Review: The Grosvenor House, Apartment Suites, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Updated
For our second visit to Dubai, we decided to return to 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 on our second Round the World trip via Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Poland. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and through Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) loyalty programs. 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.
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- Trip Introduction: The Khors of Oman, Cherry Blossoms in Japan, & Pirogies in Poland. Round the World #2 via Star Alliance Business Class on ANA, Thai, Etihad, Turkish & Lufthansa.
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Trans-border
- Air Canada Express: Vancouver – Seattle
- United Club Lounge Sea-Tac, Seattle, Washington, USA
- The Club at SEA Lounge, “S” Concourse, Sea-Tac, Seattle, Washington, USA
- ANA Staggered Business Class: Seattle – Tokyo Narita
- ANA Arrivals Lounge – Tokyo Narita
- The Westin Tokyo
- Meiji Jingu Shine & Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
- The Imperial Palace and Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
- Tsukiji Fish Market and Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan
- Cherry Blossoms and a Night out in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
- ANA Lounge, Narita Terminal One, Tokyo, Japan
- Asiana Airlines Business Class, Tokyo Narita – Seoul Incheon
- Hyatt Regency Incheon
- Asiana Business Lounge, Terminal One Concourse, Seoul Incheon
- Thai Airways Business Class: Seoul Incheon – Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa, Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge, Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Business Class: Bangkok Survharnabhumi – Dubai
- The Grosvenor House Apartments, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- At the Top, Visiting the Worlds’ Tallest Observation Deck, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Trading at Old Markets of Dubai, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Pearl Business Lounge, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Pearl Business, Abu Dhabi – Muscat
- Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa, Muscat, Oman
- Shopping at Mutrah Souq & The Corniche at Muscat, Oman
- Spotting Underwater Turtles in Bandar Jissah, Yiti, Oman
- Plaza Premium Lounge, Muscat, Oman
- Etihad Airways Pearl Business Class, Muscat – Abu Dhabi
- The Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Lufthansa Senator Lounge, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai International Business Lounge, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Turkish Airlines Business Class, Dubai – Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- Swiss Airlines Business Class, Istanbul – Zurich
- Swiss Airlines Senator Lounge “A”, Zurich, Switzerland
- Swiss Airlines Business Class, Zurich – Warsaw
- The Hotel Bristol, Warsaw, Poland
- Strolling Old Town Warsaw, Poland
- Visiting the Remains of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Parks of Warsaw, Poland
- LOT Business Lounge, Warsaw, Poland
- Lufthansa Business Class, Warsaw – Munich
- Lufthansa Business Class, Munich – Vancouver
Hotel Review: The Grosvenor House, Apartment Suites, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Updated
Booking and Getting there:
This was our second stay at this property after having previously stayed at The Grosvenor House on our last stay to Dubai. For more information on how we ended up chosing this property, I invite you to read our earlier post on our past stay.
Like before, we booked directly on the Marriott 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.
We were able to locate a rate of AED 1,150 per night and adding municipal tax at 10%, and a service charge of 10%, the total rate per night came to AED 1,380 ($375 USD) per night for a three night stay.
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 arrival, we were led in from the street up the escalators to the lobby. Each time we had arrived here, check in is usually done completed on the lobby couches. The lobby always contains a beautiful fresh flower display. Today’s colors, as with last time, were yellow.
A welcome drink was provided while our check in was completed on the lobby couches.
We had originally booked a superior king size non smoking room. Regretfully, on our arrival at 11 PM, we were informed that they did not have our room type available. The hotel attempted to offer us two doubles instead. I wasn’t super keen on it and MrsWT73 made some comments toward the host who was handling our check in. This process worked and by the time they returned with the keys, we had received a complimentary upgrade to an Apartment King Suite in Tower One.
The Room: An Apartment King Suite in Tower One
There are two types of rooms at the Grosvenor House: hotel rooms and apartment rooms. There are also two towers at the hotel: Tower One and Tower Two. Both towers contain hotel food and beverage outlets. Tower Two is closer to the Jumeriah Beach views and appears to contain mostly apartments. We’ve stayed (by choice) in Tower One on each of our visits.
A Large Living and Dining Area:
Overall, the room had a nice living area and was quite large. The living area had a nice stereo that we used to tune in a little Dubai radio.
A Spacious One Bedroom King:
The bedroom was quite large and spacious, with plenty of room for our bags.
The Apartment Suite contained one and a half bathrooms, with a wonderful rain shower that was the best of our trip.
A Full Kitchen:
The Apartment King Suite was equipped with a full kitchen, refrigerator and freezer.
The kitchen was useful to store our duty free wine, since you can’t actually purchase wine with any ease inside the United Arab Emirates. The high ceilings made the living accommodations look large.
The Apartment King Suite hallway was large enough to feature its own hallways with doors, and another ensuite.
A Room with a View:
One thing that I have found with hotel upgrades is that they are never as good when you know that there are excellent rooms available in the system and your upgrade isn’t one of them. Although the apartment upgrade was a much larger footprint, the view was not as nice as our last stay here. Our view had a peek-a-boo view toward the Dubai Marina.
Separate Building Access:
The Grosvenor House also had a separate discreet entrance on the side for the Apartments in Tower One. We ended up using this side entrance most often. It was ideal for longer term stays so that guests were not exposed to the hustle and bustle of the regular main lobby.
The Recreation Facilities:
We used the recreation facilities on our second stay. 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.
The real pool to visit if you’re staying here is at the sister property of the Grosvenor House. Guests at the Grosvenor House get reciprocal privileges at the Royal Meriden Dubai Marina Hotel. The hotel is situated right on the Jumeriah Beach. A complimentary shuttle runs between the two properties every twenty minutes. We spent a day here on this trip and again it was a lovely experience. The Royal Meridien Dubai Marina is right on the public Jumeriah Beach, and is a great gathering spot to check out the sunset.
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:
Despite the lesser suite view, and the slight smoking smell to our room, we had a very comfortable stay at the Grosvenor House in the Apartment Suite King. We are fans on the Dubai Marina neighborhood, which is a trendy upscale area that is maturing quite nicely. The visit privileges to the Royal Meridien Dubai Marina make this hotel an easy one to stay at, given that you can access the beach at a great resort at any time.
Of interest is that unlike other Starwood / Marriott properties on this trip, the Grosvenor House rates stayed pretty much the same over the four months prior to our booking.
We would stay here again in a heartbeat if returning to the Dubai Marina area. As a result, I would highly recommend a stay here.