Few would question that Dublin is a wonderful city to visit. Whether it is the history of the Irish capital, its rich culture, its fine Georgian architecture or simply the chance to enjoy some superb whiskey, there are many reasons to come. What makes it better still is the choice of great luxury five-star hotels around the city – and the Merrion is a truly wonderful place to stay. If high culture is what you want, look no further.
The interior of the Merrion is as opulent as it gets, with this historic Georgian building being restored to its full glory and offering grace, elegance and a relaxing atmosphere in spades. Where else could you sit around a crackling peat fire? The amenities are superb, with a particular highlight being the Tethra Spa. With its award-winning team of therapists available seven days a week, the spa is on hand to provide relaxation and enormously enjoyable and reviving therapies to guests and non-guests alike. Alongside the spa is an 18-metre swimming pool, a state-of-the art fitness suite and a steam room, so anyone wanting to get fitter while at the Merrion should do so easily. One thing that could reduce fitness – though in the nicest possible way – is the fine dining on offer at the hotel.
There is a fantastic choice ranging from the Cellar Bar gastro-pub to the Cellar Restaurant and the magnificent Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. The latter is the only restaurant in Ireland to hold two Michelin stars. For a nice drink, look no further than No 23, a relaxed and convivial cocktail bar, while the Garden Terrace offers a wonderful outdoor venue in the summer and the Drawing Rooms supply a splendid afternoon tea. All this can be found in a hotel that is located in a perfect city centre location. St Stephen’s Green, Trinity College, the National Museum of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland are all close by, ensuring that this fabulous hotel, itself a must-see, is a perfect place from which to explore the city.