Hotel review: The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road

The Fairmont is a brand that comes with a reputation for refinement, but does the chain’s first hotel in Dubai follow the family’s foosteps?  We went to find out.

Poised right alongside Sheikh Zayed Road stands The Fairmont Dubai. Its direct access to the Metro station and Dubai World Trade Center make it an ideal hotel for countless business executives to come filing through its doors in the thick of exhibition season.

Even on the weekend, you’ll see plenty of suited visitors doing brisk urgent-phone-call -laps of the lobby café or in the lounge on the 33rd floor.

The Gold Lounge

But thinking of the hotel simply as a corporate stop, is a fundamental misunderstanding of the leisure pedigree within its walls. The Fairmont Dubai is the perfect perch for those in search of a little city staycation.

It’s superbly located, mere minute away from Dubai’s most popular attractions, it has an award-winning spa, a health club, night clubs, casual and fine-dining restaurants, as well as a seductive lofty pool area.

Whisked away to the 33rd floor upon arrival, we were escorted to the lounge as part of the Fairmont Gold experience. This also nets you afternoon tea as well as complimentary drinks to wind down your evening before dinner. After a speedy dedicated check-in experience, we headed down to our Fairmont Gold suite on the 16th floor, with some great city views over the Sheikh Zayed Road.

The one-bedroom suite features a separate seating and dining area, while the bedroom welcomes you with a plush King-size bed. Personalised bathroom amenities add a nice touch as well, and we’d be guilty if we didn’t admit that we enjoyed a quick soak with bath salts just before dinner.

While the main lobby features a chic modern look with pops of silver and crystal, the rooms reflect a slightly older style, with darker wooden furniture and neutral tones.

There are food options aplenty, ranging from tantalising prime cuts on the ground floor at meat-lover’s favourite, The Exchange Grill. Noire is also a highly recommended experience – there’s something surreal about dining in complete darkness that heightens your sense of taste, not to mention the relief of not having to Instagram every dish you’re eating.

Café Sushi on the lobby level offers some excellent sushi choices via the ever-popular Japanese belt-style buffet, so we also recommend stopping by to satisfy your sushi cravings.

Breakfast is a fairly busy affair in the lobby restaurant, but you can also enjoy it in relative peace in the Fairmont Gold Lounge. We definitely advise a late-morning lounge by the pool, which is also an excellent spot to take-in the sunset of an evening.

Whether it’s for business or a quick weekend getaway, The Fairmont Dubai is a fantastic place to unwind. Indulge in some great food at numerous restaurants, or pop over to any of the malls nearby – whatever your agenda, you’ll come away feeling well-fed and appreciative of the hotel’s excellent levels of service.

Dubai Week stayed as a guest of the hotel. Rooms start at around AED 680 per night. Gold Packages start at AED 1,100, including suite, lounge access, breakfast and private check-in. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road – for details call 04 332 5555

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