The Marker Hotel, Dublin
"Whoever said that pleasure wasn’t functional?" Charles Eames
Eat. Drink. Experience....
On a recent visit to Dublin I was truly inspired to come across this unique, fun hotel situated in Dublin’s vibrant Grand Canal Square, right in the heart of the city.
Its design, inspired by the hexagonal stones of the Giant’s Causeway drew us in and led us straight to the stunning ground floor bar and brasserie, which was absolutely buzzing with Dublin’s finest as they toasted the end of another working day. McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects developed the design as a nod to Ireland’s powerful Atlantic landscape, and combined it with an urban design aesthetic befitting of a northern European 21st century city.
It slots right into the vibrant cultural hub that is the Dublin Docklands, and judging by how busy it was when we went, is clearly the place to be and be seen.
The design and a specially curated collection of stunning Irish art runs all through the hotel, linking all the rooms, the spa and the fabulous rooftop bar with panoramic wrap-around views of Dublin. But it’s the extras that the hotel offers that make it one of a kind. From sunrise yoga on the roof terrace to Le Drunch on Sundays (which is a late lunch / early dinner from 2pm complete with DJ),
there’s also a 23 metre infinity pool, generously sized Jacuzzi, sauna and eucalyptus infused steam room, as well as award-winning massage treatments. Children are also amazingly well catered for, with mini Teepees in family rooms for children to sleep in, bedtime stories from esteemed Irish author Peter Donnelly and milk and cookies at bedtime.
All in all I thought the Marker Hotel was perfectly put together – designed well, managing to provide (well) for families and still being THE place to hang out in Dublin. I’ll definitely be back.