The Marker Hotel, with it’s white chequerboard facade, is modern, stylish and contemporary both outside and inside. We arrived by taxi, greeted at the doors and brought swiftly to the reception. A smooth check in, we spotted a room starting with a ‘1’ on our door key card and asked if there was a higher floor room available, with no issues whatsoever we were reallocated a room on the 5th floor. We booked a Deluxe room, front facing so we would have views of the square and Grand Canal basin.
Grand Canal Square and the Docklands may seem like a strange destination for a weekend break, especially considering I work quite nearby. However this is a 5 star hotel, with a rooftop bar, spa, pool, dining and all in close proximity to the city centre yet with lots right on it’s doorstep so we were more than happy to head to The Marker Hotel.
If The Marker is all white and light on the outside and in the lobby, reception and bar areas, once you get to the guestroom floors, it’s dark and moody (Think Starwood’s W Hotels). Once in the room, you’re back to the light.
The rooms are all at angles to make the most of the view towards the water. The window is floor to ceiling. I loved that there were two chairs in the room in the window, in so many hotel rooms there’s just one. During our stay a significant amount of time was spent sitting in these chairs (facing the other way), glass of wine in hand, chatting and looking out at the wonderful view.
The room is dark woods, white walls and bed linen, with accent colours in the purple carpet and grey and yelllow lime throws, cushions and chairs. The bathroom is all marble, everywhere, with a separate walk in shower and a luxurious deep bath. Malin + Goetz amenities were gorgeous too.
On Friday evening we ate in The Marker Brasserie, we ate out on Saturday evening but came back to The Marker for Le Drunch on Sunday. I’ll recount our food experiences at The Marker in a separate post very soon. Suffice to say, nearly everything we ate was delicious, the cocktails at Le Drunch were super and I really liked the space and ambiance.
We slept soundly in our bed, so comfy, which isn’t always the case with hotel beds and room. It was silent, no corridor noise, no strange air con system noises that often plague hotels. We both slept really well on both nights. We went to the pool in the spa, which is also lovely, although avoid the times where children can swim would be my recommendation. We had tried earlier in the day and it was loud and busy so we went back later. I didn’t get to the Spa treatments, next time…
There was no breakfast in our room rate but given where we were it was no hassle, we could wander out to multiple places nearby for coffee and food. There’s a plenitude of places right on the doorstep of The Marker hotel. The rooftop bar eluded us on this visit too, it was closed one evening and then were doing other things but with our room on the 5th floor we had most of the view so I didn’t mind. Another thing to return for!
The Marker Hotel is a luxury city hotel, lots of amenities and services, comfortable rooms, great views, the service was spot on throughout our stay. They describe themselves as an urban retreat and that sums it up quite well. I know we’ll be back…
The Marker | Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland | +353 (0) 1 687 5100 | email@example.com