The Grand Hyatt is located in a district called Oed Metha, just a few minutes from the creek, about 10 minutes drive from the business district and a further 10 from the Burj Khalifa area. It’s next door to Wafi City, a mall and dining complex with a curious Egyptian-theme, and the unmistakeable pyramid-shaped Raffles Hotel. The nearest beach is about 20 minutes drive away, while the airport is just a five-minute drive away.
The standard Grand rooms are comfortable and well-furnished, if a little beige and dated in the colouring, but with good views across the city or creek. Each comes with a plush marble tub in the bathroom with separate shower unit.
The hotel’s lobby is huge and marble covered, with a café in the middle and various shops and restaurants leading off to the sides.
Eating and drinking
The hotel is big enough to house 13 different eating and drinking outposts, with a few notable recommendations. One of the older steakhouses in town, Manhattan Grill on the ground floor is still among the best and serves some expertly prepared and plate-dominating hunks of meat. It’s not cheap, but there’s a good value business lunch. For the taste of Singapore, Peppercrab is something of a favourite, with half price mud crabs every Sunday.
There are several pools scattered about, one for kids, one for idle outdoor splashing and a 20-metre temperature-controlled indoor lap pool that pumps music underwater. The Grand Spa Dubai, just down from the lobby, has a wide array of treatments for weary men and women. There’s also a well-equipped gym, four floodlit tennis courts and a 450-metre jogging track.
Friendly and attentive throughout.
Who stays there
The hotel is particularly popular with business travellers and Arabic guests, but still attracts a sizeable amount of Western tourists. Strangely, it has a good fanbase with the local German community and puts on perhaps Dubai’s best (and rowdiest) Oktoberfest festival.
The Summer Special (May 7 – September 30) offers three nights for the price of two, including free stay for children under 16 (if staying in same room as adults), 20 per cent discount on the hotel’s spa and restaurants with free dining for kids under 16 and free access to the facilities at the other Hyatts in Dubai.
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Good facilities
- Dated design