Mövenpick partnered with real estate developer, Seven Tides on the project.
The Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel has 396 rooms, 29 of which are themed Battuta Suites with 10 different interior themes throughout the room floor levels of the hotel. Each floor design themes centre on the travels of the 14th century traveller Ibn Battuta and his journeys throughout the Middle East, Arab Africa and the Far East.
The hotel is one of a very few 5 star hotels situated in the so called “New Dubai”, directly opposite the Ibn Battuta Mall and within walking distance to the metro and bus stops.
The hotel offers a number of opportunities for five star services to the surrounding residential communities of Jumeirah Islands, The Gardens and Discovery Gardens as well as the huge industrial area of Jebel Ali Port.
The hotel has successfully established itself as a destination for leisure travellers as well as business guests with its many offerings. The adjoining double 12 storey upscale business complex and apartment facility of the multi faceted “Ibn Battuta Square” has opened a way for more business opportunities. The hotel looks grander inside than the rather plain large pink exterior which does include the impressive arc joining the business centre to the hotel.
The windows seem rather small from outside but change once you have a feel of the interior. The entrance is somewhat tricky to get to with the U-turn road system, but once inside the entrance, you are easily distracted. It is comfortable and intimate at check in. The impressive lobby is inviting and has ample opportunity to relax and watch the world go by. The 88 mammoth, eastern style lanterns dazzle the ceiling. From this Grand Hall you can wonder along to all the dining outlets the hotel offers.
The large culinary choice includes flavours from around the world in separately themed venues. Chor Bazaar has a large open view to watch the flavours of India come alive at the cooking stations.
Sicilia is the rustic Italian themed restaurant with staff dressed in mafia themed suites that adds charm and suspense.
Shanghai Chic in its deep reds and black offer intimate seating for a twist on the traditional Chinese cuisine with their signature Pecking Duck a favourite.
Pastane allows you to have a quick rest with tea and indulge in the pastry and cake selection.
Moroc is the hotels contemporary lounge and bar with an al fresco terrace that offers the perfect start or end to an evening.
And Mistral offers a bold choice elegantly presented in the buffets large selection stations.
The staff are all eager to show you around the individual restaurants and explain the menu on offer and add a helpful hand to those with children.
The choice for business meeting venues and conference facilities is easily made for by a large outside area that is quite easily transformed to host the required services. The conference facilities are adequate despite the appeal lost to a very plain entrance to each suite.
The hotels gym is well equipped and overlooks both the pool and the mall on either side. The grand pool is lovely, large enough to put in a decent length of cardio training. The seating arrangements are a little close for passersby but neatly arranged.
The rooms are elegantly styled and the signature executive suites with large balconies are exceptional, comfortable and spacious with a choice of seating arrangements and style. The views are disappointing but the themed interiors make up for any distraction outside and the lighting is excellent.
In all this hotel is neatly presented with its variety of themed niche locations. The Swiss hospitality shows in the staff with their pleasant and welcoming way, they live like that.
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