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Marriott has announced the official opening of the W Dubai – The Palm located on Palm Jumeirah.
The new property is being marketed as a “W Escape” which Marriott describes as “W brand’s playful spin on the traditional resort experience“.
I’m going to hold my hands up right away and admit that I’m not generally a fan of W Hotels as I see most of them as perfect examples of ‘style over substance’…..and quite often they have abysmal styling too.
Most of the W Hotels I’ve visited (I can’t remember the last time I actually stayed in one) resemble a cross between a South Beach night club and Hollywood Housewives over-the-top home – whoever designs them had a taste bypass quite some time ago.
Sadly the W Dubai – The Palm appears to be no different.
First the basics….
Here’s where the property is located….
…and here are the highlights:
- Category 7 property – 60,000 points per night (a the time of writing)
- 350 rooms and suites
- WET deck
- AWAY Spa
- FIT (gym)
- 2 dining facilities including:
- Torno Subito (Italian)
- Akira Black (Korean/Asian)
- SoBe – adult only rooftop bar
Things start off looking ok with the property’s footprint looking good:
The WET deck and heated pool look nice….
…and even the first glimpse of a “spectacular room” looks promising:
But the first signs of the property trying to be hip/trendy/funky/whatever they call it nowadays comes in the bathroom of the spectacular room where the lighting isn’t exactly relaxing.
Things start to get worse in the corner suites which appear to have views across a roadway (can you imagine paying for a suite only to find out your balcony faces traffic?)….
…along with walls that reflect everything (who needs mirrors?) and a vanity area that defies description:
What is that??!!
The regular suites appear to have a bath at the foot of the bed….
….and walls that make me question if I’m looking at a bathroom or sleeping area.
At least these suites don’t look out on passing cars.
Things don’t get much better in the communal areas.
Torno Subito is one of two restaurant on site headed up by a Michelin-starred chef and is the first Massimo Bottura restaurant outside of Italy…..but the decor is atrocious!
There’s noting subtle, classy, elegant or chic about the restaurant’s appearance and it’s almost as if they let a color-blind monkey pick out the color palette before building the floor out of flattened zebras.
“Is that a Michelin-starred restaurant floor or a crosswalk?” shouldn’t be a question that ever comes to mind!
Then there’s the SoBe lounge which is meant to convey the “audacious South Beach vibe & revel from sun down to lights up“.
I’ve been to South Beach quite a few times but, while I’ve seen my share of neon lights and Art Deco facades, I don’t recall anything there that looks like a Victorian greenhouse crossed with a Westerner’s idea of what a bedouin tent should look like with a few biker-inspired cushions thrown in.
I could go on and on but I really can’t be bothered – I’ve given this place enough of my time already (you can check out the full details of the resort on its homepage via this link).
If I haven’t managed to put you off (you can’t say that I didn’t try) the property is offering a “lavish grand opening package” called “HIT ESCAPE” for bookings through December 2019.
“Book a Wonderful room for 2 nights or more and get upgraded to a Spectacular Room with unbeatable views of the city skyline. Indulge in breakfast at LIV, relish afternoon tea at W Lounge and head to an adrenaline-fueled dinner for two at Akira Back. Minimum length of stay 2 nights. AED 1750 (approx. $477 US) per night.”
You can book HERE now.
From the images provided by Marriott the W Dubai – The Palm sums up everything that I associate with the W brand….and that’s not a good thing.
With so many classier, nicer and better located hotels in Dubai (a few of which are Marriott properties) I cannot understand why anyone with taste would want to stay here…..but then perhaps I’m getting old.