Situated on the Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai’s main artery that links almost all parts of the city, the hotel is well-situated to access most of the attractions in town. The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are just a few minutes' taxi ride away, as it’s the business district of Dubai International Financial Centre. The nearest beach is around a 10-minute drive, and the airport is about quarter of an hour away. If taxis aren’t your thing, it’s just a three-minute walk from a metro stop, which can connect you to over five shopping centres and the airport via a fancy, futuristic and very cheap monorail.
Despite being considered among Dubai’s more budget options, the rooms are incredibly smart, with modern furnishings and tones of dark brown and white. The huge ceiling-to-floor windows offer plenty of daylight (and decent views).
The reception area is nicely laid out in light wood and marble, with a smart lounge in the corner next to giant windows offering teas and coffees, with free WiFi.
Eating and drinking
There’s a cosy Italian on the mezzanine floor named after the head chef, Luigi. On the same floor pasta is exchanged for couscous at the Moroccan Lounge, with plush seating and intimate alcoves. Most impressive is the Rooftop Terrace, where a circular bar offers some excellent views of the city.
There are two rooftop pools – one for adults, one for kids – and both with good views and an array of colourful loungers scattered around. There’s also a well-stocked and bright 24-hour gym, plus sauna.
Excellent throughout, with friendly and attentive staff.
Who stays there
Its location makes it primed for both tourists and business travellers and its price attracts those who might not be willing to splash out on a beach resort.
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Good price
- Great location
- No beach