The UAE’s flagship W hotel has opened at a new landmark in Dubai; Al Habtoor City, a visionary urban resort in the heart of Dubai. It’s a destination within a destination. Joanna Andrews takes you inside the trendy upscale hotel that’s already proving to be a big hit where music, design and fashion intertwine day and night.
W Dubai - Al Habtoor City is in a unique setting. It sits proudly between two other Starwood-branded hotels - The St. Regis Dubai and the soon to open Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. Each hotel offers something incredibly unique to the customer.
Close to downtown and Dubai’s famous landmarks, the main business districts and a short drive to and from the airport, W Dubai sets itself apart as a vibrant, trendsetting destination. Scaling 33 floors, the UAE’s flagship W hotel boasts 356 luxury rooms – including 76 spectacular uber-modern suites. Each room is uniquely contemporary with high-energy interiors made up of bold, vivid designs intertwined with cutting edge technology. The hotel offers what is known as SPG Keyless, the hospitality industry’s first keyless entry system where guests can use their smartphones or wearable technology to access their rooms.
If you want to splash out on something extra special, there’s the option of staying in the 690 sq m Extreme WOW suite, a two-bedroom ultra-modern duplex located on the 27th and 28th floors, boasting dazzling views of Dubai. It even has its own pool table, DJ station, catwalk ramp and dance floor. The 449 sq m Sensational Suite meanwhile is centred around a bar with an adjoining majlis-style lounge, DJ booth, dance stage, bar and kitchenette.
As soon as you step inside this futuristic hotel, the guest experience is like no other. Guests are promptly ushered to the lobby which is on the 30th floor where they can enjoy spectacular views of Dubai’s famous skyline while checking in sipping on one of the hotels famous cocktails from the W Lounge on the same floor.
W Dubai - Al Habtoor City is the epicenter of high-energy entertainment. “Dubai’s dynamic spirit is a perfect match for W Hotels and this ground breaking debut reinforces our commitment to grow our presence in this important market,” says Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East.
There are multiple choices for guests and visitors just wanting to just hang out. Sun seekers can simply relax on the beautifully landscaped WET® deck adorned with cabanas, or live it up in the poolside living room to the sounds of the DJ booth. When it is time to recharge their batteries there is a state of the art FIT® gym within the hotel that’s open around the clock.
W Dubai - Al Habtoor is also home to a host of innovative restaurants and bars including Namu, which offers a mix of Japanese and Korean cuisine in an edgy atmosphere and futuristic setting, or Level Seven, providing a modern twist on Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea at W Lounge or remarkable cocktails while watching the sun go down over the city.
The Great Room, measuring a whopping 725 sq m, is the perfect place to host events. The dome-shaped ballroom has a two-storey glass façade and five Studios.
W guests can easily access the other properties within the Hotel Collection - The St. Regis Dubai and the soon to be open Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City.
“The three hotels within the Collection complement each other, and provide endless choices to business and leisure travellers as well as to residents of Dubai. Al Habtoor City is a leisure destination unlike any other,” says Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman Al Habtoor Group.
The Emirates’ first urban resort will also be home to the region’s first spectacular water-themed show La Perle by Dragone, the world’s leading cultural creation company, and let’s not forget the landmark development sits right on the banks of the upcoming Dubai Water Canal.
This dynamic destination is a place to be seen. It has a full calendar of W Happenings showcasing what’s new and next in fashion, music and entertainment. Without a doubt, this new, trendy hotel and its eclectic energy mixed with its electrifying style is among the city’s most sociable settings. A visit to this cutting edge brand is a must!