We found the staff very helpful and not in an intrusive way. The rooms were excellent and the WiFi service fast and efficient. There were just a couple of negatives which if sorted would make this the best hotel in Dublin that I have stayed at.
The breakfast buffet was poor with cold, rock hard potato bread and limited choice. They do have an a la carte option but there was just too few staff for the number of guests which made the service so slow that the potential for getting it before lunch time seemed very limited. We waited ages just for tea/coffee. There are a number of cafes/restaurants nearby which do provide better and cheaper alternatives.
The main bar totally lacks any atmosphere. It is a bit like being at the airport and the architecture is probably a bit "way-out" for some people. There is another bar across the square which is much more traditional in design and character so if you don't want to stray too far from the hotel, go there.
The roof-top bar at the minute is a bit of a gimmick. The suggestion that you might have to queue for it - don't bother. The enclosed area is just too small for the Irish climate which renders the other 80% defunct, probably for most of the year. And even by Dublin standards, this is no sky-scraper so there are quite a few taller buildings limiting the "panoramic" view of the city!
However, the service really did stand out, particularly the valet parking so make sure you book this in advance if you are driving.
I am going back in 3 weeks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Extraordinary, surprising and luxurious, the Marker Hotel is the perfect urban retreat for those who crave the unconventional, yet still expect the exceptional standards of service that are the signature of a member of The Leading Hotels of the World(R). One of Dublin's most visually arresting landmarks, the Marker Hotel offers a distinct blend of urban style and luxury. Located right in the heart of the Docklands, Dublin's most prolific cultural hub, it's the perfect base from which to explore our capital city. The hotel features a ground floor bar and restaurant as its centre piece, with 187 guest rooms over six floors. It also features a Rooftop Lounge, a striking space overlooking Dublin city, which blends indoor and outdoor areas the perfect space to enjoy lunch, cocktails and dinner. The Marker's spa features five spacious treatment rooms with a designated relaxation area and a 23 metre infinity pool. Further amenities include a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and fitness suite. The Marker's Conference and events facilities will contain nine adaptable spaces with capacities ranging from 20-250 guests. ... more less
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