DUBAI: If you’ve always fancied staying at Dubai’s very first St. Regis hotel, then now is your last chance. Earlier this month, it was announced that parent company Marriott International would no longer operate the property, along with adjoining hotels W Dubai Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City, after July 31. Management will be transferred to Al Habtoor Group. It is yet to be confirmed which international brand, if any, will take over the property, or how the hotels will be renamed.
Good job then, that the five-star property has a special GCC summer offer on until the end of the month, offering 20 percent off, and including a buffet breakfast. At the time of publishing, prices start from $168 per night. And it is worth the visit, for two things in particular: the rooms and one of its restaurants.
But first, a little bit more about the St. Regis Dubai overall. Situated on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, the hotel boasts 182 guest rooms and 52 suites, eight F&B outlets, as well two outdoor swimming pools and spa. Two of the rooms are quite special: the Middle East’s first Bentley-themed suite and the Sir Winston Churchill Suite, which includes its own private pool. The driveway leading up to the property’s entrance screams grandeur, opening to a spectacular lobby featuring two staircases adorned in gold paint finishes.
I am greeted at the entrance and led to one of a few check-in desks dotted around the lobby hour. It’s efficient and before long, I am escorted to my room by a friendly staff member who runs through the hotel’s features.
I stay in a Deluxe Room — the most basic category, although it is by no means basic. With a walk-in wardrobe area, gorgeous bathroom with two sinks on opposite ends and comfortable bedding, you won’t find much reason to leave. As you’re getting settled, you’ll receive a visit from your very own butler, who’s on hand to help with you anything — including unpacking/packing your luggage. If, like me, that’s a little too ‘fancy’ for your liking, other more low-key services include drinks and laundry.
As mentioned, it’s entirely possible you won’t want to venture out of your room during the stay, but if you do want to head out for dinner, then there are several options to choose from. Whilst I liked the lounge area in the courtyard, it lacked atmosphere and didn’t really reflect the brand. My next stop, however, was a winner — at least if you’re a fan of steak. My fillet at J&G Steakhouse was possibly one of the most tender, juicy and flavourful pieces of meat I have ever enjoyed in this region.
Bearing in mind the current GCC summer offer, a stay at the St. Regis is definitely worth the money. It’s great for a romantic getaway, staycation or other special occasion. Plus, the theatrical spectacular “La Perle” is next door, and perfect for a dinner-and-show experience.
Tick tock. Get booking.