It’s the tallest hotel in the world, a 72 story twin-tower building taking pride of place along the Dubai skyline in Business Bay, Downtown Dubai.
For business travellers, it’s an enviable option when seeking somewhere to stay. The location, alongside Sheik Zayed Road, in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, close to the financial district of DIFC and within easy reach of the marina and all its entertainment amenities, is hard to fault but that isn’t the only reason the J W Marriott Marquis prides itself on being the ultimate 5-star business hotel.
It isn’t just its location or that makes this hotel special or the 32 fully equipped meeting rooms, it exudes luxury as the world has come to expect from all Dubai hotels. The 1,600 rooms and suites offer panoramic city views and may be bijou in size but more than make up for it in creature comforts. Spa-like marble bathrooms, top of the range LCD tvs and plush bedding make staying here a treat. Each room has been designed with the discerning business traveller in mind. Neutral decor, light wood and oversized desks make the most of the space. The floor to ceiling windows allow for lots of daylight and allow for great views. The real treat comes in the form of the bathrooms. With huge marble bathtubs and separate power showers, there is no where you’d rather be after a long flight or day at the office.
J W Marriott Marquis has carved out a destination in itself and is not just attractive to business travellers but also local residents and visitors to Dubai. This is mostly due to it’s fantastic offering of über chic restaurants, bars and nightclubs. VIP Room is the in-house nightclub and located on the ground floor, popular with Dubai’s super-cool crowd, if you fancy rubbing shoulders with the elite and don’t mind running the risk of getting hit in the head by a popping champagne cork then it’s definitely worth a visit.
The hotel itself has 13 bars and restaurants, all of superior quality and amongst some of the very best award-winning venues in the region. Prime 68 on level 68 is one of the very best steakhouses, if not the best steakhouse in Dubai with unrivalled views over the city. With a crisp, all white interior the moment you walk out of the lift, you are faced with a truly elegant dining destination. Tables are great for privacy, with each table facing the window or for romantic nights or super private business meetings, opt for a booth where you can pull the surrounding curtain for your on private dining experience. The cuts of meat are divine, an expensive dinner yes but very worth it. Their new prohibition brunch is also worth a try, different to all the other offerings in the Emirates.
I’d be surprised if there was anyone in Dubai that hasn’t visited the legendary GQ bar, and if you haven’t then you must. Opened in 2014, GQ was created by the Director of Conde Nast Restaurants, Gary Robinson and pays homage to the men’s lifestyle magazine. Set across two floors and boasting an outside terrace, GQ bar is a great place to relax and enjoy great dishes and cocktails.
But perhaps the star of the hotel, has to be Vault. Easily one of the best bars we have ever been too worldwide, in fact it rivals Atmosphere at the Burj Khalifa for the wow factor, it’s a great place to take clients or even a date. Set across the 71st and 72nd floor of the hotel, it boasts stunning views out over Dubai and serves up crafted cocktails and cigars. Its clean, glass decor nods to minimalistic chic and the music is equally as relaxed, with impeccable service it’s a go-to destination of choice for many well-healed Dubai residents.
The J W Marriott Marquis has the wow factor, as you would expect from a record-breaking hotel and every component of it earns it the luxurious 5-star rating that is boasts. It’s actually so much more than just a business hotel.