Fawlty Towers

‘Tis the Season to be Merry-ion!

To paraphrase, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,
“Guests of The New Celebrity Ding-Dang-Dong stay at the world-renowned Merrion Hotel, Dublin’s most exciting hotel experience. For reservations, call toll free: (01) 603 0600″.
Quite simply, The Merrion Hotel is Dublin 2’s most exclusive address. An award-winning 5-star hotel set in a beautifully restored, Georgian building, this formal hotel is a 7-minute walk from Stephen’s Green and a stone’s throw from Dublin’s premier shopping destination, Grafton Street.  This tastefully decorated hotel has the ability to transport guests back to a more genteel era and everything about the establishment is 5-star.

Upon entry, you’re greeted by a handful of very helpful and friendly doormen who’ll take your luggage and lead you to reception.  If it’s your first time at the hotel, you’ll literally be led by the hand to your bedroom but if you’re a seasoned guest, this service may or may not be offered but you’ll always be welcomed back with open arms.

Thanks to very generous family members and a spate of vouchers, we’ve had the privilege of being able to stay at the hotel on what is becoming almost an annual tradition.

Its glorious rooms and suites cater to all and feature city or garden views, very comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, fairly reasonable minibars and extremely spacious en suites complete with cosy bathrobes.


Patrick Guilbaud an award-winning Michelin star restaurant offers fine dining with a French twist, whilst the Cellar Restaurant offers Irish cuisine at its very best. However, for those of you on more modest incomes like ourselves, the Cellar Bar provides very decent, tasty food at a fraction of the price.  It’s also worth mentioning that the service is equally as impressive in the bar as it is anywhere else in the hotel.  Our waitress couldn’t have been more attentive, bringing us a free basket of brown bread first, followed by our drinks order.  For our main course, we opted to have the McLoughlin (no relation) beef burger – at €16 but worth absolutely every penny.  The meat was so succulent and went down a treat.  Never have I tasted a burger on a par with steak before but this was pretty close.  The chips were another revelation – cooked to perfection and served alongside the burger.  This simple dish really was a gastronomic masterpiece and we followed our meal with coffee and a scrumptious sticky toffee pudding.


To experience all that The Merrion has to offer, The Winter Escape with breakfast included at €250 is not bad value.  An extra €5 would entitle you to have breakfast in bed and trust me, this treat is well worth the extra fiver. 

Now, Merry-ion Christmas to you all!


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