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The Merrion

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The Merrion
Photograph: Courtesy Booking.comThe Merrion

Time Out says

The most luxurious five-star stay in the city, ideally located in a range of Georgian row houses between Merrion Square and St Stephen’s Green

Occupying a wide block of faultlessly restored townhouses dating back to the 1760s, the Merrion radiates formal elegance and period charm. Country-style furnishings, open fireplaces, and servant closets are paired with Nespresso machines, plentiful USB ports, and a range of free movie options for the flat screen. In addition to its 143 rooms and suites, the world-class hotel is home to the largest private collection of nineteenth and twentieth century art in all of Ireland. Its halls resemble a world-class gallery (and drops many of the same names). Stucco ceilings and sweeping staircases cement the vintage vibe, while abundant light and neutral tones help usher the space into modern times. From the atmospheric Cellar Bar and airy Garden Room to the secluded cocktail club and 2-Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, food and drink options abound. The afternoon “Art Tea” (€49) in the Drawing Rooms features pastries inspired by the hotel’s collection. With an onsite fitness centre, blue-tiled pool, and tranquil spa, you won’t have to feel guilty for indulging.

Time Out tip: Request a garden-view room to get the most for the hefty price tag. Concierge can arrange walking and cycling tours of the city, complete with picnic baskets and Merrion rain jackets. 

Natural History Museum: To see the weird, wonderful taxidermy display lovingly referred to as the “Dead Zoo”
Pearl Brasserie: For inventive French fare in an intimate setting
O'Donoghue’s Bar: For nightly live music, casual drinks, and serious people-watching

Written by
Elizabeth Smith


Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
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