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Hotel Review: Club InterContinental Experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina

Affordable luxury for businessmen and couples

Hotel Review: Club InterContinental Experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina
A luxury hotel experience is great - but isn’t it even better when it’s personalised with a luxury car pickup, concierge, complimentary dining, and a private lounge?

\nIt just makes you feel that much more special - which is exactly how I felt when I headed to the InterContinental Dubai Marina to review the hotel’s Club InterContinental product.

\nIn a nutshell, it is a room category that entails bespoke services to ensure a stress-free, indulgent stay.

\nRead on to find out why it’s on my list of must-tries for businesspeople and couples.
Hotel Review: Club InterContinental Experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina
Check in: I was picked up and dropped off to the hotel in a BMW 5 series - an additional chargeable service - where the chauffeur was friendly and attentive. My check in took literally 5 minutes and I was offered a drink and escorted to my Club InterContinental room.

\nFor Club InterContinental guests, superior rooms with more space and better views are provided.
Hotel Review: Club InterContinental Experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina
Room: Have you ever wanted to lay in bed and be able to fall asleep to a floor-to-ceiling view of the city? I did. And I got exactly that in my room. Add in a spacious balcony, and I could see the whole of Dubai Marina.

\nIf that wasn’t enough, the glass bathroom (separated from the room by a glass wall and controlled screen) had a bathtub that also overlooked the view.

\nThe room itself was sound-proof and very tech-savvy. When I was escorted to it, a hotel attendant assigned to me explained that I could change the TV channels, lights, or blinds from a touchscreen panel on either sides of my bed, making for minimum movement. Call me lazy, but isn’t this what a hotel stay is meant to deliver?

\nThe room also included a large work desk.
Hotel Review: Club InterContinental Experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina
Facilities: As the hotel is in the middle of Dubai Marina, it has nice views from everywhere – including its pool. The best thing about the pool though? It had no kids in sight. Don’t get us wrong, we love kids. But there’s nothing like a child’s screaming and water splashing to ruin your stay.

\nAfter enjoying a dip in the pool, I headed to the spa for a head, shoulder, and back massage. That didn’t disappoint either. And if you think we’re exaggerating on how good the hotel and its facilities are, check out its 8.9 rating on Booking.com.
Hotel Review: Club InterContinental Experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina
Dining: Let’s get the best one out of the way first. The hotel’s Marina Social by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is one of the best restaurants in the UAE – if not the world. Try the steak and tomato Burrata for dinner and you’ll know what we mean.

\nThe perfect lunch/breakfast place, though, has to be Accents. It’s located just across from the Marina, so you face yachts flowing back and forth on the water. We’ll have that view any day or morning. The restaurant’s must-tries are its in-house baked bread – to die for – tiger prawns, and sticky toffee pudding.

\nLast, but not least, I headed to YNot lounge for drinks and canapes. Well, more like a large side of cheese fondue – who can resist cheese fondue? The lounge is not your usual Dubai glam-joint. It’s more of a hidden basement with floor-to-ceiling wine shelves and black walls.
Hotel Review: Club InterContinental Experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina
Checkout: I genuinely did not want to check out of the hotel. Especially after I was taken to the 12th floor Club InterContinental members’ only lounge for a complimentary breakfast buffet hand in hand with a – you guessed it – 360 view of the Marina.

\nFollowing breakfast, I had a quick check out and was chauffeured back to my location in the BMW. Overall, my stay was impressive, relaxing, and enjoyable.
Hotel Review: Club InterContinental Experience at InterContinental Dubai Marina
Best For: Club InterContinental is best for businesspeople who often travel and want to do so in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I thought it was also perfect for couples as the hotel had a very romantic vibe – it was probably all these views.