During my stay in Ireland. I visited the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. The Merrion is a magnificent example of authentic 18th Century Georgian Townhouse Design, complete with a Comtemporary Wing and Historic a Gardens. Located in Dublin’s City Center. The Hotel has one of Ireland’s most impressive Collections of Art and Antiques.
Two Star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud offers exquisite Gourmet Dining in one of Ireland’s most acclaimed Restaurants.
The Tethra Spa includes an 18 Meter Pool, Gym Steam Room and Private Treatment Facilities. The Merrion Hotel belongs to The Leading Hotels in The World. And is highly recommended.
WHAT MAKES THE MERRION SPECIAL?
HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE: Created from four magnificent Georgian terrace houses, (No’s 21, 22, 23 and 24 Upper Merrion Street) built in the 1760s, The Merrion is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Dublin. The original houses were originally home to a series of wealthy merchants and aristocrats, including the Earl of Mornington, whose son, Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, was born in No. 24.
RESTORATION: A cast of brilliant talent was commissioned in the late 1990s, reviving the neglected houses to their former glory and transforming them into a world class hotel to open in 1997. Now guests can relax in the original 18th century drawing rooms with their deep button back chairs, crackling peat fires and garden views. Rococo ceilings were painstakingly restored by stuccadore Seamus OhEacha, using the same 200 year old techniques that would have been used by the original craftsmen. Martin Mooney, one of Ireland’s finest young painters, was commissioned to paint the elegant murals in the lobby and stairwell, depicting scenes of Dublin in neo-classical style.
INTERIORS: Alice Roden, the Dublin based interior designer and textiles specialist, was briefed ‘to honour the 18th century heritage of the buildings’, and spent 18 months researching Georgian interiors and design, exploring the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and 18th century architecture in Bath and Paris.
ART: An astonishing collection of private 19th and 20th Century art is hung throughout the hotel and recognised to be among the most important collections in Ireland. Mostly Irish, the collection includes works by Sir John Lavery, Mainie Jellet, Daniel Maclise, Paul Henry, Louis le Brocquy, Jack B. Yeats, younger
brother of the poet W.B. Yeats. The Merrion’s art collection was the inspiration behind Art Afternoon Tea which is served daily in the Georgian Drawing Rooms.
GARDENS: Local landscape architect, Jim Reynolds, was commissioned to create two private, typically Georgian formal gardens. Lady Mornington’s Garden is a purely decorative knot garden, and the main garden is planted with box hedges and scented beds, with water features and a series of private seating areas.
PENTHOUSE GRAND: The Merrion’s Penthouse Suite – is one of Ireland’s largest suites, approximately 260 m2 split across two floors, with a separate 93 m2 rooftop terrace.
RESTAURANT PATRICK GUILBAUD: The Merrion is home to Ireland’s only two star restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, serving the finest Irish ingredients with a classical French pedigree. Classics include Connemara lobster ravioli with coconut scented lobster cream and toasted almonds; Slow caramelized liquorice veal sweetbreads with parsnip sauce and lemon confit.
THE CELLAR RESTAURANT: Stunning Irish produce is impeccably and simply presented by Executive Chef Ed Cooney at The Merrion’s vaulted Cellar Restaurant and adjacent Cellar Bar. Enjoy favourites such as Bluebell Falls goat’s cheese with garlic confit; Home cured gravadlax; whole baked seabass with fennel, roast garlic, vine tomatoes and sauce vièrge and Baked Alaska.
No. 23 BAR: Guests of The Merrion can enjoy their own private bar at No. 23. Black velvet is the signature cocktail, made with equal parts Guinness and Champagne – said to provide a nutritious and wholesome ‘lift’.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY: Younger guests at The Merrion – ‘Miss and Master Merrions’ – receive tailored room service menus with their own bespoke crockery; mini-robes for the poolside, games, age-appropriate goodies and ‘mocktails’ from the bar.