The Merrion

Dublin, Ireland

At a Glance

  • A wonderfully luxurious Georgian gem in the heart of Dublin’s city centre.

  • Home to two outstanding Michelin-starred restaurants, the casual Cellar Bars gastro-pub and the exceptional Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

  • The perfect option for families, The Merrion team will go out of their way to make children feel welcome with menus aimed at younger palates and special in-room treats ready to discover.

  • Start your day with a swim in the 18 metre indoor pool and end it with a hot stone massage at The Merrion Spa and Health Club.

  • The award-winning afternoon tea is an absolute must. Ensure you book in advance as it’s an extremely popular spot with locals.

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Insider's View

Borrow an audio guide from the concierge to explore the outstanding private art collection on display throughout the hotel.

The honey served at breakfast is sourced from the beehives located directly on the property roof.

When visiting on a Thursday, make sure to head down to the Cellar Bar in the evening to enjoy some live music.

Enjoy a meal in the only two Michelin star restaurant in the country at the hotel's 'Patrick Guilbaud'.

Visit the drawing room for an atmospheric afternoon tea.

The garden behind the hotel is a surprise for guests as it's totally hidden from view. A real gem in a city hotel where you can dine in the spring and summer.

Enjoy afternoon tea themed around the hotel's extensive art collection, where the chefs change the menu every few weeks, thinking up new designs for their delicacies.

Ideally located within walking distance of a number of great restaurants and bars our Consultants can recommend to you, should you wish to venture out of the hotel on some evenings.

Call us on 020 3993 4743 to start planning your holiday to The Merrion or take a look at our itineraries to Ireland

Description

This luxurious hotel is located in the heart of Dublin's city centre. Created from the restoration of some of the finest 18th-century Georgian townhouses in the capital, this is an elegant and beautiful hotel with fantastic service.

The Merrion is so many things, an historic building with a stunning art collection, a superb spa and a two Michelin-starred restaurant. It is also an employer of the most imaginative pastry chef imaginable, who models afternoon tea on famous Irish artworks and boasts a hidden garden, tiny cocktail bar and gastro-pub frequented by guests, locals and celebrities alike.

This city centre hotel is perfectly located, a short walk to the shops of Grafton Street, moments from the charming gardens of St. Stephen's Green and on the street perpendicular to Trinity College Dublin and its amazing Book of Kells. You have everything that the city offers at your fingertips and yet the space of a vast Georgian mansion.

Each of the 142 rooms and suites is beautifully decorated, inspired by Paul Henry’s Irish landscape paintings with some signature suites such as Lord Monck and Lord Antrim Suites boasting antiques and palatial spaces. The penthouse suite can be fairly described as a small apartment, with its 204sq.m rivalling an average Dublin abode, two bedrooms, three bathrooms and a hot tub on the private roof terrace which overlooks the hotel’s classical 18th-century gardens.

Good food fiends are spoiled for choice and might have no need to venture out to one of Dublin's many amazing eateries. Start at the two Michelin-starred Patrick Guilbaud for utter indulgence. Scale it back with a trip to the Cellar Bar for food made from the best of local ingredients with a modern and creative twist that is still distinctively Irish. After a hard day of sightseeing hurry back to the hotel to relax in the Drawing Rooms and feast on the Art Tea that is almost too beautiful to eat. 

The Tethra Spa is the cherry on top for weary feet and those in need of some pampering. Take a dip in the infinity pool before indulging in one of the signature therapies, such as the hot stone holistic treatment.

Children are more than welcome too, making the Merrion a very family friendly option. Expect in-room amenities tailored to the little ones as well as allocated children time at the pool.

The Merrion has it all and is a superb choice for anyone visiting Dublin for a couple or nights or a longer stay.

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Accommodation

The rooms and suites at the luxurious Merrion have been inspired by the heritage of the building but with a modern twist. The neutral colours, queen and king beds and Italian marble bathrooms, lend an air of decadence to the property, which is enhanced by the 400 thread count linen, landscape paintings by Paul Henry and Georgian fireplace that adorn the rooms.

The hotel houses a total of 123 rooms and 19 suites. Each is equipped with free Wi-Fi, television with movies available on demand, air-conditioning, mini-bar and Asprey bathroom amenities.

Childcare

The Merrion Hotel is proud to be a luxury family friendly hotel and offers a 'Miss & Master' programme for little ones. They also have a food menu tailored to suit younger palettes and the barmen will happily create bespoke 'mocktails' to ensure they are as pampered as possible. The Tethra Spa welcomes children in the pool and provides warm and cuddly bathrobes in smaller sizes. A baby sitting service, cots and extra beds are available on request.

Facilities

The food at the Merrion Hotel is some of the best in Dublin, and no trip to the city would be complete without dinner at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Ireland. The Cellar Bar gastro-pub serves up excellent Irish fare as well as enticing locals in due to it cosy atmosphere, while No.23 is a tiny cocktail bar housed in the main mansion. In the warmer months the Garden Terrace is open too, offering a verdant haven in the city. The icing on the cake is the famed Merrion afternoon tea. The pastry chef takes inspiration from Irish artists with the delicate pastries modelled on famous paintings.

Activities

If the hustle and bustle of this fabulous Irish city gets too much, you can always take some time out to relax and unwind at the Tethra Spa. With a range of massages and treatments, including ESPA facial and body specialities, hot stone holistic massages and a full range of manicures and pedicures to choose from, there is something to help all guests relax.

Reviews

5

Sierra Obermark (Staff)

This centrally located, 5 star Dublin city center hotel is a paradigm in class and charm. Well located in walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and green parks, The Merrion is the perfect base in Dublin. Art is a large part of the decor and atmosphere in the hotel. Enjoy afternoon tea in The Drawing Rooms where the pastries are modeled after the extensive collection of works of art found throughout the hotel. The central garden is a quiet oasis from the bustle of the city, and the calming color scheme through the hotel welcomes you to a relaxing stay. For more calm, the spa is a fantastic place to decompress whereas for something more social, the Cellar Bar hosts live music on Thursdays and is well worth a listen in the dim pub-like atmosphere.

5

Haile Brant (Staff)

You will be met with style, charm and unparalleled character the moment you enter this centrally located, 5 star Dublin city centre hotel. Located close to several pubs, the lush green grounds of the Merrion Square park, the Parliament houses and even the National History Museum there are no shortage of things to do within walking distance! As you enter into the lobby, the first thing that will catch your eye is the incredible art displayed on the walls, the three hotel owners are all passionate about the art scene. To your left, you'll see the gorgeous Martin Mooney designed staircase featuring masterpiece paintings reflecting the ruins of Casino Marino, a true instagrammable spot for the hotel. Make sure that you enjoy tea in The Drawing Rooms where the talented pastry chef channels the hotel's celebration art in her Afternoon Tea pastries modelling them after different works of art found throughout the hotel.

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Milly Walker (Staff)

Originally four town houses, this amazing hotel still has the sense of the four separate houses and looks on to the parliamentary buildings.

Experiences

  • An introduction to Gaelic Sports

    Have a go at the traditional Gaelic sports of Hurling and Gaelic football- unique, indigenous sports that have been played in Ireland for thousands of years.

  • Belfast & the Titanic

    Completely transformed in recent years, Belfast is now an exciting city with beautifully restored Victorian architecture, a superb culinary scene and music-filled pubs. At the heart of it all, the Titanic Experience is a must-see exhibit.

  • Discover Cong

    Cong is a village on the borders of Counties Mayo and Galway. Situated on an island formed by a number of streams, Cong is famous for its medieval abbey and as the location for the Oscar-winning movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne.

  • Discover Dublin with your Touring Chauffuer

    Travel from Viking raids to the Anglo-Norman invasion and on to the Age of Elegance and the conflict of the Easter Rising as you explore Dublin with your private touring-chauffeur.

  • Discover the origins of Irish Dancing

    Enjoy a lively introduction to Irish dancing, live music and traditional Irish ‘craic’ as you explore the roots of the dance and its cultural history with your guide, perhaps even learning a few steps of your own.

  • Dublin Food Tour

    A walking tour of Dublin’s eateries with a private guide offers an opportunity to discover the city’s history and culture through its food, while discovering the historic, picturesque streets of the city.

  • Exclusive access pre-opening tour of The Book of Kells

    This pre-opening tour of Trinity College offers an exclusive opportunity to view the priceless ‘Book of Kells’ and explore the Old Library with its extensive collection of rare and ancient books.

  • Glendalough

    Glendalough, in the heart of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, is a wooded valley with two mysterious lakes, famed for its charismatic early seventh-century monastic complex and round tower. You can also enjoy beautiful walks in the woods and mountains.

  • Horse-drawn carriage ride in Dublin

    The charming carriages line the edge of St Stephen's Green and the chatty drivers and their sturdy horses make for a relaxing way to sightsee.

  • Private photography experience

    Create lasting memories of your holiday with an exclusive private photography experience. With the help of a professional photographer, capture the perfect moment while you enjoy your romantic break, family holiday or honeymoon.

  • Teelings Whiskey Distillery

    Teelings Distillery is Dublin's first new whiskey distillery in over a century and currently the only one in the city. Visit Teelings and taste three award-winning whiskeys for yourself.

  • The Irish Emigration Museum Privately Guided Tour

    Explore the tragedies and triumphs of Irish emigration as you enjoy a private tour of EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum.

  • The Irish House Party

    Located just ten minutes from central Dublin in a beautiful 18th Century townhouse, The Irish House Party is a truly unique Dublin experience. Dine on delicious Irish specialities before being entertained by the best musicians and dancers in the business.

  • The Irish National Stud Private Guided Tour

    Ireland’s horse racing history is a source of national pride and as you tour the Irish National Stud you’ll discover the history and importance of this industry with an opportunity to stroll through beautiful gardens.

  • The Magnificent Antrim Coast

    Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast is justifiably famous for the Giant’s Causeway, a wonderful coastline and some of the most beautiful and most varied scenery in Northern Ireland.

  • The Rock of Cashel

    Sometimes known as Cashel of the Kings, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a spectacular collection of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone rock.

  • Trinity College & The Book of Kells

    Trinity College is Dublin's oldest university and its cobbled front square and collection of historic buildings is a must see. The magnificent Old Library building houses the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.

  • Visit The Guinness Storehouse

    Visit the famous brewery of the iconic drink that has shaped much of Dublin's history, as well as discovering what goes in to making the perfect pint of Guinness.

  • Wicklow Winery Tour & Tasting

    Enjoy a visit to a local artisan winery, known for producing unique strawberry wine. Along with the founders, take a tour of the winery and discover the intricate processes put in place to produce the signature wines, some carried out by hand.

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Location & directions

Dublin, Ireland

The Merrion Hotel is located in the heart of Dublin's city centre. It is next to Government Buildings and only a short walk from gardens, museums, restaurants and St. Stephen's Green. It is also near Grafton Street which has a wide selection of shops.

How to get there

The Merrion Hotel is only a 20-minute drive from Dublin Airport. Private transfers can be arranged on request.

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