First Look: Hotel Cartagena

New Latin American restaurant opens at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai


There’s a brand-new restaurant at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai – and Time Out Dubai’s had a sneak peek inside.

Hotel Cartagena is opening in the space that previously housed Morah on the 72nd floor of the Business Bay hotel.

Hotel Cartagena is set to be an exciting new Latin American hotspot that will open this week.

Morah, a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fusion restaurant, shut its doors in October 2017 less than one year after opening.

The location – set above the hotel’s Weslodge Saloon – was a huge talking point for the restaurant and diners were wowed by the restaurant’s impressive 360-degree panoramic views across the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. And guests will be wowed even more with the new venue, Hotel Cartagena.

Alongside the amazing views, there’s funky, vibrant décor for an upbeat vibe – think plenty of palm trees and brightly coloured murals on the walls. There are also a few garden gnomes, pink flamingos, vintage books, parrots and peacocks for good measure.

Hotel Cartagena says it’s an “invitation for your senses to run wild”.

Along with other recent openings based on fictional characters, (hello, Miss Tess and Little Miss India) the new hotel-themed restaurant “unfolds a fictitious tale". This time it's told by its protagonist, Mrs Buendia.

In her kitchen, Mrs Buendia cooks up dishes described as “Latin Without Borders”. It’s billed as being “eclectic” and “bohemian” and it promises to “provide every guest with reprise from the chaos of the world we live in today”. Signature dishes will boast South American and Caribbean flavours.

The theme of the restaurant is based around the trinkets the character has collected from things left behind by guests at the fictional hotel since the 1950s. So expect to see oversized tropical foliage, flamboyant artwork and bird cages. Sounds quirky.

This is not the only exciting new opening in the hotel, either. Famous US nightclub 1 Oak opened early this month, while stylish Beirut bar Seven Sisters also opened this month.

We'll see you in Business Bay.

Open daily 5.30pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, (04 560 1799).

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