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Review: Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront

Central location in a thriving city adds to its business traveller appeal

Review: Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront

The Radisson Blu chain of hotels aren’t one to disappoint, even in a place such as Dubai where hotel options abound all over the city.

The hotel’s most recent property opened in Dubai’s Business Bay along the canal – you can tell it’s new by the new furniture scent in the rooms.

Comfortably large rooms are appointed in rich lavender, cherry mahogany and royal grey, making the colour palette employed seem soothing yet lively. Expect standard amenities in the rooms, although a nifty TV deck that has all the important news channels on as well as others to help get away from the noise really stands out.

Of course, rights to the world cup matches are licensed at a rate that only be called exorbitant here. However, a quick call to the concierge and we found out that the World Cup games were being shown at The Republic. It must be noted that the Lebanese restaurant that first opened in Beirut 10 years ago has some very accommodating staff, and its no wonder that there’s always a crowd there.

The Radisson Blu Dubai waterfront has a number of other pockets that make a stay worthwhile. Scottish bar Makar is one of them. Walk in and you’re greeted by a man in a kilt whose gregariousness sets the tone for any number of conversations you’ll have there. The hotel also has one of Dubai’s trendiest nightclubs on its premises – Gotha is a huge draw, and even saw Hollywood super star and DJ Idris Elba perform there a few weeks ago.  And if you find yourself up early and need a quick pick me up after a tough night, the hotel’s inhouse breakfast restaurant has an extensive menu sure to satisfy any morning cravings.

For those in the mood for calmer evenings, the hotel has other establishments sure to set the mood. The first that we’d recommend is Firelake Restaurant. In fact, were this not a hotel review, the restaurant would have received its own page, we were that satisfied with the staff and service. The chef certainly knows how to cook up a storm – don’t shy away from some of the more surprising menu options; the deep fried oysters and triple fried chips were a delight.

We’d also encourage visitors to opt for a treatment at the newly opened Dreamworks Spa. A range of treatments are offered at that are sure to unwind any knots and soothe any aches. After the treatment, the doors to the Spa open out to the hotel’s terrace where you can laze by the pool or enjoy a sight of the skyscrapers and avant garde architecture lining the view.

It’s that view that cemented our impression of both the hotel and Dubai the night before we left. Out from the terrace you’ll see the Dubai Canal stretching out. It’s a feat of engineering and will, but the area around it is still coming into its own. Similarly, the Radisson Blu Dubai waterfront is also a very new development. And we expect it too will grow into an even more vital destination in the city.