Regular visitors to Two Men About Town will be familiar with my penchant for opulence and luxury, where my wallet allows; whether it’s the demanding inner-diva in me (probably) or just a desire to be spoilt, I love beautifully designed items, attentive service and experiencing something that’s just a little bit special. Call me Mariah.
This desire for luxury is no different when it comes to travel, where I’ve been fortunate through leisure and corporate pursuits to have stayed in some beautiful hotels around the world such as the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore, The Grand in Brighton, Kempinski in Budapest and Excellence Playa Mujeres in Mexico, all hallmarks of memorable service and pure luxury.
It’s against a tough backdrop of comparison then that the Fairmont Dubai finds itself, up against some of the finest properties in the world; but how does it stack up?
The Fairmont Dubai Hotel Review
I must declare at this point that I’d stayed at the Fairmont Dubai several years previously, my base when researching my post on the top things to do when visiting Dubai, so I had a good view of what I was in for; centrally located in the financial district and conveniently next to a Metro stop, the Fairmont is ideally situated if you intend on exploring Dubai, the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.
Perhaps more of a business hotel than a leisure resort owing to its downtown location (as opposed to the beach) and clientele, the Fairmont is a perfect haven for peace and quiet, with well renowned restaurants on the property (including Noire, offering dining in the dark), two swimming pools, a very well equipped gym and spa with a menu of treatments that mean even the most discerning of travellers can find sanctuary in the hustle and bustle of Dubai. It kind of has something for everybody.
With hunger for some added luxury, I paid a little extra and booked a Fairmont Gold King, giving access to a variety of additional benefits over a standard room, namely entry to the Gold Lounge (breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapés and drinks), butler service and a more personable service managed by an exclusive Gold team.
Collected in a spacious and comfortable BMW 7-Series from Dubai International Airport, my bags and I were whisked straight up to the 33rd floor upon arrival and privately checked into my room; I was (kindly) upgraded to a junior suite with stunning views of Sheikh Zayed Road and the financial district, with Dubai’s Burj Khalifa soaring in the distance. Wow!
Throughout my stay, the Fairmont Gold team treated me like royalty, my butler, front desk and lounge teams greeting me by name on each interaction and quickly learning my preferences, tailoring the service to match – including small personal touches such as supplying gym kit correct to my size (having mentioned I was on a health-kick in passing) and a hand-written note in my room, welcoming me back to the hotel. Regular refreshments and beverage orders were noted and provided without even having to ask… fabulous service. Whether it was a general question about Dubai, advice on things to do or a restaurant reservation, the attentive and personable approach the guys behind the Fairmont Gold team applied to my stay totally blew me away. I don’t like to single out individuals as collectively the team were perfect, but I really must make a note of Franklin on the Gold desk who was, quite possibly, the politest and most personable individual I’ve ever met in the hospitality industry. Simply fantastic.
One aspect of the Fairmont Gold I particularly enjoyed was access to exclusive lounge, which serviced it’s guests with a full Arabic and traditional breakfast option each morning, cooked fresh by the Fairmont’s top chef; this was further complemented by afternoon tea and an evening light cooked buffet option with sundowner beverages, the room tastefully decorated with comfortable furnishings that allow guests to unwind whilst taking in the views of Dubai.
Fairmont Dubai Hotel Review Conclusions
So… am I saying the Fairmont Dubai is the best all-round hotel in Dubai? To be clear, no, I’m not; depending on what you want, you’ll find even more luxurious beach-fronted properties in Dubai which cater more towards a leisure audience, the majority of those reading this blog I suspect will appeal to (see Fairmont The Palm).
*HOWEVER*, I have yet to find a hotel that offers this level of customer-focused service anywhere else I’ve had the pleasure of staying, both in Dubai and around the world; it’s genuinely the staff at the Fairmont that make it such a wonderful place to stay and the reason that I will choose to come back here time and time again for a relaxing break, or if I end up working out here, business. With fantastic facilities and a host of restaurants serving delicious dining options to boot, this centrally located Dubai hotel should absolutely be on your shortlist of places to stay when in the United Arab Emirates. Take time to get to know the team, they’re a great bunch of people, fantastic ambassadors for the Fairmont brand and will make your stay truly special – take it from me.
If you’re planning on coming to Dubai in the near future (and I highly recommend you visit to see it for yourself), I would highly recommend a visit at the Fairmont Dubai.
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, P.O. Box 97555