I stayed at the hotel because we were traveling with extended family. We needed accomodations for everyone and we wanted to be together because this was the first time that most of the people had been to Dubai. We stayed in a 4 bedroom apartment which was beautiful. We had an amazing ocean view. There were 5 bathrooms total which was an added bonus. The apartment was so spacious that it didnt seem like there were 7 of us. Upon arrival, the kitchen is stocked with the basic items, eggs, milk, cereal and fruit. There is a little supermarked in the lobby which we didn't disover until a couple of days before our departure. The staff was very friendly and helpful. My only complaint is that the stopped us everytime we went to our room, asking us for our ID and hotel key if we weren't with our male relative. I realize this is part of the culture, but it was annoying since it was the same gaurd day after day who saw that we were part of a group. Other than that. the stay was great. The hotel is very close to all the shops and restaurants on the marina walk. Walking around unescorted was not a problem for us. Since the guys in our group weren''t fond of shopping everyday, we were out and about all day. The whole experience was great and I would highly recommend this anyone who is considering a longer stay or if they are traveling with extended family.