DUBAI is an unbeatable force when it comes to skyscraper hotels. Four of the world’s tallest hotels are in the city, but the structure that reigns supreme is the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai.
Towering at an impressive 355 meters, it is no wonder it was dubbed the World’s Tallest Hotel by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The towers’ exterior features a jagged design that resembles the trunk of a date palm. Dates are an important symbol of Arabian culture, an indigenous desert plant, and commonly consumed during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Needless to say, views from up top are spellbinding, featuring panoramas of the glittering cityscape below, the Dubai Water Canal, and the vast ocean beyond. On darker days, the summit of the tower gets shrouded in pillow-like clouds, allowing for a (literal) head-above-the-clouds experience.
Across the two towers, the property hosts an impressive 1,608 guest rooms, all of which sparkle with the luxury touch you’ve come to expect with a brand like JW Marriott.
The entry-level guest rooms are fitted with flat-screen TVs, a DVD player, cable and satellite channels, two phones, and an iPod dock. For a fee, high-speed internet can be requested.
At the top of the chain are the Executive Suites featuring a king-sized bed, two bathrooms, a separate living room, a walk-in closet, and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the city skyline.
All rooms are outfitted with spa-like marble bathrooms that include rain showers, separate oversized tubs, lighted makeup mirrors, robes, slippers and hair dryers.
Guests staying in Deluxe Rooms and Executive Suites enjoy the privilege of access to the Executive Lounge, an exclusive 24-hour space with complimentary food, cocktails, and business services.
Because of the sheer size of the hotel, business travelers and event organizers will have a field day picking from the 2 ballrooms and 32 event rooms across 86,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
The business center at the concierge level will assist in any meeting needs and secretarial services, while a certified events team can aid in food catering and other miscellaneous needs.
All convention rooms are fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and WiFi access. Organizers can also make use of Marriott’s Red Coat Direct App to organize the logistics of their events in the comfort of their rooms with only a few buttons and swipes.
After a day of events or walking about the city, make sure to pop by Prime68, a revered steakhouse on the 68th floor where the beef is sourced from heritage breeds, and the views are sweeping.
For a taste of modern Indian cuisine, head to the award-winning Rang Mahal by Atul Kochar. Meanwhile, Tong Thai is an exquisitely decked out restaurant for Thai fare; Positano is great for the bright Italian cuisine of the Amalfi Coast; and Kitchen6, one of the hotel’s signature restaurants, is a reliable all-day dining option.
To break away from the fast pace of Dubai, book a session at Saray Spa, the in-house luxury wellness center featuring an authentic Hammam spa. Push past the ornate doors to an array of relaxing massages, facials and baths, some which combine ancient and modern treatments.
If you’d rather a more frantic getaway from the hotel, explore The Dubai Mall – this sprawling complex said to be the world’s largest is only a ten-minute drive from the hotel. Continue the tour of the superlatives with a visit to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
It makes sense that amidst all the high-rises, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is reflective of the city it’s in – both beasts in their own right, and both forces to be reckoned with.
Tempted? Book your stay now.