The Palace

Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Price from: £139

The Arabic grandeur is apparent even before you're inside

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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expert-rated hotels in Dubai
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping

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Traditional Arabian splendour set amid some of the world's most modern structures.

It may be very new but The Palace has gone to lengths to provide a traditional Arabian experience, keeping the theme flowing right from the grand entrance drive right to the room furnishing. I particularly enjoy the fact that one minute you can be sat on Arabian cushions enjoying a shisha, the next stomping the floors of the vast Dubai Mall just a stroll away.

Location: 

The Palace sits in Downtown Burj Khalifa, beside Souk Al Bahar, the Arabic-themed mini mall packed with bars and restaurants, and just a hop, skip and a jump from the Dubai Fountain, the Dubai Mall and the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa. A taxi ride to the beach will take around 10-15 minutes and around 5-10 minutes to the Financial district.

Bedrooms: 

It’s all about Arabian splendour in The Palace’s rooms, with intricately detailed wooden furnishings, including a grandiose bed and spacious wardrobe, plenty of cushions, and more modern facilities such as interactive TV and complimentary WiFi. The suites feature furniture sourced from across Morocco, Syria and Egypt. For an excellent view, get a room overlooking The Dubai Fountain and Old Town.

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Public areas: 

There’s a large lobby, dimly lit (slightly too much so, if you ask me) and with water features to give it that distinct Arabian palace feel. The hotel entrance sits at the end of a rather grand driveway, complete with picturesque waterway stretching down the middle.

Eating and drinking: 

There are several eating options with The Palace, but it’s the Thai restaurant, Thiptara, that really stands out, already picking up awards for its excellent menu alongside unique outdoor setting surrounded by water. Grab a table outside and enjoy the Dubai Fountain show. There’s also a highly regarded Argentinean grill, Asado, plus the exotic tents of Ewaan Lounge for some afterhours shisha by the pool. And, of course, you're just minutes from the restaurants of Souk Al Bahar around the corner and those of the Dubai Mall a little further, ensuring you've pretty much got every culinary option covered within walking distance.

Leisure facilities: 

At the back of the hotel is a large, relaxing pool surrounded by Arabian-style tents and comfortable sunbeds, with views across the manmade lakes surrounding the Burj Khalifa, looming large in the background.

Service: 

Extremely amenable and helpful.

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Who stays there: 

Both Western and regional holidaymakers.

Pros: 
Charming Arabic setting
Close to attractions
Good value
Cons: 
Not close to beach
Rooms are slightly over 'Arabian-themed'

More information on The Palace:

Price from:
£139
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Downtown Burj Khalifa

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