The Grosvenor House sits towards the Dubai end of the Dubai Marina, a vast assortment of – mainly residential – tower blocks that started off hugging the coast, but began to move further inland over the past couple of years. It’s not primed for beach access, which is tantalisingly close but due to the complex network of roads, will require a short taxi ride. Equally close are the Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City business parks, while the Burj Al Arab will take a few more minutes drive up the Jumeirah coast. The airport will take around 30 minutes in a taxi.
Bright and breezy, the GH’s guest rooms are contemporary in their design, featuring cosy carpets and comfy armchairs in cream, with the occasional wooden splash of Arabian influence. Each comes with its own balcony offering views across the Gulf or the Dubai Marina (Gulf is definitely better).
The huge marble-heavy lobby area is decked out in comfortable armchairs and sofas and impersonal, but ideal for meetings or a quick coffee from the café. It's not nearly as cosy as others. There are a few high-end fashion boutiques on the lobby floor too.
Eating and drinking
This is certainly one of the hotel's major plus points, although none of it comes cheap. Gary Rhodes has used the Grosvenor House for his first Dubai outpost, the excellent and multi-award winning Rhodes Mezzanine (it’s on the mezzanine floor). Alongside the cool and extremely contemporary design (white floors, huge windows and plush colourful armchairs) the highly detailed European-style dishes and impeccable service have been praised across the city. Adjoining the hotel, the hugely popular Buddha Bar is a good spot to mingle with local movers and shakers, assuming you can get a table (book early!). Adorned in Buddha-themed and Eastern paraphernalia (including a giant golden Buddha at the back of the enormous dining room), it’s showy and often packed with rich kids, but has a great selection of (not inexpensive) cocktails and generously-sized sushi. Up on the hotel’s 44th floor, the imaginatively-entitled Bar 44 attracts a slightly more sophisticated crowd, with comfy white leather chairs and some impressive views. Just try to ignore the slightly OTT carpet.
The small but well designed Retreat Health Club and Spa has a range of pampering options for weary guests, who are also allowed to access the beach and pool at the adjacent Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa (there’s a free shuttle service). Tennis courts and a golf course are nearby too.
Near flawless - friendly and extremely helpful.
Who stays there
The GH is very popular with Arab guests and business travellers, who might not be so fussed with the lack of beach on the doorstep. But it also attracts a healthy Western tourist crowd and frequently appears towards the top end of lists for the best hotels in Dubai.
The hotel is part of Starwood, so Starwood Preferred Guest points can be redeemed or used.
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great restaurants
- Very stylish
- Can't walk anywhere from hotel
- Doesn't have own beach