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Taj Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opening in 2015 in Business Bay near Downtown, with 35 floors overlooking the towering Burj Khalifa, this opulent hotel has many examples of Indian artworks - plus numerous examples of Arabian culture - spread over the hotel. There's also a British-style gastropub, Asian street food restaurant and other eateries including the brilliant Bombay Brasserie around the building. Public areas are spacious, including a large, double-height lobby. The hotel's 296 comfortable neutrally decorated guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows have plenty of mod cons and luxuries, and there's a lovely rooftop pool with sun beds on the decking, a 24-hour fitness centre and swish spa.
The nearby Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure, towers over the hotel.
The hotel is in bustling Business Bay, a 20-minute drive from Downtown Dubai.
By plane: flights from London and Manchester to Dubai take 7 hours. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Free private parking on-site. skyscanner.com
Style & Character
The hotel is equally suited for both business and leisure guests alike. Indian culture is ever-present, with hundreds of sculptures and artworks throughout the property.
Service & Facilities
You're treated like royalty from the start: a welcoming ceremony to encourage good luck for you includes presentation of a sandalwood-bead necklace and a dot of sandalwood paste on your forehead (optional), a welcome drink and cold towel.
- Swimming pools
- Fitness suite
- Beauty treatments
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
We love the rooms' classy Indian furniture and colourful artworks. Room 1901 is a spacious suite looking onto the Burj Khalifa. It has an attractive dining room, sitting room, workspace, kitchen, bathroom and cloakroom.
Luxury Room, Luxury Family Room, Taj Club Room, Junior Suite, Luxury Junior Suite, Luxury Burj View Suite, Garden Luxury Suite, Maharaja Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Bombay Brasserie is outstanding, and not just the food. The inventive cocktails may appear in a haze of steam or with a similar theatrical presentation. Our favourite dishes are the baked avocado in a spiced marinade starter and a main with the tenderest lamb coated in masala sauce.
Tesoro: buffet breakfasts, à la carte lunch and dinner. Open daily.
Bombay Brasserie: Indian. Open Sat-Thurs for lunch, Fridays for brunch and dinner.
Byzantium Lounge: international cuisine. Open daily 8am-midnight.
The Eloquent Elephant: British and international dining. Open Sat-Weds 12pm-1am, Fri & Sat 12pm-2am.
The Treehouse: Mediterranean and Asian fusion. Open weekdays 7pm-2am and weekends 7pm-3am.