The Palace

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Address: Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.2

Traditional Arabian splendour set amid some of the world's most modern structures.

It may be very new but The Palace has gone to lengths to provide a traditional Arabian experience, keeping the theme flowing right from the grand entrance drive right to the room furnishing. I particularly enjoy the fact that one minute you can be sat on Arabian cushions enjoying a shisha, the next stomping the floors of the vast Dubai Mall just a stroll away.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

The Palace sits in Downtown Burj Khalifa, beside Souk Al Bahar, the Arabic-themed mini mall packed with bars and restaurants, and just a hop, skip and a jump from the Dubai Fountain, the Dubai Mall and the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa. A taxi ride to the beach will take around 10-15 minutes and around 5-10 minutes to the Financial district.

Bedrooms

It’s all about Arabian splendour in The Palace’s rooms, with intricately detailed wooden furnishings, including a grandiose bed and spacious wardrobe, plenty of cushions, and more modern facilities such as interactive TV and complimentary WiFi. The suites feature furniture sourced from across Morocco, Syria and Egypt. For an excellent view, get a room overlooking The Dubai Fountain and Old Town.

Public areas

There’s a large lobby, dimly lit (slightly too much so, if you ask me) and with water features to give it that distinct Arabian palace feel. The hotel entrance sits at the end of a rather grand driveway, complete with picturesque waterway stretching down the middle.

Eating and drinking

There are several eating options with The Palace, but it’s the Thai restaurant, Thiptara, that really stands out, already picking up awards for its excellent menu alongside unique outdoor setting surrounded by water. Grab a table outside and enjoy the Dubai Fountain show. There’s also a highly regarded Argentinean grill, Asado, plus the exotic tents of Ewaan Lounge for some afterhours shisha by the pool. And, of course, you're just minutes from the restaurants of Souk Al Bahar around the corner and those of the Dubai Mall a little further, ensuring you've pretty much got every culinary option covered within walking distance.

Leisure facilities

At the back of the hotel is a large, relaxing pool surrounded by Arabian-style tents and comfortable sunbeds, with views across the manmade lakes surrounding the Burj Khalifa, looming large in the background.

Service

Extremely amenable and helpful.

Who stays there

Both Western and regional holidaymakers.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Charming Arabic setting
  • Good value
  • Close to attractions
  • Rooms are slightly over 'Arabian-themed'
  • Not close to beach
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