J.W. Marriott Marquis Dubai – Review

Soaring at 355 meters, the newly opened JW Marriott Marquis Dubai’s commandeering position on Sheikh Zayed Road also comes with the coveted title of ‘World’s Tallest Hotel’ from the Guinness Book of World Records. The 72-story hotel, which opened in February last year, is the first JW Marriott Marquis outside North America and the 59th in the brand’s global luxury portfolio. Marriott’s Marquis brand of properties sits in between the JW Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton in the company’s portfolio of luxury brands.

First Impressions
Its location is simply the property’s strongest USP, situated on Business Bay, Dubai’s business hub; the hotel has already earned the reputation as Dubai’s first world-class convention and business destination hotel. Walking in, guests are ushered into a lobby that complements its size. Five storeys tall, the lobby has a minimalist yet contemporary ambiance, and guests are welcomed by a center table that flaunts a variety of fresh white flowers, contrasting its dark wooden walls and complimenting its shiny marble flooring.

Check-in was quick and efficient at one of the many desks in the lobby, though as guests of the Club Level Executive Suite, we did have a choice of checking in from the Club Level floor.

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai offers its guests 684 guest rooms and 120 suites. We checked into the Executive Suite, situated on the 27th floor. The spacious one-bedroom suite, spread across 95 sq m featured a modern and clean design with a hint of color splashed across the room with some contemporary art. The full-length windows offered views of Business Bay and the buzzing Sheikh Zayed highway.

The bedroom features a large, comfortable bed, 32-inch LED television, and a study desk with neatly hidden power and multimedia sockets, ideal for its business traveler to work comfortably while sipping on some fresh coffee brewed from the Illy machine. State-of-the-art installations include a Bose iPod docking station and a master room control tablet which allows you control over everything from the temperature to the lighting of the room and even call for room service with a touch of a finger. The touch of modernity continues from the motion-activated light sensors in the wardrobe to the blue backlit power / keycard socket at the entrance of the room.

The suite’s living area features a 46-inch LED television and a Bose surround system, making it the ideal setup for any movie lover.

The Suite bathroom is luxurious, to say the least, with its marble flooring, Aromatherapy Associate bath products, and a spacious bathtub overlooking the Business Bay.

Club Lounge
Guests staying at the hotel’s Executive Suite rooms have access to the Executive Lounge, occupying the entire 37th floor of the tower. The executive lounge offers its business guests neatly spaced cubicles for conducting private meetings, while families have access to a separate family area.

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Open for Breakfast; the lounge offers a healthy spread of continental and local breakfast offerings. A news ticker in the lounge displays the latest news headlines, 24×7, thereby keeping its guests abreast with news and happenings from around the world. Guests also have access to free Wi-Fi in the lounge.

While predominantly a business hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai offers a stunning pool for guests looking to soak in some sun. Located on the third floor, the outdoor heated pool also allows for some stunning views of the Burj Al Khalifa. There is also a separate children’s pool.

The hotel also runs a shuttle service to the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates from 10am to 10pm, every 20 minutes. Other shuttle service points include the Jumeirah Beach Park, Dubai Trade Center, and Dubai International Financial Center.

The property boasts of a 4,000 sq m Saray Spa and health club, which draws inspiration from the caravanserai silk route across Arabia. It offers treatments designed to ensure mind and body renewal – ideal for the busy corporate traveler. The spa features 15 treatment rooms, including two private Hammam rooms, two Thai treatment rooms, one Dead Sea treatment room, and two Private Luxury Spa Suites – each with its hydro-soak tub, steam room, private wash and changing rooms, relaxation center, and side by side treatment tables.
The spa, which welcomes more male customers than female, offers the Saray Golden Hammam treatment, which combines a traditional Hammam service with the luxury of precious Gold oil infused with 24 karat gold leaf, followed by a golden clay body. Other treatments include the tried and tested Dead Sea Signature Treatment, the Signature Milk and Honey treatment, an Arabic Coffee Awakener, and Lemon Mint Body Polish amongst others.

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is home to an enticing array of 12 restaurants and bars and lounges and boasts of a Michelin-star restaurant, the Rang Mahal by Atul Kocchar. The first Indian chef to take home a Michelin star, Chef Atul Kochhar is the celebrity Michelin star Chef of Benares, London. He brought his contemporary Indian Cuisine to Rang Mahal. Guests can sin on exotic beverages at the stunning Bar area set against some stirring Indian Music.

Prime 68 is the hotel’s new-generation steak house located on the 68th floor, offering stunning views across Dubai’s skyline. The boutique restaurant, as they call themselves, offers a classic steakhouse menu served in a modern presentation against some Jazz music.

Serving authentic Thai in a modern setting, Tong Thai offers a menu that showcases unique regional dishes, street food, and authentic classics loved worldwide.

Positano brings the best of Italian coastal cuisine to Dubai. Serving specially crafted seafood, handmade pasta, mouthwatering pizza, and homemade gelato, the food at Positano is passionately Italian.

Upbeat, casual, and slightly edgy, Izakaya is the new Japanese destination at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Sushi at its best served with Sake, bottled Kirin and Tsing Tao Beers, Izakaya sets the ideal social environment for a night out with friends.

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The glamorous Nawara is the hotel’s hotspot serving Mediterranean cuisine and exotic cocktails with an Arabesque twist before tuning into some Levantine upbeat tunes.

There is no better place to connect and enjoy a café au lait and freshly baked pastries than at La Farine. This sophisticated and welcoming French Café, is ideal for guests in a rush as the bakery and coffee counter offers pastries, breads, and drinks to go too.

Two elevator rides later, on the 71st floor of the hotel, guests have access to the ‘Vault’ – with its massive bank vault-styled doors. Poised to become one of Dubai’s most exclusive bars, Vault is designed in black and gold and is spread across two levels. You can bite into some delicacies and sip on a cocktail while enjoying the spectacular panoramas of the bustling city.

Kitchen 6 is the all-day dining restaurant featuring international buffets, Asian woks, Middle Eastern grills, European breads and Indian Tandoors, which can be seen through the glass walls of its open kitchen.

Aqua Poolside Grill & Bar is located on the pool terrace and is a perfect destination to relax and enjoy refreshing juices or chilled cocktails after a swim. Light lunches and dinners with a South Beach chic ambiance are also available.

Located at the Lobby Level, The Lounge is an ideal place for informal meetings, work, and relaxation while sipping on refreshing drinks and light snacks. The lounge also serves traditional afternoon and Arabic high teas.

Velocity, the hotel’s Entertainment destination, is a restaurant and lounge featuring sport and fashion on five huge LED screens, live DJs as well as a variety of tempting culinary and drink selections.

A key element for the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is targetting the MICE market. With an 8,000-square-foot event space featuring two ballrooms and 32 meeting rooms in Downtown Dubai, the hotel boasts one of the best meetings address in the city today. Groups, meetings, and conventions of up to 1,000 people can now meet, stay and dine, under one roof. The hotel is the first of its kind in Dubai and is expected to play a key role in attracting major conventions and events to the destination.

Along with extensive indoor and outdoor event space, the hotel offers state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, Wi-Fi access, a business center, and Concierge Level offering secretarial services as well as expert catering, service, and a certified events team to meet the guest’s every need.

The address – Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Phone – (+971)(4)4140000
Web – Marriott Marquis Dubai

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