15 August 2013

The Marker Hotel, Dublin: Hotel Tour, Review, Photos!

Marker Hotel Rooftop Bar

Today I’m going to take you on a little tour of Dublin’s newest 5-star hotel, The Marker. You may have heard of it – from chef Gareth Mullin and his cronuts, to the jawdropping panoramic views from its rooftop bar, the city has been buzzing about this place for weeks.

Public areas in The Marker: lobby (top), brasserie (middle)

I’m particularly fond of it – and not just because I like a bit of luxury. The opening of a new premium hotel is a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy economic time. Located in Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre, which has taken a battering in recent years, the Marker is a bright, shiny beacon of hope. With cocktails. 



Plus, it’s right around the corner from my office, so I’ve more or less moved in: I’ve had lunch in the brasserie, business meetings in the lobby, enjoyed a superior massage in the spa and sank a cocktail or two on the roof.
Marker Hotel Dublin Bedrooms
Bedrooms at The Marker (from €189): sensational views, all mod-cons (including a properly decent hairdryer!) and divine cosmetics from Malin+Goetz. Take a tour of the Schwartz Suite in my video below.

It helps that it’s gorgeous: the interior is glossy and modern and slick, the design inspired by Ireland’s dramatic natural landscape. You see this most in the ceiling of the lower floor, which resembles the rocky formations of the Giant’s Causeway and Cliffs of Moher.

Elsewhere, there are inky black corridors and dark marble bathrooms, exotic blooms on every surface, fresh lemonade on warm days and sensational views over Grand Canal Square.


Marker Hotel Dublin Spa and Pool
The spa at The Marker - that bottom shot of the pool area was snapped on my phone and does it no justice at all! 
The spa is a little corner of calm and relaxation, complete with hanging cocoons in the relaxation rooms. My massage ranks in my top three of all time, but it's not all luxury and pampering - they also cater for nearby office workers who want to pop in for a brow shape or a quick mani on their lunchbreak. 



As for the pool, it actually took my breath away – it really is that gorgeous. Tiled in darkest green marble, with the water softly reflecting on the ceiling, a swim here is like being cocooned in a nymph’s grotto.  I’ve been yearning for it since I left and I’d wager you will, too.

Check out www.themarkerhoteldublin.com for more.

33 comments:

Laura said...

It looks absolutely amazing. I'm finally going for drinks on the rooftop tomorrow evening, so excited! xo

Emma Henderson said...

Oh, enjoy Laura! Hope you get a lovely evening - the views are stunning!

All the little things - Irish Beauty Blog said...

wow it looks amazing!!! xxx

Adele said...

Love the look of the rooftop bar!
Happy Thursday Emma xoxo
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Allsun Henderson said...

One word "wow" so when we going for cocktails and "Cronuts" whatever they are but they sound good x

Mandy said...

I have to get to that rooftop bar!!

Karen Constantine said...

Looks amaze!

Emily said...

Heaven is a glass of wine on that rooftop bar in the evening! Dying to try out the spa!

Emma Henderson said...

You don't know heaven till you've visited the spa and had a swim in that pool Emily...do it!

tanyx said...

I am keeping my eye on this one for a while now. Because I live across the river too. Can you just go let's say for Friday evening/night drinks on the rooftop terrace without staying in the hotel or booking?

Emma Henderson said...

Absolutely - though there could be a wait time, but just hang out with a glass of wine in the downstairs bar till your name is called xo

Elsa de Diego said...

Wohooo, darling you look awesome. So does the hotel. Reminds me of Miami, a little bit! Thanks for sharing! Xo,

Nurse Fancy Pants said...

This looks amazing, grew to see more places like this opening up in Dublin.

little t said...

Wow Emma this looks so nice. I wanted to go for the cronuts alone, but it really is stunning. Soon. Soooooon.

Kati said...

Thanks for your lovely words on my last post!
I love this - looks like a great place!

Have a great day,
-Kati

Anonymous said...

The hotel looks amazing! Would consider staying there!

Kim Alston said...

It's really pretty! I'll have whatever you're drinking Emma! hAHAHA I love that bed!
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Aoife - A Little Infinity said...

This looks so, so nice. Not only do want to try cronuts, but I think I need that weird conical, tee-pee bed/comfy looking thing. Amazing!

Johanna said...

How fab! And chic!

Kimberly said...

=OOOO! How lucky are you!? Beautiful and thank you for bringing us along for the ride!!

XO | KIMBERLYLUXE

Anna K. said...

would love to pop in there to have a nose (and a cronut!) looks amazing

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I wouldn't mind a long stay there, gorgeous!! Loved it xx

Anonymous said...

Looks absolutely class!!!

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Laura Go said...

ahhh! oh so chic and sleek!

Nicole said...

Man.. I wouldn't mind staying there for a week or 2!

Sarah B said...

Ah I really wanna go now, the girls in work were raving about the terrace bar and of course I need a Cronut in my life!

Sam said...

Beautiful venue and looks like such a trendy place to stay!

Yvonne said...

It looks fabulous, add in the cronuts and I know where I'll be staying next time I'm in the big smoke.

Jovanna said...

Great experience!
xo
The Londonian Girl

Mandy said...

OMG this place looks fab!! Have you actually stayed here Emma??

Emma Henderson said...

Everything but, Mandy - that's my next step ;)

JenJen said...

I would love to hear how you get on if/when you stay - I am planning a trip to Dublin for a big birthday and this could be the place!!!