Review: The Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
After a lot of research on where to stay in Dubai, we decided on the Dubai Marina area. It was situated in a nice neighbourhood with access to nearby Jumeriah Beach. It also had reasonable access around Dubai thanks to being close to the Dubai Metro less than 10 minutes walk from the property.
This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and Etihad Preferred Guest. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Trip Introduction: The Empty Quarter of the United Arab Emirates, Doha Qatar and Huvadhoo Atoll Maldives via United Airlines and Etihad Airways.
- United Airlines: Vancouver – San Franciso – Washington Dulles
- United Airlines: Washington Dulles – Dubai
- United Airlines: Dubai – Doha
- Oryx Lounge, Doha International Airport, Doha, Qatar
- Etihad Business Class: Doha – Abu Dhabi
- The Grosvenor House, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Qsar Al Sarab, The Empty Quarter, United Arab Emirates
- Qsar Al Sarab, Activities (Camels and Dune Dashing), The Empty Quarter, United Arab Emirates
- Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Getting into the Emirates Palace Hotel & Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi – Malé
- Sheraton Full Moon Resort and Spa, Maldives
- Maldivian Air, Malé – Kadhdhoo – Kooddoo
- Park Hyatt Maldives – Park Villa
- Park Hyatt Maldives – Water Villa
- Visiting an Inhabited Island, Gemanafushi Island, Maldives
- Maldivian Air, Kooddoo – Malé
- Etihad Airways, Malé – Abu Dhabi
- Etihad Airways Pearl Business Lounge, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi – Doha
- Marriott Doha Hotel, Doha, Qatar
- Doha, Qatar
- United Airlines, Doha – Dubai
- Marhaba Lounge, Dubai Terminal 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- United Airlines, Dubai – Washington Dulles
- United Airlines, Washington Dulles – Los Angeles – Vancouver
Review: The Grosvenor House, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Booking and Getting there:
After some extensive research, we ended up choosing The Grosvenor House with the The Luxury Collection’s brand under the Starwood brand. We booked directly on their website. The property was chosen as it was in the modern newer part of Dubai. It was also situational near the Dubai Marina and Jumeriah Beach, the property was set back 1 block from the beach area. The property also offered a courtesy shuttle to the Royal Meridien Jumeriah Resort and access to its beach facilities and restaurants.
After our arriving Etihad Pearl Business Doha – Abu Dhabi flight, we picked up a Hertz Rental car which was a lengthy 30 minute process despite being the only person at the counter. We drove the 1 hour and 10 minute drive up the highway to Dubai. The roads in the United Arab Emirates are fantastic, even better than in the USA’s Interstate highways. The highway up to Dubai was 4-6 lanes in each direction. There were lots of photo radar cameras along the route but that didn’t seem to deter many of the Arab’s zipping along on their Mercs. The highway signs are all in English for those of you contemplating self drive on your next trip to the UAE – it’s very easy to get around by car.
We eventually arrived to the Dubai Marina and The Grosvernor House. The Grosvenor House is located in the thick of all the towers in the eastern edge of the Dubai Marina.
It is an impressive first impression as you arrive to an area full of towers and luxury condominiums.
On checking in as a Starwood Base Level member, we were given an upgrade to a partial sea view (with a partial view being- in between the buildings) in Tower One of the same room category. A welcome drink was offered and check in was completed on one of the lobby couches.
The Room: A Partial Sea View in Tower One
We were led up to our room by one of the personal assistants or butlers as they refer to them, a man well dressed in a suit with tails. He explained the features of the hotel and of the room on arrival.
The room was tastefully decorated and had wonderful amenities. Villery and Boch china for coffee and tea, proper wine stemware in the mini bar, suit garment bags available to take with you, GH monogrammed beach bags provided for the trips to the beach, full stationary. Complimentary wifi, Patchi chocolates with turn down service and Bvlgari toiletries and the list goes on.
“Coral” a plush toy added some spice to the room. The Grosvenor House contributes to sea coral restoration and since it was a unique novelty, Ms WT73 had to have a fresh one when we left.
The bathroom was nicely equipped with Bulgari soaps and shampoos. They also had among the largest hotel towels I have ever experienced. They were over 6ft in length.
Being that this trip was our honeymoon, the hotel was kind enough to offer a complimentary bottle of Wolf’s Blass Chardonnay wine, which was presented on a trolley about 10 minutes after our arrival.
Tea and Coffee were also available in the room with proper cups and saucers.
The views from the room:
As we settled into our home for the next week, we were able to take in the views. The views were also pretty neat with peek a poo views of the Palm Jumeriah.
The Recreation Facilities:
The Grosvernor House offered a hotel pool. Being a luxury building, it’s a pretty small pool. It’s also on the shady side of the building for most of the day. We did manage to spend a little time here in the early evening after days of sightseeing.
One of the reasons that we picked this property was that the property offered beach and resort privileges with its sister property “The Royal Meridien Dubai” which is situated right on Jumeriah Beach. There is a courtesy shuttle that runs every 15 minutes and resort access at the reciprocal property is also provided.
We spent some time over there relaxing for a few days on the hotel beach. It was very warm and relaxing.
Around the hotel:
The hotel is located in the Dubai Marina and there are ample restaurants a short walk from the hotel. We were able to take several dinners off site and off hotel hotel pricing. We also used the Dubai Marina walkways for early morning runs amid the spectacular towers.
There is lots here to keep you entertained with walkways that stretch around the Dubai Marina and it’s residential neighborhoods for miles.
The Grosvenor House Overall:
We really enjoyed our stay with the Grosvenor House Hotel by The Luxury Collection. The stay and property intersected all that we needed from a stay in Dubai. We felt it was excellent value for money, conveniently located and that the property had excellent features with a high level of fit and finishing.
On the downside, there is no beach at the resort, it’s a fifteen minute shuttle ride away. There was no refrigerator in the room and the mini bar was too small to accommodate drinks without large amounts of re-arranging. Although you can upgrade to the apartment rooms for a full fridge and it’s a long way from Dubai Marina to downtown Dubai (1 hr by Metro) as with any other hotel in Jumeriah / Dubai Marina area.
We would easily stay here again and would end up doing so several times over the next few years.