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MARKER Dublin’s Marker Hotel is quite at home among the big names located in the vibrant Dublin Docklands.
or the hospitality industry, recovery might come under the heading of ‘slowly but surely’. However, signs of growth are there if you look closely, certainly in the country’s hotspots. Irish hotels and guesthouses generated around a6.45 billion in 2014 for example, and a similar performance is expected this year. Occupancy rates rose by 3 per cent last year, and are expected to encounter another rise in 2015. It’s a sentiment with which The Marker Hotel General Manager Charlie Sheil would agree. “It’s been a very positive performance so far and I think that would be in comparison with the rest of the city,” he explains. “Occupancy levels have been strong, both in corporate and leisure business in the city.” A bright and promising business community, Dublin Docklands has undergone significant changes over the course of the past decade, undergoing a transformation into a bright and vibrant cultural and economic centre. Home to world-renowned firms like Google and Facebook, the Marker Hotel on Grand Canal Square adds another touch of class to the surroundings, and celebrated its second anniversary on April 2nd. Successfully combining elements of nature with urban architecture, the Marker also fuses past with present – it’s all in the name. Once one of the great inland trading routes, the Grand Canal was Ireland’s link with mainland Europe, and its 82 miles of waterway was lined with cast InBUSINESS | Q1 2015
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iron markers, milestones that showed travellers how far they had to go before they reached their journey’s end. The final marker once lay in Grand Canal Square where the hotel now stands, as a mark of respect. “In terms of what makes us stand out there are several things. Looking at the amenities we have in the hotel, we’ve got very spacious rooms, we’ve got a nice open plan area downstairs, we have the rooftop bar as well, the meeting and events space,” Sheil explains. The hotel’s meetings and events facilities are an important feature for prospective customers. Measuring 700m2 in total and conveniently located on the building’s ground floor, they combine the latest technological offerings with a business centre which operates as a business home from home. “The location is also important, being close to the water offers a really nice area.
Home to worldrenowned firms like Google and Facebook, the Marker Hotel on Grand Canal Square adds another touch of class to the surroundings, and celebrated its second anniversary on April 2nd.”
The Marker Hotel exterior
The Marker Hotel Corner suite
I think one of the biggest things is the team of people here who are so dedicated and committed to what they do. That really has been key to our success over the last number of years since we opened.” With a hospitality industry getting back on its knees, the future is bright for The Marker Hotel, which continues to invest in its facilities. “We have a significant development planned for the rooftop – we received planning permission to put an additional space up there. We’re looking at a space that will be used all year round that would have a retractable roof during the summer, and that could be used as a closed, heated space during the winter. In terms of the facilities in the hotel we’ll continue to maintain all areas to a very high standard.”