The Westin Dubai Al-Habtoor City – a great family hotel in Dubai

Dubai is one of the world’s most vibrant tourist destinations and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Al-Habtoor City is one of the latest developments in this oasis and incorporates three ultra-luxurious five-star hotels operated by Marriott International, the largest hotel group in the world: The Westin Dubai Al-Habtoor City, The W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and the St. Regis Dubai. I got to experience two of them on my recent visit to Dubai.

The Westin Dubai Al-Habtoor City, is the largest of the three hotels and boasts 1004 rooms, including 142 suites. The 41-storey hotel is situated on the banks of Dubai Water Canal, which was launched in 2016, turning a large part of Dubai into an island.

Westin Dubai

View from the room

We arrived at the hotel after an exhausting 18-hour flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina. At that stage, we would have been happy enough with a bed. What we got however was way better. Our rooms consisted of a massive suite for my husband and I, and an inter-leading twin room for the kids, both en-suite. The suite had a spacious bedroom with a heavenly bed, a lounge, a walk-in closet and a guest bathroom. There was ample wardrobe and closet space to contain belongings for a month. The kids room was also spacious and had twin beds, and a writing desk.

Westin Dubai

Lounge area

The lounge had seating and dining areas. There was a coffee machine, a minibar and a flat-screen television too.  A platter of decadent chocolate truffles and a plate of fresh fruit awaited us. There was an innovative message on the mirror welcoming us to the hotel.

Westin Dubai

A sweet welcome

Our bathroom was huge and had a delightful rain shower, and a free-standing bathtub overlooking the city. Luxurious bathrobes and slippers were provided. The bathroom amenities smelt heavenly and I loved the beautiful leaf-shaped soaps. Other thoughtful amenities included toothbrushes, razors, loofahs and mouth wash.

Westin Dubai

Main Bedroom

Floor to ceiling windows throughout the suite had great views of the Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Road, the longest road in the UAE, and the Dubai Canal. The cascading waterfall on the canal is illuminated at night and the colours change constantly.

Westin Dubai

Bathtub with a view

As someone who suffers from sleep problems, I was delighted to find that the Westin takes sleep seriously. We found little cylinders of aromatherapy sleep balm on our pillows. The Westin also has a Sleep Well Menu, which offers sleep-enhancing superfoods as part of in-room dining. I haven’t seen that in a hotel before!

The breakfast restaurant, Seasonal Tastes, was one of the biggest I’ve ever seen. There were different stations representing different cuisines including Chinese, Indian, and Arab. Then there were separate stations for eggs, pastries, cakes, fruits, health juices and much more. There were 5 types of butter alone. We had a hard time choosing what to eat as there were so many options available. The friendly staff, especially Sandeep, took great care of us considering how busy the restaurant was.

Westin Dubai Seasonal Tastes

Seasonal Tastes

There are six dining options. We dined at Il Capo, a New York-style Italian restaurant. A red Peroni Vespa marked the entrance to the restaurant. Black and white photographs graced the walls of the restaurant. We were welcomed by our waiter, who was from Rome, and enjoyed an amazing dinner of Black Angus Steak, chicken, king prawns and a pizza (for my son). This was complemented by innovative mocktails and decadent desserts.

Westin Dubai

Entrance to Il Capo

The hotel has a spa with 20 treatment rooms, including separate male and female areas, a Hammam room, a steam room, a sauna, and hot tubs. There is a fitness studio, featuring state-of-the-art gym equipment and a dedicated yoga studio too. And don’t worry if you haven’t brought your workout clothes with. The hotel can provide you with New Balance sneakers and workout clothes for a nominal fee. I don’t know of many hotels that offer this.

Il Capo Westin

Food at Il Capo

There are three swimming pools, including a splash pool for little kids, on the beautiful outdoor terrace.

Westin Dubai

Pool Deck

The Westin Family Kids Club keeps the young ones stimulated and entertained. A complimentary shuttle service transports guests to Dubai Mall, the nearest Metro Station and a few other locations.

Westin Dubai

Outdoor Terrace

Al Habtoor City is also the venue for La Perle, a permanent 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. We were mesmerised by the brilliant show with its talented artists, death-defying stunts and special effects.

If you are looking for a luxurious family hotel, then stay at the Westin. My kids loved it and so did my husband and I.

2018 update: The Westin Dubai Al-Habtoor City has now been rebranded to the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City. Book here.

Disclosure: 7

Do you love to travel?

Sign up now and receive an email whenever there is a new post.

I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )

I will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Leave a comment:


Perfect – Just what I was looking for! .

Jesusita Bugni

Great blog. Thank you for posting


Wow, the view from the bathtub is extraordinary! The room looks luxurious, like the fact that they have floor to ceiling glass enabling you to enjoy view of Dubai city. Good to hear they also provide the aromatherapy sleeping balms, like you even I have sleeping issues especially in a new place. These are life saviours for people like me.


Al- Habtoor is luxurious as i always go for dinner here but never stayed here. Views from rooms are amazing, specially the cascading waterfall with changing color. Bath tub with a view is also a nice way to relax during bathing. Entrance to II Capo is so authentic.


What an amazing hotel and experience. And I loved that they had the Kid’s Club, to help busy parents take a break. Did you also enjoy the luxurious spa treatments while staying in the hotel? I’m not sure that I could have resisted. LOL.


I think nobody could resist to such luxurious temptation. All looks created looking to perfection. The Westin Dubai simply seduced me. Thanks for sharing.

Dann Castillo

Wow! Such a luxurious place! I keep reading articles about Dubai and they are all about luxury and comfort! I would love to stay there and I am glad you guys enjoyed your time in the hotel. The aromaterapy options and the breakfast sounded heavenly!


Wow, lucky you. Dubai does love its luxury! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to afford to stay there but I can dream, right?


Holy wow! This hotel is massive is over 1,000 rooms…and over 40 storeys high! But what luxxxx! I absolutely love that bathtub with a view. And I love the sound of the aromatherapy sleep balm – I totally would love to try that. Plus what a great idea to have a ‘Sleep Well Menu.’ I would love to try these dishes to see if any of them work. Sounds like a wonderful place to stay in Dubai!

Abigail Sinsona

What a lovely looking hotel to stay in while in Dubai. I love the subtle luxuries of this hotel. I’ve always been impressed by the Westin hotels and it’s pleasing to k know they’ve held the same standard here.

Click here to add a comment

Leave a comment:

Send this to a friend

Read previous post:
La Jolla
6 Things to Do in and Around La Jolla , California

La Jolla is a beautiful town in Southern California. Known as the jewel of San Diego, La Jolla is consistently...