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Hotel Dusit Thani Hotel 5 star
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133 Sheikh Zayed Road 23335 Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates -
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For an unrivalled welcome and a soothing atmosphere in the midst of the heaving metropolis, a stay at the Dusit is a necessary breath of fresh air. With great service and its simple restful Thai-inspired decor, the Dusit Thani has great views of the city's new business district and its rooms have lovely no-fuss open-plan bathrooms with lit aromatherapy candles to welcome you. The hotel also has a good range of quality restaurants including the sumptuously-designed best Thai restaurant in Dubai which will take you all the way to Thailand's mesmerising royal palaces and back.

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    Location

    The Dusit Thani is located along Sheikh Zayed road close to the metro. It is in Dubai's new business district without much to do in the immediate surroundings, but this is very common of most hotels in the city which sit along a busy road. It is a short distance from the city's convention centres and a short drive from the city's main shopping centres.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    With 321 rooms spread over its 36 floors, the Dusit is not a boutique hotel, and yet retains its intimacy through its hospitality. The rooms are on the 25th to the 35th floors and boast great views of the business district and thus the Burj Khalifa. Most floors are non-smoking.

    The rooms are situated in galleries lining the lobby atrium. The rooms are of a fair size, and although the green carpets and curtains to match may seem dated and drab at first, subtle touches recall the simpler side of Thai taste, such as the pretty made-in-Thailand container for the bath salts, wooden blinds, and a triangular reading cushion. The best rooms are the corner rooms on the top floors offering sweeping views of the busy business district lining Sheikh Zayed road as well as the elegant Burj Khalifa tower that shoots up into the sky; the views will keep you mesmerized for hours from dawn till dusk. When night falls, even the horrendously busy flyovers crawling with cars have a certain beauty in them. It was a real pleasure to look out of the hotel windows as I think it was the only time we were blessed with cleaned glass! Being expensive and difficult to clean, most skyscrapers have beautiful views, but scrounge on cleaning their windows, which we found to be a real shame!

    The best part of the rooms however, is the open plan bathroom which has a bath tub with (internal) windows that give out onto the room. All rooms have a separate shower cubicle and some of the most delightful smelling own-brand amenities, especially the bath/shower gel. Despite being just above the heaving traffic, rooms towards the top of the hotel are quiet.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Everything here reflects Thai culture, even the architecture of the building which is shaped to resemble the coming together of the hands in the Thai greeting 'Sawadi-kha'. The building is thus shaped like two towers that touch towards the top floors. Even the small plastic room keys have been made in the shape of the hotel. As you step into the spacious, stylish Thai-inspired, atrium-like lobby, a wave of tranquillity washes over you as you immediately unwind to the soothing sound of running water in the original wooden circular fountain surrounded by vases of colourful fresh flowers. Beautiful Thai girls dressed in traditional Thai attire greet guests and also sit and play typical Thai instruments, further contributing to the relaxing environment. The staff at the Dusit are mostly Thai and the gentle, discreet, respectful and kind culture has rubbed off on every staff member here who all greet one another in Thai no matter their nationality. The Dusit truly feels like a cultural melting pot of people really mixing, and not just living side by side in their respective 'clans'. The reception desk to the right is opposite the lifts to the left which lead up to the rooms that line the lobby atrium in galleries. The health club and pool are on the roof top. The gym is well-equipped although due to the lack of space, half of it is adjoined to a public passageway between the lifts and closed part of the gym. The pool area is decorated with foliage and is as equally soothing as the lobby area due to the simple Thai design of the pool, which is a welcome change to the rectangles of blue water usually found on Dubai hotel roof tops. The pool also has a slatted cement roof letting in just enough sunlight to prevent sun burn in the intense summer heat. The restaurants can be found on the 24th floor, except for the hotel coffee shop on the ground floor, which serves the best blueberry cheesecake in town.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    There are three restaurants joined by a circular wooden dias, also the champagne lounge, surrounded by a stream of trickling water. The restaurants are on the 24th floor. Californian, a diner style outlet is open for all meals. The PAX restaurant, with its high ceilings, murals, columns and tainted veils blowing in the air-conditioning, takes you all the way to the Italian capital. Our favourite however is the Royal Thai cuisine Benjarong restaurant with its stunning interior designed to look like a Thai Palace with carved walls and pillars and high beamed roof. The food is excellent making it easily the best place for an authentic Thai experience. There are also two private rooms where guests sit crossed legged around a table by a bay window looking out onto Dubai's fascinating futuristic bustle. We also liked the hotel bar which is back on the ground floor, called My Bar. Dark and cosy, it resembles something on the front cover of Buddha Bar albums. The bar is open as a smoking area in the day. The Dusit Delhi on the ground floor, open 24 hours, is the hotel coffee shop and you should definitely make a stop here for a slice (or two) of the city's best blueberry cheesecake! There is also a pool bar, Splash, on the roof and 24 hour room service for guests wanting a little bit more privacy.

    To know

    Open in 2001, the five star Dusit Thani is part of the luxury Thai hotel chain of the same name, and management here has gone to great lengths to ensure that Thai culture and traditions are maintained here which leaves a light, soothing, and lasting impression. The Dusit Thani may not be cutting edge in style, but it certainly knows how to differentiate itself from the myriad hotels in the city! The hotel has two wings, one of residential apartments and the other with hotel rooms which join on the 36th floor. There is wireless internet in all public areas and cable internet in the rooms, as it is the case in most Dubai hotels.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, spa, keep fit, wellness, Turkish bath, massage

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Stunning views of the buildings lining Dubai's main road, the Sheikh Zayed road.
    • Exceptional service.
    • Pleasant open plan bathrooms.
    • Good quality restaurants.
    • The most wonderful blueberry cheesecake in the city!

    disadvantages

    • Room décor can seem a little plain and dated although discreet touches do recall a Thai touch.
    • The gym could be a little more private.
    • No spa.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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