A month ago, I had the opportunity to stay at the Merrion Dublin. This is purported to be one of the better properties in Dublin. In my experience, the Merrion was a hit in some areas, a miss in others. Getting There: From DUB airport, we took the Aircoach (8EUR) to Merrion Square North. From there it was a short, 5 minute walk up the street to the discreetly signed Merrion. (One note: if you're someone that is directionally challenged, you might want to print out a map. It's a very short walk, but there are no visible awnings as there might be at other properties). The Aircoach was great, approximately 30 minutes from DUB to our hotel, which was great because my traveling partner and I had landed early in the am and check-in wasn't until 3pm. Check-in/Room Selection I booked an FHR rate of 230EUR p/n inclusive, which also comes with a complementary lunch/dinner at The Cellar, the less formal of the two restaurants on site. I reached the front desk around 1pm and hoped for an early check-in so that we could shower and keep our day going -- no dice. We were told that a room would be "available shortly". We headed down and enjoyed a lunch and a couple of drinks at the Cellar and came back at 2:30pm -- no dice. We were told that we could take a walk around the pond and come back at 3pm. Perhaps the 'walk around the pond' common was a bit of subtle wit I had missed, but my traveling companion and I walked outside, looked at the water feature and started laughing. We took a lap, sat down and it was 2:32pm . After reading our papers for nearly an hour we finally got our keys and were escorted to our room. Let me be clear: an early check-in would've been great, but I recognize when hotels are full, early check-ins simply can't be given. However an offer to use the showers in the spa, an offer of a lesser room or even some basic communication would've made this a non-issue, but instead this was our first impression of what was otherwise a pleasant stay. Room: We were walked to our Garden View King, which was nice. Free wi-fi was available, which we appreciated given the category of hotel. I can't think of how many luxury hotels don't offer free wireless - I know the market can bear some charges, but it's an annoyance to pay an incremental $15 per day when the room rate is already +/- $400. The bathroom had a glass enclosure shower and a large soaking tub. For you couple, the toilet wasn't separated from the remainder of the facilities. Restaurant: We very much enjoyed the Cellar Bar. It was a great place to grab a quick bite before checking in and heading out. In my time in Ireland, I'd had less than stellar experiences with the food, but the Cellar Bar was a nice representation of pub food, with an upscale twist. Later that evening, about 1am, I'd imagine, we stopped in one of the sitting rooms and polished off a bottle of sparkling wine. I love that the Merrion has 24h service in the two rooms adjacent to the check-in area. It's a great place for a nightcap. We ordered room service breakfast both days and it was very good and delivered on time. All in all, we had a nice stay at the Merrion, minus the hiccup with check-in. The central location near Merrion Square, St. Stephens Green and many of Central Dublin's attractions was wonderful for us, given our limited amount of time in Dublin. At 230EUR p/n, we felt that this was a pretty good deal and would consider staying again, although we'd also consider the Westin Dublin or the Fitzwilliam.