Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Ireland

1) Direct Flights to Dublin from many US gateway cities

Only 6 hours from New York and 10 hours from Los Angeles

2) Grand Canal Square

The Marker Hotel is located in Grand Canal Square, which is just walking distance to Dublin's area attractions.

Guests staying at The Marker have panoramic views of the canal where Stand-up Paddle Boarding and Wake Boarding are common activities.

This area is also where Facebook and Google decided to make their home in Dublin.

Adjacent to The Marker is the Bord Gais Theater.

3) The #1 most visited attraction in Ireland is...

Powerscourt Estate & Gardens, located right next to Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, is the #1 most visted attraction in Ireland. Plus, it is ranked #3 in gardens right after Versailles and Kew Gardens.

4) Ireland's Evolving Food Culture

You can still enjoy all of your favorite Irish staples at The Marker Hotel & at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, but if you're desiring healthy options, we've got you covered!

The Marker Hotel offers healthy items from their "Nutri-Bite" menu. Think freshly pressed vegetable juices, healthy salads, steamed fish and chicken.

But if you're still desiring it all, read #5 and also checkout the cronut!

Whether you fancy Michelin-starred dining, cosy cafés, tasty Irish classics, the best in world cuisine, bustling food markets, or fresh seafood straight from the coast, Dublin’s a place with something to suit all tastes in Irish food. We’re hungry just writing this!

5) Le Drunch at The Marker Hotel

Sunday mornings are for sleeping, Sunday afternoons should be for eating, misbehaving just a little bit more before going back to work and the healthy eating that comes with Monday – Friday life. Decisions, decisions…go out for dinner, go out for lunch, can’t decide? The concept of Le Drunch at The Marker Hotel is the latest food trend to emerge from Paris. As a later alternative to brunch, Le Drunch has been taking fashionable Parisian foodies by storm in the last few months. We’re bringing a new experience to the Dublin dining scene. Available Sundays from 2pm-5pm.

6) ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel Escape the world to ESPA. Indulge every sense with our world class spa experience. Relax and rejuvenate, unwind and rebalance with customized packages of personal pampering and expert treatments.

With 20 impeccable treatment rooms, including a private Spa Suite, a 20-metre Swarovski Crystal-lit heated pool and a state-of-the-art thermal suite, award-winning ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel has everything to recalibrate body, mind and spirit. Our cutting edge fitness studio offers a large range of advanced cardio-vascular and resistance equipment by Technogym.

7) Staying Active in the Countryside

Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa offers access to a great many activities both on the estate itself and nearby. From walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, golfing or traditional country pursuits like fishing or horse riding, There are countless ways to explore the picturesque surroundings of Wicklow by the Powerscourt Waterfall, Falconry, River Walk, 4x4 Off Roading Experience and much much more.

8) Friendly Locals

Ireland is famous for the friendliness of its people, and we’re proud to say that you’ll have no problem making friends in Dublin. The Irish love a chat, will always do what they can to help, and they're even known to be ‘up for the craic’ every now and then!

9) Bring the kids

Dublin & County Wicklow are great to take kids of all ages. There are a wide range of activities and tours that they will enjoy, and that are also fun for all the family. Whether your children like animals, crazy golf, swimming or sport, there is plenty for them to enjoy during their visit. Here is a list of the best things to do with kids Viking Boat Tours, Aviva Stadium, Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park & the Design Center.

10) Clear US Customs at Dublin Airport prior to departure

The US Preclearance (USCBP) facility at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport is a purpose built facility that allows US bound passengers to undertake all US immigration, customs and agriculture inspections at Dublin Airport prior to departure.

Dublin Airport is one of only a handful of airports outside North America that offers a US Preclearance facility. The benefit is that having cleared USCBP, passengers arriving in the US are treated as domestic arrivals, allowing them to avoid immigration queues upon arrival and pick up their bags and go.

In addition, this benefits onward connecting passengers in the US who will have their baggage checked through to their final destination.

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