TRIED & TESTED

Re­nais­sance Down­town Ho­tel Dubai; Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Kuwait; Bri­tish Air­ways’ B747-400 Club World; Jumeirah Carl­ton Tower Lon­don

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The only word to de­scribe the in­te­ri­ors from WA In­ter­na­tional is ex­cep­tional

BACK­GROUND Sea­soned ex­pats and visi­tors will re­call the brand’s Deira prop­erty but this one in Busi­ness Bay – which of­fi­cially launches on De­cem­ber 4 – marks the brand’s re­nais­sance with sharp de­signs, mod­ern F&B and life­style fo­cus. WHAT’S IT LIKE? You can get dizzy look­ing at Gulf ho­tels but the only word to de­scribe the in­te­ri­ors from WA In­ter­na­tional is ex­cep­tional. It’s not just eye­catch­ing for the sake of it, but clev­erly con­cep­tu­alised to tie in with the UAE, from the glass-tube sand dunes ef­fect in the lobby and wooden-carved Dubai sky­line, to the flamingo and camel art­works in the rooms. The en­cased fire dis­play near the lobby is another ar­rest­ing fea­ture. Sup­ported by a fab­u­lous team, who were en­gaged through­out our brief stay, the whole place puts you at ease. WHERE IS IT? Just be­yond the Steigen­berger Ho­tel and not far from the eye-catch­ing Opus by Zaha Ha­did (due to open this time next year). The prom­e­nade at the back is perfect for walk­ing along this win­ter – nice touch with the deckchairs – and you feel this dis­trict is re­ally tak­ing shape now. ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES We stayed in a 19th floor Deluxe Suite which of­fered Burj Khal­ifa and Down­town Dubai views not only from the bed­room but also from the large walk-in shower, which had a re­mote con­trol blind. The TV is within a vast panoramic fix­ture, although this was the only oc­ca­sion when de­sign and func­tion­al­ity didn’t gel as the re­mote con­trol strug­gled to work from the bed. The stand-alone search­light is novel. Cor­ri­dor walls have an in­dus­trial touch – the tower was orig­i­nally planned as of­fices – and there’s a pleas­ant mix of stone and car­pets. In all there are 298 rooms with 65 suites.

RESTAU­RANTS We started with a wel­come cof­fee at Grounded (cold, warm and flavoured choices) and en­joyed dis­creet sand­wiches and tasty pas­tries. My son or­dered a Pizza Margherita to the room and it came quickly in a #RenDXB trol­ley.

Prior to din­ner on the ter­race at Bhar (Ara­bic for ‘spice’), we had a tast­ing with som­me­lier Tara-Maria who guided us through three distinc­tive Le­banese and Syr­ian wines. The baby poussin was de­li­cious – in fact all the F&B was fault­less. Break­fast was en­joy­able in the mod­ern-rus­tic Bleu Blanc (David My­ers is over­see­ing this venue, Ital­ian Basta! and Poppy, to open shortly), which is a large space with a bar at one end, semipri­vate din­ing area at the other and large grill/open kitchen in the mid­dle.

We rounded off with lunch at Basta!, dom­i­nated by a Sophia Loren brick art­work (on the cover), where we or­dered sal­mon, meat­ball spaghetti and ten­der rib eye. All the venues of­fer light, airey Canal views.

A Club Lounge is on the 23rd floor and the sig­na­ture Mo­ri­moto Dubai is due to open at the top this month, and there is a lift next to the main en­trance. BUSI­NESS FA­CIL­I­TIES Head to the fourth floor, where six meet­ing rooms are avail­able. Up to 300 can be held for re­cep­tions. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES The chilled pool, lo­cated next to Bhar, is shel­tered yet open, and the wa­ter fea­ture is re­lax­ing when you’re re­lax­ing on the loungers. A Six Senses spa is on the fifth floor (open­ing De­cem­ber). Do­minic El­lis

VER­DICT This ho­tel has all the in­gre­di­ents to suc­ceed, an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to the com­pet­i­tive Busi­ness Bay scene.

PRICE On­line rates for Deluxe Room Kings in mid-De­cem­ber are AED950 night, ris­ing to AED1,305 for a Cor­ner Suite with club lounge ac­cess.

CON­TACT Re­nais­sance Down­town Ho­tel, Dubai, Marasi Drive, PO Box 191984, Dubai, UAE. Tel +9714 512 5555, mar­riott.com

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