There’s a rooftop bar that feels straight out of Miami (albeit a colder, damper Miami), an out-there checkerboard facade, and futuristic interiors like an all-white honeycomb. Needless to say, the Marker is like nothing Dublin had seen before it opened in April 2013. Next door to the Daniel Libeskind–designed Bord Gais Energy Theater in the newly-developed Grand Canal Square, the Marker’s other neighbors include tech companies of every stripe. The surrounding “Silicon Docks” house the European headquarters of Google, Facebook, and Hubspot, among others.
The Marker’s general vibe might be unusual, but rooms are of the standard modern sort. Think gray furnishings, with splashes of color, and natural light streaming in from floor-to-ceiling windows. Don’t worry about battling start-up employees for seats in the rooftop bar during happy hour, because the hotel reserves some of the couches for guests.
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Glassily architectural, the newly developed Grand Canal Docks lie 15 minutes east of Dublin’s city center by foot and are chockablock with tech companies and start-ups. To get to the center of town, follow the canal to the River Liffey and walk along the river, or walk straight west for 10 minutes until you hit Trinity College.
Need to Know
Rooms: 187 rooms, 20 suites. From $540. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Brasserie is an excellent choice for a fancy dinner out; its upscale takes on traditional Irish fare include black-pudding croquettes and scallops in butternut-squash puree. Find healthy salads, juices, and sandwiches (along with burgers and fish and chips) on the menu at the first-floor Marker Bar; nibble on chorizo or Irish cheeses at the Rooftop Bar and Terrace. Spa and gym details: There’s an infinity lap pool, hot tub, sauna, and steam room at the sleek, hushed spa, which offers a range of treatments from facials to algae body wraps. The well-equipped gym is open from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. during the week and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Who’s it for: Those who prefer modern aesthetics and don’t mind a 15-minute walk to downtown Dublin’s historic sites. Or those looking to hatch a tech collaboration with one of the neighboring companies. Our favorite rooms: Request a canal-facing room on a high floor; the city-view rooms can look into offices. Nearby delectables: Head to 3Fe Coffee for the city’s best brownie and fantastic coffee brewed by world-ranked baristas.