Moxy Dublin City
Moxy Hotels, Marriott International’s experiential hotel brand, has exploded onto the scene in Ireland, with the opening of its first property in the Emerald Isle: Moxy Dublin City.
Moxy Hotels are designed to reimagine the hotel scene; on arrival guests are instantly welcomed into a playful stay with check-in at the bar, the heart of the hotel, and a complimentary cocktail. Other fun and spirited extras include grown-up bedtime stories and ‘hookups’ – unexpected upgrades such as vinyl record parties and pillow forts.
Situated just off the famous O’Connell Street, you will have access to the plethora of bars, clubs, pubs that make up Dublin’s thriving live music scene.
Bringing that energetic atmosphere into the hotel, the new Moxy caters to fun-seekers, thrill-hunters and culture buffs. Guests can chill in the lobby with a game of foosball, pull up a seat at the 24/7 bar, or party with the dedicated Moxy Staff.
Moxy’s fun, inclusive and youthful spirit is reflected in the combination of bold design and affordable style where communal engagement is at the centre of the experience. MCA Architects was instrumental in creating this design, staying true to the Moxy brand ethos but at the same time reflecting Dublin. Jean Feeney, MCA Architects, commented:
“It has a very chic urban look. The core colour is a fabulously bright pink in the Moxy brand, which meant we had to include elements of that without drowning out the whole space in pink which could have be unsettling. There also needed to be a theme for this location, reflective of Dublin’s vibrancy and cultural identity.
“One of the ways we did this was to commission an Irish street artist ADW to complete 3 large scale murals within the hotel with a number of nods to the city. You’ll never get to see that specific art in any other Moxy’s but it’s still a very Moxy thing. We also stencilled the concrete floors to create a look unique to our site and kept the lighting levels low which works with both a relaxing vibe and a party vibe depending on what’s happening within the space.”
Feeney has worked with MCA on several high-profile Irish hospitality projects including the Mount Juliet Estate, The Dylan and City West Hotel. She reflects on her work with the Marriott Group:
“It’s always nice to be connected to a brand like the Marriott because they are such a world leader. MCA is a highly regarded architectural practice in Dublin with an extensive range of projects in many sectors including hospitality, so we like to align ourselves with people who are top of their own profession.”
The hotel’s 116 small but smart bedrooms feature 49″ LCD flat-screen televisions, high quality sound systems, free Wi-Fi, and comfortable high-thread count bedding. Every bedroom makes a statement with a fun floor to ceiling art piece. The design is functional, flexible and uncluttered with simple, thoughtful touches. Stylish bathrooms feature complimentary Muk toiletries, bright pink hair dryers, power showers and large mirrors alongside a spacious vanity area.
The hotel’s Living Room is where it all happens, changing its vibe throughout the day to give guests fun ways to work and play hard. Ambient lighting and accents of colour throughout complement design features such as graffiti art walls, modern furniture and bicycle lights.
The Living Room also features plenty of power and USB outlets and fast and free Wi-Fi for ultimate connectivity. A high-energy yet cosy space for gatherings, special events or cocktails, the Living Room plays host to eclectic upbeat music that sets just the right mood.
Formerly an office building, the hotel’s home required some significant structural alterations. Michael Hession, Regional Director for Conack Construction, the project’s contractor, said:
“The building needed a lot of work and a lot of structural repair. Essentially, we were taking a 1970s office building and turning it into something that could manage the requirements of a new hotel. There were 3 floors of existing concrete frame and then we built a further 3 floors out of steelwork and light weight flooring construction on top of it. We also dropped the ground floor level.”
There are over 30 Moxy Hotels in Europe with plans to expand into more than 40 new destinations over the next three years, with a signed pipeline of more than 50 hotels expected to open over the same time-period. For more information, please visit www.moxy-hotels.marriott.com/en.
Allwood Architectural Joinery
Allwood Architectural Joinery specialises in the design and manufacture of specialised joinery for mainly large cooperate offices and bespoke works in the hospitality sector.
Allwood Architectural Joinery is a family run company of 46 close-knit, highly skilled and driven employees, first established in 1997. The company is renowned for its workmanship and engaging approach to projects with contractors, architects and clients to ensure the most effective and efficient project delivery to a very high standard.
It has become the driving force for commercial fit outs in Ireland and is keen to become one of the go to sub-contractors in the country. The company was recently involved in the ground floor fit out of Moxy Dublin City, which included the fit out of the main bar, the catering area, all seating and fitted furniture, steel work and upholstery.
Connor Magee, Operations Director, said:
“We were delighted to have worked on Moxy Dublin City, and take great pride in adding this project to our already extensive list of prestigious hotels and fit outs. Overall as a company, we pride ourselves on quality, service and workmanship! We are all about our people and building relationships with our clients, architects and main contractors.”