For the Mercantile, location is everything. You're in the noisy, party, boozy part of town. You're with your mates. You are not looking for subtlety, peace and quiet. If you are looking for refinement or interested in love, romance or higher culture ..go somewhere else.
It has a popular late night bar, rugby pictures are on the windows...of course the rooms are a bit tatty...many a happy inebriated group of pals have stayed in them...what on earth would you expect.?..but the rooms are comfortable, decent sized and easy to find after enjoying too many black pjnts in too many of the fantastic bars nearby. They thoughtfully supply earplugs and even provide little white slippers...now there's posh...
I found the reception staff friendly and charming.
Didn't eat in.
Bit pricey for what you get but location is everything and Dublin is not a cheap city.
The Mercantile is very good at what it does...it's not really fair to criticise it for not being some other kind of hotel.
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