted actor Richard E Grant in the lobby during my stay!
The Merrion is the perfect place to stay for a 2-day city minibreak. Found in the heart of the city, it is the ideal base for exploring some of the cities best sights… we were delighted to find the National Gallery of Ireland and Trinity University just a few minutes walk away.
The hotel is made up of four beautifully restored Georgian townhouses and in total there are 142 rooms and suites to choose from. Despite the number of rooms the hotel has a cosy and boutique feel. I saw a couple of bedrooms, each as stylish as the next.
The rooms have been carefully designed to respect the heritage and history of the original buildings. Traditional patterned materials cover the chairs and curtains, the bathrooms are kitted out in marble (and fully stocked with Asprey toiletries) and ornate lights hang from the ceilings. Our huge bed was completely heavenly, with 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed-linen and endless plump pillows. Thanks to the silence and opulent surroundings we slept blissfully well both night’s at The Merrion.
Alongside the beautiful accommodation, the Merrion has a selection of wonderful dining options and a luxurious spa, making it a great destination for day guests too. I enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the spa and experienced a wonderfully revitalising massage. After a short stint in the steam room, I headed in for my treatment. The therapist used warm oil and strong hands to knead the knots in my shoulders and lower back. After an hour in her safe hands I felt my body was calmer and less stressed. The spa will be relaunching in June 2018 – a big expansion to make it even more luxurious and indulgent… watch this space!
The brand new Garden Room Restaurant at the Merrion offers a relaxed but refined place to eat within the hotel. The dining room is contemporary and stylish and the service we experienced was top notch, efficient, helpful but not too stuffy.
I was impressed with the menu which showcases the finest Irish produce, from oysters to cheese. We skipped starters and went straight to main courses: a delicate plate of Grilled Black Sole with Creamed Garlic Baby Spinach and a 28-day aged, grass-fed Irish Beef Steak.
For dessert we enjoyed the Raspberry Soufflé with Anglaise Sauce & Lime Sorbet and the Chocolate Fondant with Honeycomb Ice-cream and Caramelised Pecan Nuts. These classic puddings were well executed and tasted delicious, I particularly liked the sweetness of the soufflé with the zesty citrus sorbet.
The prices at Garden Room are steep (around 25-30 euros for a main course and 15 euros for a dessert) but after an entire evening spent here enjoying the jovial atmosphere and faultless service, it didn’t seem so extravagant.
Each morning at the Merrion starts with a lavish breakfast. We took full advantage of the wonderful breakfast spread in our room each morning, feasting on sweet pillowy french toast, buttery pastries, and fresh fruit salads.
The Merrion Hotel is the dream destination for luxury travellers. With wonderful facilities and exceptional service, we felt excited to return to this beautiful accommodation after a each day of sightseeing.
More information and book a room at The Merrion Hotel here.