Merrion Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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Merrion Hotel

, Dublin
5 star

Rooms: 145

Upper Merrion Street - Dublin - 2 - Ireland Hotel Website | 1 603 0600
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Aberdeen Lodge Hotel
Submitted by: Manfred Strobl in 14/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Germany
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Aberdeen Lodge is a really luxury family hotel in a nice surround. Best service and very good rooms made my stay very comfortable.
Submitted by: M. Rentell in 12/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We stayed at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin for the first 3 days of our honeymoon. All hotels should be run like this one!!! From the decor and size of the rooms to the food in the restaurants - the word "excellence" hardly does it justice. The staff are very accomodating and friendly. Although this hotel is not cheap - far from it, there is a welcome acceptance of variety in manner of dress for guests. We live in jeans and T's and were made to feel equally as welcome as the Armani and Burberry wearing American noveau-riche. I recommend this hotel to anyone wanting that bit of understated decadence.
Submitted by: Sarah Marrison in 12/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Beautiful period hotel in Dublin. I would highly recommend this hotel.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Merrion Hotel

Amazing service !

from A TripAdvisor Member
From the moment we entered the hotel, we immediatly felt wellcome. The staff is very professional. We immediatly noticed that this hotel is not part of a large chain like Four Seasons, Hilton, ... because many staff members treated us very personally and we appreciated this very much. The building (recently renovated Georgian townhouses integrated in one entity) is amazing. The garden is very relaxing. The rooms are spacious. The afternoon tea in the drawing rooms is the best in Dublin. The full Irish breakfast was very good and was the best way to start a day in Dublin. Nothing but good points !!! Really worth the price !!!


from A TripAdvisor Member
Having read the reviews on this, I decided to take my fiance to this hotel. We were very happy with the choice - everything about the place is elegant, even down to them not having a huge sign on the front of the building. This hotel feels more like a home than a hotel with very helpful hosts. All the staff were great - one small complaint if any, was that the concierge did not have the best suggestions of places to eat and drink.

Our three days there were magical, enhanced by a rigourous massage in the Tethra Spa! The pool and steam room are ok, but the treatments are worth every penny.

Breakfasts are fantastic - and served with grace and style. Food in the drawing room on the otherhand is ok, although very expensive. However service again is impeccable.

Without doubt, one of the most pleasurable hotels we have stayed in for a long time. The people make the difference in a place like this - we visited the Morrison and the Clarence - neither is a patch on the Merrion. They are stuck up their --- trying to be cool and sophisticated and thus fail to achieve either.


from A TripAdvisor Member
We just loved the Merrion. Fabulous place to stay. Further details on why below:

So elegant.
Staff very friendly, well-trained, and professional.

Rooms well appointed and comfortable.
Very child friendly, even in the dinning room at dinner.

Beautiful gardens and very light throughout. Loved the sitting rooms with cosy fire and lovely furnishings.

Breakfast is gorgeous! A real mix of Irish/North American/continental cuisines (and that is just breakfast!).

Central to all the things we wanted to see: Trinity College/Book of Kells, Grafton Street, National Museum, etc.

Concierge service very helpful and friendly.
Stay here. You will not regret it!

Worth every one of its five stars

from SkyeTraveler
We stayed for three nights in the main part of the hotel, in a large and comfortable suite. Nearly everything about this hotel is spot on. Its location is perfect, in the middle of Georgian Dublin, near Stephen's Green, Grafton Street, Trinity College, the National Gallery, Parliament -- not to mention some very good restaurants. We tried twice to get into the nearby Bang Cafe, but apparently it's always fully booked. Ended up in a lovely restaurant called Rubicon, but there were several others in the area that looked just as promising.

The service in this hotel is what sets it apart. When there were slip-ups -- as there inevitably are, even in the best hotels -- the staff were always ready to make it right. And they're obviously trained, a rarity these days. For example, because there is no separate service lift, I sometimes found myself waiting for the lift along with a member of staff. When that happened, they always insisted that I take the lift ("for you, madam") while they waited for the next one. It's a small thing, I know. But how many times, in other so-called luxury hotels, have I been pinned to the back of an elevator by a hotel staff member wheeling a suitcase trolley or room service cart, without so much as an "excuse me"?

The main buildings are Georgian, with the pleasing proportions of that style of architecture. Several paintings in the public areas were done by artists whose works hang in the National Gallery, just down the street. Yet for all that, this is not a stuffy hotel. You're encouraged to sit by the fire (there are two lounges), read the paper, drink tea or coffee . . . hang out. On a drizzly November afternoon, it was just what we needed.

The only complaint I had was that, because of the way the main rooms are laid out, anyone staying in the Garden wings has to pass through the lounge areas. At one point, a stream of people came through, suitcases in tow -- it was like having afternoon tea in Grand Central Station!

Overall, this is a wonderful hotel, but make no mistake -- even with the discounted rate (390 euro per night for the suite, with a generous breakfast included), this is not a cheap date, especially with the very unfavorable euro-to-dollar exchange rate.

But I know I'll always think of Dublin with affection because I stayed at this hotel. As they say in the ads -- priceless!


from PETER46Belgium
Just back from a wonderfull citytrip to Dublin. The Merrion could justify his price.
Paid 240 euro for a double room, full irish breakfast included. Got this price by emailing the reservation department. On the website more expensive!
Were happy to leave on saturday when the crowd came. So a tip if you can come during the week lot's more fun, easier to book a restaurant, getting into a pub or doing some sightseeing & shopping. Crazy no smoking policy even in the pubs from this year on! Dublin was our alternative for the yearly regural christmas-shoppingtrip to expensive London. BUT Dublin follows very well on the prices!!!
Pearl brasserie nextdoor was our best meal!

Nice Hotel, But Overpriced

from A TripAdvisor Member
My partner and I stayed here in July for one night only. It took us an hour of driving around Dublin to find. When we finally found the Hotel it was a miracle because there is no proper sign outside, merely a brass plate at the front door. This annoyed us somewhat. Staff were extremely courteous and friendly. Breakfast was tasty but very pricey. The room was some what dated, but the marble bathroom was lovely. We booked on the net not through the Hotel website, and I would say that these bookings are possibly given the worst rooms. The spa was lovely and the treatment that I received was out of this world. I would highly recommend that spa for a luxury weekend away. The Hotel was lovely, but I think overall the quality of the room left the whole experience down.

good but at a price

from A TripAdvisor Member
good hotel, but dukes suites not worth price. service was very good throughout hotel. Patrick Guibaud way overrated. way too much $. no Irish hospitality. food not that good for price.

6 Stars

from Mirandarose
The Merrion has all the details right in a location that is perfect. The doorman was outstanding at both arrival and departure, personable, welcoming, and efficent. Check in was a comedy of errors but Daniel more than made up for it with chocolates and champagne. Few downtown hotels in any town have a quiet, restful garden like the Merrion which encourages you to open your window and watch the people and the ducks. There simply can be no better, big hotel in Dublin.

Excellent - best in Dublin

from Spuggers
Excellent hotel with great service, nice bar, great for cold winter evenings in front of the open fires, great location, great food. The rooms are all lvoely but if you can get into the old wing of the hotel the rooms are just superb... you spend most of the night trying to get onto the high bed! I have not stayed in a better hotel in Dublin


from alainef
The nicest, most elegant hotel in Dublin. We really liked the Merrion for more of an old world, English Tea, doorman environment. The Clarence was also great - a nice dichotomy from the Merrion. Staff was friendly at both, but more so at the Clarence. The gardens at the Merrion were amazing and we spent time watching the baby ducklings drop into the pond. A great eating spot near the Merrion is the Pearl Brasserie only a few doors away. You couldn't go wrong with either hotel!

Top Local Tips for Dublin

Rain; the Airport This was my second trip to Dublin and both times it rained and it was cool. Always take a umbrella with you and a poncho. Also, pack some sweaters even in the summer because it is always cool here. Also, when you depart for the airport, give yourself at least three hours . The lines are always very long since there is only one terminal for all the airlines. Dublin is in the process of building a new terminal, but it will not be ready for anther year. Dublin could really use 5 new terminals. It is utter confusion once you get inside the airport.

Find out if there is a taxi strike Apparently Taxi strikes are not abnormal, so check with the hotel before your flight. If there is a taxi strike, ask them to arrange a car for you. Otherwise you are stuck on a bus, let out into the middle of the street and end up dragging your own luggage into your 5 star hotel! Live and learn.

National Gallery Located right across the street - wonderful collection of Irish artist and a wonderful lunch cafe.


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  • Address: Upper Merrion Street - Dublin - 2 - Ireland
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