One of the newest Waldorf Astoria’s in the world and one of Dubai’s newest addresses was the place that we chose to experience over the new year’s festivities. Not only was the hotel everything we hoped it’d be, but it truly impressed us in its intuitive service, artistic beauty and prestigious address.
It is a good omen when a hotel is located on ‘happiness street’ and indeed this is one of Dubai’s newest and most beautiful neighborhoods. It is actually located just a fifteen minutes walk from Dubai Mall and it has impressive views of the downtown skyline.
Our checkin experience was gracious, from the moment the cheery valet met us at the door, walked us through the gotham styled hallways and up to the check in floor, the experience felt very cosmopolitan. We had already been upgraded several categories without even asking due to our Diamond status and even though we arrived quite early, everything was put in order.
The Suite we were given kept the metropolis theme and added a dash of plush comfort. The ‘wallpaper’ was actually a fabric carpeting which gave the room warmth. The color scheme of black and gold with hardwood floors made the environment feel modern and urban, while the floor to ceiling windows allowed us to absorb every inch of the mesmerising views.
The bed was indulgent with the softest of everything and there was ample closet and storage space. We needed an extra bed and it was delivered within thirty seconds of our call and set up. This was a theme of the entire stay. The ‘personal assistant’ function on the phone actually was more efficient and prompt than many butler services at competitor properties.
The bathroom was a wash with luxurious marbles, bronze fixtures and soothing toiletries by Salvatore Ferragamo. The bathrobes, slippers and possibilities to pamper oneself feel endless and serve as a fantastic draw to the spa.
The gym offers top of the line technogym equpiment, infused water, fruits, workout plans, health tv channels and of course high floor views of the ever expanding Dubai skyline. The natural light that floods in renders the very best of the city’s sunny days.
The outdoor pool and Jacuzzi area called San Trop is a nod to the elite feeling of Mediterranean living that blue waters, a relaxing lounge area and the in season perfect weather that Dubai offers. The area is just steps from the spa which offers a variety of wellness treatments and the general locker rooms that have steam rooms.
Bull and Bear is the premiere restaurant on site that offers everything from the breakfast buffett to a wine cellar with a fine dining menu.
The breakfast buffet is an incredible selection of the freshest fruits, one of the best omelets we have tried, incredibly smooth coffee and attentive staff who are ready to accommodate any palate or wish.
The hotel has a design that makes a memorable statement, it is a unique fusion of Dubai style luxury with New York themes. The staff are empowered to make every guests request happen swiftly. There is an obvious culture of service, excellence and pride that is evident in the smile of every employee. This is a shining new star in the Hilton family and a place that should turn heads in the Dubai hotel market.