As we pulled up to the entrance we were welcomed by the bellmen and escorted to the check-in desk.
The lobby of the InterContinental Dubai Marina is rather long and narrow. As you walk through the front doors the check-in desk and concierge are to the right and the rest of the lobby extends to the left. It had some rather large art installations and multiple seating areas.
Our check-in process wasn't as seamless as I'd hoped after traveling halfway across the world. Since I'd technically booked three separate reservations, I'd emailed the hotel ahead of time to get them merged into one. I'd received confirmation from an associate that said my "request has been granted" and they looked forward to welcoming us to their property.
After I showed the associate our passports, she looked up the reservation and noticed that our first night had been cancelled. In as calm of a manner as I could, I asked her why that would be? She said she couldn't tell but it looked like it came from IHG and not the hotel. She insisted we have a seat in the lobby while she made some phone calls.
A few minutes later the manager came over and informed us that we'd been rebooked and upgraded to a Studio Marina View Room. She sincerely apologized for the inconvenience and insisted she take us up to our room and show us around. The staff did a great job fixing the problem and I can't thank them enough!
We were assigned room 1705 on the 17th floor.
Our room had a small kitchenette with a stove top and some basic kitchen essentials. There was also a fridge with the mini-bar and a small washer/dryer combo.
The bathroom was just around the corner. It was a little on the small side, but not terribly so. It had a sink, toilet, and walk-in shower with a rainforest head. They provided some general amenities in addition to their usual Agraria amenities.
Across from the bathroom was the closet.
The room opened up to a huge floor to ceiling window with a fantastic view of the marina. The poor TV didn't stand a chance surrounded by such a view.
The king size bed was against the wall and faced the gigantic window.
There were bedside outlets and controls for the temperature and the lights.
To the left of the bed was a lounge chair, a small table and an office chair. There were a wide variety of outlets on the floor next to the office chair. It was nice they had a couple of 110V outlets so we didn't need to use our converters.
One of my favorite room amenities were the complimentary water bottles. The staff kept them replenished throughout our stay.
To top it all off we had our own little balcony with a couple of chairs and a table. It was great to sit there with some coffee and enjoy the sunrise each morning.
My only complaint with the room was the spotty electric work. We blew a fuse multiple times that shut off our air and a couple of the lights. The hotel quickly sent someone up each time to fix it, but the fact that it happened more than once was a little inconvenient.
The hotel's spa, gym and pool were located on the second floor.
The gym was really nice and had one room for cardio equipment and one room for weight equipment.
The pool had a great view of the marina and a variety of seating options.
The one day Elizabeth and I went to the pool we lathered up in sunscreen only to get there and realize the sun was behind all of the skyscrapers. So much for catching some rays...
The hotel's main restaurant was called Accents. We didn't sample it for a normal meal, but we did enjoy their extravagant Friday brunch which I'll go into more detail about in another post.
My first impression of the InterContinental Dubai Marina was a little tainted because of the reservation mix-up, but it quickly turned around. The staff did a great job handling a bad situation and they were nothing but nice throughout our stay. I loved our room and our awesome view of the marina. I'd definitely return to the Intercontinental Dubai Marina again if I ever get the chance.
What are your thoughts on the InterContinental Dubai Marina?