Dublin’s “most elegant” hotel has a distinguished history, said Patti Nickell in the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader. The Georgian townhouse known as the Merrion was once a residence of Arthur Wellesley, aka the first Duke of Wellington, the general who defeate d Napoleon at Waterloo. The historic inn still possesses early-19th-century charm, from the “intricate rococo” details to the “Corinthian cornice in the stairwell” to an “impressive” art collection. But its modern delights include the Tethra Spa’s 59-foot infinity pool and the Michelin-rated cuisine of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.
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