JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Hotel

Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay Dubai 121000 United Arab Emirates

Not one but two towering skyscrapers make up the world’s tallest hotel. Scaling 72 storeys, it’s an architectural triumph that would seem out of place in most cities but in the heart of Dubai’s bustling downtown area it’s the perfect fit. Just off the main artery of Sheikh Zayed Road, it’s close to both Dubai Creek and Safa Park, as well as an easy drive from the airport, the palm and the marina. Expect to be welcomed by a flower display that would give Hampton Court a run for its money; gladioli fill the space, drawing the eye up to the high ceilings and giving a sense of the sheer scale of the structure. There are 1,600 suites in total but you’d never guess it – a calm vibe pervades throughout. Contemporary guest rooms feature marble bathrooms and super-comfy beds, not to mention vertiginous panoramas across the Persian Gulf. There are 15 restaurants to choose from. Our favourite is Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar’s Indian fine dining Rang Mahal. When it comes to the pool, we recommend you get there early to snag a cabana.

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