27th March 2023: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has made its debut in Ireland with the acquisition of The Marker Hotel in Dublin, one of the Irish capital’s most contemporary and luxurious buildings. The addition of the property in Dublin represents the expansion of the luxury brand’s footprint into Europe, while it will become the very first Anantara property in Ireland.
A major project has now commenced which will see the famous Dublin property become known as ‘Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel’, while significant capital works are also well underway. The renovations at the property are significant, with multi millions being invested at the iconic Dublin hotel which is a member of Leading Hotels of the World,
All of the 187 bedrooms have now been refurbished while the lobby and bar have been refreshed with the addition of new soft furnishings, bespoke cabinetry, and custom furniture. Meanwhile, work has started on the creation of a new restaurant, ‘Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins’, a destination restaurant, due to open this spring. The new restaurant will feature the very best of local and Irish products served in a contemporary way but with a uniquely Irish twist.
Located overlooking the Waterfront on Grand Canal Square in the heart of Dublin City, the property is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded hotels. With its slick architecture and design and its incredible location, the property oozes, five-star international cool. Set in the heart of Silicon Docks, a nod to Silicon Valley on account of the high concentration of multinational high-tech companies located in the area, the hotel is both striking and eye catching. Close to the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel is a perfect cultural and business epicentre for travelers’ keen to experience classic Irish hospitality at its best. Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel is the only five-star hotel in the area, which has recently emerged as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and modern parts of the city for living, working and socialising.
Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel has a futuristic design and style and now offers 187 renovated contemporary guest rooms over six floors (42 Premier/ Superior, 124 deluxe rooms, 18 junior corner suites and three suites) plus eight state-of-the-art event and meeting facilities. Services such as a Condé Nast award-winning spa, and stylish rooftop terrace with stunning panoramic 360º views across the cityscape stretching to the sea at Dublin Bay are all part of the experience.
Michael Davern, the former CEO and General Manager of The K Club now leads the charge at Anantara Marker Dublin Hotel where he is the General Manager. A seasoned hotelier and a luxury travel guru, Michael is well known for his attention to detail and for the creation of bespoke visitor experiences which are essential for the Anantara brand and its offering.
“The Anantara brand is synonymous with luxury internationally, particularly in Asia where the brand originates. Our international guests are discerning travellers and come to stay with us to be truly pampered but to also experience more. We are not just a contemporary, cool hotel in a European city we have a whole team of specialists who can add real value to our guests’ stay with us. Our guests want to enjoy unforgettable experiences that create lifelong memories and we offer them the chance to explore, discover and experience more through our bespoke visitor experiences. We offer our guests the chance to enjoy a deep dive into Ireland’s cultural, sporting and historical life.”
“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our luxury Anantara brand into northwest Europe in the fair city of Dublin. The Marker Hotel is already known as one of the city’s leading hotels and bringing the reputation and luxury touch points of Anantara to the property will further elevate the guest experience,” commented Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, parent company of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.
Ramón Aragonés, CEO of NH Hotel Group, operators of Anantara in Europe, under the guidance and brand oversight of Minor Hotels, said that “this agreement will enable us to bring a truly different value proposition to the Irish market for the first time. The Anantara brand will connect travelers with genuine experiences in a privileged location in the city of Dublin.”
In the surrounding area visitors to the city can enjoy a walk through the culture and heritage of the Docklands, which dates from the eighteenth century, a wide range of options for foodie travelers, including cosy cafés and high-end restaurants, shopping on nearby Grafton Street, boat rides along the River Liffey and in Dublin Bay or sporting activities from a relaxing yoga class to watching a game of Gaelic football at renowned Croke Park.
The Dublin hotel will be the 7th Anantara in Europe, joining Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort in Portugal, the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace in Marbella, Spain, Anantara New York Palace Budapest in Hungary, Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel in Italy, Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel in France, Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam in Netherlands