JW Marriott has supplanted the Rose Tower and opened the world’s tallest hotel building in the city-state of Dubai. Standing at 355 meters, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is just 26 meters shy of the Empire State Building. It houses a total of 7,500 square meters of indoor and outdoor event space, including two ballrooms, nine restaurants, as well as five bars and lounges. Guest rooms—of which there are more than 800—have been decked out in neutral tones with the occasional splash of color, while higher classes of rooms and suites grant guests access to the hotel’s executive lounge. Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star, may well set a new standard for Indian cuisine in Dubai, while Tong Thai will offer a blend of classics and street food–inspired dishes from the kingdom when it opens in the coming months. Take the elevator to Prime 68 for a high-end, high-altitude steak before absorbing panoramic views of the city from the 71st- and 72nd-story cocktail bar, Vault. If all this sounds a little vertiginous, the relatively grounded 7th-story pool deck is complemented by the Aqua Poolside Bar, and draws its inspiration from Miami’s South Beach.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay; 971-4/414-0000; doubles from US$250.