First look: Zabeel House The Greens by Jumeirah

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

THE THIRD HO­TEL in the up­scale ca­sual Zabeel House by Jumeirah port­fo­lio opens this month.

WHERE IS IT? Ad­ja­cent to The Greens res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood, and near Emi­rates Golf Club and Emaar Busi­ness Park, the ho­tel oc­cu­pies the third tower in the Onyx Tow­ers precinct.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Plenty of echoes to Al Seef with the Smeg mini­bar fridges and colour­ful de­signs (de­signed by LW De­sign, and art cu­rated by lo­cal busi­nesses such as Imad Bechara). But this prop­erty will ap­peal to the large res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity from day one, as well as vis­it­ing trav­ellers.

ROOMS En­try level rooms looked a de­cent size (200 al­to­gether), while the 10 apart­ments push the up­scale bound­aries, with fa­cil­i­ties and fin­ish­ings suitable for long stays.

F&B The So­cial Com­pany serves break­fast, lunch and din­ner to the right as you en­ter, and fourth floor Lah Lah (ca­sual panAsian) leads out to the pool and a vast ter­race (shisha) which is grassed along the side and has two cinema screens; it looks a good spot for cor­po­rate events and mu­sic. We were served a se­lec­tion of dishes at So­cial Com­pany (sal­ads, flat­breads, gooey Camem­bert, roast beef and trim­mings on a wooden tray). COR­PO­RATE The at­trac­tive MICE ‘study’ floor comes with four meet­ing spa­ces, kitchen and ter­race, and tar­gets free­lancers and co­work­ers. Guests who book Stu­dio and above re­ceive free ac­cess.

LEISURE The Na­tive Club has a good-sized gym, out­side sprint track and two treat­ment rooms with plant-filled con­crete blocks.

PRICE from AED335 be­fore taxes.

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