Dubai’s hotels that mix work and play
It is said that business should never be mixed with pleasure, but when it comes to hotels, that statement couldn't be further from the truth – and in Dubai, we know how to get the formula just right. Here are seven of the best hotels that allow you to play (or relax) just as hard as you work.
The Address Downtown Dubai
A sixth-floor business lounge fully equipped with computers, scanners, printers, Internet access and even secretarial assistance makes the Address Downtown more than fit for business. On the pleasure side of the scale, Neos – with its stunning Burj Khalifa views – is perfect for post-work refreshment, and a magnificent five-tiered infinity pool is the perfect antidote to the stress of business.
The Conrad caters to almost every business need imaginable, from laminating important documents ahead of a big presentation, to an international courier to personally take care of important deliveries. Although the hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, it boasts the relaxation factor of a beachside residence, with Purobeach Urban Oasis – a lush terrace garden, pool and lounge area – providing the ultimate city escape.
The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Enjoying one of the city’s most business-friendly locations – smack bang in the middle of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – The Ritz-Carlton DIFC is ideal for the high-flyers of the finance world. As one would expect from the famous chain, the business facilities are nothing short of exceptional, and in its restaurant, Center Cut, the hotel has one of Dubai's top steakhouses (tip: the Australian Wagyu rib-eye is to die for).
Complimentary WiFi in all areas of the hotel is just one of the nice little touches that makes Raffles ideal for business travellers. Add the services of a private butler and even an on-site library, and it’s clear that the hotel has everything you might require for a hard day’s work. When it comes to places for refreshment, guests won’t be left wanting – there are five first-rate restaurants and lounges, including the superb newly-opened French outfit La Residence. What’s more, it’s located just 15 minutes from the airport.
JW Marriott Marquis
The tallest hotel in the world is also one of the best equipped for professionals, with 32 meeting and event rooms and a fully equipped, 24-hour business centre all found on-site. And once the workday is over, there are very few places more serene than the hotel's Saray Spa, with a steam in the Turkish hammam offering the pinnacle of relaxation.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
The iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel prides itself on being “the finest business-orientated hotel in the Middle East”, and with private limousines providing seamless travel anywhere in the city and a top-spec business centre, it’s hard to disagree with that claim. However, the hotel is hardly short of ways to unwind. Book in for a treatment in Jumeirah’s famous Talise Spa, or indulge at one of the abundant dining options – such as the highly acclaimed Hakkasan, for exquisite Chinese cuisine with Michelin credentials.
Not all business in Dubai is conducted in the Downtown area. For those seeking a location in the Marina, Grosvenor House – with its dedicated business support centre offering round-the-clock technical assistance – has everything a business traveller could ever wish for. Plus, when Friday afternoon rolls around, a lively brunch in the hotel's Toro Toro restaurant is the perfect tonic to the stress of the working week.