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Reviewed January 18, 2017

“Wanderlust” is a psychological condition. Luckily, it is one of the nicer “ailments” one can suffer from, and one which we are extremely familiar with…having self-diagnosed ourselves with it over 20 years ago.” The strong desire for, or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world” is closely allied to our love of different cultures and more specifically, different foods. With the “Wanderlust Brunch” offering guests a one stop culinary journey around the world, and with a tagline of “fun, food, freedom,” this relatively new kid on the block sets itself a lofty target and a LOT of cuisine for us to get through.

Though before we were able to begin our epicurean adventure, we had to wait for around 20mins at the entrance of the brunch while the ques to pay were being whittled down. I am never a fan of the “pay before you eat” brunches as it not only takes away from valuable brunching time, but sets the tone of a much lower class establishment where perhaps there is a high “flight risk” after guests have had one too many. Just ask yourselves how many fine dining restaurants you have been to where they ask you to pay “before” you have eaten your meal? Anyway, bug-bear out of the way, I do understand the rationale behind why they might do it, but wasting the first 20 minutes of your brunch is NOT a good way to kick off your day.

THE FOOD

Onto the food, and what world tour would be complete without a guide. Luckily, each tray is lined with a handy and colourful map telling you what to eat and where to find it.


Strangely, the start of the “wander” is at the Candy Shop, and although we did not partake at the beginning of our meal, the dragon’s breath popcorn and lava cake were noted down as “must haves” for later on. We then meandered past the raw bar of Peruvian ceviche’s, baby octopus, prawns, lobsters and other under water delicacies before taking a fully interactive tour of the “live kitchen.” The warning on the sign before entry reads “Delays in the kitchen cause delays to food in your mouth. We wouldn’t want that, would we? MOVE along NOW.” A tongue in cheek warning that there would be no loitering allowed at this next station, however upon entry it was difficult to heed as the smell and buzz of excitement that hits you is for the food lover, as the kid is in the proverbial candy store. Of note were the freshly fried, boneless chicken wings which you could then have shaken in your choice out of 12 sauces, or the Anticuchos Camarones and Anticuchos Chicken, both popular skewered meats originating in Peru with their distinctive hints of cumin, ají pepper and garlic. Don’t leave the kitchen without trying the chef’s homemade chimichurri.


The Carvery and Breakfast Club awaits on the other side of the kitchen, with a dedicated French section featuring traditional Boeuf Burgoyne, Canard a l’Abricot and Tarte Flambee as three standouts. At this stage we had abandoned the map and were taking directions from our sense of impulse, things we had passed on earlier journeys, and the signs dotted around the venue pointing in various directions…taking the advice of one in particular pointing toward the “Curry Bar, done get too drunk.” We naturally followed outside to find a place where Thailand meets India, and servings of curries such as the Massaman Nua, Murgh Makani and Gang Kiew Wan Tao Hoo served delicately inside of cocktail glasses.

On our way back inside, we passed the “Grilling me softly” BBQ and had just enough room on our plates to sneak a lamb chop and an Australian Beef Tenderloin steak onto our plates. We would be back for more, or so we thought. The “lust” had defeated us and the Mamma Mia fresh pasta room remains on the to do list for next time.

THE DRINKS

Our tour of the world did not only encompass food. The beverage stations at Wanderlust are just as wide ranging as you would expect from a brunch boasting over 360 dishes. On our table, we were served Santa Carolina Sparkling Brut (Chile), but it was on our travels where we found the Fosters Beer Lounge, The Wine Bar (Antares Red, White, Rose), and separate bars for Jim Beam, Jose Cuervo and the Moscow Mule. If that is not enough to wet your whistle, we also stumbled upon a rum in fresh coconut stand, and a Jägermeister self-pour station “hidden” at the back of Square Nightclub. Options a plenty for thirsty brunchers.

THE OTHER STUFF

We will start with what was perhaps the only negative of the day, and it is the re-affirmation of how irritating that dreaded lengthy line at passport control as we called it (the pre-payment) was. Surely there must be a smoother way of extricating payments that doesn’t eat into dining time? Either more cash registers or a different system altogether. With so much to get around, time is really of the essence.

Now, onto the entertainment. And aside from the food providing ample entertainment in itself, the music at the brunch is another real plus. The soundtrack to the day was provided by the eclectic DJ Adam J; who’s energy, style and almost instinctive ability to mix all genres of music together creates an instant party on the dancefloor. A feat which is ever-more impressive when you consider his ability to do all of this WITHOUT HEADPHONES! With the Party Garden featuring a plethora of food and beverage stations, the giant connect 4 and the Fosters Lounge, the area becomes a natural focal point of the brunch towards its later stages, and the DJ acts as the natural pied piper who not only attracts the masses to the area, but invariably keeps them there.


In our family, we have a saying that we can tell whether a dish is cooked “with love” or not. Here, it was clear that not only do the chefs have talent, but everything that touched out plates was cooked with an abundance of love.

This year, we were asked to write the Foodiva Top 8 Brunches in Dubai. Sadly for Wanderlust, we only visited this brunch a few weeks after the list had already been published, but we can definitely say that it would have featured, and may just be in with a shout to top our end of year list with the additional factor of value for money being taken into acount (Under 400 AED)

Embrace your inner wanderlust and embark on this epicurean adventure.

Every Friday, from 1pm until 4pm

Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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DXBJW, Manager at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing such a fantastic review of your experience at the Wanderlust Brunch at Garden here at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel Dubai.

It is such a delight to learn that you had such a wonderful experience at our exciting and unique Friday brunch.

We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Sincerely,

Balan Paravantavida
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Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

The highlight for me was the service. When we returned home from our day of sightseeing we were greeted with a genuine welcome and an offer of service. The consierge was always helpful to help us wirh anything we needed. The room was perfect in every way. I loved the shampoo even. We had a beautiful view of the creek from the 12th floor. They provided a free shuttle to the Dubai Mall which was a great place to see the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain and to catch the hop on and off bus.

Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DXBJW, Manager at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and for choosing JW Marriott Marquis hotel Dubai. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to having you again as our guest soon.

Sincerely,

Balan Paravantavida
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Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile


We checked in at JW Mariott Marquis
On 8th January 2017 for 4 nights.
After extensive research on various hotels in dubai on trip advisor, Reading reviews, viewing pictures comparing hotels I settled on JW Mariott.

I chose the JW because of the Smart modern decor of the hotel ,room and bathrooms. I prefer modern decor. In my opinion after viewing 100's of hotels the JW room and Bathroom are among the best in Dubai.

We arrived from the airport with a private transfer with Arabian Adventures booked from South Africa. The front entrance seemed quite busy,many cars ,taxis parked and offloading passengers. The efficiency of the bell boys and security downstairs shows the hotels attention to service. They way they move the traffic smoothly you won't even notice you are at a hotel with almost 1700 hotel rooms. A friendly, smiley gentleman by the name of Farkhoud quickly arranged our bags to be taken up, and assisted us the front desk and arranged for us some still water. Great person to have on your staff JW.

We had a warm welcome to the tallest hotel in the world. When you enter the hotel ,the lobby is amazing. Huge with very high roof. Very impressive. Large ceiling chandeliers and wooden finishings. A wonderful perfumed smell hits you as soon as u enter the revolving doors. The decor is modern. Stunning and spotless.
Check in was smooth. Many reception desks with quite a few people manning them even though it was quite late at night after 10 pm. I requested for the mini bar to be emptied and a cot for my baby and was promptly deliverd before i reached the room. Very efficient service in this hotel . I needed to contact my tailor and I had not got a sim card yet,they allowed me to have a call and didn't even charge. The hotel was busy and many people were checking in. But no queues as they had about 8 staff checking people in.Ice tea was brought for us then it didn't take more than 10 minutes and we were on our way up to the rooms.
We were on the 13th floor.
Our bags were waiting for us and the cot.

The bell boy had some scissors to cut the wrapping on our bags. Small attention to details that make the JW amazing.
When u enter the room you are wowed.
Clean ,bright and very big even thought we had the standard king deluxe rooms.
The decor is modern with wooden finishes. Huge bed and the most beautiful bathrooms I have ever seen in any hotel. If I had to redesign my own bathroom I would use the same concept as JW . A stand alone tub. Some gowns slippers. A rain shower. Very spacious and clean bathroom. Lots of granite wood and porcelain tiles. Lovely huge mirror .and plenty of towels. You are going to feel pampered in the bathroom. Wow.

The bed was extremely comfortable and the pillows you just wish to sink into them. Soft fuffy huge pillows. What a bed. I think they really paid attention to the beds and pillows. One of the best beds and pillows i have experienced in a hotel.

The room has all the amenities you need. Hairdryers . Ironing board. Slippers. Extra pillows. Coffee tea station. Safe.
We were on the 13th floor so the views weren't so grand but were nice enough. From the higher floors the views are amazing. We were located in Tower A . There are 2 Towers A and B.

Housekeeping and room cleaning and turn down service of the highest standards. Even things that's not part of their job description they do. Like my daughters bottle they washed out and layed out neatly on a towel. And all our baby products from home we brought they neaten straitened and took out of the shower and layed it neatly on a towel next to the basin. Excellent attention to detail and service from JW.

The hotel is so huge we decided to explore and have a look at the restaurants etc. We took the lift to the 68th floor to see prime 68 steak house. The views are amazing from the restaurant and most of the tables. We didn't have the opportunity to try the restaurant because of a busy schedule.
We went to see the views from the top from the executive lounge.From there you can see the kings private stables. The lifts are so fast and as you go higher you can feel the pressure in your ears.

The hotel offers a complementary shuttle to dubai mall every half an hour and return trips to the hotel.
It saves quite a bit as the JW is on Shiekh Zayed road but right at the end in the business bay. If you need to go anywhere you going to spend up to 50 AED

The breakfast at JW is an experience to remember. At the stunning Kitchen 6. Wow. What a restaurant. Huge place. Obviously having to cater for close to 1700 rooms. But so efficiently run you won't even feel crowded or have to wait in queues to be seated. A large variety for different cuisines. Asian Indian Arab western. With theatrical live stations and chef preparing foods while you watch and wait. They have a fresh fruit and juice station. Salad bar. Coffee station. Pastries muffins rolls breads and cakes waffles etc made while you watch and wait.
And for the kids or adults they have an ice cream station . For Breakfast!
One of the best breakfasts i have experienced.
A special call out to Robbie from kitchen 6 who went out of her way to see we had a booth and her friendly warm personality and my daughter loved her. She brought colouring pencils and paper for her . It's the staff working at JW that makes it what it is.

If you deciding on a hotel, stay at JW. You won't go wrong. Absolutely amazing experience and in my opinion, having stayed at Atlantis, Jumeirah Beach resort and Sheraton in dubai previously. This hotel was my favourite. Will definitely stay here again IA.

Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
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DXBJW, Manager at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2017

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for such a fantastic review of your stay with us at the world's tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

I am very pleased to hear that you had a comfortable stay with us and that our associates have taken great care of you. It truly is a delight to learn that you were impressed with our room features and the service that you have received.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Sincerely,

Balan Paravantavida
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed January 18, 2017

Spent a week here with friends, large comfortable rooms, really friendly obliging staff that are a credit to the hotel. Near the metro/tram station. Used Italian restaurant and Thai restaurant and all had superb meals. Have to chase the sun around in pool area but not a problem for me as we preferred to visit the numerous beaches. Wonderful views from Vault Bar on 72 floor, plenty of atmospher. All in all was a brilliant place to stay.

Date of stay: January 2017
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DXBJW, Manager at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and for choosing JW Marriott Marquis hotel Dubai. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to having you again as our guest soon.

Kind regards,

Balan Paravantavida
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed January 18, 2017

We are a family with 2 boys (16,13) and we parents are working in the travel industry. We were invited to this hotel and for sure it´s a scenic builiding in the new Dubai downtown business area. The rooms offer up to date standard like we expected from a hotel of this category, with a big spacious bathroom with bathtube and a shower with rain-function as well as an incredible view from 26th floor. However the big number of guests generates some problems. After having checked in they forgot about us and nobody supported us with our luggage. Normally I wouldn´t complain about that, but in 5 stars level I expect a service like that. Another minus was the breakfast. Not the food - it was perfect, but we needed to line up 20 min before we were seated. The hotel offers 1.600 rooms so there is no doubt that there can be a capacity overload. That´s not the question. But the hotel offers as well 11 restaurants - so I ask myself why they didn´t open another spot?

Room tip: Try to get a room up from 20th floor because of the view.
Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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DXBJW, Front Office Manager at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2017

Dear Andreas M,

Thank you for writing your review on TripAdvisor following your visit to the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

Please be assured that we treat all our guest feedback with the utmost importance and having read your review, we are concerned to read from your comments that your stay was not up to your expectations on this occasion.

It would be very much appreciated if we can have the opportunity to connect with you personally and kindly request you to contact us directly at ehab.galal@marriott.com

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Ehab Galal
Front Office Manager

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