Read my review and see the video of the Address Dubai Marina. A stylish hotel, a great stay in the vibrant Marina area.
Arriving slightly dishevelled at the Address Dubai Marina after spending the previous night sleeping out under the stars in the rocky desert in Oman, I didn’t quite fit in with the very stylish lobby, sharply dressed staff and smart guests. But this is Dubai, so nobody batted eyelid and I was warmly welcomed by the staff before several of the managers came over to introduce themselves and wish me a good stay (my visit was a complimentary press trip). I was soon on my way up to the room with the firm assurance that when Steve arrived he would be given a key and allowed up.
The premier suite on the 13th floor lived up to my high expectations with sleek, contemporary design and magnificent views of the Marina and pool from the private balcony. The suite had a sitting room with couch and TV, the usual tea-making facilities and coffee machine; a bedroom with another TV; radio/iPod dock (with excellent sound quality); and a desk area. Unfortunately the desk was in somewhat of an awkward position in the corner but other than that the suite was very comfortable. There was also an in-room iPad with hotel information and internet access in addition to the hotel-wide free wifi.
The bathroom was generously stocked and replenished twice daily and had a big window overlooking the Marina. One of the highlights of the suite was soaking in the bath tub gazing out at the twinkling lights of Dubai Marina at night.
After quickly smartening myself up I had to head straight to a business meeting and my colleague and I decided to head to Shades, the hotel’s poolside restaurant. Service here was slow, it took a while to get a menu and to order and then there was a long wait for the food. During our wait Steve appeared. He hadn’t been given a key and was combing the hotel trying to find me. After giving him my key I then had to go to the front desk after my meeting to get another key as the elevators are key card access which was a little bit frustrating.
My afternoon was spent by the infinity pool, lazing on one of the double day beds, surrounded by the towering buildings of the Marina. The pool does get busy and it can be a challenge to find an available lounger but the very Dubai setting is great and it turns into a cool bar in the evening.
In the evening I took advantage of the club lounge’s two hours of cocktails and good quality and tasty snacks before heading to Mazina restaurant. It was steak and sushi night, not ideal for a vegetarian, but the chef kindly prepared a three course veggie meal for me that was delicious. On my second evening I was happy just to eat the good food in the club lounge and pass on dinner.
If you want a holiday of complete relaxation by the pool then The Address Dubai Marina may not be ideal simply because of the demand on sun loungers. However, if you plan to be out and about then it’s an excellent choice in the vibrant Marina area while avoiding the traffic congestion closer to the beach area.
Price: Price: premier suite – $690; deluxe room – $420
Liked – full sized, fully equipped 24 hour gym; free luxury transfers to/from airport; walking distance to the metro; complete 24 hours stay from whatever time you check in.
Disliked – slow service in Shades, the poolside restaurant; the front desk staff were a bit disorganised.
At night Shades restaurant turns into a cool bar