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The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
Artful and authentic Irish experience in the Dublin City Centre
The Merrion Hotel spans four historic Georgian townhomes as a five-star luxury property for meeting or
incentives groups of up to 60. A stay here is not only infused with history (one of the townhomes was the
birthplace of the Duke of Wellington, who famously defeated Napoleon), but the property also contains
the largest private art collection in Ireland at more than 100 19th- and 20th-century pieces. This year
further blurred the line between hotel and gallery with the addition of an in-depth audio tour designed
by Dr. Deborah Lewer, a senior art history lecturer from the University of Glasgow, for 20 of its paintings.
The tour guides attendees through the hotel's historic drawing rooms and gardens.
The hotel is located right around the corner from the National Gallery and across the street from the
Irish Parliament, and groups can partake in a private tour of the hotel's art collection, which contains art
from the likes of Jack B. Yeats (one of Ireland's greatest 20th-century painters), William Scott and Louis
le Brocquy, to name but a few. Groups can also experience the "Art Afternoon Tea," the hotel's lavish
afternoon tea service with a selection of savories, breads, cakes and pastries, teas and coffees, and fruit
and herbal infusions-pastries are inspired by the art collection-and enjoyed in elegant Georgian-style
drawing rooms with live harp music.
The 142-room property has six private meeting rooms and the service and attention to detail exudes
luxury. The Merrion also contains an authentic 18th-century Cellar Bar, formerly the main house's wine
vaults, which can be used for events with food stations throughout. There is also the choice of the
Patrick Guilbaud restaurant in the hotel, the only restaurant with two Michelin stars in Ireland.
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