I was excited as I arrived at Dubai’s H Hotel. A tall and imposing skyscraper and shaped like a giant letter H, I was excited to venture through this self-acclaimed gateway to Dubai. Will it ease me in to what I should expect for the rest of my trip?
Entering the great lofty atrium and into the lobby was alluring and revitalising. Revitalising or better still, recuperation would be the buzzword of our stay. Lead up to our Diplomatic suite through the beautifully designed H Hotel I felt like one classy and cultured girl with much to take in as I glided through the hotel up to our temporary abode. I was immediately struck by the dynamic and eclectic interior design all around me. Paying homage to tradition and Dubai’s Arabian or Bedouin roots and combining it with an optimistic modern vision of the future. It worked.
Our suite was gloriously spacious with wonderful views across the Emirate. I was eager to explore once I had taken part in some serious indulgence both from the hotel’s award-winning spa and the in-house restaurants. As I mentioned “recuperation” was on the order of the day, or stay. The Diplomatic Suite at the H Hotel is spacious and open plan. A lounge area away from the bedroom was a great space to get some work done away from the sleeping area and the bathroom was set up all plush with a monsoonal rainfall shower and bath to wash away the sandy and gritty elements of the UAE. Do I need an excuse to unwind!
Suitably refreshed it was time for food and I was to be spoilt for choice with myriad in house restaurants and second to none in room dining service. The H is famed for food, quantity and quality and whenever your heart, or stomach or head may crave it – midnight to midnight with its famed in-house dining should you feel too zen to heave yourself up and downstairs to the dining rooms.
You only live once and H Hotel made us feel more than special so we decided to go all out and spoil ourselves even more by eating at Zahira, recently opened and with head chef, Michelin star award winning Greg Malouf we had high hopes. We dived into a journey of Middle Eastern Cuisine at its finest, it was scrumptious. Starting with a rich Haloumi and Fontina Cheese Fondue and melt in the mouth Fatima’s Fingers, a delightful nibble stuffed with Rocket leaves and Kashkaval cheese. Za’atar Leaves were next followed by an array of Tempura dishes with Artichokes. Middle Eastern cuisine at its finest.
I am a big fan of a massage, who isn’t? Mandara Spa was blissful and provided all the tranquillity you would want and expect. All stress and worries are unburdened at the H Hotel’s luxury spa and left somehow obliterated by the astoundingly talented masseurs. Mandara’s surroundings were intimate and the ambience was serene as you would expect to find in these temples of rest and relaxation. Mandara offer a wide array of services from a Thai Massage to Balinese therapies as well as the usual saunas and steam rooms and also a salon to glam up your nails and hair.
The H Hotel Dubai was a wonderful stay and place to rejuvenate. The service was attentive but never too overbearing. I was reminded of the Grand Budapest Hotel and Gustav H. The ultimate role model for those in hotel service! I had passed through this gateway to Dubai and loved every minute. I ready for the next step in our adventure and excited for the rest of my trip, eager to find out much more of what Dubai had to offer.
The H Dubai
One Sheikh Zayed Road
United Arab Emirates