Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will make its Irish debut in the next few months months with the rebranding of the Marker Hotel in Dublin. This property brings the brand into northwest Europe for the first time and also marks the first urban Anantara hotel in the region.
Owned by German-based real estate company Deka Immobilien, the Marker Hotel has 187 guestrooms over six floors (166 deluxe rooms, 18 executive rooms and three suites) as well as eight event and meeting facilities. Other public spaces include a spa, a rooftop terrace and the La Brasserie restaurant.
In a statement, Ramón Aragonés, CEO of NH Hotel Group, operators of Anantara in Europe (under the “guidance and brand oversight” of Minor Hotels), said the agreement “will enable us to bring a truly different value proposition to the Irish market for the first time.”
American commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE put the property up for sale in May with an asking price of €125 million, following “several reverse inquiries” from prospective buyers to then-owners Midwest Holding AG and an investor group led by Kevin McGillycuddy’s Brehon Capital Partners, according to the Irish Times. Deka Immobilien acquired the property for an estimated €130 million last month.
The hotel is located in Dublin's Docklands area in the “Silicon Docks” neighborhood—like California’s Silicon Valley, home to numerous global technology companies. The property is also close to the International Financial Services Centre and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
The Dublin hotel will be the third Anantara in Europe, joining the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort in Portugal and the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace in Marbella, Spain. Anantara currently has 35 properties in its portfolio across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.