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.
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