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Dubai Marriott Harbour – a good family redemption where a points room sleeps 5!

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Marriott Rewards is one of the better hotel programmes if you have a family, or simply don’t like small hotel rooms.

As well as offering standard rooms for the standard redemption price, a lot of Marriott Rewards properties let you book larger rooms or suites for an added fee.  The best bit is that these rooms show up during the standard booking process online – you don’t need to negotiate a private deal with the hotel by email.  I did this a couple of years ago at the JW Marriott in Venice, reviewed in-depth here, where we were able to get a Junior Suite which took all four of us for an extra €100 per night.

Reader Melvin pointed me towards a hotel which offers substantial rooms WITHOUT needing an extra fee – the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites.

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites

This is not on the beach but does overlook Dubai Marina.  There is a hotel shuttle bus three times a day to Jumeirah Beach Park, although taxis are cheap in Dubai and you might prefer a car.

The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites consists of one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom suites.

The standard redemption room – which costs 40,000 Marriott Rewards points per night – is a two bedroom suite.

It sleeps five people.

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites

And what a suite it is:

160 square metres (twice as big as the average 3-bed UK house!)

a bedroom with a king bed

a 2nd bedroom with two single beds

separate dining room with six person dining table

separate living room

kitchen with oven

2.5 bathrooms

two TVs, largest is 42 inches

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites

For clarity, I have never stayed at this hotel and, as it is 10 years old, it is probably not as swish as many Dubai properties.  For just 40,000 Marriott points per night (13,333 Starwood Preferred Guest points if transferred) it is good deal and you will easily hit my target Marriott Rewards redemption value of 0.5p per point.

Marriott Rewards also offers ‘five nights for the points of four’ on all redemptions which would take the average cost down to 32,000 points per night.

You can also book it via a Marriott Travel Package.  Pricing varies from 290,000 Marriott points for 7 nights plus 50,000 Avios through to 360,000 points for 7 nights plus 120,000 Avios.

The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites website is here if you want to find out more.

PS.  Here is my article of the Domes of Elounda which is another impressive Marriott Rewards family redemption option, this time in Crete.

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  1. Dougie Collins says:

    Dear Rob

    This is a really good hotel, I live in the Marriott Al Forsan in Abu Dhabi, however when my family visit we stay here in the Harbour hotel. While it maybe 10 years old it is still very modern and the rooms are massive. The restaurants are great and location is superb. The only negative is the pool, it’s a little small and gets easily crowded.
    I really would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a very spacious room. In fact the 2 bed also has a maids room with a roll bed so you get a king/twin and small maids room.

  2. This hotel also has an excellent restaurant and bar on the 52nd floor called the Observatory and the view alone is well worth a visit for. Try the ribs!

  3. How far from DXB is the hotel and how long is the bus journey to Jumeirah beach?

    • There is a timetable on the website. It goes via the Madinat Souk, takes 40 minutes IIRC. Bigger issue was the 3 x daily frequency.

      Probably 10 mins further than Madinat and nearer than Atlantis from DXB given it is at the marina.

  4. New Card says:

    Has anyone ever stayed at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai? If so, would you recommend it?

    • I am booked in there next Thursday night! Might cancel, depending on how much I like the place where I am on Tuesday, but I am booked as of this minute.

      Always looked impressive. It is the tallest stand-alone hotel in the world I think.

    • Jordan D says:

      Have had many colleagues stay there (some on work, some on leisure with their families). Every single one of them has loved it and spoken highly of it.

    • New Card says:

      Thank you!
      Rob – if you end up staying there next week it would be great to know your thoughts too. We have a redemption lined up in a couple of months there.

    • I stayed there last feb and it has to be one of the best hotels I’ve been to since I’ve started collecting points. Great service, expensive food, swimming pool, spa, shuttle buses to the beach and malls etc. They have dedicated an entire floor to the executive lounge. It’s a very upmarket hotel I do recommend it.

    • skintsubby says:

      The hotel itself is up there as one of the best hotels we’ve stayed in.
      Standard rooms are excellent as are the suites.
      The hotel is been open for about 5 years.. but that is only the one tower. the second tower only opened in the last two or three years.
      The down side is the pool area isn’t massive and it’s a not near a beach (It is a business hotel after all and not a beach resort). However the train / Metro is 2 minutes walk from the front door and as Rob says taxis are cheap.

  5. Rachael says:

    The 2 bedroomed apartments have a maids room too! It has no window but anyone not fussy taking an extra person for free might want to make use of this “room”. They also used to have a ladies night on Monday where everyone was given 3 tokens and in exchange you are given free cocktails they have premade. The view is superb and if you are lucky enough you overlook the marina at night.

  6. wally1976 says:

    Do you get free breakfast for the whole family in this hotel if the adults are Marriott gold members?

  7. Am keen to do a 7-10 day trip to Dubai in Feb.
    2 adults, 1 toddler and 1 baby.

    Any good options where I could go for an “all-inclusive” option. Only after a pool/beach holiday?

  8. Czechoslovakia says:

    Done the Doubletree at the end of the walk. Suite with kitchen to take care of the kids, restaurants nearby, good private beach. Everyone loved it. Recommended. Drove past the Marriott only today. Bit far to the beach if you ask me, with kids that is. If your prepared to travel to the beach, the gold Mercure is an inexpensive, pleasant option.

  9. Does anyone know of any other two bedroom hotels within Marriott that are available on points. I am about to redeem for a travel package (with the miles are primary objective) but now thinking about best use for hotel voucher as we have a two year old…. thinking Asia or USA but open to any other suggestions of where I can redeem points for a two bedroom hotel.


    • Rachael says:

      What category hotel certificate do you have ? If you don’t want to travel far there are 2 nice Marriott properties in Marbella. Lovely 2 bed apartments fully furnished and great pools, food and places to visit. But ideally you need to say the hotel certificate you have.

      • Hi Rachael and thanks for getting for responding.

        I don’t have one yet. That’s the thing – I have enough points to get any of them up to and including ritz tier 1-3 but will get the cheapest if I don’t think I would use the full week. (Only be a long weekend away without little one and a waste). If there is something we could all use for the full week, then I would consider getting a higher category. Thanks.

        • rachael says:

          Ok, then personally I would stay local and save those points . Look up Marbella Beach resort or Playa De Andalusia. There is golf, if you are into that type of thing and a good day out is Selwo for the little one, look that up.
          Both the Marriott bands have a full kitchen similar to what you would have at home, large safe pools, a lovely beach to walk along, harbour to visit which has a very nice pizza parlour. Sealife, and Rhonda, a hillside village which as fine views.Marbella Beach resort has a supermarket 5 mins away for a full weeks shop if required.
          Good luck with your choice !

  10. Looking for a redemption for 5 nights in March. Dubai, but preferably near the Jumeirah beach walk.

    The Marriott Harbour is a possibility, but with just the two of us, the Habtoor Grand is also a similar price at 160k for the 5 nights, with what looks like a better pool and on the beach. Am I right in thinking you would get breakfast and some kind of lounge access with Marriott Gold?

    Or any other redemptions anyone can recommend in the area? would have roughly 50k spg or 160k Hilton, or 210k Carlson.

    • You do get lounge access and continental breakfast (seems everyone gets full breakfast though) with Marriott Gold if, the hotel has an executive lounge and restaurant and, the hotel brand is listed under the Gold benefit’s scheme i.e. J.W. Marriott – yes, AC Courtyard – no.

      Good luck with your search!

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