Marriott Islamabad

Aga Khan Road Shalimar 5, PO Box1251, Islamabad, 46000, Pakistan
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Marriott Islamabad

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 7, 2010

Go to the hotel's website, and you might find it odd that the main page starts with the following: "Hotel Highlights: HESCO, Bomb proof and shockproof double security wall), bomb proof and shockproof scanning room, and pass-through gates at the Hotel entrance." No wonder... this is the Marriott that was attacked by terrorists in September 2008 leaving 54 dead--including 26 hotel workers--and 266 wounded. The death toll could easily have been much higher had the bomb-laden truck made it past the security gate some distance from the hotel itself. Even so, the explosion ruptured a gas line causing a great fire on the hotel's upper floors.

Australian journalist Mark Corcoran describes the Marriott before the blast as a real life Rick's Cafe from the movie Casablanca. This is the place where a "version of the 'Great Game' to control Southwest Asia" took place. He says it "seemed that Pakistan was run from this hotel," as "competing politicians, diplomats, warlords, drug lords, peddlers of nuclear weapons technology" all met to exchange information.

After the attack, the hotel closed for three months while the owner spent some 14 million US dollars on repairs, renovations, and security enhancements. The hotel is now surrounded by at 14 foot tall, 15 foot wide blast wall that would damper event the strongest of car bombs. Beyond this wall is a fence topped with concertina wire, to prevent attackers from getting too close to the hotel or its blast wall. Built into the wall is a room with bomb-scanning equipment to scan all guests before they enter the hotel.

The hotel has 258 rooms, including 32 suites, on 5 floors, as well as 11 meeting rooms. It also features six restaurants serving Indian, American, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Continental style foods, a cafe in the lobby, and even a club.

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Nice hotel - good restaurants

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 24, 2006

As Marriotts go this is middle of the range and does have a slightly dated air about it. However, it is the first hotel I have stayed in that provides a PC in the room. High speed internet is available for 180 rupees per hour. If you have your own laptop then wireless connectivity is also available for the same price.
There are 5 restaurants in total; a steakhouse, a Chinese, a Thai, a Japanese and the Nadia coffee shop. I ate in all of them apart from the Japanese. The only slightly disappointing dish was the “Chiang Mai” on the Thai menu which was supposed to be very spicy. OK it was tasty, but not as spicy as you would get in Thailand. The buffets in the coffee shop are good value for money and the quality of the food is high (apart from the breakfast which is a bit below par, but then it is complimentary). The contents of the minibar in your room are also complimentary, but then there is no alcohol included.
The Executive lounges are a bit small, just two rooms with snacks available through the day, although there is no booze.
The swimming pool area is pleasant enough with a large pool and plenty of sun loungers. During my stay (August 2006) there was some construction going on at one end of the pool, but this did not spoil my relaxation.

Unique Quality: If you are non-Muslim guest you get free membership of Rumours, a bar in the basement which does serve a limited range of alcoholic beverages. It is strictly cash only. It is open most days from 5.00pm to 11.00pm although it closes later on Friday and Saturdays when it is supposedly one of the top nightclubs around. The sound system looked impressive, but I did not hang around for the “action” to start. It may also be closed depending on what functions are going on in the hotel at any given time. This happened on two nights during my 6 night stay.

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Great experience

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 15, 2005

Good environment, polite and very high standard of services and all facilities too.
Security is the most important as a person want to enter to this premise you dont have to worry much about their tight security because it is for your own good. Great rooms, but off course price not cheap ...huhhhhhhh
well..the food surely make me think of going there again hahaha

Unique Quality: great 5 star choice

Directions: Blue Area

The place to be seen

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 28, 2004

Small rooms. Facilities a bit dated, however a great hotel. This place always has hundreds of people around. Many conventions and meetings take place here, as well as weddings.

Recommended as its close to Jinnah Market if one wants to walk someplace to explore a bit.

Business center VERY expensive (for internet use especially.)

Two double beds - not much space in the room.

Unique Quality: Best pot of coffee in Islamabad!

Great buffets - theme nights and high tea buffet.

Mediocre ala carte menu.

The Marriott Hotel, Islamabad

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 16, 2004

Islamabad Marriott Hotel, a deluxe five-star Hotel is located right across the Margalla Hills and is just 30 minutes drive from the Islamabad International Airport.The Hotel has recently refurnished its 290 guest-rooms and suites to provide all modern amenities for the comfort of its guests. Three of its floors have been converted into Executive Floors to provide instant and timely services to the business guests. These include exclusive check-in, lounge and a mini Conference Room for in-house guests on each floor.
To spend an enjoyable evening, Muddy's Cafe is the place for the younger set to revel in an exciting atmosphere, and for the busy executives to grab a quick bite. Open around the clock, Nadia Coffee Shop is ideal for Pakistani/Continental cuisines while the Dynasty with its impeccable service and traditional decor offers the best in Chinese. For large receptions, Marquee, with seating capacity of 1500 guests, is a superb choice, not to mention the conference facilities such as Meeting rooms, Senator, Kohinoor, as well as the grand Crystal Ballroom.


The Business Centre is open around the clock for both in-house guests and walk-in clients, with special private offices and meeting rooms, equipped with state of the art audio/visual support.
The newly built Health Club is equipped with latest exercising machines and boasts of a swimming pool, separate sauna, jacuzzi and massage facilities for the ladies and

Unique Quality: The hotel is one of the best around with the best views of Masghalla Hills & it is equipped with the latest gym, swimming pool and lot more.......

Living the High-Life

by written on November 30, 2002

By far the 'swishest' hotel in Islamabad, the Marriott is the top choice for business people, diplomats and welathy tourists (i.e not my type!). A sea of brass, marble and five-star hotel clientelle.

Unique Quality: We were treated to 'high-tea' and dinner here by our trekking company's owner. Another bouns was being allowed to use the swimming pool as guests of our trekking company friend, we got pool passes for about Rs. 500 but it was so worth it after a day of walking the sultry heat and dust of the City. Mind you, the pool was 30 degress, with the air temperature 38 degrees (celcius - that's HOT for any who aren't familiar with celcius) so the swim was only marinally refreshing! As for the accommodation itself - not really sure what it's like, but looking at the Marriott website, you won't get much change from US$200

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Address: Aga Khan Road Shalimar 5, PO Box1251, Islamabad, 46000, Pakistan

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Amenities at Marriott Islamabad

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kids Activities
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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