The Fairmont stands off Sheikh Zayed Road, the city’s main artery, and at the top end towards closer to the creek and airport. It’s just over the road from the main business district and about 5-10 minutes drive from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The nearest beach is about a five-minute drive and the airport is about 15 minutes away.
The standard room are bright and breezy, laid out mainly in light tones across the furnishings, walls and bed linen. There aren’t too many bells and whistles, aside from a comfy chaise lounge by the floor-to-ceiling windows offering excellent panoramic views.
The lobby is laid out in marble, and leads to the central atrium, complete with greenery and cool glass elevators that offer some dizzying views as they take you up to the top. Fairmont President’s Club members get access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge up in the 33rd floor, with comfy seats and snacks served throughout the day.
Eating and drinking
The Fairmont has a great selection of restaurants and bars, from the swanky to the family. Cavalli Club at the back (it has its own glittering entrance), has been designed by the tan-tastic Roberto Cavalli himself and is dripping in crystal-encrusted ostentation throughout. Its drinks and food (mainly sushi) are suitably expensive and it has found rather big fanbase among Russian visitors. Just around the corner, also with its own velvet-roped entrance, is the 400 Club, another poser’s paradise where shiny shoes and a big wallet are important accessories. Inside the main hotel, however, you don’t have to worry so much about dress code. The excellent Spectrum on One (on the first floor) has an enormous brunch on Fridays offering a staggering amount of international dishes. It's very popular among expats and tourists alike, who lap up the eat-and-drink-as-much-as-you-like offers. For something more specific, the Exchange Grill is among the best steakhouses in town, with grand leathery armchairs to take your weight as you plough into its beautifully cooked hunks of beef. There's also a sushi restaurant, wine bar and cigar lounge.
The hotel’s huge Willow Stream Spa is laid out with Roman-style pillars and offers a variety of indulgent pampering treatments. There are two outdoor terrace pools, one open just for the morning, the other throughout the day and both with plenty of space for sunbathing. There’s also a health club with a well-equipped gym.
Friendly and attentive throughout the hotel and the various dining establishments, although the bouncers at Cavalli Club and The 400 Club can be somewhat frosty if your name isn't on the all-important clipboard.
Who stays there
It's popular with Western tourists and business travellers alike. It may not be by the beach, but its location means it isn't really far from anything. On weekends, its restaurants and bars get very busy with expats and a tourists. You'll mainly find well-dressed Arabs flashing their cash in the Cavalli Club and The 400 Club, while Westerners are fans of the Spectrum on One Friday brunch.
If breakfast isn't included in your room rate it costs100 dirhams extra for two as part of the hotel’s bed and breakfast deal.
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great restaurants
- Popular bars
- Slightly dated