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 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 less than 20 years ago. It feels timeless. Doubles from €250.
Name to Know: Head concierge since the hotel’s opening in 1997, Sean Lally, whose favourite thing about Dublin is the Dubliners with their great gift of the gab.
See: The Skyline Tour of Croke Park, giving visitors the thrill of walking on top of one of Europe’s largest stadiums whilst offering unrivalled panoramic city views.
Eat: Sitting next door to The Merrion is Ireland’s only 2 star Michelin restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud. The restaurant has been at the centre of fine dining in Dublin for the last thirty-three years.
Buy: Visit Louise Kennedy’s Dublin Flagship Store on Merrion Square. Louise is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s most successful fashion designers.
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