World's Tallest Hotel Opens in Dubai

A JW Marriott Marquis hotel that opened in Dubai last week has the honor, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, of being the world's tallest.

The hotel, standing 1,164 feet tall, is just 85 feet shorter than New York City's famed Empire State Building, according to the hotel.

The 72-story property is the first JW Marriott Marquis outside of North America.

The new hotel beats the Rose Rayhaan hotel, also in Dubai, as the world's tallest. That hotel, also 72 stories, measures 1,093 feet - 71 shorter.

In addition to the luxury business travelers with whom the JW Marriott brand is popular, the hotel hopes to attract conferences, exhibitions and other large groups. The hotel claims to be the first in the region capable of accommodating large groups and "will play a key role in attracting major conventions and events to the destination."

The hotel houses nine restaurants and five bars and lounges, one of which is located on the 71st and 72nd floors, offering views of the city. It also has a 30-meter pool and a 4,000-square-foot spa and health club.