Art connoisseurs checking in to The Merrion, a row of four restored Georgian townhouses in the heart of Dublin, will love their stay amid Ireland’s largest private collection of 19th- and 20th-century art. The hotel is home to more than 100 museum-quality paintings from owner Lochlann Quinn’s extensive personal holdings, and its location, just a stone's throw from the National Gallery and National History Museum, is ideal for devotees of fine arts and culture.
On display throughout the hotel, our hotelier's eclectic collection recalls the grand canvases that may have lined the walls of a home of this architectural significance in its 18th century heyday, albeit with a modern twist. Woman in White, an arresting painting by Dublin-born painter, Louis le Brocquy, hangs near the fireplace. Renowned Irish artist, Jack B. Yeats’ masterful self-portrait, The Hour of Sleep, presides over the grand front hall; and a petite self-portrait by American expat, Saurin Elizabeth Leech, accents the hotel's expansive front hall.
Guests of The Merrion will receive a complimentary copy of hotel's private catalog to take home after the tour.
Admire The Merrion’s diverse private collection on an tour given regularly by knowledgeable guides from the nearby National Gallery of Ireland. Guests wishing to explore the hotel’s collection on their own have access to an insightful audio guide narrating the qualities and composition of the top 20 paintings on display at the hotel.
Afterwards, receive a complimentary copy of The Merrion’s catalog in the drawing room to peruse over an artful afternoon tea full of lavish delights created by pastry chef Paul Kelly, and inspired by works specific to the hotel's collection.
The exquisite treats, almost too beautiful to eat, are certainly works of art in themselves.
To learn more about The Merrion or the hotel’s art collection, please contact the concierge upon making a reservation.