The Merrion Hotel
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... to the hotel for about an hour or so. It gave Dad a chance to get in a little nap and the rest of us to do the same or work on the blog.
We then took a stroll to get some dinner and ended up at a little French restaurant (Chez Max) just as it started to rain. It was a nice little place and since it was Bastille Day, we thought it appropriate as well. For starters we ordered a couple of platters with assorted meats and cheeses and SteveB ...
... presence a couple of times and I could not help but marvel at the beauty of the Irish landscape (and unashamedly comparing it to what I had seen in the movie PS I Love you). On the last day, we went to the Cliffs of Mohar which would have been even more beautiful had it not been for the rain and typhoon-like winds that almost toppled people over. We all just took photos as quickly as we could and headed straight for the gift store! My tour guide told us about how Irish ...
... downstairs, discovered it was raining, went back upstairs for the umbrella, then went outside, realised it was too windy for the umbrella, then put the umbrella back inside, went back outside then ended up just going to the pub next door as the weather was so horrible! I got a salad sandwich and Darren got bangers and mash, and I got a hot coffee which was great after those 20 seconds in the freezing wind! We had a chat there and ate our lunch then ...
... fans lining the Liffey River. Oh we'll, so much for an unobtrusive arrival!
The Temple Bar district is just around the corner from our hotel so we joined the throng of tourists and locals and enjoyed the pub scene complete with musos playing traditional Irish stuff.
Dinner followed at La Caverna, an Italian restaurant staffed by a Romanian, a Pole and a chap ...
... points for all. Back to get ready for dinner and then met Pat and Joe for drinks in the bar. They invited us to join them for dinner, along with their travel agent and her friend, so we made our way to the dining room, where we had a very delicious meal and a lot of fun. Off to listen to the band in the main bar for a while, then bed. We are heading further south again to Cork (Cobh) ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Merrion Hotel Dublin
I stayed at the merrion from the 26th feb to the 29th feb, with my partner and another couple. I obtained the hotel at a special offer rate and i would not consider paying the full price that the hotel normally request, especially as there were no breakfast included in the price! Throughout our stay, we encountered a couple of minor problems, such as........
(1) We ordered coffee and toast one morning, while we were waiting for a taxi to take us on a bus tour, this was ordered in the drawing room, the coffee arrived quite promptly, however we still hadn't received our toast by the time the taxi had arrived even though the order was made over 20 minutes beforehand. Needless to say, the taxi driver had to wait while we quickly ate our breakfast and added the waiting time onto our taxi bill!
(2) Our final problem and quite an important one is, the overall bill that we received, having checked the printed out receipt from reception, i noticed quite a hefty bill for room service, knowing that we hadn't really used room service i was quite amazed to discover 85 euros had been added to our bill! It turned out to be a bill for a half bottle of champagne, vodka and redbull and i believe some peanuts!
Reception were quick to amend the bill and it was sorted out with no fuss. You really have to be careful with hotels that offer those sort of facilities, it makes me wonder how many people have been charged for items they may not have even had!
As a positive note, i will say that the staff at the merrion are exceptionally polite and friendly. I had a pleasant stay there and i would recommend the hotel to friends etc.
New Year Dinner,Poor food.
The Merrion is a wonderful hotel based upon four Regency townhouses skillfully combined into period elegance.The staff were great fun,always smiling and both attentive and efficient without being obtrusive.We paid for a deluxe room in the old part of the hotel which was spacious,tall ceilings and windows,regency decor,marble bathroom...my perfect hotel room,we all loved it.We stayed on a package over New Year's Eve which included,at a Euro 98 cover charge,a quote 'feast',see their website for full details.The feast prepared by chef Ed Cooney was quote'combines quality Irish ingredients with an additional festive twist'.My family and I are not fussy eaters but we all agreed that this was one of the most disappointing meals that we had ever eaten and in fact the cheese course was the only one I really enjoyed.We had eaten wonderfully elsewhere in Dublin including a memorable meal in the romantic Pearl Brasserie located next door to the Merrion.Within the Merrion is the award winning Restaurant Patrick Guilbard but hotel guests are advised that this restaurant is closed over Christmas and New Year.In fact this restaurant is not closed but appears to be utilised for private functions over festive periods,hotel guests are excluded and in this the hotel appear to be taking advantage offering only the Cellar Restaurant...the Cellar restaurant is really the breakfast room and lacks the ambience necessary for a gourmet dinner.I complained to the head waiter who was genuinely concerned that we had not enjoyed our meal and seemed surprised that the meal was described as a feast.Talking to the receptionist next morning she admitted that they had received other complaints about the dinner.My advice is NEVER,repeat NEVER! eat at this hotel unless the hotel guarantees that the meal will be served in the restaurant Patrick Guilbard.
Classy hotel with cute staff
The Merrion is located just away from the main action of Dublin but certainly within easy walking distance. From the outside it is discreet but stylish, very much the boutique townhouse hotel. We stayed in a garden room, which is in an annex behind the main house. The room itself was fairly sized with pretty standard 5* decor and fittings.
Room service was prompt and polite, as were all the staff. And the boys at the front desk were very cute! Because of a function in the Merrion, we went for afternoon tea at the nearby Shelbourne. An hour in their drawing room confirmed that we had chosen the right place to stay.
There is no comparison with other hotels in Dublin.
After a lost AutoEurope reservation, a flat tire and a bum stay on our first night, we could not wait to get to the Merrion. We were not disappointed. The room was a junior suite in the Georgian building with fantastic linens, marble bathroom, high ceilings, gorgeous plaster work and superb room service. Do not miss a meal at Patrick Gilbaud. You will pay dearly, but leave satisfied. The bar is quite nice with the smell of burning peat giving you a sense of welcome.
Absolutely lovely weekend I spent here. Will return again anytime!! The staff, rooms, service are impeccable. And the concierge is very attentive to your needs. Will recommend this to anyone. You won't get a better hotel in Dublin City!!
The hotel was nice but not 5* the service was just OK and concierge staff was minimum help.
Stay at 4 seasons if you want excellent service and large hotel and a Claridges if you want excellent service in a small hotel.
My wife and I recently spent 5 nights at the Merrion and I must say that rarely have I been as pleased to part with my money. The level of service and detail is truly spectacular. The staff is extremely friendly, professional, and attentive. We stayed in a room in the newer Garden Wing with a beautiful view of the gardens and pond which was usually occupied by several ducks. The room was huge and plush. While the bathroom contained floor to ceiling Italian marble as well as a separate bath and shower. There was nothing quite like the view of the gardens while drinking a pint of Guinness and listening to the Cranberries on the hotel supplied CD player. The hotel is only a stone's throw away from Merrion Square and St. Stephen's Green. I for one intend to stay at the Merrion on all future trips to Dublin.
Bedrooms and public areas are just great, and the works of art on display are museum quality. Service is generally fantastic, but there was a considerable delay in obtaining my car when I was checking out (valet parking). Apart from that minor hiccup, this is all you could want from Irish hospitality. Expensive but worth splashing out on.
Stayed here on a long weekend break and did not want to leave! Its wonderful! With excellent service and a very helpful concierge, helping to make the stay very memorable. What we like to remember is relaxing in the lounge,sitting in front of the log fire, being served a wonderful afternoon tea whilst the weather outside is less than favourable. It is just fabulous!!
A haven of luxury and peace
Imagine a large room overlooking a garden with fountains and (maybe) ducks, where you can open the window and still hear nothing of the bustling city around. Everything at the Merrion is fist class : rooms, furniture, service, breakfast,art display and history. And you are in the city centre. It's not cheap, of course, but it's not so expensive for the quality. I spent three days in june with my wife, on vacation, and we were delighted. If you go to Dublin, cancel your other reservation and book at the Merrion!