Fiona Byrne

The Merrion

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  • Where:Dublin
  • Why:Returning to the motherland (I’m Irish) and rediscovering Dublin.
  • When:Summer 2014
  • Who:Me & my Irish pal Gillian.
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Stairs in the entry.

Statue of James Joyce on the grounds.

A Hotel Life everywhere you look!

The stunning entry.

The courtyard is gorge. You can sit on the patio if it’s warm enough.

My room overlooking government buildings. On a sunny day, Dublin is beautiful.

The paper liner in the bin thrilled my OCD soul.

My room was one of the guest rooms in the original Georgian houses.

The mini bar had some delish local Irish snacks.

The egg warmers were pretty cute.

Beautiful original Georgian architectural details.

Highs & Lows

  • The slippers were super plush and bouncy. Like mattresses for the feet!

  • The Asprey London bath amenities smell amazing and are totally stealable.

  • There was a paper liner at the bottom of the bathroom trashcan, which gave my OCD a massive thrill.

  • The in-room tea is from local Dublin heritage brand Bewley’s. Love that.

  • To be blunt, the Merrion is the best hotel in Dublin. You just won’t find better than this. It’s an absolute pleasure to be here.

  • The Irish breakfast didn’t blow my mind. Although, I did enjoy the little egg warmers.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury hotel.

  • Vibe

    Tranquil and elegant, lots of afternoon tea and hot toddys by the fire.

  • Location

    Extremely central – the hotel is moments from St. Stephen’s Green and Dublin’s best shopping street. It overlooks Government Buildings and the Natural History Museum

  • Rooms

    123 rooms, 19 suites.

  • Music

    Classical, very background.

  • Year Opened

    1999

  • Designed By

    Aidan Cavey recently completed a redesign of the rooms and suites.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes – and the pool is beautiful.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, the fine-dining restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, is the only restaurant in Ireland with two Michelin stars. 

  • Bar

    There’s a super small cocktail bar called No 23 and late night you should definitely go to the Cellar Bar. Yes, it’s in the cellar and has many nooks. You feel as if you’re drinking in a wine vault. Celebrities take note: it’s great for privacy.

  • Minibar

    Artisinal chocolate and Irish potato chips, you won’t find Pringles here. The homemade cookies are outstanding. We also got a welcome pastry in the room that blew our mind.

  • Children

    It’s definitely family friendly, but not full of kids running around the place.

  • Price

    Considering it’s the best hotel in Dublin, it’s pretty affordable. Rooms start around 200 euro per night.

Young, fun restaurant with a creative scene. Also the chips are proper ‘chipper’ chips cooked in animal fat and you Have. Not. Lived. ‘till you’ve tried these.

Super Miss Sue

2-3 Drury St. Dublin Ireland

Young, fun restaurant with a creative scene. Also the chips are proper ‘chipper’ chips cooked in animal fat and you Have. Not. Lived. ‘till you’ve tried these.

There are a few of these around the city. The coffee is exceptional but it’s the hot chocolate that really gets us. Get the whipped cream on top for maximum heaven vibes. Irish dairy is insanity, so it would be rude not to.

Butler’s Chocolate Café

51a Grafton Street, Dublin 2

There are a few of these around the city. The coffee is exceptional but it’s the hot chocolate that really gets us. Get the whipped cream on top for maximum heaven vibes. Irish dairy is insanity, so it would be rude not to.

This is a true Irish pub and always packed with locals. There’s a great snug and the Guinness is legit. In summertime you can stand outside and have your pint. Very authentic and loved by Dubliners.

Kehoe’s Pub

9 south Anne St, Dublin, Ireland

This is a true Irish pub and always packed with locals. There’s a great snug and the Guinness is legit. In summertime you can stand outside and have your pint. Very authentic and loved by Dubliners.

The Merrion

Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Ireland

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