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Room Report: Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, United Arab Emirates

Marriott Executive Apartments Deira Creek
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Arrival Experience: The two towers of this easily recognizable Marriott Executive Apartments property in the Deira Creek area of Dubai are connected by a long skywalk (the longest footbridge in the world to be exact) that provides some of the best views of the Dubai skyline and distant Sharjah emirate. A small lobby features conversation areas, but is rarely crowded due to the extended stay nature of this property. In fact, most guests stay for long periods of time ranging from two weeks to as long as a year or more. Marriott regulars will also be happy to know that one-night or short-term stays can also be booked here for value seekers that want multi-bedroom apartments with full kitchens for their short Dubai visit. Staffers speak English impeccably and greet all arrivals with a smile. Most know guests by name since many make this their residence away from home. The clientele ranges from single business travelers to families who have been relocated to the area due to corporate repositioning.

Dining: Since each unit has a full kitchen and dining table, the demand for the Skywalk Café is not as great. Still, it sees constant activity thanks to serving three meals a day in addition to coffee and snacks to go. Also on offer is a range of cooking ingredients for convenience although a grocery store is just across the street from the front entrance. Guests can charge to their suites here no matter how long they are staying, and many long-stay guests take advantage of the hotel's shopping service. They simply indicate what they want from the store, and staffers will happily shop for it and deliver it directly to one's ensuite kitchen. Modern pots, pans, cutlery, and glass and flatware are in all kitchens in addition to coffeemakers, dishwashers, ovens, and refrigerators.

Accommodations: Air conditioned guest suites and apartments range in size between one-bedroom studios to three-bedroom units all with spacious and modern living areas. Plush sofas circle around flat-screen cable TVs, and large dining tables are great for entertaining. With a full kitchen and half-bath in the foyer, get-togethers are a cinch. The building's expats, which make up the majority of clientele, see this as their home away from home. Except that it comes with the benefit of regular housekeeping and a full concierge and front desk service. The décor is contemporary with bright colors and high-tech gadgets like CD/DVD players and dual-line speaker phones with voice mail. Included in the rates are free high speed Internet access, bathrooms stocked with scented toiletries, more closet space than most people have in their own homes, and bottled water replenished regularly. Large work desks with swiveling desk chairs are ideal for the business-minded, and maintenance requests are just a notepad scribble away from perfection. Beds come as either king or doubles topped with Marriott signature linens, and guests have the opportunity to select their exact suite layout down to the preferred view from the balcony. Bathrooms sport towels changed daily, makeup mirrors, and hairdryers.

Conclusion: Many guests appreciate this hotel's Deira location since it is only 10 minutes from the airport. Long-stay guests here benefit from a host of services that put this housing option head and shoulders above renting an apartment independently. These include 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping, access to a resident's lounge with large-screen TV for entertaining, a rooftop swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and modern fitness center with free weights and cardio equipment. If a more resort feel is desired, guests can head for the JW Marriott Dubai where nearly a dozen restaurant choices are on offer. Executive Apartment guests receive a 15% discount on all meals there, which provides an excellent value for corporate guests needing to entertain clients. The JW property features everything from a German beer stube to Polynesian and Indian eateries. Before arriving, members of the hotel staff reach out to guests to insure their units are stocked with their favorite snacks and any needs are well-handled. Families are not uncommon here, and a kid's pool and play area on the rooftop are popular with younger guests. This hotel-apartment building hybrid comes with Marriott comforts and hassle-free value that corporate guests in an unfamiliar area will clamor for no matter how long their stay. Staying in a traditional hotel for longer periods of time is not a wise decision financially, and Marriott lends its savvy hotel expertise to this popular extended stay option in the heart of the city center.