Sof­i­tel Dubai Down­town

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Tried & Tested -

The most busi­ness-friendly ho­tel of the three Sof­i­tels in Dubai (Sof­i­tel Dubai The Palm Re­sort & Spa and Sof­i­tel Dubai Jumeirah Beach be­ing the oth­ers) opened in May 2014. Its central lo­ca­tion makes its con­ve­nient for cor­po­rates vis­it­ing on DIFC-re­lated busi­ness and the 274-room ho­tel con­tin­ues to pros­per from Down­town’s on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment and prox­im­ity to Dubai Mall.

Rooms in the 31-storey build­ing of­fer Jumeirah coast­line and Burj Khal­ifa views; such are the changes in the vicin­ity that the once-clear views of the tallest tower are now ob­scured by a new Emaar tower, al­though you still get an un­ob­structed view in the far pool in the Mo­saic Pool & Lounge – one of two on the fifth floor, which is con­nected to the ho­tel by an el­e­vated walk­way. As be­fits all Sof­i­tels, there are plenty of pleasant artis­tic touches through­out. French artist Béné­dicte Gi­mon­net’s Linea­ments is on dis­play on the first floor un­til Fe­bru­ary 28.

Flanked by two tow­ers and ad­ja­cent to Sheikh Zayed Road, it’s a short walk op­po­site Burj Khal­ifa/Dubai Mall Metro, al­though most trav­ellers will ar­rive from Dubai In­ter­na­tional (15 min­utes away).

We stayed in a 17th floor cor­ner Opera Suite (#1701) which had sweep­ing Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road views – and also views of the un­der-con­struc­tion Dubai Arena en­ter­tain­ment com­plex in Ci­tyWalk on one side, and The Ad­dress Boule­vard (open­ing soon) on the other. Abstract art adorned the liv­ing room and bed­room walls and the stand-alone oval bath was a fea­ture of the bath­room which had a vast wardrobe and spa­cious shower (Her­mes toi­letries). The bed­side had a Bluetooth speaker and touch-pad light­ing. We were made aware of but­ler ser­vices as we set­tled in, but didn’t need them on a short stay. I couldn’t get the USB port next to the desk to work but man­aged to charge through the TV socket.

Les Cuisines serves a com­pre­hen­sive break­fast with ce­re­als, Omelette station, Ara­bic breads and you won’t find a wider range of jams by the pas­tries. We en­joyed pre-din­ner canapés and drinks at Club Mil­lésime on the ground floor (ter­race out­side). The 31st floor has a brace of third party venues, the Peru­vian Inka and newer Jaan at the Pent­house – we dined at the lat­ter, a novel In­dian-Ja­panese fu­sion from chef and owner Far­rokh Kham­bata which serves a wide range of tapasstyle small plates and main cour­ses, and con­tains a strik­ing lounge bar as you walk through. Other F&B VER­DICT op­tions in­clude the con­tem­po­rary Asian Wakame, La Patis­serie lounge & Café, Mo­saic Pool & Lounge, Above bar and Ti­aga night­club.

The Di­a­mond ball­room can seat up to 450 for din­ners and there are 12 meet­ing rooms with nat­u­ral day­light.

I swam in the lap pool while my part­ner had a dip in the ad­ja­cent re­lax­ation pool that me­an­ders around palm trees. The sec­ond floor So Spa fea­tures seven treat­ment rooms, cou­ple’s room, dry sauna, steam and ham­mam fa­cil­i­ties. Do­minic El­lis On­line rates for stays mid-Fe­bru­ary start from AED1,150, ris­ing to AED1,400 for Lux­ury Premium Club rooms and AED1,480 for Opera Suites.

Sof­i­tel Dubai Down­town, Sheikh Zayed Road, Down­town Dubai, Dubai, UAE. Tel: +9714 5036666, email: H7492@sof­i­tel.com, sof­i­tel-dubai-down­town.com

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