Nestled between the River Liffey, the Grand Canal and a short stroll from Sandymount Beach and the Irish Sea, many of Dublin's most unique experiences are within walking distance of Grand Canal Square and the Docklands area. The community is made up of young professionals and creative types and shares space with many of city’s newest bars, cafés and restaurants - making it a very trendy place to explore.
There is a wealth of restaurants in and around Grand Canal Square where you can get a wide range of delicious cuisines. Whether you’re looking for some nibbles after a day of shopping, a great outdoor or rooftop area to enjoy a drink in the sun, or a pre-theatre menu to indulge in before heading to a show, there’s definitely something for you. One of Dublin’s most popular brunch spots “Herbstreet” is in the heart of Grand Canal Square whilst the beautiful Italian favourite “Osterio Lucio” which is headed up by two Michelin star chefs, is located within a 10-minute walk. Listed as one of Ireland’s 101 Great Irish Restaurants 2019 by The Sunday Business Post, the Brasserie at The Marker Hotel has also been named ‘Best Hotel Restaurant in Dublin’ at the 2018 Restaurant Association of Ireland awards and serves lunch and dinner Tuesday – Friday.
Dublin is full of old, authentic pubs. Take a seat and soak up the atmosphere after a long day of exploring with a pint of Guinness in in hand. Nestle into the cosy snug at Kehoe's pub on South Anne street and order a classic ham and cheese toastie to go with your pint…you’ll thank us later! On a sunny day in Dublin, the Rooftop at The Marker is where you want to be, with wrap around views of the city for your eyes to feast on.
If you are feeling adventurous, there are a lot of water sports available in the Grand Canal area. From water-skiing to wakeboarding, stand-up paddling boarding or kayaking there is an array of different ways to dip your toe into the water (sports)!
Sandymount strand is a beautiful walk, particularly on a sunny day. If you really feel like stretching your legs you can head as far as the Poolbeg towers and catch a great view of Dublin Bay.
The gorgeous Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is the place to head to for anything from musicals to plays to Operas and ballet performances. Have a drink during the interval on the upper levels where you’ll get fantastic views across the Grand Canal basin.
If you feel like rocking out for the evening then head to 3Arena where all the biggest acts play. You could stroll down from your hotel in Grand Canal Dock or take the Luas from town. Either way, you’ll get a splendid view of the Docklands at night. The area has a strong link to music with U2’s recording studio Windmill Lane also located in the area. Take a tour of the space and record your very own take on Ireland’s favourite band!
Alternatively, you can do some great people-watching in the area. Grab a coffee and a pastry in the nearby Il Valentino and have a stroll around.
Visit the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter – Powerscourt Townhouse for its boutiques and design shops. Article (www.articledublin.ie) features modern Irish-designed tableware and linens. The rails of the Design Centre are filled with the clothing of up and coming and established designers (www.thedesigncentre.ie) whilst Chupi (www.chupi.com) is a magpie’s dream for beautiful, handmade Irish jewellery.
The Marker Hotel offers a distinct blend of urban style and luxury. The unique chequered architecture draws on the elemental nature of the Irish landscape and combines it with a sleek urban aesthetic. This style is carried right through from the stunning ground floor cocktail bar and brasserie, through the unique geometric layouts of the Spa, to the 187 luxurious bedrooms. Take in the 360-degree views of the city from the Rooftop Bar & Terrace or enjoy Le Drunch, an extended Sunday brunch, in the award-winning Brasserie. Once ready to explore the city, ask the concierge team about using one of their complimentary Marker bikes – available from right outside the hotel!
Rooms available from €182 per person sharing. Visit www.themarkerhoteldublin.com to book