Sometimes the oldies are the best… I’m all for a nice shiny new and modern hotel – but I also appreciate a well established, elegant and luxurious setting just as much! The 5 star Merrion hotel is one of, if not the most famous hotels in Dublin – and famous for all the right reasons. Four Georgian townhouses were restored to offer this beautiful hotel where many of the rich and famous stay on their visits to Dublin… and after an overnight stay, I can see why they chose it!
After checking in, we had a wander through the opulent lounges where Afternoon Tea is served… the atmosphere is super relaxed and inviting – the perfect place to curl up with a book to pass some time in the afternoon.
Doors from the lounge area lead out to a gorgeous, peaceful garden terrace area… it was a beautiful Summer day and ideal for a glass of wine in the heat. You are literally moments away from Grafton Street but yet it’s so peaceful and relaxing here – it really feels like a different world!
We had gone for a Bed and Brunch deal, €300 for a stay in a Garden Wing room with a 2 course Brunch the next day each…. it seemed a great deal and I was eager to see the room!
While the Garden Wing may be their cheapest option room-wise, it definitely didn’t disappoint. The soft earthy tones in the paint and furnishing along with an amazingly soft bed made this room super cosy and welcoming.
While we didn’t eat at either of the hotel’s restaurants (we had dinner at the equally fancy Restaurant 41 around the corner!) we did drop into No. 23, their cocktail bar for a pre-dinner drink… it would have been rude not to 🙂
Returning to the hotel later that evening the garden was so pretty lit up with fairy lights on the trees!
After a sound night’s sleep in that fab bed and a lazy morning we headed down to The Cellar Bar for our Brunch. With a mid-day booking I was suitably starving! The cellar is exactly what you’d imagine, only better… nooks and crannies with plenty of seating areas and a swish bar to sit at.
The menu is amazing – sooo much to chose from whether you want to have a healthy enough brunch or a bold burger and chips kinda day!
We went mainly bold with a bit of healthy thrown in! Believe me when I tell you those Heuvos Rancheros were AMAZING!
And there was nothing healthy about dessert! 🙂
Included with the food was 2 Mimosas which were the perfect accompaniment to our relaxed brunch.
Regretfully, we packed up our stuff to head off home…. while The Merrion may be in the midst of the hustle and bustle, it is just so calming and I really would have adored another night to enjoy it! Without doubt, worthy of every good word that is spoken of it.
The Merrion Hotel, Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2
Ph: 00353 1 603 0600
Web: http://www.merrionhotel.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MerrionHotel?lang=en