On being welcomed into the Shangri-La’s impressive lobby by the famed ‘Essence of Shangri-La’ scent that is the signature fragrance across all their hotels, an immediate feeling of calm anticipation descends.
The atrium lobby is bright and airy with smiling staff and an artful display of white orchids. Around the lobby are the hotel’s restaurants and cafes, including the award-wining Hoi An, surely the best Vietnamese restaurant in Dubai.
We had a deluxe room with a view of the world’s tallest building, the 828m Burj Khalifa, and the surrounding skyscrapers of the buzzing Downtown district. The earthy tones of the room were offset with stunning local art works and the layout was thoughtful and practical. The toiletries are good quality and the fluffy bathrobes perfect for lounging around in.
The hotel has a great gym with a good selection of free weights and high-tech cardio equipment. There are also tennis and squash courts with racquets available to borrow at no cost, along with regular fitness classes on a paid basis.
Shangri-La has a great location, a short walk to the metro station which is only one stop from Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, three of the city’s biggest attractions. It’s also within easy reach of old Dubai and Dubai Creek.
One of the hotel’s highlights is the breezy 4th floor pool which has to have one of the best pool views in the city. Recline on comfortable loungers and gaze up at a perfectly framed Burj Khalifa and you really couldn’t be anywhere else in the world but Dubai.