The Merrion Dublin (Review)

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    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 :eek:. 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. :oops:

    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.
     
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    Indeed, a gorgeous hotel, clearly one of the best or the best hotel in Dublin! Gorgeous Merrion!

    As for the Westin, the food has been downscaled in our opinion, plus service can be a bit of a miss too at times eg. long waiting times while in the Atrium lounge, no space in the Restaurant because of too many people attending and the rooms are the same from years ago, but with LCD TV to give some modern toys too. Overall however, I would recommend the hotel, especially when booking Deluxe and above, plus they have a great room service, the quality was especially good, plus the breakfast selection is superb too. Do not forget the location in the heart of the city of Dublin, on way leads to the north while the other leads into the south of the city. Perfect!

    The Fitzwilliam is a design driven hotel and draws a hip crowd of young affluent people, having not stayed there yet, but read many reviews about this hotel, we would go with a 50 / 50 feel for this one. But the location on top of Grafton Street and beside St. Stephens Green is fantastic.

    We would also recommend the Conrad Dublin, near St. Stephens Green and opposite the National Concert Hall, had a great stay there in a Junior suite, very comfortable, friendly staff and a fantastic in-room service breakfast too. Only drawback the suite had still an old tube style TV, but superb furnishings, separate bathtub and shower, marbled, double sink and wonderful Acca Kappa luxury toiletries incl. a dental kit! Rare for Europe!

    You could also consider the famous Shelbourne Hotel, A Renaissance Hotel, had also a great stay there, friendly staff, right opposite St. Stephens Green, an ornate building, we had also a junior suite there, fantastic space with views over the park, traditional, but very well furnished, our package included strawberries and champagne, got two bottles of champagne included! Breakfast and Dinner are outstanding affairs in the Saddle Room. high quality and again good service standards. Only drawback we found is that the Club Lounge // Concierge Lounge is only open during the week with complimentary offerings, but can still be used for water and internet access during the weekend, wish the could open the lounge incl. full service during weekends too.

    Enjoy Dublin!:)
     
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    The Merrion is my favorite hotel in Dublin. When I think Dublin, the smell of the peat fires in the Merrion's lobby immediately comes to mind.
     
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    It is a wonderful hotel, but the Fitzwilliam has a more convenient location. Merrion Square is beautiful, but it is a long walk to the main shopping areas, Temple Bar, Trinity College, etc.
     
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    It's really not that far, depending on how fast someone walks maybe 10 // 12 minutes to St. Stephens Green Park and a further 5 minutes along the Shelbourne Hotel to Grafton Street with all the shops.:)
     
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    Completely agree. My sense was that there was a material distance between the Merrion and say the Westin, but the Fitzwilliam was a quick, very pleasant walk.
     
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    So, will we be terribly disappointed that we have booked the Radisson Blu Royal on points for 2 nights in late July?
     
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    No, the Radisson Blu Royal is a stylish, modern hotel, we enjoy the location, the room we had and the wonderful dinner and breakfast there. It's different from what the Merrion does deliver in terms of style, location and heritage, in the overall we like both hotels in their own ways. Enjoy.

    Here's the review from our stay at the Radisson BLU Royal Hotel, Dublin, Ireland:

    http://milepoint.com/forums/threads...el-dublin-rep-of-ireland-review-photos.85634/

    :)
     
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