I visited in August and greeted by 4 people behind the check-in desk (after wresting with the doorman for my bag). None of of the 4 had time to help me because they were too busy chatting. When they finally did check me in, I'm not sure if they were annoyed I interrupted them or what, but I booked a room overlooking the courtyard and instead I got a tiny room overlooking an alley way. The a/c didn't work and you couldn't open the window because someone could have literally stepped in the window from the alley. The room was tinyl and overcrowded with English country style furniture. When you pulled out the chair to sit at the desk, the chair was backed up to the bed. And you couldn't open the wardrobe while the chair was out from the desk. The bathroom was less than modern (and not the cleanest) and the water pressure was terrible. I went to the desk and said it wasn't what I had booked and wanted to change but they said they were booked out. The staff were far too numerous in the common areas, with nobody actually doing anything, and all acting judgmental. In the bar area on the main floor, there was a fire burning in the evening ... in August. Don't get me wrong, I adore a peat fire, but it was so unbearably hot that nobody could be in the place - everyone who did come in, left - so much for atmosphere. Perhaps I had the worst luck and got their closet room, and everyone was having a bad day, but it's to their loss. As some who travels to Dublin on business every couple of weeks, I will not select again or ever recommend the Merrion. The Westbury is far superior in every way imaginable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Merrion, created from four Georgian townhouses, is located in the city centre opposite government buildings. Many of the 142 bedrooms and suites overlook period landscaped gardens. Guests can dine in the 2-star Michelin restaurant Patrick Guilbaud or The Cellar Restaurant and Bar. The intimate No 23 cocktail bar waits as does the Tethra Spa which boasts an 18m pool, steam room, fully equipped gymnasium and two private treatment rooms. The Merrion offers six private dining and meeting rooms. ... more less
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