The Marker Hotel: Dublin’s Chic Urban Reteat

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Perched at the edge of Dublin City Centre, Grand Canal Dock sits on an enclosed harbour and has become one of the city’s trendiest quarters. No matter the day, it’s always buzzing with crowds enjoying a waterside lunch break, a glass of wine on a heated terrace or for the more daring, a wakeboard lesson in the harbour.

If you’re looking where to stay in Dublin, The Marker Hotel is nestled amongst the sleek apartments, offices, restaurants, bars, and cafés of Grand Canal Square, one of the city’s coolest urban spaces designed by American Landscape Architect, Martha Schwartz. The square is also home to the Daniel Libeskind-designed Bord Gais Energy Theatre, which boasts an eclectic annual programme of events.

Not only is The Marker Hotel a chic, five-star affair, it’s also an architectural delight, with its chequerboard façade and immaculate interior. The impressive lobby is flooded with natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. However, in contrast to the lobby, the corridors leading to the bedrooms are dark and mysterious, but fear not, behind each door, the bedrooms also feature windows that let in plenty of light during the day. The bedrooms are spacious for a city centre hotel—think minimalist, yet luxurious. Ask for a room with a view over the square, and make sure you take advantage of the deep bath and the complimentary Malin & Goetz products.

The lobby bar buzzes with a diverse crowd of trendy executives, international guests, and hipsters, all sipping craft beers, cocktails or juices. The health conscious can enjoy a Nutri Bite Box packed with nutritious goodies like broth, salad, and steamed chicken, which is sure to keep you energized for a day of sightseeing.

On the far side of the lobby, The Brasserie serves uncomplicated dishes made with fresh, locally sourced produce. Seared salmon, pork belly, and succulent Irish beef are all contenders on the menu. After a weekend of exploring the city, treat yourself to a relaxing lie in on Sunday morning, then, when you’re fully refreshed, head to The Brasserie for Le Drunch, a hybrid between lunch and dinner. The new food trend emerged from Paris, and The Marker Hotel lays on a feast to be enjoyed to the tunes of their in-house DJ. It’s one of the best ways to spend your Sunday!

There’s no doubt The Marker Hotel has the urban edge, but it’s also the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Escape to the spa for a swim in the 23-metre pool, hide away in the suspended cocoons, release all those toxins in the sauna and steam room and then treat yourself to a massage or one of the many treatments on offer.

Want to see Dublin from a new perspective? Then hit The Marker’s rooftop terrace to lounge on a sofa, munch on tasty tapas, and soak up the best views of the city. You won’t want to leave.

When you manage to pull yourself away from the hotel, you’ll be spoilt for choice with things to do and see. It’s a 15-minute walk to the city centre, which is handy if you want to hit the shops. But if you need some downtime, take a scenic stroll along the tree lined towpath of the canal to discover another side of the city. If you’re into rugby, then check out what’s going on at the Aviva Stadium, or if you’re out and about during the evening, take in a show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre or cross the River Liffey to catch a concert in the 3 Arena.

Since opening nearly three years ago, the sleek design, luxurious interior, and cool urban vibe of The Marker Hotel have made it one of the hottest places to stay, eat, and play in Dublin. So when you’re deciding where to stay in Dublin, look no further, but try to leave some time for sightseeing too!

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