A couple of weeks ago, myself and one of my best friends had a little mini hen night in anticipation of her big day. She’s had a very busy and stressful time of late so I decided a night in a nice hotel in town would be just the job to chilling her out!
5 star hotels in Dublin are DEAR! So after a bit of searching on the net, I decided on The Marker at Grand Canal. It was cheaper than the other options of the Westbury, Shelbourne, Merrion etc and as we wanted to take it easy, we didn’t mind being that bit away from the centre of town … add the fab spa to that and it’s a winner!
I’ve been to the Marker a couple of times before this visit, and reviewed their Le Drunch too so I knew what to expect. It’s an ultra modern and stylish hotel with a contemporary lobby and eating / drinking space.
On a nice day it is lovely to sit outside and soak up the atmosphere of the buzzing Grand Canal area (on a dull weekend day it’s not so buzzing though!)
We checked in and made our way to our room. If the lobby is all white and airy, the corridors are a different story! Reminds me of the G Hotel – love the dark, mysterious feel!
We had a standard room and I was very impressed. Plenty of space (yes a double bed – I forgot to book twin!), a desk area, nice view out to the canal….
The bathroom was modern, spotlessly clean and offered some fab smelling lotions and shower gel etc.
As a surprise for our girly night away, E had ordered some champagne and treats for us. Pink champagne, strawberries covered in chocolate, macarons and brownies – heaven!!
After spending some time catching up over a few drinks and stuffing our faces with the treats, we decided to make use of the Wellness area. We didn’t book spa treatments but the pool, Jacuzzi and sauna etc were fabulous. One of the nicest, if not the nicest, spa area that I’ve seen. It was uber peaceful down there and you would have no idea you were so close to the madness of Dublin city.
We were having food elsewhere in town, but before dinner we decided to have a few drinks on the rooftop lounge… one of the major selling points for this hotel! While they offer blankets to keep the chill away if sitting ourdoors, we decided to sit in the small indoor area and order some pre dinner cocktails. Later on at night the view is spectacular and the lights of the city are magical.
We headed off to dinner and returned pretty early for a great night’s sleep in a very comfortable bed….not forgetting to pre order 2 boxes of cronuts for check out the next day!
The Marker is a fab hotel. It doesn’t have the old school comfort of some others but I love a modern space and this definitely is that. While the lobby is all clean lines and icy, the rooms are cosy and the spa is tranquil… it has it all for a break in the city.
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