Hopping in DublinThe Marker Hotel is a chic and modern property with 166 guest rooms and the only rooftop garden in the city. The design of the expansive lobby draws on the elemental nature of Irish geography. The 3D ceiling takes its inspiration from the ancient basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. The moment you enter, you can’t help but let your eyes drift to the white geometric structures that appear to be falling from the high ceilings.
Step onto the rooftop garden for creative cocktails and smooth electronic beats for a cool alternative to the pub scene. Whether for teambuilding activities on the patio during the day or a cocktail party by night, General Manager Charlie Sheil says this is the most intimate space in the whole city.
The 130-seat Brasserie restaurant facing the Grand Canal is a bold, abstract space with a large marble slab table in the center for intimate group dinners. Menu highlights include succulent rare breed pork and beef combined with colorful salads, soups and pastas. A prix-fixe theatre menu is fully customized by Chef Gareth Mullins for groups using private booths and banquettes.
During a 4-day trek around Ireland, we booked Moloney & Kelly Travel DMC in conjunction with Meet In Ireland to guide us around popular group venues and attractions.
“Never has there been a better time for groups to travel to Ireland,” says Michael Dalton, groups/incentives manager. “You can experience the perfect mix of Georgian city life and countryside castles all in one trip.”
For 5-star sophistication, The Merrion is set in a two-centuries old Georgian townhouse. The 142-room hotel includes the largest private art collection in Ireland and the expansive Prince Charles outdoor garden.
Order a traditional Irish tea in the drawing room or conduct a quick meeting before heading into sessions. The elegant fireplace includes original plasterwork and original hand tools. Paintings by Roger Conner add country ambiance to the gold/cream walls.