Kempinski Mall of the Emirates

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Address: Sheikh Zayed Road Po Box 12067, Al Barsha, Dubai, , United Arab Emirates

Star rating:
5 star hotel

3.9

Attached to a huge mall and overlooking a ski slope, the Kempinski is a Dubai role-model.

While it’s not in an enormous tower or on a manmade island, The Kempinski could be considered among the most ‘Dubai’ of hotels, attached to a gargantuan shopping mall and overlooking an indoor ski slope (inside a shopping mall, in what was a sandy desert just a decade or so ago). With the Kempinski brand comes a certain level of glittering luxury, but it’s the frankly baffling option of ‘luxury ski chalets’, looking out onto the powdery piste that has most people talking.  

Location
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
3.8
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
3.6
90%
Bedrooms
3.8
90%
Public areas
3.9
90%

Location

Attached to the Mall of the Emirates, the Kempinski’s rooms are literally a few lift stops away from one of the biggest shopping centres on the planet, featuring, among other things, a vast indoor ski slope, cinema and a heart-stopping (literally) array of dining options. Just outside the hotel entrance is a taxi rank, which quickly leads onto the city’s main artery, the Sheikh Zayed Road. The nearest beach is about a five minutes ride away, as is a trip to the iconic Burj Al Arab and the Madinat Jumeirah souk-like complex. The airport is roughly 25 minutes away in a cab. 

Bedrooms

The standard Superior Room is fairly compact, with a distinct modern style running throughout in tones of cream and dark brown and views out across the city or over the mall. Wooden flooring and a spacious marble bathroom add to the luxurious feel. For a step into the well and truly bizarre, the Ski Chalets look out onto the vast indoor snow centre that is Ski Dubai, complete with fireplace (a fireplace? in the Middle East?). Just don’t think about the environment. 

Public areas

As you might expect from a Kempinski, the lobby is a rather grandiose, twinkling and marble-clad affair, with quirky looking sofas and seats scattered about invitingly. It can get rather busy, not helped by lost shoppers from the attached mall who often wander inside unknowingly. 

Eating and drinking

There are a handful of well-regarded dining and drinking options within the Kempinski, but definitely worth a note is Sezzam, overlooking the ski slope, which can take you from dim sums to pizza to steak in just a few metres. Being attached to the Mall of the Emirates, there are a huge variety of eateries just off from the hotel lobby, although the setting isn’t the most secluded or romantic in town.  

Leisure facilities

On the roof of the hotel (and attached mall), there’s a jaw-droppingly inviting infinity pool, marred only by the off pink colour scheme used on the walls. Indoors, there’s the Softouch Spa, which specialises in all things Ayurvedic, plus the K Wellness Health Centre featuring a well-equipped gym and tennis court.  

Service

Generally five-star, with attentive and friendly staff, although it can sometimes get a little busy in the lobby.

Who stays there

The hotel is extremely popular with Arab guests, particularly women, who flock for the shopping. Its location makes it well-suited for most tourists, and you can often see an interesting juxtaposition of fashions in the main lobby (think long-white arabian robes next to short shorts, socks and sandals). 

Price advice

The basic Superior Room rates are for two adults and a child below the age of six. They don't include breakfast (350 dirhams extra for two). During the month of Ramadan (August 15 - September 14 2010), the Superior Room rate is reduced and is inclusive of either breakfast or evening buffet.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Sporty types
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Great shopping
  • Great skiing (bizarrely)
  • Attached to mall
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