Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown Deira, a little charming escape lies in the locally designed and owned hotel Hues. This one-of-a-kind boutique hotel concept brings a refreshingly new architectural style to a very authentic part of the city.
As soon as I walked in the hotel, a feeling of serenity and joy overcame me as I looked at the high ceilings drenched in natural sunlight and the vibrant colour strips that mark the hallways of each of the four floors.
Contemporary and artistic, the stark white lobby is an immaculately structured open space accentuated by a glass and marble staircase and an enormous wall-to-wall wooden bookshelf. The contrast of old and new brought together in a perfectly tailored manner gave me the sensation of travelling outside of Dubai and stepping into an old and refurbished hotel in Spain.
We head up to the first floor where I was introduced to an original concept that I have yet to see in the Middle East. The Taki Relaxation Loaf is a hybrid between a spa and business centre. This newly incorporated space is reserved for therapeutic relaxation while you keep up to date with your news, work and social networking needs.
The quiet space offers city dwellers a relaxing and comfortable environment to melt away the stress. The professionally trained therapists provide you with 30 minute massage options as you lounge on a chaise longue equipped with a flat screen TV and multimedia system. Guests can also feast on a smorgasbord of delicacies such as fruits, cheeses, sandwiches, canapés and hot drinks.
Orange, green, blue and yellow make up the pallet of funky colours that categorise the rooms and facilities throughout the hotel. Aurora, the rooftop bar and lounge is awash in laid back and smooth blue, while the minimalist elegance of the poolside view is highlighted in an invigorating zesty green that shines through the mosaic of the swimming pool basin.
But most interesting of all is that you can choose your room according to the your mood as each cutting edge chamber is completely colour coordinated from the bed sheets to the bathroom walls and even down to the coffee mugs. Each of the 103 rooms and suites feature high quality furnishings, comfortable beds, and all the amenities you would desire to make your stay a memorable experience.
I was lucky enough to experience Hues hotel’s in-house Taki Spa first hand. While the layout is comparably small, it has been designed in a clever way to make sure all the amenities and services that one would expect in a 5 star hotel spa are available.
Humble, calm and inviting interior design details of the spa rooms, Jacuzzi, locker area and steam room bring forth the same unique and quirky feeling that runs through the entire theme of the hotel. Staffed with certified and experienced therapists, the experience and walk through had me relaxed in no time. All this comes at a very reasonable price too, especially in comparison to hotel spa prices in Dubai. You can get a massage treatment for as little as $40 and a four hand 60 minute massage for just $109.
Overall, Hues boutique hotel is a little hidden treasure in Dubai that I found to be the perfect getaway from everyday demands and the fast paced life of the city. The hotel will soon open a second branch on the Corniche area of Sharjah. This second edition will deliver an extra dosage of exclusivity as it will house only 72 rooms.