The largest Westin Hotel in the Middle East provided an absolutely heavenly stay while on a short business trip to Dubai.
Rooms The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City stands 10 mins away from Dubai Mall, and 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport. The hotel opened in August 2016 with 1,004 rooms.
My room was a deluxe twin room on Level 11 and came complete with Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed. I also had views of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel in the distance and closer views of the busy Sheikh Zayid Road. Despite being so close to the action, I loved that I could not hear the sounds of traffic.
The room lighting was strong and there was a large study table, making it very conducive to work at night. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
MICE facilities There are 16 function venues throughout the property, making the hotel an ideal venue for medium-scale meetings.
The 1,425m2 pillarless Al Joud Ballroom on the ground level has a separate entrance and a pre-function hall, and can cater to events for up to 850 guests in a banquet setup. The space is also divisible into three smaller ballrooms.
Other meeting venues include 10 meeting rooms on level 2 which offer beautiful views of the Dubai Canal, as well as the four meeting rooms on level 1.
In addition, there is an outdoor space on level 7 which can be used to host evening cocktails and dinner events for around 300 guests. There are three swimming pools within the space, which can be used to enhance the event.
Within walking distance of the hotel are two other five star properties, the W Dubai Al Habtoor City and The St Regis Dubai Al Habtoor City. I love the fact that meeting planners can also integrate meeting and dining options at the other properties into their programme.
I would like to recommend that La Perle, Dubai’s very first live resident show, be added into your meeting programme as well. Created by Franco Dragone, it features 65 artistes performing a host of mind-boggling stunts. There are two night performances, starting at 19.00 and 21.30 at W Dubai Al Habtoor City.
Other facilities The 4,000m2 Heavenly Spa by Westin features 20 treatment rooms including two couple treatment rooms and a stimulating Hammam. In addition, steam room, sauna, hot tubs and speciality showers ensure a variety of options for total relaxation.
As in all Westin properties, The Westin Workout Fitness Studio is a fully equipped gym.
There is also a choice of six F&B venues. The all-day dining restaurant, Seasonal Tastes, has fantastic views of Dubai Creek and offers a variety of cuisines from Asian to Western to Arabic. I enjoyed the Indian selection and included idly (savoury rice cake) and thosai (Indian pancake) in my breakfast selection each morning.
Service could be further improved, especially during breakfast time at Seasonal Tastes. It seemed understaffed while I was there, as tables were not cleared fast enough for guests that were constantly arriving for breakfast. There was also no one to show me to my table.