THE MERRION – Dublin, Ire­land

Selling Travel - - The Review: News In Focus... - BY DO­MINIC BREN­NAN Ad­dress: Merrion Street Up­per, Dublin 2, Ire­land;  mer­rion­ho­

THE BACK­GROUND: The Main House of the Merrion is formed from a col­lec­tion of four listed Ge­or­gian town­houses, whilst the newer Gar­den Wing over­looks two im­mac­u­late pri­vate gar­dens.

This five-star ho­tel, Dublin’s most lux­u­ri­ous, seam­lessly blends clas­si­cal and mod­ern. Whilst the ex­te­rior is stately but sim­ple, in­side the ho­tel is ele­gant and com­fort­able – a place to sit back, read the pa­pers and re­lax.

THE LO­CA­TION: The Merrion is cen­trally lo­cated, op­po­site Gov­ern­ment Build­ings and close to the Na­tional Gallery and the pop­u­lar Bag­got and Grafton Streets.

THE ROOM: My spa­cious Ju­nior Suite looked down on the ho­tel’s pri­vate gar­dens. It was brim­ming with Ir­ish fabrics and pe­riod-style fur­ni­ture, with a king-size bed, sofa, two arm­chairs, a writ­ing desk, cof­fee ta­ble, an Ne­spresso ma­chine and a fully-stocked mini-bar. A large bath­room fea­tured Ital­ian Car­rera mar­ble, and a sep­a­rate bath tub and shower.

KEY FA­CIL­I­TIES: A unique fea­ture of the ho­tel is the an­tiques and var­i­ous art­works scat­tered through­out. Guest can take a 45-minute au­dio tour of the art­works, the largest pri­vate col­lec­tion in Ire­land. The Tethra

Spa has a 60-ft in­fin­ity pool, treat­ment rooms and a gym.

RESTAU­RANTS/BARS: The Restau­rant Pa­trick Guil­baud is Ire­land’s only two-Miche­lin-starred restau­rant. The newer Gar­den Room Restau­rant, over­look­ing the gar­dens, of­fers a range of sea­sonal Ir­ishthemed fare us­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. In the sum­mer, light meals are avail­able from the Gar­den Ter­race. The cosy No.23 bar is off the main Draw­ing Room, while the Cel­lar Bar, set in an orig­i­nal 18th cen­tury wine vault, has a gas­tro-pub style menu.

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