An unexpected modification to a trip landed me in Dubai for an additional stay prior to my trip in January, so I booked a Fairmont Gold room at the Fairmont Dubai, which was an act of self-indulgent brilliance.
Check-in was very smooth and fast. The lobby was pleasant and busy, with excellent Christmas decorations all over. My room was properly decorated with tasteful art and furnishings, and the floor was polished stone tile, which added a sense of coolness, rather than boorish wall-to-wall carpeting; a carpet was under the bed. The room had a large flat-screen TV, Bose clock-radio, and was clean, and the 5-piece bathroom very nice with no shortage of hot water. I slept for 9 hours straight because of the comfortable bed and very quiet room on the 30th floor. Wi-Fi came with the room price and it was easy to sign on. Calls to the “Royal Service” program were quickly answered and my needs (ice, etc.) met immediately.
I visited the Fairmont Gold Lounge for a light breakfast (fresh chocolate croissant with orange juice and great coffee). Montida, the young Thai lady at the desk, met me with a sincere smile and good attitude. She also helped arrange a late departure. It has been my experience that Thai women working at luxury hotels are among the most happy and professional; Montida was no exception.
Superior sushi in the Café Sushi was great, along with a cold Tiger beer. Louie was the head sushi chef and runs a tight ship. The sushi is presented on a conveyor belt, which is dangerous because it somehow makes you keep selecting more and more sushi, which I didn’t mind at all. You can also order off the menu. The wasabi was quite potent, so watch it if you are not accustomed to it. Having spent a lot of time in Japan, I know good sushi and this was it.
The hotel has two attractive pools with food and bar service; one is open for the morning sun, the other for the afternoon sun. Attendants stand at the ready.
The Cigar Bar offers a respite and has a walk-in humidor. The staff member asked me what I would like and I said a Montecristo No. 2 and a Partagas Serie P No. 2, both of which he produced. They were in good condition. I bought a few more Cubans and all were in good shape. Cohibas, Bolivars (including Edicion Limitadas), and several other well-known Habanos were on offer. The music in the Cigar Bar was unexpected (some sort of techno-funk) for the setting, but it didn’t bother me.
The Bridges Sports Bar has Guinness, Heiniken, Bitburger, Paulaner, Tiger, Bud, and Amstel Light on tap. It has good operating hours and is decorated with high-def flat-screen TVs showing sports from all over, with a strong preference for soccer. My server was Janice, a happy Filipina with the sense of humor most Filipinas have.
Every member of the staff I encountered greeted me with a smile and pleasantries; not one was rude or had an attitude problem. The cleaning staff apparently never rests.
I returned to the Fairmont two weeks later on my way back to Iraq to find my reservation had been upgraded to a suite, which was very spacious and had a nice view down Sheikh Zayed Boulevard and the towering Burj Khalifa.
“Nine” is the fresco-bottomed pool and deck open in the evenings for sheesha, cigars, drinks and so on, and it afforded a fine view of the Burj and a very pleasant setting with alternating colored lighting around the deck and up the facade. The staff was on top of things.
The lounge was again well-serviced by the staff with a good breakfast (hot, cold, European, Arabic, etc.), and sushi and an assortment of other tasty goodies in the evening. Sugiarti, Alan and the remainder of the servers were attentive and friendly; Heidi was manning the lounge reception desk and she somehow remembered my name from my previous stay.
Wake-up calls were timely. Laundry was picked up and returned the same day.
If you require a luxury hotel with an outstanding staff, fine food and comfy, clean rooms, the Fairmont Dubai will not disappoint. I am fortunate to have stayed in some of the best hotels on the planet; the Fairmont Dubai is one of them. I will return to Dubai in early August and will again book at the Fairmont Dubai.
- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont Dubai Hotel
- The Fairmont Dubai Hotel Dubai
- Dubai Fairmont
- Fairmont Hotel Dubai
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique blend of contemporary design and urban chic, Fairmont Dubai hotel is an icon in the financial heart of the city. Designed with business in mind, this multi-use complex is just minutes from Dubai's key attractions, shopping facilities, golf clubs and beaches and is directly linked to the Dubai International Convention Centre (Dubai World Trade Centre) by a dedicated covered walkway as well as linked to the Dubai metro system with direct service to the Dubai International Airport (Terminal 1 and 3). ... more less
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