The Merrion Hotel — A Luxurious Sanctuary In The Heart Of Dublin

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The Merrion Hotel is a luxury five-star hotel in the heart of Dublin’s Georgian city center. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, it is the city’s most luxurious hotel. With a Michelin star restaurant, tranquil spa, private gardens, The Merrion’s 123 guest rooms and 19 suites with 400 count Egyptian cotton linen is a perfect combination of relaxed elegance and exquisite comfort.

An art gallery in the hotel

Artwork in The Merrion
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The Merrion is home to the largest art collection in any hotel in the world. The artwork is of an extraordinary standard from works including Jack E. Yeats, Louis Le Brocquy, William Scott, Elizabeth Leach, and more. The hotel has created an audio guide for guests and visitors, which includes insights and information about the pieces, as well as quotes from the artists.

Part of The Merrion Hotel was created from the restoration of four of one of the finest 18th-century Georgian townhouses in the capital. The restoration process was extremely sensitive to the heritage and elegance of the four original townhouses, while providing every modern amenity expected in a luxury hotel.

Enjoy the neighborhood

Grafton Street
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This elegant Georgian architecture hotel is surrounded by some of the finest buildings, squares and streets of that golden age. It is located directly across the road from the National Gallery and government buildings. A few minutes’ walk will bring you to museums, the Dublin Convention Center, and the International Financial Services Center of Dublin.

To the south of The Merrion is the Grafton Street shops, pubs, and restaurants. To the north, you will discover Dublin’s two principal shopping streets, which is home to a wide variety of Irish and international fashion stores, making The Merrion the ideal location for the business or pleasure travelers. Dublin, with its convenient city center size, makes it an ideal city to explore on foot — or on two wheels with one of The Merrion’s own bicycles!

Relax in luxury rooms

The Merrion Hotel Room
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The rooms at The Merrion are divided into two areas; the Main House and the Garden Wing. The four townhomes now make up the Main House. Combined with the Garden Wing and Penthouse Suite there is a total of 123 guest rooms and 19 suites. Each unique room is light and airy, decorated in fabrics and colors carefully chosen from a subtle palette inspired by Paul Henry’s Irish landscape paintings.

In 1776, Lord Stanley Monck built the four Georgian townhouses. One of which was his home, the others were for the wealthy merchants and nobility of Dublin. These four townhouses now make up the Main House of The Merrion. Original marble fireplaces, delicate rococo plasterwork, and vaulted ceilings are just a few of the features that await guests in sophisticated rooms and suites in the Main House.

The Garden Wing rooms either have Dublin city views or look out over the beautiful landscaped gardens. The private gardens are fragrant and romantic with classical 18th-century clipped box and yew hedges, pools, and fountains.

The 2,200 ft² (204 m²), two-bedroom Merrion Penthouse is a lavishly appointed apartment that offers an extraordinary level of luxury. It has hosted celebrities, visiting dignitaries, heads of state and many others who value independence and privacy.

The Tethra Spa

The Tethra Spa

Located in the heart of The Merrion is the Tethra Spa. This relaxing and tranquil retreat is the ideal place to unwind and escape the city center. The luxurious spa area is equipped with private treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a variety of beauty treatments and massages delivered by award winning therapists. A steam room, 18-meter (59-foot) infinity swimming pool, and the advanced fitness equipment ensure guests can maintain their health and fitness regime while staying at The Merrion.

Exquisite cuisine with magnificent cocktails and wine

The Cellar Bar
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In the past few years, Dublin has gained a reputation for excellent food. The area around Grafton Street is particularly well served. The Merrion itself is home to the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, The Cellar Bar and Restaurant, and the intimate No. 23 Cocktail Bar.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is Ireland’s only Two Star Michelin restaurant and is touted as one of the best restaurants in Ireland. It has been serving Dublin with contemporary Irish cuisine with classical roots for 30 years. Internationally acclaimed, it has been featured in everything from the New York Times to the Irish Times.

The Cellar Restaurant, is presided over by Executive Chef Ed Cooney. The award-winning restaurant showcases modern Irish cuisine using the best local and seasonal ingredients making each dish distinctively Irish.

The Cellar Bar is in the original 18th-century wine vaults of the Main House. The all-day gastro-pub menu makes it a popular lunchtime and after-work meeting place. Full bar service and carefully selected wines are available by the glass.

The intimate No. 23 cocktail bar has a private club feel. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails, a special whiskey tasting selection, a glass of wine from L'Abeille de Fieuzal, the chairman’s own vineyard in Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux and delicious canapés.

Location and luxury

With everything at your fingertips you can relax and unwind from a busy day in the heart of Dublin. The Merrion Hotel takes pride in making Dublin’s most luxurious 5-Star hotel a home away from home for all their guests.

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