The good old days
The argument for remembering how much of a gem Le meridien dubai hotel and conference center was, and STILL is
hotel’s upgrades is the new Le Royal Club section of the hotel, which was opened in 2014. It was launched as part of a AED 450 million expansion plan, and features 196 new, luxurious rooms at the exclusive Le Royal Club annex building.
According to the hotel, guests of the new, eight-storey annex can enjoy some of the largest rooms in the city - spacious, simplistic yet equipped with modern comforts. We’ll get to whether that’s true in a moment, but what is accurate is that the annex’s personalised check-in lounges positioned on each floor really adds to the feeling of being welcome and relaxed.
The standard rooms at Le Royal Club are 52 square metres in size, and they do indeed feature a modern, minimalistic interior set-up. Other hotels can and do offer rooms of this size, but often the space is lost through badly placed, and chosen, furniture and gaudy designs. Here, things keep an air of classical elegance, with the beds, while luxurious not being vastly oversized, and desks not taking up too much of the living space. As a result, the rooms are light and airy, but still comfortable enough to feel home-like.
Obviously, it goes without saying that the new rooms are equipped with the latest in technology. Large, flat-screen TVS come as standard, as do high-quality sound systems
with smartphone compatibility.
The fit-out work on the bathrooms is breathtaking, with much marble adorning the walls, floors and basins, and no cracks to be seen anywhere. You’d expect to see even a little wear and tear, given the rooms have been open for two years, but they’re completely flawless. What’s more, the bathrooms are enormous, eschewing the same sense of space that the rooms themselves provide. And clever lighting and the use of fine materials combine to provide a truly luxurious experience.
The thing about this particular Le Meridien, however, is that you likely won’t be spending that much time in the rooms. The hotel complex is something of a large campus, with various wings, restaurants and clubs to whet the appetite of any guest. Even in the Le Royale Club, there’s a rooftop pool and an exclusive Club Lounge.
There’s also the Natural Elements Spa, which offers the Le Royal Club Hammam Experience. The Moroccan Hammam is a relatively new addition to the spa’s menu, with the facility being introduced at the end of 2015. The treatment is not only detoxifying,
but it’s also supremely luxurious, with the space having been custom-made for the hotel.
Even if a hammam isn’t for you, the spa is worth spending some time in - Elements Spa offers an extensive array of spa treatments from anti-aging and slimming to the ancient Ayurveda.
Following a relaxing treatment, it’s worth heading into the complex to sample the hotel’s vast array of eating options. Ever since it was first built, the Le Meridien has always been a go-to destination for food and drink lovers, and that’s as true today as it was back then. The Warehouse is a chic venue with great food and a lively atmosphere, while Dubliners is the quintessential Irish pub. These venues are Dubai mainstays, but there are other restaurants at the hotel that, while not as famous, are just as worth your time.
Long Yin Restaurant, for example, offers traditional Cantonese & Schezwan food at its best. Its menu boasts all-time favourites and a dedicated menu section offering 34 fried and steamed dim sum. Seafood lovers have the option to select the ‘catch of the
And for music lovers, the MexicanPhilippine restaurant, Jules Bar, is a regular haunt for some of Dubai’s best bar bands.
There are other nice touches at the hotel, too. For example, upon check-in, you’re told about the process called ‘Unlock Art’. Essentially, guests receive limited-edition room keys designer exclusively for the hotel by an LM100 artist. These keys also provide complementary access to Hunar Art Gallery.
And that’s the crux of the argument for the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Center. Its long-term standing as one of the best luxury hotels in Old Dubai has engrained it into the community. Long-term residents of the emirate view the hotel with a sense of endearment, and that endearment has been rewarded with a real involvement in the local community. That - with its latest upgrades and extensions - the hotel offers supremely modern levels of luxury is just the icing on the cake.