➔ British Airways Club Suite | Airbus A350 | London – Dubai
➔ JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai
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➔ British Airways Club Suite | Airbus A350 | Dubai – London
When in Dubai, the best location for a hotel is one that is reasonably close to a Metro station. Having stayed at The Creek a couple of times, and the downtown area once, it was time to stay in the downtown area once more. This has the advantage of being more in the centre of things. The Creek usually involves a reasonably long Metro ride to the malls or Dubai Marina. As mentioned, no big deal if you’re next to a Metro station anyway. But who wants to be spending hours on a usually packed Metro.
During the period between Christmas and New Year, the downtown hotels weren’t too outrageously priced. The JW Marriott Marquis ticked most, if not all the boxes. A member of the Bonvoy program. Reasonably near to a Metro station. A central location. And a starting price of (just) under £100/night.
So this was the one I went for.
The hotel itself was located around a 10 minute or so walk from the Business Bay Metro station, on the red line.
Despite the advertised check in time being 15:00, I had no issues at all checking in at 9am. Of course, there was a pre authorisation taken, just for any incidentals. This time around I was stung in the region of £150 extra. To be fair, this amount dropped off within a couple of days. Before they even took the payment for my room in fact.
I had intended to get a pic of the lobby area, but it was always too busy to grab anything worth using!
The JW Marriott Marquis consists of two towers, joined at ground level by the reception area. My room was located on the 45th floor of the A tower.
The layout of the room itself was pretty much the standard hotel room layout. Although the room was more of a 50/50 split with the bedroom and bathroom as opposed to 2/3rds bedroom and ⅓ bathroom.
This resulted in a very large bathroom with separate bath and shower.
In the bathroom was amenities by Aromatherapy Associates.
There was also a couple of bottles of water, although these weren’t replaced throughout my stay. Which is a little usual. Normally in this part of the world you end up with at least a dozen bottles going spare!
And of course, there was a full set of towels provided. These were replaced when needed however!
Tea and coffee was provided by way of a Nespresso type machine. Below this was an empty minibar. Quite why they needed such a big pre authorisation when nothing was provided in the room is beyond me… Also of note was that the minibar was billed as a chiller rather than a refrigerator. Therefore if any drinks needed chilling, you needed to phone up for a bag of ice.
The kingsized bed was set up so it was facing out of the window.
There was a TV with a decent number of English channels provided, along with the local channels and a couple of other languages thrown in too.
Next to the window was a small lounge area, where I spent most of my time in the room admiring the view. Once I had rearranged things a little.
There was a work desk in the room too with power points nearby.
The One (very) Minor Negative
The lights in the room were controlled by a pad next to the bed. Initially, this didn’t work and I had to wait for maintenance to come and fix it. Which was a little annoying when stepping off an overnight flight and all I wanted to do is get my head down for an hour or two. Although at least I had a room to wait in.
Other Areas Of The Hotel
There were many more areas on site. Although I’ll confess that I didn’t explore them all that much! There was a lounge area off reception which I had every intention of visiting. But never got around to it!
There was a reasonable pool area between the two towers where I spent a bit of time one morning before heading out. It wasn’t too bad, but the pool at the Conrad up the road definitely had it beaten!
On the top floor there were a couple of restaurants. I did venture up there to see if there was an outdoor bar, but the whole area looked mostly closed. One area I did visit on a daily basis though was the breakfast area. As Marriott were offering a welcome back package, breakfast was included for all that booked directly through the hotel. The selection was fairly decent. There were cooked items, pastries, cereals, waffles, pancakes, fruit – you’d struggle not to find something that took your fancy.
There was also a shopping galleria attached to the hotel. Once more, I didn’t explore this area too much. I grabbed a bottle of drink from the WHSmith that was located there, but other than that, I didn’t take a look around.
One of the better hotels I’ve stayed in during 2020. Quite possibly I’d rate this better than the Conrad in Dubai, which I also rated very highly.
Understandably, being the tallest hotel in the world, it was somewhat busy, even during these times. There was a couple of occasions when I had to queue for a lift – mainly because there was a limit of 4 people at any one time.
Other than this, I can’t really say anything bad about this place. Everything was clean, and up to date. The only minor niggle was that it was maybe a bit of a walk to the Metro. But the same can be said of a few places.