Dublin’s finest hotel is effortlessly gracious. Everything feels right, from the location opposite the Government Buildings and the twinkly doormen, to the polished service and the elegant, classic bedrooms. Four tall, sober Georgian town houses – one of which was the birthplace of the first Duke of Wellington – have been opened up to create a series of expansive, welcoming reception rooms with stucco ceilings, peat fires, antique furniture and the owner’s outstanding collection of 19th and 20th-century Irish art, which you can learn about in a discreet audio tour. Just as impressive is the lovely formal garden, graced by Rowan Gillespie’s wonderful statue of James Joyce. As for the fine dining restaurant, it’s the province of two Michelin starred Patrick Guilbaud, and there’s a spa with pillared infinity pool. No surprise that the charming general manager, Peter MacCann, has been in place since The Merrion opened, but quite a surprise to know that was just 21 years ago. It feels timeless.
The hotel’s private art collection – by self-guided audio tour or with your very own National Gallery Guide – followed by Art Afternoon Tea in the Georgian Drawing Rooms.
Dine at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s, Ireland’s only 2 Michelin star restaurant.
Browse the shops on Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s principal shopping hubs.