It’s ‘postable’, instagrammed and so worth bragging about. It’s Dubai’s (and consequently the world’s) tallest hotel. And the views are spectacular.
When you’re one of Dubai’s superlatives, you have a lot to live up to and JW Marriott Marquis doesn’t rest on its very high laurels.
Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai
Room number and floor: Tower B 2711, 27th floor
Star rating: 5 stars
Number of rooms: 1,608 spread between two towers
When it opened: The soft opening took place in November 2012.
Welcome and service at reception:
From the moment your car door is opened, you’re greeted with almost excessive politeness and hospitality. Bell staff were attentive and not only helped me with luggage but also introduced me to the person who was to check me in.
At check in, staff helpfully provided the latest currency conversion and offered a basic introduction to the services available in the lobby all while preparing my room key.
I headed up to my room and within five minutes the delightful Dante arrived with my bag, talking me through the intricacies of the room, the facilities of the hotel and what was happening in Dubai (including weather tips) throughout the duration of my stay. He also recognized a jetlagged traveller and got me some cold water.
Room size and features:
I was in a Double / Double Room and found that I still had a lot of room (but not so much that it felt empty).
Each room features:
Bathrooms were very large featuring a separate shower room, toilet and bidet, and free standing bathtub.
Is Wi-Fi readily available and at what cost?
Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and business centre, but in-room Wi-Fi is charged at a rate of approximately AU$30 a day. Week long plans are also available.
What facilities does the hotel offer?
• 24 hour valet parking
• Concierge desk
• Car rental desk
• Fully equipped business centre
• 24 hour laundry service & dry cleaning
• Airport transport service
• 8 Retail shops
• Health and leisure club
• Saray Spa
• Outdoor pool
• Selection of the fine restaurants and bars
• Total event space area of over 5,100 sqm
What dining options are there on site?
There are so many dining options at the hotel that it should be criminalized. Why? You’re likely to want to stay on site and not sample any of Dubai’s many dining options.
La Farine is an easily accessible 24-hour café and bakery.
Kitchen 6 almost became my home away from home. With its six live cooking stations, having breakfast in the same restaurant every morning meant that I wasn’t stuck with the same old same old (but I dare you to look past the dumplings and vadas!). The international buffet and a la carte restaurant features Asian woks, Middle Eastern Grills, European Breads and Indian Tandoors. I was lucky enough to also enjoy dinner here on its opening night and was a little overwhelmed by choice (and that was just the dessert bar).
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar is a Rajasthani style restaurant (Atul Kochhar is a Michelin starred chef).
Izakaya features Dubai’s only robatayaki grill and also boasts wasabi and green tea ice-cream amongst its offerings. The Harajuku styled servers are also worth seeing.
Other restaurants include: Prime 68, Positano and Tong Thai.
Vault is the hotel’s onlysmoking bar and has stunning views that almost make up for the smell of cigars and cigarettes.
Other bars include: Velocity, Aqua Poolside Grill and Bar, Nawwara and The Lounge.
Did you find the location convenient?
The hotel is an easy drive from Dubai International Airport (soon to be made even easier) and is close to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. By nature of being the tallest hotel in the world, it’s also easy to tell taxi drivers where you’re heading!
What was the best thing about the hotel/resort?
I did love the bathroom (particularly the shower) and the bedside light controls but when it comes down to it, I really loved the breakfast staff, who made each morning a pleasure (the dumplings helped too).
And the thing you would most like to change?
The Wi-Fi charges are certainly steep and when so many other hotels in the region offer complimentary Wi-Fi, it seems a bit out of step.
FUN FACTS //
Traveltalk stayed courtesy of the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing and JW Marriott Marquis
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