With an economy built on oil revenues, the UAE has spectacularly transformed itself from a desert backwater, into a wealthy and diversified country. Dubai has become the business capital of the Middle East – African region and a major stopover city on international flight routes. The city, no longer solely dependent on oil, is specialized in the areas of tourism, international finance, IT, media and civil aviation. Business people, tourists, and sports fans all congregate in this dynamic city to enjoy the world class facilities on offer ! We had a reservation at The JW Marriot Marquis, Dubai – the tallest hotel in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Read about my experience in this record-setting hotel below!
The JW Marriot Marquis, Dubai is one of the top hotels in the city for business travelers, conferences and persons seeking affordable luxury. The design is inspired by a date palm tree and consists of 2 towers standing 72 storeys high, with over 1600 rooms. The hotel is situated on the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road among neighbouring skyscrapers – a great addition to Dubai’s dramatic skyline! On arrival at the hotel after 8am, I was greeted warmly by staff and took the time to admire the large fresh flower arrangements and posh interior decor. Photographs featuring Dubai’s revered rulers – the Sheikhs Al Maktoum, greet visitors before they check-in at the front desk.
Unfortunately, an early check-in was not possible. However, I was relieved of my suitcase and shown to the ultra-modern Lounge with its lines of coloured glass bottles to relax until the complimentary shuttle to the Dubai Mall arrived.
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus that drops guests to the Dubai Mall, mere minutes away, and picks them up at intervals to return. After my Mall experience, I returned to the hotel after the 3pm check-in time and found that my room was not yet ready. The staff realizing I was jetlagged, invited me to partake of afternoon tea, free of charge, to make up for the inconvenience. I was escorted to tea and after a while informed that my room was ready. I was pleased to learn that I received an upgrade to a deluxe room on the 45th floor !
My room featured a beautiful king-sized bed and floor to ceiling windows. My favourite part was the large spa-like bathroom with oversized bathtub and a monsoon shower in the enclosure. Robes and a pair of bedroom slippers were provided for guest comfort. Later on, after my cousin arrived, we received a complimentary fruit basket and an apology again for the later than usual check-in! We decided to have the minibar removed since we didn’t care to drink alcohol, however, bottles of drinking water were provided and replenished each day by staff as a courtesy to guests visiting this desert city.
Guests at the JW Marriot Marquis, Dubai can enjoy the gorgeous outdoor pool with a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa, the luxurious Saray Spa and the uber-chic Vault Bar on the top floor with stunning views of Dubai’s nighttime landscape. The hotel also features award-winning restaurants such as The Rang Mahal, that offers modern Indian cuisine prepared by a Michelin star chef ! This sushi lover found the ultra-cool Izakaya to be an upbeat and fun spot to indulge her cravings. Look out for the cute Wasabi Girl who will prepare fresh wasabi at your table!
Overall, I was impressed with this hotel, not only in terms of ambience and contemporary design but by the staff’s high level of customer care and pleasant, courteous service.
The average price per night (exclusive of taxes) for a standard deluxe room = USD $250
The Nowherian Daughter’s recommendations:
- Request a deluxe room as high up as possible for incredible views
- Make your reservation at the hotel as far in advance as possible. Demand is high during the fall-winter months!
- Be patient with the elevators with a hotel of this size