On a recent trip to Dublin with my business partner checking out animation houses for mine and my mother’s new series, I decided to stay at The Marker Hotel. We had heard a lot about this new phenomena that had sprung up as part of the regeneration of the area of Dublin’s Docklands District, and were intrigued as to it’s outstanding reviews and recommendations. Having stayed at the Westbury many times on previous visits, my taste buds are a little on the traditional side. That said, The Marker’s sleek and modern design seemed to lure me in like a celestial attraction.
The Marker is situated in New Canal Square in the heart of Dublin, and driving up to it’s front entrance, the architecture resembles a giant Rubik’s Cube. It is an enigma in the midst of a vibrant hub of culture and commerce – the area is buzzing with activity and is perfect if you want to immerse yourself in the Irish city. Staff were exceptionally friendly and greeted us with open arms as we trudged through the door with our cases after our journey from the airport – it was a real Dublin welcome.
The rooms lived up to is promise of aesthetic delights, with stylist interiors decorated with comfortable furniture and beds. Opting for corner suites, we enjoyed the sumptuous bath tubs and walk in showers – it felt like extreme luxury for very reasonable rates.
Bags discarded, we headed to the the hotel brasserie, and greeted by the delightful Ivano, made our choices for the evening ahead. We decided on the freshly shucked Irish oysters seeped in Bloody Mary and Vietnamese dressing, the seared scallops with chicken lollipops and Jerusalem artichoke with onion ash and hazelnut to start. This was followed by the roast pork belly and pan-roasted monkfish, with sides of champ mash and bacon bits and buttered kale and almonds as our main courses. I must say, we rather over-indulged with the strawberry mousse, which was more than worthwhile!
We ordered a rather special Sancerre from the menu too and drank it slowly so as not to miss the flavours of the food – which was exceptional. The experience was enhanced by both Ivano and another waiter called Bhavik who were both attentive without being intrusive, and the whole experience was really memorable and surpassed it’s expectation.
Later in the evening, we made our way up to the roof terrace which is the pinnacle of the hotel in every way with incredible views across the city. The cocktails are beautifully presented in creative combinations by the enthusiastic bar staff, and the atmosphere is exciting and warm. It was a great way to end the evening, and a visit to the spa was a must the following morning (to prepare for the next two days of meetings and more fine dining of course!).
The Marker Hotel is a five-star experience all round. Will I go back? Most definitely. Perhaps for more of a city break next time – I am already planning my next visit.