Checking Out The New St. Regis Dubai

Earlier I wrote about my stay at the new W Dubai, which is part of the new Al Habtoor City development in Dubai. Attached to the W is a St. Regis and also a Westin. After one night at the W I figured I’d switch to the St. Regis so I could check it out — after all, it’s just a short walk between the two hotels.

I wrote about the St. Regis back when it first opened and the rates were crazy. Fortunately the rates have dropped significantly since then, as I expected (I didn’t doubt the hotel was nice, but Dubai as a market just can’t sustain $800+ per night rates).

Well, the good news is that the new St. Regis Dubai is gorgeous. It’s absolutely stunning, and easily one of my favorite city St. Regis properties in the world, as it manages to feel incredibly private and secluded. While the nearby hotels are 30+ stories, the St. Regis has just six floors, and feels more like a palace than anything else.

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Before I say anything else, let me just say that the new hotels in Al Habtoor City seem to be empty. I don’t know, maybe they just do an amazing job of spreading people out, but at both the W and St. Regis I don’t think I saw more than a dozen other guests. I’m writing this post from breakfast, where there are four other people in the restaurant. Last night I had a bloody mary at the hotel’s bar (I make a point of trying the signature bloody mary at every St. Regis — go figure in Dubai it’s the “gold mary,” and has real gold in it), and I was the only one there for two hours.

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The hotel has a stunning lobby that reminds me a lot of the St. Regis Abu Dhabi, which I also like.

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I got upgraded to an Empire Suite, which was beautiful. I’ll let the pictures of it speak for themselves.

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The hotel also has lovely public facilities — there’s a patio on the second floor, which is a great place to work from, weather permitting (the weather in Dubai is perfect at the moment).

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There’s also a rooftop pool, called The Roof Gardens. There were three lifeguards on duty, but no guests. #Dubai

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I’ll have a much more detailed review soon, though suffice to say I’m very impressed by this property. It’s a beautiful hotel physically, but service has been excellent as well. I think this may be my new favorite hotel in Dubai.

I just wish that Al Habtoor City were easier to access and had more to do in the immediate area.

Comments

  1. It’s incredible to think of how a boy from an unassuming Bronx family could grow up to launch a 50 year show business career, only to outdo himself by founding a worldwide network of luxury hotels. Who wants to be a millionaire, indeed!

  2. If you’re the only one there at a hotel bar for 2 hours, maybe its a clue that you should be spending more time in the actual city where everyone else is instead of an empty hotel bar?

    The fact that the hotel is gorgeous or the bar drink has gold in it doesn’t change the fact that drinking alone in an empty hotel bar is a terrible experience that shouldn’t be recommended to anyone at all.

  3. > the new hotels in Al Habtoor City seem to be empty

    > I just wish that Al Habtoor City were easier to access and had more to do in the immediate area.

    Duh!

  4. I enjoy this blog so I don’t mean to be critical but don’t understand the fascination of bloggers who all seem to view an upgrade to a suite as the holy grail. Unless I am traveling with my family, I much prefer one decent sized room over one that is partitioned into two.

  5. It is empty because it is in a terrible location immediately adjacent to the Shiekh Zayed freeway and the Dubai Metro so hardly an ispiring choice as a destination unless you like watching cars and trains. Gets occasional package groups but otherwise is probably destined for early closure

  6. @A

    Good point. Granted, there isn’t much to do in the area and access is limited, which means spending money cabbing it to and from the hotel…and we all know manufactured spending (or minimizing spending) is the preferred way to go on sites like this.

  7. It’s an up and coming area of the town, with facilities being built around the canal and Business Bay and in Al Habtoor city itself. It will be not long before it will be bustling.

  8. Don’t you think building a neoclassical palace with Roman columns in the middle of Dubai is a little bit tacky? I found the design of the St Regis Habtoor to be needlessly OTT. I stayed at The Westin next door and explored all three hotels – all three seemed to have very poor finishing. I think these hotels will not age well.

    PS. @A I enjoy drinking alone in hotel bars so for me it’s a pleasant experience, not a terrible one. To each their own.

  9. I wish Ben would say how much he paid. Was the upgrade because of your SPG ambassador?

    I stayed across the way from the St. Regis and W at the JW Marriott Marquis, which is the world’s tallest hotel, in August. It’s about a block away. When I was there, the construction in and around the St. Regis was pretty bad from 7 a.m. onwards. I’m guessing that’s why the hotel was empty. By contrast, the JW Marriott was busy with a great atmosphere. Lots of great eye candy at the pool from the British flight crews that stay there every day.

  10. @ FNT Delta Diamond — I booked a paid rate which was ~$300. Much better than redeeming 35,000 Starpoints.

  11. It sounds as though readers have had a similar thoughts to what I had… Absence of guests, difficult to get to, low quality finish, questionable styling, to start with.

    I also thought that the service was rubbish – I know it’s a new hotel – but it hadn’t improved much over the three stays I had there late last year. And when I say rubbish, I mean the butler service failed to even once bring the correct coffee order.

    I have read that the average rate for Dubai hotels has fallen due to lower demand. Further – I see you can book 3 for 2 deals at most Starwood properties in the UAE despite in being peak season

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