The Shangri-La is sat on Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway that runs through the city. It’s located towards the end of a line of skyscrapers that make up the most famous part of the road and just a few minutes drive from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and its neighbouring Dubai Mall. The nearest beach is about a five-minute taxi ride away. The airport will take about 10 minutes by car.
Despite being among the elder statesmen of Dubai’s five-star, the Shangri-La’s rooms don’t show any particular aging. Smartly laid out with dark browns and light wooden tones, the standard Deluxe Rooms offer views of the Sheikh Zayed Road or the ocean (opt for the later if possible). A nice touch for all rooms is complimentary broadband, which I personally feel all hotels should offer for free.
The long lobby is sparkling with white marble and gold furnishings. Comfy chairs are scattered about, which – together with a little café - make it a popular choice for business meetings.
Eating and drinking
Up on the first floor, Hoi An is undoubtedly the best Vietnamese, if not South East Asian, restaurant in town. Cosily laid out, it offers a wide and exciting range of French-inspired Vietnamese dishes not simply limited to noodle soup. For something a little more regional, head one floor up to Marrakech for tagines a’plenty in this luxuriously furnished contemporary Moroccan restaurant. There are also a couple of cafes, but both of these restaurants are definitely worth a visit.
The Shangri-La’s spa is highly regarded across Dubai, with a broad range of Chinese-inspired pampering offerings. On the fourth four, the hotel manages to squeeze in a well-stocked gym, decent-sized outdoor swimming pool, plunge pools, Jacuzzis, sauna and steam rooms, tennis and squash courts and even a salon and barber.
Generally courteous and helpful throughout.
Who stays there
Its proximity close to both the financial district and the main shopping and tourism area make the Shangri-La popular with holidaymakers and business folk alike. There are occasional tour groups passing through as well.
Breakfast costs 190 dirhams for two.
Pros & Cons
- Great restaurants
- No beach