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Merrion Hotel

Upper Merrion St.
Dublin , Ireland http://merrionhotel.com/
(800) 223-6800

Occupying a cluster of four stately Georgian houses, which overlook formal landscaped gardens, this property set right across the street from the city’s government offices was carefully restored in the late 1990s to its 18th-century splendor. The period details in the Main House's rooms and suites—from the crown molding and damask upholstery to the color scheme of cream, slate blue, dusty red, and sage green—have been chosen to reflect historical accuracy; the formal tearoom (where wood fires flicker in the hearths) and the vaulted, subterranean cellar bar whisk you back to the 1700s. Still, the hotel manages to avoid feeling stuffy—likely due to the friendly openness of the staff and modern features like the colonnaded infinity pool of the Tethra Spa or the two-Michelin-starred, cuisine at Patrick Guilbaud’s restaurant.

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