As I said in my two previous reviews, I divided my stay in several of the chain’s hotels in Dubai, all equally different and strategically located, as follows:
- 3 nights at the W Dubai The Palm
- 2 nights at the Grosvenor House.
- 3 nights at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
- 2 nights at the Sheraton Grand Dubai
The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is part of the luxury portfolio of Marriott International, which aims to meet the special needs of wealthy and demanding travellers such as business travellers. It’s one of the highest hotels in the world.
The “Marquis” range aims to offer a much higher level of comfort, personal service, meeting rooms and technology worldwide.
Booking at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
To book my stay at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, I could have either used 40,000 points per night (low season rate) or paid $130 per night.
I chose this second option: during COVID-19, the hotel rates are low, so it doesn’t make sense to burn points. Of course, I paid for my stay with my Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card to earn 5 points per dollar.
The hotel offers a huge choice of luxurious and contemporary design rooms in its 2 towers, offering 1,368 rooms on 72 floors with 240 Suites. It represents one of the largest hotels in the Middle East!
The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai addresses the needs of Dubai’s leisure and business tourism industry.
The design of these 2 iconic towers, such as the two towers’ trunks’ details, evokes a date palm, a fruit that is very symbolic in Arab culture.
The whole reflects the progressive and forward-looking ambitions of Emirates Airlines and the city of Dubai.
Various services are offered:
The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or Emirates Park Towers is a modern hotel with two towers, located within the Business Bay area.
It is located 8 minutes from the lively Burj Khalifa Tower area or 10 minutes from the business district, also known as DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre). District.
The hotel is located 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport.
The nearest subway station is located 15 minutes away: Business Bay.
Around the hotel
It is possible to walk along the promenade Dubai Water Canal. You can get closer to the Dubai Waterfall or go to Safa Park. This large park has the advantage of offering a very beautiful panorama over the centre of Dubai.
As a general rule, taxi fares are appropriate. Count about 28 dirhams ($CA 10) from the hotel to the impressive Burj Khalifa, a tower renowned worldwide for its size (828 m – 163 floors including 153 usable floors).
You can go up “At the Top” to the 124th and 125th floors to enjoy the view of the city or take advantage of the lounge services from the 154th to 152nd floors for an afternoon brunch or tea. Below the tower (Downtown Dubai) is the Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain and many other activities.
In addition to bringing together thousands of companies, the DIFC district, located not far from the Burj Khalifa, is also becoming increasingly popular. It responds to the lifestyle of business people by offering them numerous shops, cafés and restaurants, galleries, residential apartments, gardens and hotels.
Lobby of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
The arrival at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is impressive at first sight with the high pillars. The taxi is parked in the parking lot.
The car park is covered by a semi-open architectural sheet-like structure supported by cylindrical pillars. At night the structure is illuminated in blue/purple hues, .
A valet immediately takes care of opening my taxi door (as in any Marriott hotel in Dubai) and picking up my suitcase when I get out of the taxi.
We’re entering a beautifully proportioned hall. I’m here again with the staff to take the temperature by scanner.
Several reception counters follow each other in wood with a yellow luminous graphic background wall.
The valet will wait until I have completed the reception desk paperwork to accompany me to my Suite. Thanks to the Titanium Elite status and following the chat negotiations, I have been granted a very nice upgrade to a Deluxe Corner Suite.
The decoration is sophisticated, in soft, neutral shades mixed with wooden furniture.
My Suite at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
My Corner Suite consists of 4 rooms:
- a dining room with entrance including a small shower room;
- a large living room with a view of the bay;
- a very large bedroom with a king size bed, a desk and a large dressing room, with a corner view;
- a very large bathroom.
Living room - Dining room
At the entrance, a full-length mirror hanging on the left, and on the right a small bathroom.
Then we go into the dining room. Two sideboards face each other with a large hanging mirror. In the center, a dining table with 4 comfortable chairs.
All the essentials for coffee and tea are arranged on the buffet near the entrance in elegant wooden boxes, as well as two bottles of water and a small ice bucket in a wooden box. All this on a wooden tray, too.
And let’s just say the coffee machine isn’t the most modern I’ve seen.
The living room is large and has a wide view of the bay. Under the glass of the coffee table, a QR code to access the hotel’s menus. A TV is installed on the opposite wall with a Bose sound system.
The bedroom is separated from the living room by a heavy sliding door. In the bedroom, there is a desk attached to a wall made of wooden panels.
The office seems inviting, however I was not able to work there with the computer. The chair has not been designed with this in mind, it is much too low! Too bad.
The King bed is comfortable and the bedding pleasant. A nice setup. On the bedside table on the right,
- a tablet to control lights and other buttons like calling room service;
- a Bose alarm clock with iPhone support (does not work for all iPhones like mine);
- disinfectant wipes;
- and sound and television controls.
These technological elements lacked modernity. The touch screen worked at will and was not intuitive. I mean, I would have appreciated a USB plug, too.
A huge pillar was in the bedroom and behind it a corner sofa with a coffee table. Honestly, this corner lacked the light to make it attractive. I guess it was designed so that you could sit and watch the view of the bay.
Before going to the bathroom, a make-up corner is available with a large mirror. A box with the hair dryer was on the counter.
Note, two things that are ill-conceived and irritating:
- the mirror’s way too high when you’re sitting down to see yourself.
- There is no plug available at this place to dry your hair: you have to connect to the socket on the bedside table.
The dressing room is huge and bright with a wardrobe space on either side and a mirror in front.
The lights come on as soon as we pass by. Ironing board, slippers, and a few hangers are there.
At the office, 2 electrical outlets for computers, 2 ethernet outlets, 2 USB outlets. The temperature setting is modern.
For the lights, a little more complicated: I sometimes understood nothing of what I was turning on or off! It’s supposed to be easy I know, but for example I’ve searched a lot, I couldn’t find any switch in the living room to turn it off! Even from the tablet, I don’t remember it working. I was just closing the sliding door.
You enter the bathroom through a sliding door where you find, in a room on the right, the toilet room with bidet.
A large counter with two beautiful basins dominates the room. Always decorated with touches of hardwood and diffused lighting.
A deep bathtub is placed along the window with a small step to access it, very appreciated. Also the controls for opening the water are clear (handy!).
A new wooden box brings together various classic care products and accessories.
Finally, a modern shower with two long product alcoves completes the set; a long bench faces it.
A little detail that has been poorly thought out: the shower head remains very high even when it is at the bottom of the arm.
Services of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai offers:
- a multitude of restaurants and bars, some of which are renowned:
- Café & Bakery flour (French)
- Tong Thai (Thai)
- Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra (Indian)
- Vault (renowned for its excellent selection of cigars and alcoholic beverages)
- Positano (Italian)
- Garden (Latin)
- Prime 68 (steackhouse)
- The Lounge (international)
- Kitchen6 (international)
- Izakaya (Japanese)
- Wanderlust (international brunch)
- Bridgewater Tavern on sporting occasions (international)
- Aqua Poolside Grill and Bar (bites and shisha bar)
- an outdoor swimming pool
- a fitness room
- a hairdressing salon
- an area with shops and galleries
- the SPA Saray
- a service for weddings
- an executive lounge
The kitchen of the restaurant Kitchen6 is generally open in the morning for lunch and dinner and some midday during the week.
Several buffets are offered featuring world cuisines: Asian, Arabic, European, Indian and other culinary specialties.
The room is chic and extensive, with different seating areas, some more intimate than others. The chairs are comfortable.
I really enjoyed the lunch dishes.
A complete offer in my opinion that can suit everyone.
The Executive Lounge
The Executive Lounge is available to members with Platinum or higher Marriott Bonvoy status. It is located on the 37th floor of Tower A and offers magnificent views of the surroundings of Dubai. There are several rooms to sit either at the table or in lower armchairs with coffee tables. The lighting is dimmed.
It is open from 8:00 in the morning until 23:00 in the evening and offers:
- snacks, snacks with hot and cold drinks at all hours;
- afternoon tea service with canapés,
- Happy hour in the evening with cocktails and alcoholic beverages.
So I really enjoyed going to this lounge and it’s one of the highlights of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai!
A work space is available, with several work lounges, one of which is closed with printers and computers at your disposal.
The fitness room
The fitness room offers a wide range of modern equipment.
The swimming pool is very pleasant to relax in and offers a magnificent view of the surrounding skyscrapers and the towers of the hotel JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai.
My overall impression of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
As you may have noticed, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai offers very nice services to travelers and is more oriented for business people. I really enjoyed my experience because of the beautiful Suite and the Executive Lounge.
However, I think it is less suitable for families compared to the more human-sized Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai.
How to book your stay at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai?
In order to benefit from the best rates, it is best to use the Marriott Bonvoy program. You will also benefit from multiple advantages such as free breakfasts or a welcome gift by also having a status.
How to get to the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai?
It’s easy enough to call taxis or Uber through the app! It will take you about 15 minutes to get there from the airport. Valet service for an additional fee.
Are pets allowed at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai?
Unfortunately pets are not allowed in the hotel.
How does the Marriott Bonvoy program work?
There are two main methods to earn Marriott Bonvoy points through credit cards:
Directly: with the two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards. Both cards each come with an exciting welcome offer. And, for each of your expenses, you can earn Marriott Bonvoy points. Besides, upon renewal, with each of these cards, you get an annual reward night certificate.
To find out all about the Marriott Bonvoy Program, check our ultimate guide to Marriott Bonvoy.
Indirectly, by transferring points from one of the six American Express Membership Rewards cards.
These cards each offer a nice welcome bonus. You can transfer Membership Rewards Points to Marriott Bonvoy at the rate of 1:1.2. This means that by transferring 50,000 Membership Rewards Points, you will get 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points!
Our favourite card is the American Express Cobalt™ Card with its accelerated points earning through everyday expenses (grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants).