In a key position on Grand Canal Square, Dublin city’s most striking modern hotel opened in 2013.
With its unusual geometric white exterior - and despite its location beside the even more impressive Grand Canal Theatre - this is a landmark building. The wide glass frontage overlooks the canal basin and boating area, and inside the high-vaulted open-plan space combines international airport chic and modern monochrome design.
Attentive service starts at the front entrance with valet parking (check the cost of parking when booking), concierge and luggage service.
Smartly furnished rooms are comfortably spacious with luxury touches like the large marble bathrooms with underfloor heating and exclusive Malin & Goetz toiletries. Hospitality trays are a little special too, featuring generous portion packs of real ground coffee with 2-cup plunger pots.
Views from the upper floors are magnificent (it is well worth requesting a waterfront room) and the hotel lays claim to Dublin’s most appealing Presidential Suite.
The bar and lounge area forms one end of the large open plan ground floor, with an adjacent outdoor covered terrace fronting the plaza and canal bridge.
At the opposite end, attentive and friendly staff preside over the spacious brasserie, where Head Chef Gareth Mullins offers a compact but well-judged à la carte menu featuring produce like Skeaghnore duck, John Stone's Longford dry-aged beef and Cashel Blue cheese. A pre-theatre menu represents good value and evening food is also served in the bar area, which is a popular lunchtime meeting place; the bar menu offers a balance of crowd pleasers like caesar salad and fish & chips and more innovative dishes - a house speciality is a 4-piece bento box meal served as a healthy option.
An impressive Spa & Wellness centre offering a gym and treatment rooms - and, very unusually for a city hotel, a 23 metre infinity pool - is available for the use of resident guests and open for private membership.
Its position at the heart of Dublin's south docks renewal area and beside the city's newest theatre is very appealing, making The Marker a welcome addition to the choice of interesting places to stay in the capital - and the rooftop lounge (which is a sought after wedding venue) offers a stunning view across the canal basin and city to the Wicklow Hills beyond.