About The Marker Intro Extraordinary, surprising, sleek 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 Group®. Rising up from the rich urban heartland of the Dublin Docklands, our hotel slots seamlessly into one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of Dublin City. Overview The Marker consists of 187 bedrooms, including 117 Superior rooms, 49 deluxe rooms, 14 Corner suites, 4 Luxury, 2 one bedroom suites; The Schwartz and The Roche and one of the citys most appealing presidental suites. The Brasserie at The Marker with capacities of up to 130 guests. The Marker Bar, a ground floor Cocktail Bar with an outdoor terrace seating area. The Marker Rooftop Bar & Terrace offers internal seating, a semi covered area and open air seating along with panoramic views over Dublin’s docklands and mountains. The Spa features four spacious treatment rooms with a designated relaxation area, a 23 metre infinity pool with further amenities including a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a fitness suite. Our conference and events space consists of 9 Meeting rooms with capacities ranging from 10 people to 350 people and state of the art equipment. What Makes The Marker so Special? Our philosophy We believe that the mark of a truly exceptional hotel is having an intuitive sense of delivering the best. For us exceptional service is a given, what really matters is to understand that everyone is different. We take time to get to know you, to make sure we can bring you a genuinely personal experience during your stay with us. We believe in building relationships, with our surroundings, our neighbours, our guests, our suppliers. Supporting local Irish producers means we can create superb plates of food in our restaurant. Listening to those in the know means we can bring you thought-provoking artworks from the best Irish creative talent. Most importantly, building relationships means we can consistently deliver more. Our location The Marker Hotel forms part of a distinctly different new urban concept. In the heart of a thriving culture and business centres. We share space with some of the city’s most iconic new architectural landmarks: Grand Canal Square was masterminded by leading urban designer Martha Schwartz. Guests looking for entertainment will find The Marker ideally located adjacent to Dublin's newest cultural and entertainment venues such as the Daniel Libeskind designed Board Gais Theatre, the O2 and the Aviva Stadium. It is the new cultural and commercial epicentre of the city. The Marker’s location is also in the heart of Dublin’s business district is ideal with its close proximity to the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), the growing legal quarter of Dublin, the burgeoning technology corridor of ‘Silicon Docks’ and the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD). Grand Canal Square The Grand Canal Square was designed by leading international landscape architects and urban designer Martha Schwartz. The objective in the Grand Canal Square scheme was to create a vibrant, energetic space that is emblematic of Dublin’s optimism. By providing a vibrant and flexible public space that encourages people to spend time in it, by creating a healthier public realm, and by offering a unique and viable alternative for families, MSP (Martha Swartz & Partners) has created a sustainable urban environment for Dublin’s waterfront. Due to its cultural celebrity setting, a scheme with a central red carpet has been developed that leads from the theatre out onto the canal and vice versa. A green carpet connects the new hotel to the office development. The red carpet is paved in a newly–developed, bright red resin/glass material. Red–glowing, angled lightsticks that mimic the 'bustle' on the red carpet accent the grand walkway. The green carpet has a calmer expression and offers ample seating on the edges of planters of various heights. The planters, extruded polygons of the green carpet, are planted with marsh vegetation as a reminder of the historic wetland area of this site. Some offer lawns for lingering and enjoying the spectacular setting. The square is further criss-crossed by narrow paths that allow for movement across the square in any possible direction while still accommodating large–scale activities such as markets or fairs. The new square will be an urban magnet with 24–hour activity accurately interpreting Dublin's energy. Docklands Chimney Park This is a redbrick 19th-century Gasworks chimney, originally it was used for coal-burning in the production of gas, the conservation report states that it is “one of the only remaining structures that symbolises the industrial history of the Docklands area”. The seemingly opposite concepts of work and play are united in the chimney itself which was incorporated into the park in more ways than one. Writer Chris Meade worked with children from City Quays National School on a poem called The Talking Chimney, lines from which have been engraved into the park’s seating. The chimney itself stands at 38m (125ft). The Canal The main line of the Grand Canal crosses Leinster from Ringsend in Dublin City to the River Shannon at Shannon Harbour in County Offaly. The main line of the canal is 82 miles. On December 31st 1759, Arthur Guinness purchased a site at St. James Gate in Dublin for brewing beer. Arthur Guinness used the canal to transport his beer and raw materials to his brewery. The Guinness filter beds are located beyond the eight lock, and this stretch of the Grand Canal is still used today by the Guinness Company. In 1960 the last cargo boat passed through the Grand Canal. It then fell into disuse and became a dumping ground until 1986. The control of the canal was transferred to the office of public works and large sums of money were devoted to improving the canal. Our architecture Our architecture draws on the elemental nature of the Irish landscape and combines it with a sleek urban aesthetic, creating an experience that is distinctly Irish and truly inimitable. This elemental style is carried right through from the stunning ground floor cocktail bar and brasserie through the unique geometric layouts or our 187 bedrooms, to the stunning Rooftop Bar & Terrace, reaching across the cityscape to the stunning natural beauty of the mountains and the sea. Our spaces are visually arresting and surprising too. Our Spa and Wellness Space boasts a stunning 23m infinity pool - a genuine sanctuary for our guests and a rare find in such a central city location. The Name The inspiration behind the name, The Marker: The hotel is situated where one of Ireland’s greatest inland trade routes, the Grand Canal, meets the Irish Sea. The Canal’s 82 miles were lined with cast iron marker’s announcing the distance to the journeys end. The final marker was here in Grand Canal Square. The hotel has been named in honour of that final marker – to celebrate the end of a journey and the arrival at your destination. Inspired by the tradition of trade, travel, adventure and celebration all of which the Grand Canal was symbolic of and what The Marker hotel will become known to be. The name will respect a fusion of traditional and contemporary Dublin. Hotel Positioning The Marker is a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World®”. It will be the 3rd leading hotel in Dublin city centre. The Marker is Dublin’s newest luxury hotel and we have elected to trade as a 5 star hotel. The Marker aims to be the best in class for the international business executive with its stunning design, interiors and array of facilities will appeal equally to the seasoned lifestyle traveller. The Marker will exemplify an urban luxury Lifestyle and will be the perfect location for the business and pleasure guest.