Back to Dublin
Great to have a sleep in day with bags to coach at 1015. Very civilized indeed. Our big stop today is at the Marker Hotel Www.themarkerhoteldublin.com
After a lovely lunch we were toured around the hotel by Senior Sales Executive, Erica Shiels. Erica was here for the pre-opening in May 2013 and as a hotel school graduate this was the opportunity of a lifetime. The Marker is a very contemporary hotel, especially so for Ireland. Part of the Leading hotels of the world group, this is a luxury 5 star property designed by Emanuel Eros Mateus of Portugal. The hotel is centrally located with new live theatre venues across the street, walking distance to the music and sports arena, tech companies (Facebook and Google) and insurance companies are all close by.
Market mix is Corporate mid week, convention center is close by and they often use Marker meeting space, and leisure on the weekend.
Walked over to the conference space. 700 sq meter.3 break out rooms plus all av savvy. White walls allow for clients to decorate. 200 sit down banquet in the marker suite. Beer on tap in the pre function space. Smoking space outside. Ease of access for equipment drops. 187 bed rooms total. 220 staff. Modern art local Irish artists. Key card access to all floors. Opera and micros systems used. Corridors are quite dark, so it gets guests to automatically lower their voice when they exit the lifts. The luxury corner suite, one of 14, has a great views of the dock. All rooms have access to a secure VPN for all travelers. Heated floors and towel racks. International adapter station for the guests at the desk in the room. Rates are revenue managed.
Run of the mill room use white marble for night stand and bathrooms. These ones are 33-35m square, so are massive by European standard. Floor to ceiling windows and unique shape of the rooms also amplify space. The hotel likes to focus on the Irish purchase where possible.
External company takes care of wifi. Up to 100 mb available to space and they can play /adjust Boost levels to various parts of the building. (Please note - this was the first public space that behaved exactly like Shaw go-wifi on our tour.)
Roof top patio holds 120 pax maximum. There is a glass enclosed space as well to enjoy the views which is very necessary as Ireland is very weather permitting. Open to the public Thursday- Sunday, offering tapas plate service. 5 kitchens in total. One for the roof top, 1 for bar, 1 for brasserie. And 2 for banquets. They have been enjoying an 80% on average occupancy.