Dubai is always one of my favourite stopovers when travelling between Europe and Asia and I usually try to fit in a day or two there in order to experience all the glitz and glamour of this unique, well planned metropolis. From Lush restaurants, shopping, and various entertainment, one thing Dubai is great at is ensuring visitors are never left wondering what to do and where to go next. While some may think it’s a bit of an expensive waste of time, I have always loved Dubai because it never disappoints, regardless of what you are interested in.
This particular time I chose to stay at the Radisson Blu at the Dubai waterfront, a beautiful, modern hotel right in the heart of Dubai’s business district. With the Burj Khalifa only a stone’s throw away, the location of this well appointed and prestigious hotel couldn’t be better. One of they key aspects I absolutely loved about this hotel was the location and how easy it was to get around the city by taxi or Uber.
One thing that struck me about the Radisson Blu Waterfront was the cleanliness and extremely stylish modern decor throughout. The lobby is a welcoming place with seating and some of the shiniest flooring I’ve ever seen. The staff were absolutely fantastic and made me feel welcome right from the moment I got to the front desk. The check in process was efficient, easy and the staff were informative and provided me with a small pamphlet of things in and around the area as well as general information about the hotel itself. They were extremely helpful and throughout the course of my stay provided me with directions, details and efficient answers to any queries I had.
The room I had was one of the nicest rooms I could have possibly received, with a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. It was a unique experience to be able to watch the sunset over the Dubai skyline with the Burj at the forefront and made for some excellent photos, much to the envy of my friends.
While my room was simply their standard room, it was decorated and had a comfortable chair from which I was able to catch up on emails with the complimentary in-room wifi by night with the twinkling lights of the skyline behind me. The bed was more than comfortable and I had some of my best nights sleep at the Radisson Waterfront.
It was nice to have coffee and tea making facilities right in the room. Waking up and getting ready for a day of sightseeing, shopping and desert adventure was made easier by having coffee on demand right then and there. Nothing beat having an easy wake up with the views over the city skyline with morning colours over a steaming hot cup of delicious coffee. It really added an extra level of comfort to the overall stay.
The bathroom was modern and had an over tub shower with amazing water pressure and non-stop hot water, a real treat after spending hours walking around in the Dubai heat. While hot water isn’t necessarily a necessity in Dubai because of the temperature, sometimes you just want a hot shower.
As with many hotels I’ve stayed in, the Radisson Blu at Dubai Waterfront has a whole collection of great facilities and amenities. I was particularly impressed by the long opening hours of both the gym and the pool, so for fitness buffs like me I could keep up with my regimen any time of day that suited my schedule. Both are open from 6am, with the pool being outdoor – useful in the Dubai heat and a great way to cool off after a day of walking around and exploring.
The hotel also offers an incredibly helpful concierge service which can answer almost any query you have and even provide help in booking tickets for shows, events, activities and more. While I didn’t have time to take a trip out to the desert, one of the things they can provide is booking desert excursions for things like dune-bashing, desert dinners or even overnight trips with local and knowledgeable guides so you can see firsthand how people live in such harsh climates.
There are a handful of impressive restaurants on site at the Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront with such a great selection of dishes from morning until very late, meaning you won’t necessarily ever have to leave the hotel grounds to find yourself impressive meals. From the Larder, a nordic style dining establishment and their luxurious breakfasts featuring everything from fresh cold juices to smoked salmon, to the Republic restaurant, open 24 hours for all your delectable dining needs, you have everything you need from morning, noon, to night right under one roof.
I tried to experience each of these dining options but tended to get stuck at Republic due to the mixture of different dishes on the menu plus their later hours. I also was fortunate enough to have my stay run over a Friday, when the hotel puts on a Backyard Brunch barbecue on their terrace with commanding views of the Dubai Canal and business district, with the Burj Khalifa prominently standing out in the skyline.
There are three impressive bars on site as well so you don’t need to go out into the city (unless you want to!) in order to share a drink with a friend or colleague. While I didn’t try the Gotha nightclub, I did have a drink or two in the other two bars most nights I was in town. The Makar bar brings the essence of the Scottish pub to Dubai with its leather sofas and bookcases, Scotch whiskies on the go with ambient lighting, reminiscent of those dark pubs in the wilds of the highlands. The other bar, Madison, is Dubai’s take on an upscale Manhattan cocktail lounge and is a great place to have a fancy cocktail or three while admiring the views with a friend, recalling the days activities and excursions.
Overall, I have to say that my time in Dubai was made far more spectacular by staying at the Radisson Blu Waterfront. With amazing views, incredible service, brilliant amenities and walking distance to the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai mall, there’s no shortage of options to have a fun filled and magnificent time in this stunning and sparking desert city.
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