Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites

posted Jan 3, 2011, 2:17 AM by Darren Cannell
This hotel is in the heart of the very pretty marina.  The marina is very flashy with hordes of extremely tall skyscrapers, the Marriott being one of them at 52 floors high.  There is construction on a very tall and interesting twisted futuristic building directly across from the Marriott but this did not bother us, because the Marriott windows and doors are superior.  The front door to every unit is about 4 inches thick.  Check in was not handled very well, they screwed up the booking but my brother did check in first so I had to straighten it out when we arrived later.  I had booked a two bedroom unit for the first 4 nights at the friends and family rate and then the last 3 nights in a 3 bedroom unit with   The hotels are very expensive here in Dubai so I thought that I did well.  The two bedroom unit also had a little maid’s room with a bed and my 7 year old volunteered to take this, plus the unit had 3 bathrooms.  It was very large and decked out in marble with lots of windows and a very large kitchen and a laundry area.  Our view was superb from the 18th floor overlooking the marina.  We later moved to a 3 bedroom unit which also had a maid’s quarters and there were a total of 5 bathrooms and 2700 square feet with a stupidly large kitchen if that is possible.  We also had a marina view at the 40th floor and a view of the Atlantis on the Palm Islands from our bedrooms and we have a balcony.  My only complaint on the design of these apartments is that they are not open kitchen plans and it is a square box kitchen with one whole wall that should be open to the unit and it is just an empty wall with a refrigerator on it, so it is a poor and ugly design.  However the kitchen appliances are higher end to make up for the lack of design.  The design in the rest of the apartment is modern and new.  There is a great little fitness area in the spa area that leads out to the pool, but the pool is often in the shade due to other tall buildings blocking the sun.  In the marina area I would think that this would be a common problem.  Also in the spa area is a great steam room in the shower room.  The internet is about 100 USD per week so it is not free and that is disappointing for a Marriott, plus they blocked out SKYPE and that is our communication tool with Canada and our family so that was stupid we thought.  Overall we really enjoyed our stay in these large luxurious units and if we were to return to Dubai we would stay here again.  The marina is great for an early morning walk around and there is a Starbucks for all you coffee diehards.  There are lots of restaurants in the marina and shopping but be prepared to pay dearly for anything.