Inside the World’s Tallest Hotel – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Recently, I took a mileage run to Dubai and got a chance to stay at the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis jw-marriott-marquis-dubaiexwhich recently opened in Dubai.  Towering at an astounding 1,164 feet, the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai has 72 floors spread over 355 metres, the landmark luxury hotel has taken the Guinness Book of World Records title from the 1,093 feet Rose Tower, also situated in Dubai.   The city’s famous Burj Khalifa tower – the world’s tallest man-made structure – is much higher at 830m, but the JW Marriott Marquis is the tallest building dedicated entirely to a hotel.  It is located on the metro stop called Business Bay, which is a still evolving district with little sense of neighbourhood, but it is well placed for making trips to both old and new Dubai. A taxi to the Creek takes around twenty minutes and costs AED35 (£6), or it’s a 10-minute walk to the metro.

When I was there, only Tower A was open, with 804 rooms decorated in a subdued and luxurious style favouring natural hues. Lights and air conditioning are controlled via a touch-screen tablet ? and I found that it all works perfectly. Ask for a deluxe room as high as possible looking towards the sea (ending with numbers 1-7).  I had room 6501 and the views were incredible of the World Dubai islands. Executive rooms include free Internet access and use of an exclusive 37th floor lounge with complimentary food and drinks including breakfast, which otherwise costs $35.

Dubai-view-of-world-islandsThe Marriott Marquis, which is owned by the Emirates Group, had a soft opening back in November 2012, but late February 2013 marked the official unveiling of the hotel, which is situated in the Business Bay area of Dubai, which is also home to the Dubai Mall, which is, fittingly, the world’s largest shopping center.  It’s the first of the Marquis brand of JW Marriotts — “reserved only for the most iconic properties within the Marriott International portfolio,” according to the company — to be built outside North America.

The 1,164-foot JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is just 290 feet shorter than the Empire State Building and has gotten the nod from the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest.    The hotel has 72 floors, including a duplex penthouse cocktail bar.   One highlight is the heated outdoor pool which catches the afternoon sun and has views of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.   The hotel’s accoutrements include ten restaurants, including Izakaya, Tong Thai, Prime 68 La Farina and Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar­, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin Star. Amenities also include four bars, two lounges, two ballrooms and the 4,000 square-meter Saray Spa and Health Club­, plentiful meeting space, 684 rooms and 120 suites.

Each tower of the JW Marriott Marquis, located at the Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay Dubai, has two presidential suites, 506 typical King rooms, 156 typical twin rooms, four rooms fitted specifically for the disabled and 118 corner suites, with the remaining space comprising 22 executive King rooms in a choice of configurations.

Room prices for one person per night start at $326, although I scored $168 rooms on the Marriott website