Baerbel Schmidt

Design: JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

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Welcome to the world’s tallest freestanding hotel. With 1,608 rooms across two 72-story, palm-shaped towers, the JW Marriott Marquis is the latest addition to the city’s starchitect-crafted skyline—and is ideally located in Business Bay, a waterfront neighborhood recently selected for rapid-fire development due to its proximity to downtown and the expanding Dubai promenade. Here, most everything is mega-size: the 17-foot-high murals adorning Rang Mahal restaurant, the floor-to-ceiling white leather headboards in each guest room, and a glass-fronted lobby so vast that arriving glitterati look like ants. Even a few short weeks after opening, we were greeted by a lovely server (and our favorite guava yogurt) at Kitchen 6 each morning, and never waited more than a moment for the elevator to arrive. marriott.com. $$

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Design: JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

Welcome to the world’s tallest freestanding hotel. With 1,608 rooms across two 72-story, palm-shaped towers, the JW Marriott Marquis is the latest addition to the city’s starchitect-crafted skyline—and is ideally located in Business Bay, a waterfront neighborhood recently selected for rapid-fire development due to its proximity to downtown and the expanding Dubai promenade. Here, most everything is mega-size: the 17-foot-high murals adorning Rang Mahal restaurant, the floor-to-ceiling white leather headboards in each guest room, and a glass-fronted lobby so vast that arriving glitterati look like ants. Even a few short weeks after opening, we were greeted by a lovely server (and our favorite guava yogurt) at Kitchen 6 each morning, and never waited more than a moment for the elevator to arrive. marriott.com. $$

Baerbel Schmidt

It List: The Best New Hotels 2013

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