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By now an inseparable fixture of the Dubai skyline, the 77-story twin tower JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is gradually introducing itself into the city. After an initial November opening, this month, the hotel begins service at its nine restaurants and five bars, including Vault, a cigar lounge and bar occupying the 71st and 72nd floors of the hotel.
Think that's too many restaurants and bars for one hotel? Think again. Guiness Book of World Records officially recognized the JW Marriott Marquis as the world's tallest hotel, with a current total of 804 rooms.
And don't forget: that's still only half of the hotel. Though we expected the final unveiling sometime this year, the second tower isn't expected to open until late 2014.
That will bring the hotel's total room count to a whopping 1,600, allowing major conventions and meeting groups to house their attendees all under one roof. Like a giant slumber party, only instead of making popcorn and watching Sixteen Candles, guests will be gobbling steak at Prime 68 and whiling away their evenings soaking in the tub overlooking the twinkling lights of Business Bay.
Rates start at $217/night.
The San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina just got Marquis'd after its recent renovation. Now the hotel is sporting a new name: the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina.
Thing is, we didn't know what the new Marriott Marquis moniker meant. Does it give the hotel a noble ranking? We checked with a Marriott official, who told us that the Marquis designation is given to select hotels that have similar characteristics.
The Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square is always near the action that's going on in the city but yesterday afternoon that action turned deadly when a New York City police offer shot and killed a suspect peddling CDs near the hotel's passenger drop-off area. The AP reports:
The officer, Sgt. Christopher Newsom, asked them for their tax identification, which allows peddlers to sell on the streets. But [Raymond] Martinez took off running, through to the Marriott Marquis hotel's passenger drop-off area.
Newsom pursued, and Martinez turned and fired with a Mac-10 9mm machine pistol that held 30 rounds; he got off two shots before it jammed, police said. The officer fired four times, striking the suspect in the chest and arms and killing him, Kelly said.