Original Metropolitan Hotel, which was built in 1979, was demolished in May 2013 to make way for Al Habtoor City
The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai, one of the emirate's first, is set to re-open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The original Metropolitan Hotel, which was built in 1979, was demolished in May 2013 to make way for Al Habtoor City, a landmark development incorporating three five-star hotels, three luxury residential towers along the upcoming Dubai Water Canal.
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman, Al Habtoor Group said: “We look forward to welcoming our first guests. When we demolished The Metropolitan Hotel I promised our loyal customers that I would rebuild the hotel. Three years on I have fulfilled that promise, and we look forward to receiving both new and old customers to the premises.”
The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai will reopen in a new location on Sheikh Zayed Road near Exit 41 ande the four-star property will feature 320 rooms including 18 suites.
Facilities will include a gym, a rooftop swimming pool and spa while guests will also have access to the pool and beach facilities at Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection a short drive away.
The hotel will see the return of old favourites The Red Lion, a traditional English pub, and Don Corleone, an Italian eatery. It will also be home to Al Safa, an all-day dining concept, Al Sheif Shisha Lounge serving Arabic cuisine, and Tropicana, a pool bar.
Sanjay Luthra, general manager of the Metropolitan Hotel said: “The revival of the hotel and some of the outlets will contribute to its success... It is not just a hotel; it is a home away from home.”
The original Metropolitan Hotel was the Al Habtoor Group’s first foray into the hospitality industry and was one of just a handful of hotels in the city at that time.
Al Habtoor said: “We have come a long way since 1979. We are proud to bring back the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai. The success of the hotel has helped our hospitality assets grow over the years in unison with the economy of the UAE. Our hotels have earned a solid reputation around the world and help attract people to the city.”