Condé Nast Traveller Middle East



With so many Parisian hotels done in fiercely good taste, there’s something refreshing about one with a loose Eighties theme and a colour scheme heavy on hot pink. It starts with the words ‘Forever Young’ on a rug beside the entrance, but

goes further. The lyrics from the 1984 hit by German synth band Alphaville are woven into the design of two custommade wallpapers; and when you pop a cassette into the USB-port-enabled boomboxes – there’s one in every room – the

Jay-Z version of the song comes on. Yes, this is that place – where green neon signs above beds implore guests to ‘Scream’, possibly into a retro bedside phone, which is just about doable given that soundproof­ing foam lines the walls.

Exiting the lift into the hallway feels like stepping into a scene from Star Wars or Pac-Man: ceilings and carpets are covered in a black-and-white-check pattern, while blinding white lights outline room doors. Then there are the artworks, including a Super Mario character made of Lego above a stack of Rubik’s cubes that spell out R-E-M-I-X. Guests who are here to work can access nine hi-tech meeting rooms named Madonna, INXS, Elton, Freddie, Cyndi, Prince, Tina,

Blondie and Bowie. Non-residents are invited to use the spaces, too, and communal areas on three floors are often booked for events. Channellin­g Van Halen’s Hot for Teacher, there are even old-school lockers in which to leave any work accoutreme­nts or luggage. There are pool and table-football tables, arcade games and a tile-walled restaurant that, slightly incongruou­sly, serves American soul food inspired by Marvin Gaye. In this Remix, almost anything goes. SL

Doubles from about AED 330;

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