Business Traveller (Middle East)



Last month I was lucky enough to stay in five different hotels. Here’s a quick run-down what impressed me at each.

Best for sustainabi­lity: Canopy by Hilton London City, where plastic and even glass water bottles are shunned and instead, guests fill up a carafe in their room from a water filter in the corridor. Best for a power shower: The walk-in rain shower at Hyde Dubai in Business Bay was phenomenal – hot and powerful, so a great start to the day. Best for bathroom amenities: Hyde Dubai, followed closely by Four Seasons Al Maryah Abu Dhabi. High-quality products make a big difference to our travel-weary – and dehydrated – skin and hair and Hyde had the edge with (Malin+Goetz) products leaving my hair and skin super smooth and silky. Best gym: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, without a doubt. Guests have compliment­ary access to Volt Fitness, a standalone gym in the building next door, featuring extensive resistance, functional and cardio equipment. There was every piece of kit you could ever wish for in that gym, as well as takeaway coffee, protein shakes and bars, and other refreshmen­ts to maximise your workout. Best for co-working: 25hours Dubai (pictured), the most ‘out there’ hotel in Dubai. From dedicated co-working spaces in the lobby and on the first floor, to the dining venues, and even the rooftop spa garden, there are plenty of places to work, eat, drink, meet, or just hang out. The 25hours Social Hub

– the lobby, which merges into the indoor and outdoor café, is a haven for those on remote work days.

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