Five reasons to love the Marker HotelWednesday, 2 April 2014
1. The Rooftop Bar
When the Marker opened on this day last year, little did they know they were about to see one of the best summers we'd ever had. One in which all of Dublin wanted to head to a rooftop bar, and enjoy an ice cold cocktail with amazing views of the sea, mountains and all of Dublin city. I'm sure they couldn't believe their luck. The rooftop bar is open all year round (though only at weekends in the winter) and will thrive again this summer, I'm sure.
2. The Chef
Savvy executive chef Gareth Mullins sure knows how to get people talking. When the cronut craze hit New York, he was quick to rustle up his own version for Dublin. And now they've kicked off Le Drunch, a Sunday afternoon lunch/dinner hybrid, complete with (more) cocktails and an in house DJ.
3. The Location
It's a little out of the centre of town, a good 20 minutes I'd say, but it's smack bang in what I like to call the Hot Rich Nerd district, home to Google, Facebook and ask those clever tech types. New, funky restaurants are popping up all the time, and I'm sure more will follow.
4. The Pool
It's small but perfectly formed, in a dark cocoon next to a gym that you can pretend you'll go in later. There's also a sauna and eucalyptus infused steam room, as well as cool chill out spaces. You get access as a guest of the hotel, but also if you visit the spa, which has some great offers available.
5. The Rooms
It's the little things that make a difference. A plant in each room. Unique art work and commissioned photographs. Black marble bathrooms with exclusive toiletries. But really, it's all about the light. Some of the starting rate rooms don't face out towards the square, but the ones that do are flooded with light from the huge windows. Even on a cloudy day, you'll be blessed with a light room (though they do have good black out curtains)
The Marker Hotel
Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2