Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya
Close to the First Ring Road and Ministries Complex, it took around 20 minutes in the chauffeur-drive car (wifi available) from Kuwait International Airport. The hotel occupies one tower and the other is the HQ for M.H. Alshaya, the international retail franchise operator. WHAT’S IT LIKE? An attractively designed tower, on the scale of regional city hotels it would sit between the grandeur of Bahrain Bay and boutique DIFC. The compact lobby features two striking crystal chandeliers, one larger as you walk in, the other above reception. Thick, feet-sinks-in corridor carpets and art pieces evoke a stylish aura. ROOM FACILITIES My eighth floor executive suite (one of 67, 217 rooms overall) offered a city view from the bedroom, bedside iPad and large bathroom (two sinks, bath, separate toilet and shower with generous Jo Malone London toiletries). The lounge area had a curving sofa, table, private bar and espresso, and both rooms had vast TVs with connectivity/pairing options. The light switches took a bit of getting used to and the bedroom ceiling sensor could do with being turned down a notch, but it was all very comfortable. Diplomatic and Ambassador suites are also available along with State, Amiri and Royal suites for last-word luxury. RESTAURANTS AND BARS As wide an offering as some resorts with the top-level Italian Dai Forni and Pan-Asian Sintoho – an expansive terrace links the two – among the most striking venues, along with Elements (international, buffet breakfast) and VERDICT Everything you would expect from a modern Four Seasons city hotel, caters for those on work or looking to unwind.