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The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates
This is a more fun and characterful hotel than you might expect considering its location within the heart of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) neighbourhood. It boasts both an indoor and a rooftop pool, a 24-hour fitness centre, attractive spa and both lively indoor and outdoor spaces at its varied restaurants, cafés and bars that are ideal for leisure socialising and business meetings alike. The hotel design includes two urban waterfalls and striking contemporary artworks around public areas. Rooms are comfy and well-equipped, as you'd expect of a hotel of this stature.
The hotel is right by the Financial Centre walkway, which is ideal for a quick stroll (a difficult thing to do in this car-centred city). There are some modern art installations and sculptures too.
The hotel is in a good position for visiting downtown Dubai, with shops and tourist attractions a short walk away.
By plane: flights from London and Manchester to Dubai take 7 hours. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Free private parking on-site. skyscanner.com
Style & Character
The hotel is re-positioning itself to strongly appeal to leisure travellers as well as business people, but at the moment it's mostly the latter staying here. Both the entrance exterior and Sunken Garden feature a nice touch, an impressive water feature, each with a wall of cascading water.
Service & Facilities
The rooftop pool is great place to hang out.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Beauty treatments
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room 1240 is a spacious, pleasant room, with a large yellow herringbone chaise longue, almost floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city and electrically operated curtains. The Asprey bathroom amenities are classy too.
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Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe and slippers, Asprey toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Cafe Belge really does feel like a traditional Belgian cafe; the oysters are not only delicious but beautifully presented.
Cafe Belge: Belgian cuisine, seafood. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mains from AED145.
Cara: International buffet and à la carte options. Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Sunken Garden: drinks, dinner. Dishes include spiced lamb chops and shish tawook. Open daily 1pm-4am. Mains from AED135.
Cake: sweet treats, coffees, sandwiches, light meals. Open daily 7am-midnight.
Flair 5: South American/Nikkei fusion, sharing plates, drinks, cocktails. Open daily for dinner, and Saturday for brunch. Mains from AED75.