The €55 million development, spearheaded by the Irish owned Marlin Group, occupies a distinctive triangular building at 11 Bow Lane East, adjacent to St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, right in the heart of the city and close to all major transport stops, including the Luas and Aircoach. Designed by architects Cantrell Crowley, the Marlin Hotel Dublin spans 9 floors across 110,000 square feet and houses 300 bedrooms.
Interior designers O’Donnell O’Neill were tasked with translating Marlin’s ethos of ‘Don’t Just Stay – Live’ into a truly unique ground floor space that will appeal to corporate and leisure markets alike. The result is a fun, engaging space where hotel patrons can socialise, work or simply hang out.
Guests entering from Bow Lane are greeted by the sight of an impressive full-size wooden tree sculpture along with a quirky reclaimed horsebox which serves as a coffee dock and sandwich bar by day, with a selected drink offering at night. From there, guests can choose to check in at the ultra-speedy self-service check in desk, or opt for a warm welcome from the front of house team. Valet parking is available for residents in the hotel’s carpark.
Throughout the ground floor, natural materials, indoor planting and pops of neon are juxtaposed against the building’s exposed concrete structure and cool terrazzo floors. The free-flowing ground floor area includes a mix of seating styles, from pockets of comfortable seating giving a homely feel, to coworking spaces at sharing tables with charging points and high-speed Wi-Fi, ideal for catching up on work assignments. There’s also a bookable meeting room that’s ideal for those private meetings.
Those in search of an urban sanctuary will love the indoor garden featuring a kiln dried olive tree centrepiece and an open fire while the Marlin also has a large an outdoor terrace (due to open late September). Also on the ground floor, a music zone complete with a vast collection of vinyl, record players and headphones along with a fully stocked games area and library are sure to keep guests entertained. For those seeking to fit in a workout, there’s also a 24-hour gym for residents. Plus you can even commemorate your Marlin experience with some fabulous Instagram-worthy shots from the hotel’s very own photo booth.
Offering the perfect night’s sleep, the Marlin Hotel Dublin’s 300 high-tech modern bedrooms start from Cosy King rooms (€179 per night), each featuring a luxury 2m x 2m custom sized bed, along with a 43” HD Smart TV with Google Chrome cast connectivity, high-speed broadband, LED mood lighting, Bluetooth speaker, air conditioning, media hub and automated privacy and electronic black out blinds. Alternatively guests can choose from Executive rooms (€215 per night) or suites (from €279 per night), some of which are interconnecting, offering the perfect solution for families or groups. The hotel also offers 16 Universal Access rooms.
The food offering at the Marlin is based around a concise menu offering simple food, cooked well, with a focus on Irish suppliers including Quigley Meats and Kish Fish. Think light bites like Bee Pollen Salad (€10) and Crispy Whitebait (€10) or choose from classic favourites like Fish and Chips (€16.50) or Irish Chicken Supreme (€22). Set to be a must-visit for cocktail aficionados, cocktails, including non-alcoholic options, range from €8 – €12.50, while local distilleries and breweries like Sausage Tree Vodka, Chinnery Gin, The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey and Five Lamps Lager sit alongside international brands such as Titos Vodka, Peroni and the latest Signature Mixers by Coca Cola on the wide and varied drinks menu.
For bookings see www.marlinhotel.ie