Luxury Travel Advisor is just back from a visit to Dubai, where we were wowed by the sheer superlative nature of the city. This gem on the Arabian Gulf is home to the world's tallest building, the world's tallest hotel, the world's largest mall, widest this, biggest that…the list goes on and on.
If you have clients visiting Dubai, choosing a luxury hotel is certainly a challenge, seeing as the city plays host to all of the big players. We were lucky to stay at one of the newest kids on the block, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, and we can safely say that this newbie will soon be rubbing elbows with its older, more established neighbors.
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is officially the tallest hotel in the world. Some think that the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is, but the Ritz occupies higher floors of a mixed-use building, thus making it the "highest" hotel in the world, but not the tallest.
The JW has one of its two towers open. Each tower will have approximately 800 rooms, but with just 14 rooms per floor guests still have that level of intimacy.
We stayed in room 4609, a Deluxe King with views of the Dubai skyline, a deep soaking tub and separate rain shower.
There are a whopping 10 restaurants and four bars/lounges. Though we weren't able to eat at all of them, we were most impressed with their designs. Each restaurant embodies the cuisine it serves: from a sexy-chic steakhouse to funky and frenetic Tokyo experience.
We were unable to see the spa, as it has yet to open, but we were told that it will be opening its doors any day now.
The hotel will be open in its entirety in 2014.