Given the extent of competition even from within the same group of hotels, it is sensible that the property does not rely solely on one source for its visitors. Serviced apartments are located in the same building as hotel rooms, while there is also a focus on the meetings and exhibitions industry.
The location in Dubai Marina means the hotel is only ten minutes walk to the beach and is close to business hubs such as Dubai Media City and Internet City. The hotel is also located in between two metro stations.
The lobby has a clean cut feel to it, not quite clinical, but efficient in its welcome. The staff have a professional attitude while retaining a personal touch.
The hotel features two main restaurants – Mazina and Rive Gauche. Mazina is a great location for lunch. It has a breezy, open decor and serves up buffets with a variety of cuisine from all over the world. Views from the restaurant would be more spectacular if Dubai Marina was completely finished, however a number of ongoing projects hinder the surrounding environment.
For evening dining, the hotel boasts Rive Gauche, a French restaurant which oozes class. A champagne bar marks the entry into Rive Gauche and provides diners with a comfortable setting to ease into the luxury on offer. The menu features a number of Gallic dishes including foie gras, shoulder of boar and snails. As is expected from this type of cuisine, the food is rich in flavour and delicate on the taste buds.
The hotel’s gym is not huge, although it is adequately equipped. Outside, the swimming pool is a decent size and there is a calming feel to the entire pool area during the day. A bar serving drinks and food is located next to the pool.
The main highlight of the leisure facilities on offer is the spa, which makes you feel a million miles away from the busy shopping mall which is just next door. From the entrance right through to the treatment rooms themselves, the place exudes calm. The Zen-like atmosphere makes for a more comfortable experience when trying out the treatments on offer. The masseurs are both polite and skilled in their jobs and as a whole the spa offers a wonderful escape from the pressures of a business trip.
The rooms of the hotel are decorated tastefully and have plenty of space. The views let them down, but this will change in time as Dubai Marina nears completion. They are well decorated and spacious, with luxury bathroom fittings finishing off the tasteful decor.
Overall this is a classy, well designed hotel with very few rough edges. It’s only flaws come from its location, but what is outside the hotel is more than made up for by the insides.
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