I was a bit skeptical booking this property, but was very glad that I did. I booked a 1 bedroom apartment with a king size bed - the room had 1.5 baths, which were small, but nice and completely acceptable. We got a corner room on the 10th floor overlooking the Marina - the view was very nice. There is construction going on around the hotel (but, it is Dubai - where isn't there construction? It's just part of the experience and would only be bothersome if you were trying to sleep during the day - but the noise was very minimal anyway). The room has a efficiency kitchen with a apt sized refrigerator, cooktop and a sink. It comes with a pot to heat water for instant coffee, plates, cups, pans, silverware, etc.
If you book an apartment, I'd bring some instant coffee or whatever you'd like to have when you are staying. If you can't bring it, there is a small grocerey store nearby (it won't be obvious where it is, but it is close) - as you walk out of the building, turn right, make your first right, as you approach the bridge that goes over the marina, cross the first street and then walk down towards the water on the right side of the bridge. At the bottom of the rampway there is a small supermarket on the right hand side. It will have pretty much anything you need.
If you are into a 'resort pool' - don't book this hotel - it's pretty dissapointing. The pictures make it seem better than it is. Not sure about the fitness facility as I didn't have time to check it out. There is a resturant in the hotel lobby - Lebanese food. I didn't try it so can't objectively report on it.
The hotel was very busy with a lot of check in/out with tour groups, however our check in and out was very fast, efficient and pleasant. We arrived early (10:30am) and they had a room for us - many hotels would make you wait - points for that!
Regarding the surrounding area: I never stayed at the Dubai Marina before and I am glad we did. We ran the perimiter of the marina each morning (about 6.5 miles) and walked along the beach (lot's of shops and resturants) and thoroughly enjoyed the area. There are two Metro stations nearby and we were able to go to Diera, walked along the east side of the Dubai Creek, took a water taxi across to the Old Souk and then jumped on the metro back to the hotel - no taxis. If you are going on the metro, check out the day pass as it was our best option and cheap. We also were able to go the the Burj Al Khalifa (book tickets in advance to go to the 124th floor lookout - which is amazing - last minute, which we did, is expensive, but you get to jump all the queue's - which can be long since there are only 2 elevators) and the Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, etc. Even if you are going to another part of the city, take the Metro and then cab it - again, affordable. On our way home, we took the metro to the airport - takes about 1 hour and drops you right at the terminal. Best thing Dubai did was to build that metro!
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- Welcome to the Marina View Hotel It means a warm welcome, a unique holiday experience and a sophisticated style of living. A hospitality company engaged in the operation, ownership, development, and redevelopment of hotels in gateway cities and resort markets.The Company aims to develop properties to the highest standards of design and comfort in the Gulf Region. Marina View prides itself in exceeding customer expectations and is dedicated to setting a new standard in the hospitality industry. It achieves this by recruiting, training and retaining the best quality staff available. Marina View Hotel ranges from homely to luxurious, but you can always be assured of generous hospitality. ... more less
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