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“Quiet and elegant in Temple Bar”
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The Merchant House
Ranked #22 of 149 Dublin B&B and Inns
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“Quiet and elegant in Temple Bar”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

We were extremely happy with The Merchant House. We stayed in the Bram Stoker room which is in the back. Consequently, though there are no views, there is no noise either. Yet when you walk out the door you find yourself in the heart of theTemple Bar area. The Castle is just up the hill, Christchurch Cathedral is a 5 minute walk, the Quay is just down the hill, Trinity College and the Book of Kells were maybe a 10 minute walk. This property is located on a side street off Temple Bar, still in the "zone", on cobblestones, but without the ruckus.

The room itself was elegant. It had two skylights and two frosted windows onto an inner rooftop, so it had plenty of light though no view. This turned out to be a great thing as it was super quiet, I don't know how you could find a quieter room in the Temple Bar area.

The bed was Queen sized and very comfortable, as were the comforter and pillows.

We were a little taken aback at first as we had planned to crash for a bit in the lobby after our overnight flight but there was no lobby. However they did store our bags and have our room ready when promised so in retrospect, given that they are a B&B/Inn and not a hotel this is something to plan for but not hold against them.

Everything was meticulously clean, and decorated with good taste. We had a bit of trouble getting the temp consistent in the shower but there was no shortage of hot water and the flow was good.
Breakfast was included and provided by a fantastic little place around the corner. Very charming, excellent food (quality and volume) and super friendly service.

The room is termed a 'suite' though it is really just a room, but well-appointed and a fair size for a city room.

Very easy to get an a cab to airport. Just walk half a block to the main street and cabs fly by every 10 seconds.

I would definitely go back. I would be interested in some of the larger rooms in the front too. Although they look out over the street they are on a higher floor and I'm betting they are quiet too, as the actual road this is on, though right off Temple Bar, is not itself busy.

Room Tip: Bram Stoker in back is super quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2012 via mobile

The Merchant House in Dublin is perfectly located in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. The room is spacious to say the least. It is nicely decorated and clean. In spite of being on a busy street there is NO noise. You cannot here a thing from outside.
If you are familiar with Dublin, this is a perfect place. However, we were not and could have used some advice as to what to see and where to go. You can reach someone by phone but our cell phone did not work in Ireland. We have been staying in B&B's and were use to the direct contact with our hosts usually at breakfast. At the Merchant House you eat breakfast around the corner at a wonderful cafe.

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Thirsk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

We booked the Oscar Wilde 'suite' for the second part of our honeymoon. The hotel was fairly easy to find and in central temple bar. It was lovely and clean and the bed was very comfortable.

Unfortunately what was not mentioned ont he hotel information is that it is directly opposite a nightclub, and as you can imagine this was very noisy on a night, we were luckily on the top floor but the noise was still excessive. when going back to the hotel on an evening, there was often drunk people sat on the hotel doorset, this was not a nice thing to go back to!

The room itself can not be classes as a suite, to me a suite has a different bedroom and lounge area but this was all in one, with this, the bathroom seemed to be an after though and had a glass door/wall. Its not the best thing in the world to see your new husband on the loo!! We share a lot but thats over the line.

Although breakfast is included in the price, it is not mentioned that this is in a cafe on a different street. Breakfast itself was lovely, the cafe was small and quirky which I love.

Overall the room was nice it just needs to have an actual wall seperating the bathroom and more information on the website.

Unfortunately, i wouldnt visit this hotel again, it is very overpriced for what it was

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

4 differing suites - all of which I have stayed in over last 2 months. Always a new touch of sumptuousness or soft furnishings added. A bit of 5* deluxe luxury at 3 star prices.Ideal for working from or holidaying in. With breakfast available at the local upmarket cafe, it is ideal for the early bird or the party animal late riser - I have done both. right in the hear to the action, but the tight-fitting windows keep out the rowdiest pub smokers.

Room Tip: Bram Stoker is not yet with work desk, so only really for a short break or leisure trip. It is howev...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

The Merchant House is ideally located in Temple Bar with all the pubs and eating places close by. We stayed in the Oscar Wilde suite which was gorgeous roomy clean and had a wonderfully comfortable bed. It is however at the top of the building which means a few flights of stairs so if you don't like stairs consider one of the other suites. The windows are soundproofed and we were not bothered in the slightest by outside noise and we had the bathroom window open to allow some air through. Would recommend and would stay again :) Very happy customer

Room Tip: The Oscar Wilde suite is stunning but is at the top of a few flights of stairs so if you dont like s...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Eustacestreet, Manager at The Merchant House, responded to this review, 17 March 2012
Thank you so much for your kind comments. As our property is right in the centre of Temple Bar it is difficult to drown out noise completely. However, we had 'sound proof' windows installed last year that has made a huge difference. They are installed in the whole building and for those Guests that are 'light' sleepers we also provide ear plugs daily . Indeed we do have some stairs to climb as the building is early Georgian but when you reach your Suite we feel it is worth the climb. Thank you again for taking the time to post a favourable review from the whole team at The Merchant House.
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Additional Information about The Merchant House

Property: The Merchant House
Address: 8 Eustace Street | Temple Bar, Dublin D02 KX31, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Dublin > Temple Bar
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Dublin
Price range (per night): ₹ 12,143 - ₹ 16,512
Hotel Class:5 star — The Merchant House 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Merchant House is a restored award winning early Georgian building situated in Temple Bar, the cultural capital of Dublin City. The building in Eustace Street started out as a Merchant's house in the early Eighteenth Century. After extensive and lengthy refurbishment, luxury Guest Suites were created. It is our intention to offer our Guests spacious luxury Suites with total privacy in the heart of Dublin City. Our sound proof windows, beautiful furnishings, free Wifi and beautiful decor all help to create a relaxing environment for our Guests at a very affordable price. Breakfast is great value at €12 per Guest and served 1 minutes walk from The Merchant House. Some stairs to climb . All our Suites are called after Irish writers. Check In is by appointment with your personal Housekeeper. ... more   less 
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