24 hours in The Westin Dubai
A peek into the minimal opulence offered at the center of Al Habtoor City.
For my latest work trip to Dubai, I thought it highly apt to try out The Westin in Al Habtoor City. Being part of Starwood Hotels’ Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program, the hotel is definitely a big hit among frequent flyers and business travelers. Word has it that the 5-star hotel is somehow also great for modern couples with an affinity for luxe staycations in the city. So I decided to check it out for ourselves, and conclude on our own terms.
Located next to St. Regis and W Hotel (each an equally luxe 5-star establishment that’s unsurprisingly recognised by SPG), The Westin stands central in a posh region. Well-maintained and passionately infused with Abu Dhabi’s signature modernity, Al Habtoor’s entire region befits the typical classiness that many flying executives look for when working on the go.
What’s even better is the fact that the hotel, whose architectural and interior features make for one of the best minimal luxe aesthetics you can find in the world, is located next to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Dubai Canal. What this means is that should you opt for a room with a view of the canal, you can bask in your majestic surroundings by your room’s windowsill. Truly there is nothing more ideal to us than the activity, when not busy city-dwelling and attending to our meetings.
Something I was told about The Westin before setting my foot here is that not only is the building done in fantastic, easily navigable layout, their hotel rooms are as spacious as they can come. Of course, by the time I had arrived for my 24-hour stay, I was more than excited to verify this. Proving that it’s 100 factual, I was happy to note that my assigned room, which was a standard deluxe room, was exceptionally comfortable.
Although the entire interior speaks ‘business’, I can see why traveling couples would find the hotel room appealing enough for renewing romance. The queen-sized bed is as plush as one can be, with luxurious white bedding set that seemed even brighter with the Dubai sun streaming through the room’s glass window panes. There is also an extensive pillow menu to heighten your stay for two. I also liked that the AC was well-hid behind articulate design patterns.
But of course, back to me: that I am alone for a work-related purpose, I was more than happy to know that the space came equipped with a tea maker and krups coffee machine (caffeine in excessive amounts keep me going; don’t judge me). Seeing that it was a work trip, I also had to make sure that I am always connected to my colleagues and clients. Thankfully, the room was fortunately equipped with built-in USB and HDMI cable ports, as to be expected with 5-star properties these days. But it did disappoint me to find that they did not connect to the TV, which they are supposed to.
When it came to refreshing myself between in-hotel and outdoor meetings, I was happy to indulge in the serenity that my naturally lit, glass-paned bathroom offers. Those who are sharing this specific accommodation would be delighted to find that it comes with separate rain showers and a huge bathtub at the same time (which is visible upon entry but covered with a patterned glass for modesty’s sake). This detail suggested to me that The Westin really paid attention to details when it comes to relaxation, and prioritised the element of choice above all else. Another fun factor: the bathroom came equipped with speakers, whose volume you can control and adjust via the room’s TV.
Some of us somehow find the will and time to keep an active life while traveling and working on the go. Fellow gym rats who are looking to work up a sweat in between things will be ecstatic to find that not only a fully equipped gym is available at The Westin, it is also beautiful to look at. For me, intentional design is a huge factor, and to be swathed by sleek aesthetics is a boosting factor as I work to keep fit and take time off my busy schedule.
Another area that’s worthy of mention is the hotel’s beautiful pool and its minimalistic surroundings. For a hotel that is standing on the land of Middle Eastern religiosity and opulence, the pool area is striking simple, with zero reliance on ornamental furnishing (which I personally find annoying). Had it not been for the heat, you would be forgiven for thinking you’re in a Scandinavian establishment.
All in all, my 24-hour stay at The Westin Dubai was highly comfortable and motivating. While I can’t say that it had been particularly memorable (again, it was a short business trip), the entire premise and perimeters of the hotel is clean, crisp, and beautiful enough to leave a good impression on both business travelers and couples alike. If you’re into simplistic layouts with a penchant for modern art to keep your experience lively, this is the hotel for you.
Official rating: 5/5
Fayyaz Travels’ rating: 4/5
Value for money: 5/5