Location: Dubai – UAE
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: http://www.shangri-la.com/dubai/shangrila/
I have just returned from a trip to Dubai with my father, for which we chose the Shangri-La as our ‘home’ base to complete a heavily packed itinerary across this beautiful city. The Shangri-La hotel chain offers luxury hotels all over the world and they are known for their superior quality and service. The location of the Shangri-La is very convenient and close to the main attractions of Dubai. You can just walk from the hotel to so many key locations in the city. These include the Dubai Maill, the fountains (a must-see!), Burj Khalifa, and many more. If you are not into walking (or if the weather is too hot) the Dubai Metro is only a few steps away.
Where should I start? As soon as you enter the Shangri-La Dubai, you will notice the sense of luxury and details. The reception area is large and we were welcomed with a big smile!
We stayed in a Horizon Deluxe room which gave us access to the Horizon Club. Oh, and I do recommend the upgrade to those rooms. They are all located on the top floors of the hotel offering breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. Guests staying there, are offered a private check-in. Very convenient! The people of the Shangri-La will ensure that everything is taken care of. From the welcoming and efficient arrival process where the staff remembered our names, I knew that our 2 night stay at the Shangri-La Dubai would be flawless.
The most friendly lady showed us around the hotel and showed us our room. A big comfortable room and plenty of space to fully unpack and get the baggage out of the way gave a real sense of being at home in Dubai. I loved the decoration and attention for detail, from the little bedside clock to the fresh flowers. One thing I never had in a hotel: a desk equipped with scissors, stapler, etc. Very nice! The bathroom was very large offering a separate bathtub, large rain shower and separate toilet and bidet. Everything in the room was immaculately clean and of a true 5 star quality.
The staff nearly indulged us throughout the stay, which I appreciated and am thankful for. They will do anything to make your stay at the hotel unforgettable.
Another big advantage of the Horizon club is the private lounge with free drinks throughout the day. Afternoon tea is offered in the afternoon and from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. evening cocktails, spirits, canapés and light snacks are available at no additional charge. The food and drinks were of a very good quality! For a quiet breakfast, the buffet at the Horizon Club definitely is the best choice however the breakfast buffet downstairs (where all the guests have breakfast) is larger and offers more variety. It truly is an excellent breakfast, the food was delicious!
A stay at the Shangri-La Dubai must include a dinner at Shang Palace with an extensive a la carte listing of several dishes. We had a 7 course dinner and loved every single dish. Such a great restaurant and probably one of the better Chinese restaurants in Dubai. A real highlight and something that I look forward to every time I stay at a Shangri-La hotel.
The spa area offers several treatment rooms, a relaxation area, a whirlpool and dipping pool, herbal steam showers and a sauna. The fitness area is well equipped and pretty large. I loved the outside pool with a great view of Burj Khalifa! There was a “cool vibe” around the pool with excellent staff. Guests staying at the Horizon Club have access to a private spa area with indoor pool and a small fitness area. This private spa area is located on the top floor of the hotel offering the most spectacular view of Dubai I have ever seen!
The Shangri-La Dubai is one of the best hotels of the city which made this a holiday that I will remember for a very long time