HOTEL INSIDER: JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS DUBAI
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, known to be the world's tallest 5-star hotel with its twin 72-story towers, is truly an architectural marvel. But not only is it architecturally stunning, the hotel also enjoys a prime location in Dubai's Business Bay.
The location, the stunning views, the spacious rooms and the diverse dining options make this luxury hotel one of the best places to stay in Dubai.
As the hotel's brand suggests, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is a huge hotel with 1600+rooms and suites. In spite of its size, the hotel does not feel overly crowded. After all there are two towers, both with 72 floors. Each floor with only a few rooms in each of the two hallways, feels quiet and private. The only place that gets a bit busy, is the breakfast buffet on the second floor. However, the hotel has solved the problem with opening other restaurants and the one on the 6th floor is delightful. Plus, there is the Executive Lounge as well.
The best views are from the B tower, overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa. Other rooms have either the sea view or a view toward Burj Al Arab, but both are not nearly as close as Burj Khalifa and the city is often hazy. The sea view may not be as spectacular as it sounds, nor does it look anything what you see in promotional materials.
JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS DUBAI LOCATION
The prime location in Dubai's Business Bay could not be more central in Dubai. It is perfect for those who want to explore Old Dubai, 20 minutes by taxi, and Dubai Marina, 20 minutes in the opposite direction. Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall are only 10 minutes by cab or hotel's own shuttle bus, and the airport is only 25 minutes away.
ROOMS AND SUITES
All rooms and suites feature a comfortable bed, a walk-in wardrobe, a huge marble bathroom with stand-alone tub and Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. The floor-to-ceiling windows overlook either Dubai's futuristic skyline or the Arabian Gulf.
The plush and spacious Corner Suites have an additional living and dining area, as well as Bose surround sound systems, and two TV sets. The suites in the B tower offer awe-inspiring views of the iconic Burj Khalifa which you can even enjoy from your bed and your bathroom. The suites also offer partial views of the sea and the canal.
All amenities operated through a tablet on the nightstand
Toiletries and hair dryer neatly tucked away in beautiful custom boxes
Vanity table and walk-in wardrobe
Iron and ironing board
Illy espresso maker
There is a small army of bell hops to help you with your bags and escort you to the front desk. By the time you are done paying for the cab, they have checked your luggage tags for you name and greet you happily by you name.
In a hotel that large, there are several concierge counters to tend to the guests' every need: one traditional concierge desk, one travel agent who can also book Burj Khalifa tickets, and one for making reservations at the hotel restaurants.
The swanky Arabian-inspired Saray Spa has 17 treatment rooms, two private hammams and serene relaxation areas. The outdoor pool is lined with palm trees and offers stunning views of the downtown skyscrapers and Burj Khalifa.
The hotel has a shuttle to Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa and back. The shuttle buses leave every 30 -60 minutes depending on the time of the day.
JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS DUBAI RESTAURANTS
Foodies will not be disappointed at the JW Marriott Marquis with almost 20 restaurants and lounges to choose from. Fine-dining enthusiasts can indulge in a perfectly cooked steak at Prime68 and dine above the clouds on the 68th floor. Thai favorites can be enjoyed at Tong Thai, Japanese at Izakaya, and Italian fare at Positano; there are Arabian and Peruvian options, and much more.
The chic French-themed lounge La Farine is perfect place for a light lunch with delightful French chanssons playing in the background. You could taste your way around the world without ever leaving the comfort of the hotel.
Masala Library by the legendary Indian food columnist and restaurateur Jiggs Kalra is the newest spot that gives a new spin on the old Indian classics. Jiggs Kalra was the first Asian to be to be included in the International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.
They offer a 12-course tasting menu that includes a deconstructed samosa, a charcoal bhaji (fried onion), and a delightful mushroom chai prepared at the table.