As the name might suggest, Media One is slap bang in the middle of Dubai’s Media City, a business area where CNN, Reuters and the BBC rubs shoulders with each other in large glass and steel structures. That said, the beach is just a few minutes drive away, as is the iconic Burj Al Arab and Mall of the Emirates. The Burj Khalifa will take about 20 minutes in a car, and the airport about 10 minutes further.
With room names such as Hip, Cool, Calm and Chill Out, it’s clear that the Media One style is very much towards the modern. The basic room (the ‘hip’), blends aquatic themes of blue and white together with minimalist wooden furnishings. A cool and compact white bathroom is kitted out in stylishly shaped porcelain and separated via a glass screen from the rest of the room.
The long lobby area continues the theme, clad in white marble and furnished almost like an advertising agency, with shapely and modern sofas and chairs strewn about in a suitably hip style.
Eating and drinking
The circular Z:ONE bar has become a popular nighttime hangout, for the media professionals in the area and other Dubai-ites needing an after-work cocktail. Less noisy, the MED restaurant has a good selection of Mediterranean-themed dishes and has become a new favourite spot for a Friday brunch. Both are kitted out in the same trendy style as the rest of the hotel, with minimalist contrasts of marble, wood and cushioned seating.
Alongside a well-equipped wooden-floored gym, there’s a sauna and steam room, plus nicely sized outdoor pool and sundeck on the ground floor.
Friendly, courteous and helpful throughout.
Who stays there
As it’s in the heart of Dubai’s Media City, the Media One is rather popular with visiting business types. That said, its bars are very popular in the evenings and MED restaurant busy on Fridays. It’s also becoming a popular hotel for holidaymakers who are looking for something a little cooler and ‘hipper’ than the usual Dubai 5-star.
Room rates don't include 20 per cent charges for service fees and municipality taxes.
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Modern design
- Too hip?