Condé Nast Traveller - Gold List - 2007-2014
Travel + Leisure - 500 World's Best Hotels - 2009 & 2011
Green Hospitality Award - Silver Medal - 2010
Travel + Leisure - Top 15 Large City Hotels in Europe - 2010
Condé Nast Traveler - No. 1 Hotel in Dublin - October 2009
Travel + Leisure - No. 33, Top 50 Hotels in Europe - 2008
World Travel Awards - Ireland's Leading Hotel - 2008
The Look & Experience
If you are after exquisite comfort and relaxed elegance then the Merrion Hotel is the hotel of choice for you. This five star hotel which combines contemporary design and classic touches is located opposite Government Buildings on Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2 well placed to explore all the city’s best museums.
Bed & Bath
Classy rooms with plush fabrics and creature comforts
About Your Stay
If you want to stay in pure luxury, then the Merrion Hotel on Upper Merrion Street is the hotel for you. Start your Merrion experience by enjoying an intimate meal in the Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant - with its two Michelin stars followed by cocktails in the upmarket No 23 Cocktail Bar.
The next morning after a night out on the tiles; relax in the hotel’s Tethra Spa where you will find award winning therapists on hand to provide every treatment known to man. You will also be able to swim in the Spa’s 18m infinity swimming pool, use the steam room or do a work out in the fully equipped gym. After a full day of sightseeing have a quite intimate drink in the Cellar Bar before a meal at the hotel’s chic restaurant - the Cellar Restaurant which serves modern Irish cuisine.
At the Hotel
Concierge Assistance 24/7
The Cellar Restaurant
The Cellar Bar
Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant
No 23 Cocktail Bar
18m Swimming Pool
Fully Equipped Gym
Be In the Know
Café en Seine (+353 (0) 1 6774567) is a fantastic choice with all ages for enjoying a social evening out. Located at the trendy and hip Dawson Street, this stylish bar is intoxicating. Enjoy a party atmosphere at Café en Seine, where the food is to die for, the entertainment is magical and the drinks flow until the wee hours of the morning.
After exploring Dublin’s most famous attractions, take a break and pay a visit to Doheny & Nesbitts (+353 (0) 1 676 2945) on Baggot Street. This awesome Dublin bar is one of a kind. Who knows who you might spot here. It is usually frequented by politicians enjoying a wet lunch as the Government Buildings are just around the corner. Founded in 1850, by William Burke even since its foundation by William Burke in 1850, it has been and still is a well-seasoned drinking emporium.
If you are doddering over where to go for a well-deserved glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, a Sparkling Wine or an unbelievable cocktail, No37 Dawson Street (+353 (0) 1 9022908) never disappoints.
Hit Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s best shopping scenes. Hip and trendy boutiques are everywhere to be found as far as the eye can see.
Make your way over to the north side of the city and pay a visit to Ireland’s largest department store – Arnotts (+353 (0) 1 8050400). Founded in 1843, you will find everything from the best fashion brands, quality gifts to spectacular homewares.
Located in the Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2 (+353 (0) 1 6778770) visitors should definitely visit Kennedy & McSharry – Dublin’s oldest gentlemen’s outfitters. From neckwear, shirts, hats and caps; you name it, they stock them.
Visit & Experience
National Gallery of Ireland
Today the collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Every major European School of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings. The gallery's highlights include works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
St Patricks Cathedral
Built between 1220 and 1260 the Cathedral is one of the few buildings left from the medieval city of Dublin. Today St Patricks is the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland and is still the largest cathedral in Ireland. Visitors can learn about the buildings fascinating history including its most famous Dean (head) Jonathan Swift who is one of around 700 burials on site.
Book of Kells
The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. Its 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels. It was written around 800AD by Irish monks and later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings and after being eventually rediscovered it was deposited for safe keeping in Trinity in 1653.
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden.
The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort.
Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to visitors in the ' Mediaeval Undercroft' which also includes the remains of the original 13th century Castle.
The south range houses the magnificent State Apartments that were built as the residential quarters of the Viceregal court. They are now the venue for Presidential Inaugurations, State Functions and Ireland's Presidencies of the European Union.
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