Although we only stayed at the W Dubai Al Habtoor City Hotel for one night, it certainly made a lasting impression on us. From the moment we first entered the hotel, we could feel the pulsating energy there. The first words that came to mind were fun, energetic and refreshing.
Everything about the W Dubai is unique and cutting edge. The welcome lounge and check-in desk are on the 30th floor of the hotel. Bedroom categorisations include Marvellous, Spectacular, Fabulous and Sensational. The rooms look futuristic and resemble spaceships. The suites have circular beds. Guest services are called “Whatever Whenever” because they will give you whatever you want, whenever you want it (within reason, of course). The pool is known as the Wet Deck and there is a 24 hour gym too.
We had two inter-leading rooms, a double room for us and a twin room for the kids. A hallway of mirrors led us into the rooms. Inside, the rooms were decorated in white leather and wood, with splashes of bright colours and strategically placed mirrors. The comfortable beds stood in the centre of the rooms and L-shaped couches lined the room corners. Nespresso machines stood on the cabinets, and the mini-bars and beverage drawers were subtly placed in the furnishings. We had great views of the canal from our rooms and from the public areas.
The bathrooms were open-plan with free-standing bathtubs, and enclosed shower and toilet cubicles. Full-sized and deliciously-scented Bliss amenities were provided. So were plush bathrobes and slippers.
We chose to have a light dinner at Level Seven, the hotel’s all-day Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. The restaurant décor was very trendy and silver pots, pans and colanders dangled from the ceiling. Chefs were cooking at the show kitchens. For the first time in my life I was given a stool for my handbag, instead of having to dump it on an extra chair or the floor.
The Wagyu burgers, Greek hot dogs and crispy calamari were all delicious and perfectly made and so was the dessert. Even the mocktails were unique. We would have come hungrier if we knew that the food would be so good! Adorable miniature Tabasco and Olive Oil bottles were provided to complement the food, although they were not necessary.
The following morning we had breakfast at Level Seven. There was a huge selection of breakfast offerings including samoosas, stir-fries, dim sum and stuffed grape leaves (dolmas). At breakfast too, I was promptly provided with a stool for my handbag.
The service throughout the hotel was friendly and welcoming. Staff took care of our bags for us at all times and arranged taxis for us with a smile. I met several African staff working there and they looked quite happy.
The W Dubai is part of the prestigious Al-Habtoor City Collection which is situated on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal. It is regarded as the hip young sister to its neighbours, fellow Starwood Hotels, the St Regis and the Westin. When driving along 12-lane Sheikh Zayed Road, the W sign could be seen from afar, standing proudly on the hotel façade. It appeared to be welcoming us to our home away from home. At night, it is beautifully illuminated and glows like a beacon.
Next to the hotel is La Perle, a mesmerising live show in a state-of-the-art 1300 seat aqua-theatre. La Perle is masterminded by Franco Dragone who is also known for his work with Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion.
If you want a cool luxury hotel full of personality and flare, then stay at the W Dubai . We loved the décor and the ambience, and felt energised by just being there.
In case you’re wondering, the W Dubai doesn’t really stand for anything specific but words like Wonderful and Welcoming come to mind.