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The first new suites in Shangri-La Ho­tel Dubai have been re­leased, the lat­est phase in the ho­tel’s ex­ten­sive AED70 mil­lion up­grade fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the lobby and pu­bic ar­eas. We stayed in a cor­ner suite on the 29th floor (#2908) which of­fers Burj Khal­ifa views from the dis­creet bath­room – set back along a small cor­ri­dor and van­ity area – and sweep­ing Jumeirah views from the bed­room and liv­ing room. Neu­tral tones fea­tur­ing grey-sil­ver car­pet­ing and light woods are com­ple­mented by ab­stract art pieces, in­clud­ing a mod­ern Is­lamic cal­lig­ra­phy piece hang­ing above the bed. Along­side plen­ti­ful sofa seat­ing and four chairs around a ta­ble are a Ne­spresso ma­chine and elab­o­rate lamp over the desk, which is bright.


Le Méridien Dubai Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre’s lobby ren­o­va­tions are un­der­way and 200 rooms are be­ing re­fur­bished in phases ahead of an early 2018 tar­geted com­ple­tion. Gen­eral Man­ager Shaun Par­sons said: “The first phase of the lobby is sched­uled to be back with us July 15, and by the end of Septem­ber, we should be sit­ting here with a new lobby.” He added rooms will be ren­o­vated to Royal Club stan­dard. The ‘palm tree’ col­umns are re­ceiv­ing a lighter look and a “high-im­pact” 3D art piece will be in­stalled in the lobby. Guests con­tinue to have ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties through par­ti­tioned cor­ri­dors. The Bar will be re­branded Lat­i­tude 25 and serve teas and cof­fees by day and stronger drinks at night. lemeri­


Grand Hy­att Dubai has com­pleted the ren­o­va­tions of 226 rooms across nine floors and aims to com­plete 438 rooms by Au­gust. Spa­cious rooms fea­ture lighter, more con­tem­po­rary de­signs – evok­ing more of a liv­ing space than ho­tel room – with or­ange and beige colour schemes, com­ple­mented by white and French gold bath­rooms and pur­ple and beige suites.

Shangri-La Ho­tel Dubai Le Méridien Dubai Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre

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