JW Mar­riott Mar­quis Dubai

Business Traveller (India) - - TRIED & TESTED HOTELS -

BACK­GROUND At a height of 355 me­tres, the 72-storey twin­tower sky­scraper com­plex is the world’s tallest ho­tel. It is also the flag­ship prop­erty of the Emi­rates Air­lines’ Ho­tels di­vi­sion, but man­aged by Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional. It opened its doors to guests in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The drive­way in front of the lobby is crowded for most part of the day. It kind of pre­pares you for a busy lobby when you en­ter through its glass doors. Friendly staff guide you to the re­cep­tion desks that face the en­trance. There isn’t much seat­ing avail­able in the lobby. I had ar­rived in the morn­ing and al­ready had two peo­ple be­fore me in queue. The line moved quickly though. The re­cep­tion­ist of­fered to give me in­for­ma­tion on the emi­rate if it was my first time in Dubai. Hav­ing vis­ited twice be­fore, I po­litely de­clined. I was handed a bag­gage tag and di­rected to Tower A. On my way I passed by La Farine, a restau­rant known for its de­li­cious break­fast, which I would try later dur­ing my two-day stay. WHERE IS IT? It is on Sheikh Zayed Road that runs through Dubai’s main busi­ness district. The Busi­ness Bay Metro Sta­tion is walk­ing dis­tance from the ho­tel. Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port is a 20-minute drive from here.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES I stayed in the Deluxe room, which is the base cat­e­gory. The spa­cious 44 sqm room has two large sofa chairs with a small cof­fee ta­ble. These are placed by the win­dow that forms one wall of the room. En­trance to the car­peted room is through a short pas­sage that has two sin­gle cup­boards, be­tween which is a lug­gage rack. Ad­join­ing this is the mini­bar with an espresso ma­chine and free wa­ter bot­tles. Be­side it is a large work desk with a me­dia con­nec­tiv­ity panel that can charge mul­ti­ple de­vices at a time. Un­for­tu­nately there aren’t enough bed­side sock­ets. How­ever, the iPod dock be­side the bed­side con­trol panel can charge an iPhone. The desk is along the room’s full-length mir­ror that cov­ers an en­tire wall op­po­site the bed. In ad­di­tion to the tele­vi­sion, there is a DVD player. The mar­ble bath­room has a sep­a­rate bath­tub and shower, as well as a bidet. Bath ameni­ties are by the lux­ury brand, Aro­mather­apy As­so­ci­ates.

I had ar­rived on a Satur­day, and did not feel the need to ven­ture down for a suit­able area to work. The in-room wifi is fast, and the phone is con­ve­niently placed on the work desk, with an ad­di­tional one by the bed. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS One can spend an en­tire week­end at JW Mar­riott Mar­quis, sam­pling its many F&B op­tions. These in­clude the popular Rang Ma­hal (In­dian

cui­sine) by celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. There are Ja­panese, South Amer­i­can and Ital­ian restau­rants too. On the 71st and 72nd floors is Vault from where you can en­joy a beau­ti­ful view of the Dubai sky­line, while puff­ing on a pre­mium ci­gar from the col­lec­tion sold here. A more ca­sual at­mos­phere can be found at Bridge­wa­ter Tav­ern, the gas­tro pub. BUSI­NESS AND MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The meet­ing space here is im­pres­sive with over 8,000 sqm of in­door and outdoor venues. The largest event space — Dubai Ball­room — can ac­com­mo­date 1,548 guests. Large venues can be fur­ther di­vided into smaller rooms on re­quest. There is also a busi­ness cen­tre with sec­re­tar­ial as­sis­tance on the fourth floor.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES Saray Spa has a menu of “tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary restora­tive treat­ments”. There is also a steam room, ther­apy baths and a lap pool here, as well as a cou­ples suite. The outdoor swim­ming pool is tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled and and over­looks Burj Khal­ifa. The gym has car­dio equip­ment with free weights.

VER­DICT It is a per­fect place for a busi­ness trav­eller who has enough op­tions to keep him oc­cu­pied at the prop­erty af­ter work­ing hours.

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