BACKGROUND It’s Radisson’s first beach resort in Dubai and was one of the brand’s biggest openings in the UAE last year.
WHERE IS IT? On Palm West Beach, the entire neighbourhood has an eclectic buzz to it with several beach clubs, five-star properties and restaurants lining the promenade. The hotel’s location at the entrance to the Palm means it’s a quick and (mostly) traffic-free access or exit if you’re heading towards the mainland.
WHAT’S IT LIKE? The four-star property keeps it low-key and informal, though classy. To one end of the modestly-sized lobby whose floor is fitted with homely Terrazzo tiles are the reception desks and to the other are co-working communal spots. In between are hanging wicker pod chairs, a sofa-seating area and a grab-and-go café if you want a quick coffee or doughnut on your way in or out.
ROOMS The 14-floor property has 389 rooms that range from Superior rooms that fit two comfortably right up to a One Bedroom suite that can accommodate an entire family. There are also connecting room options if you are coming in larger groups. We stayed in the Premium room with sea views. We had brilliant views of the skyline of Dubai Media City, Dubai Marina as well as Ain Dubai. The room had a sofa bed as well as a writing desk with a round mirror above it. The wardrobes have limited space, but suffice if you’re checking in for the weekend. The bathrooms are fitted with refillable shampoo and body wash dispensers, thankfully doing away with the tiny plastic bottles. There is the fact that the beach clubs nearby turn up the volume at night and even though our balcony door was shut, we could still hear the bass from David Guetta creeping into the room.
FOOD AND DRINK There are a handful of quirky dining establishments within this property. They include the colourful and flamboyant Black Flamingo bar and restaurant in the lobby and the more muted Latin-inspired Esco-bar too. The rooftop has the Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum al fresco restaurant which pays homage to the Italian carmaker. The property also has an all-day dining restaurant, Palm Lounge, where buffet breakfasts are served.
MEETINGS On the same level as the Palm Lounge, are three meeting rooms. Two of these can be combined to accommodate up to 24 people. Wireless charging stations on the table, TV projection capabilities and full conferencing facilities are available in the meeting rooms.
LEISURE You could head to the hotel’s private stretch of beach just outside the hotel or the pool which is on the terrace outside the Palm Lounge. But the property’s highlight is its skypool with breathtaking views of the sea and which is an extension of the rooftop Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum restaurant. Entry to it is chargeable for external as well as hotel guests. On the floor below is the gym which is open 24 hours a day as well as the spa which has six treatment rooms including a Moroccan bath.
VERDICT This is a functional hotel and one which is a great value proposition. Staying here, you get the feeling that this hotel feels very comfortable in its own skin and isn’t attempting to be anything but itself. It’s muted, classy and relaxed.
BEST FOR: Views from the hotel’s higher floors which look out towards the city’s skyline and the sea.
DON’T MISS: The buffet breakfast has great options of
Arabic and Mediterranean offerings.
PRICE :Internet rates in February start from Dhs930 for a Premium sea view room.
CONTACT Palm Jumeirah, West Beach, Dubai; +971 4 217 5555; radissonhotels.com