Merrion Hotel Dublin

This was my second time staying at this five star hotel but my first time reviewing it. There are quite a few five star hotels in Dublin with several of them on the American Express FHR program. This hotel is consistently the cheapest of those 5 star hotels. I think because it’s just a few blocks further from the city center. It’s still very close, maybe a 5-10 minute walk. It’s right across the street from the National Gallery in fact.

The hotel itself is very nice. Attentive staff and nice central spaces for having tea. There is a fancy Michelin Star restaurant attached as well. The Celler Bar downstairs is set in an actual cellar and very cozy. They setting is great for drinks and a quick bite to eat.

The standout of this hotel is the bed. Plush luxurious beds with soft linens. A bed you never want to exit. The room also is quite spacious with a balcony overlooking a central garden.

The bathroom is very large with a separate tub and shower. It also has the standard amenities along with slippers and robes.

The most disappointing aspect of the hotel was the free breakfast. I stay at a lot of five star hotels and have seen a range of buffets. This continental breakfast was one lone table. A chintzy selection of cheese, meats and breads. There was a lot of dry cereal. The buffet was constantly running out of things and no one replaced it. It was the worst buffet I have seen at a five star hotel.

Other than that, I think the hotel is quite nice. The shelbourne, Westin and Westbury are all a little more centrally located but this wasn’t too far away.

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