The world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is hot on the heels of the Burj Al Arab as one of the city’s most sought-after stays. In the heart of Business Bay, it’s a natural choice for corporates and working travellers – but despite the business focus here (32 meeting rooms and almost 8,000 square metres of event space), the JW is equally popular for those looking for an urban, rather than resort, vacation. Spread over 72 floors, all 1,368 rooms and 240 suites have the distinctive contemporary elegance associated with JW Marriott properties. Expect luxe linens, top-notch technology and, in the bathrooms, freestanding deep-soaking tubs and rain showers. There’s a large lap pool with a lounging deck and for serious downtime, the on-site Saray Spa offers separate men’s and women’s hammams, a Dead Sea flotation pool, steam rooms, saunas and a range of treatments influenced by Middle and Far Eastern traditions. Nine dining options are guaranteed to please foodies of all persuasions. Come New Year’s Eve, the 355-metre tower gives guests the perfect vantage point for Dubai’s record-breaking fireworks display; when booking, ask for a room facing the Burj Khalifa-facing to enjoy the spectacle.
Dubai's equivalent to an urban centre, Downtown encompasses some of the city's best-known landmarks, including the world's largest mall (The Dubai Mall) and world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa). The Dubai Mall metro station links to the restaurant boulevards below, as well as the Mall and the Burj Khalifa forecourt.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai