Who can Resist a Hotel With Free Chocolate Hour?

Who can Resist a Hotel With Free Chocolate Hour?

#Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers was the perfect end to our stay in #Dubai. The staff was friendly and the #food & drink was over the top! Who needs a happy hour when you can have a complementary #chocolate hour?


We’ve stayed in a lot of hotels in the past 19 months and this was our last stop in Dubai before we headed back to Australia for a much needed rest.

Our first 3 nights dragged by as we had chosen Gulf Oasis Hotel Apartments near Dubai Marina. It was not my favourite place to stay in and, well, my mum always said if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Enough said.

When we moved to Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers I could have cried with joy. This hotel was barely a month old and just the greeting from the staff at the front door was enough to instantly make us feel at home.

Movenpick Hotel
Movenpick Hotel
Inside the hotel
Inside the hotel
This hotel instantly made us feel at home
from  $204.2

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers

 Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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We were given two rooms on the 5th level overlooking the scenic man-made lake. The rooms were not interconnected which caused some concern for me, so we ended up each having one child and one room, but honestly they were so big we could have all fitted in one fairly easily. The hotel does have interconnecting rooms, however was fully booked during our family vacation.

Luxury room
Luxury room
The view from our balcony
The view from our balcony
Hi there, Plank!
Hi there, Plank!
Dubai buildings
Dubai buildings
So tempted to call roomservice right now
So tempted to call roomservice right now

I could tell you about the super comfy bed, my rain showerhead or the bowl of delicious fresh fruit that was topped up daily, but let’s face it, you read the heading of this blog post and you want to know about the chocolate. 

Delicious fresh fruit
Delicious fresh fruit
Shower caps
Shower caps
Swan sheets
Swan sheets

Movenpick are a Swiss brand with their own unique fine chocolate. We scored 4 blocks one day when we returned to our room. There was also plenty available to buy from the in-room mini-bar and the turn down service each night left a chocolate on the pillow. These seemed to magically disappear very promptly and the kids innocently denied any wrongdoing while leaving some of the evidence on the sides of their mouths.

Complimentary chocolate
Complimentary chocolate
More sweets!
More sweets!
Messy bed
Messy bed

If this wasn’t enough, one afternoon we stumbled into the hotel weary and tired from a day full of adventure. At first my eyes were deceiving me as I gazed upon the oasis of multiple levels of flowing milk chocolate. Then I spotted the sticks with strawberries and marshmallows and the decadent sign made from chocolate with the words… “Chocolate Hour”. Gasp!

I wanna eat this sign!
I wanna eat this sign!
I'm in heaven
I'm in heaven
Marsmallows and chocolate
Marsmallows and chocolate
If my body was a computer it would display this message: Diabeetes succesfully installed.
If my body was a computer it would display this message: Diabeetes succesfully installed.

Every day at 5pm in the lobby Movenpick hosts a free, yes free, Chocolate Hour. It changes daily from fondue to chocolate mousse to chocolate chips in the classic dark, milk and white varieties.

Every day at 5pm in the lobby Movenpick hosts a free, yes free, Chocolate Hour.
Chocolate chips
Chocolate chips

My daughter ran directly for the eye-catching tower of chocolate and attempted to dunk multiple marshmallows (and even her fingers) before we caught up and tried to use grown-up restraint and self-control. Actually, all we really wanted to do, of course, was join her in dunking and eating as many strawberries as we could.

Chocolate tower
Chocolate tower

Everyday Mia asked if we would be back in time for chocolate hour and it certainly became something we strived for. I’ve never witnessed any other hotel to offer free chocolate and they all should, I mean it’s a winner. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially free chocolate!

We were greeted by name by most staff members and while it caught us by surprise at first, it soon made us feel like we belonged. Breakfast was delicious with made-to-order eggs, healthy wheatgrass shots or delicious pastries. The range of food would satisfy even the most refined palate and in fact, it was one of the best hotel breakfasts we have ever experienced. The chefs lovingly produced top notch, flavourful food, and the friendly staff bent over backwards to please. From remembering Mia’s hot chocolate preferences each morning to proactively moving the sun shade as soon as we sat at our table. I couldn’t fault it at all.

the friendly staff bent over backwards to please.
Okay enough with the chocolate
Okay enough with the chocolate
Egg Station
Egg Station
Some sort of egg shots
Some sort of egg shots
This looks delicious
This looks delicious
She ate it whole
She ate it whole
Delicious breakfast
I'm so photogenic. NOT!
I'm so photogenic. NOT!

The Internet connection was fast and reliable. They have a free 24-hour complimentary service, which was slightly slower, but you can upgrade for a few dollars to the higher speed internet if desired.

My only concern was the hallway music that was surprisingly loud and I had trouble sleeping when “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was coming through my door about midnight on the first night. I kindly asked if they could turn it down and it was down in seconds. The second night the same thing occurred, but on the third night we had no dramas, I could not hear it once the door was shut.

But one cannot be too cranky with party music in the hallway when you are high on the chocolate endorphins. And the staff were so amicable and fast to action, it hardly seems worth mentioning.

On the last day we spent a couple hours by the pool and the kids relished being in the warmer weather again.

Diving 
Diving 
Pure happiness
Pure happiness
Hi there!
Hi there!
My babies
My babies

Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers was the perfect family travel location. We could walk to the metro station within ten minutes and within a few stops we were at Mall of Emirates or in half an hour we were at Dubai Mall. 

Just walking
Just walking
The Mall
The Mall

I am not sure how I could ever visit Dubai again without my kids and my husband begging for Movenpick and it’s chocolate hour. It made our desert holiday feel like a heavenly oasis of sweetness. 

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