Enjoying a unique location which blends old and new Dublin, the old canal with its heritage buildings and the newly redeveloped Docklands, The Marker has established itself, in one year since opening, as the trendiest luxury hotel. Most of its rooms and suites offer beautiful views of both the canal and the opposite Daniel Liebskind designed Bord Gais Theatre. There is great selection of new restaurants and pubs in the area.
The hotel itself is situated within a modern structure, with sleek lines, however, with warm interiors. Particular attention has been paid to functionality, the ground-floor area accommodating in an open space area the reception, lobby lounge bar and restaurant.
At all times during my stay, both the restaurant and the lobby bar were buzzing. I was particularly impressed how the venues would equally attract, foreign travellers and locals. Watching dressed up theatre goers have a drink or dine was an an impressive sight, especially given the modern environment.
But the highlight of the hotel is by far its roof-top bar and terrace which offers stunning panoramic city views. Again, no detail has been overlooked. When building the roof-top terrace, the hotel took inspiration from one of Ireland’s most untamed regions, The Burren. Grasses and indigenous flora are planted between the seated areas to create a natural vista, complimenting the contemporary seating and mood lighting. A drink at sunset on a sunny day was probably my most memorable experience at the hotel.
Rooms are fairly large, yet, their comfort is enhanced by the spacious bathrooms, each with bathtub and glass-enclossed showers which are equipped with rainshowers. I was pleasantly surprised to discover natural bathroom amenities by Malin+Goetz. Exquisit details in the rooms include: a Philippe Starck Flos D’E lamp with iPod charger and Italian fine linen. Rooms also feature 32” SmartTvs, complimentary high-speed internet and a very comfortable bed.
I was not particularly drawn by the striking yellow / blue color contrast which can be found in most standard room categories. I preferred the more sophisticated addition of grey and dark. My favourite was the luxury corner suite which offers dual views – the theatre and the square, as well as the canal.
While at the hotel, make sure you do not miss the Spa, which many consider the best luxury Spa in Dublin. I was pampered to a Kerstin Florian men’s facial, which was blissful. The staff is highly trained and provide a genuine and warm service. My therapist had excellent skills and and I could sense the pleasure in serving and providing the very best service.
For my next visit, I promissed myself I shall try the the Lava Relax Body Massage, which I learned, is the world’s first self-heating massage therapy but also one of the treatments by GLAMGLOW (voted by ELLE as the best mask in the world), which The Marker recently introduced.
Other highlights at the hotel include: a 23 metre indoor heated infinity pool with polished walnut floors , a large Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a fully equipped gym (The Elevation Series by Life Fitness).
For a hotel which has just turned one and which is not managed by an international luxury hotel chain, I must admit The Marker has been a beautiful surprise in Dublin, which I highly reccommend for both leisure and corporate travellers.
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Oliver Petcu in Dublin
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