2013 has been another year of very heavy business travel for me, and with the Sheraton Creek closed for a year's renovation, I have been forced to seek out a new home from home in Dubai. I have found it. The Intercontinental Festival City isn't quite the newest of the city's 5 star hotels, but it still has that "wow" factor that makes me feel privileged to stay there.
It is, of course, a business hotel, not a resort, so it lacks the aquatic extravagance of some of the beach hotels. However, the architects have done some clever things with lights, high ceilings and creek views, so your first impressions of the hotel will be spectacular. Similarly, the rooms do not disappoint. I generally book an Exec Creek View and decline the Royal Ambassador upgrade, as these rooms have everything I need. The desk/dining table is huge and there is another smaller table by chaise longue at the window.
The Club Lounge is by far the best I have seen in any Intercon (though the food is better, at least for my taste in the lounge in Saigon).
Service is everything you would expect at this level. They once told me off for wearing shorts to Happy Hour but they were so nice about it I actually felt special, in a good way!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by a graceful sailboat, InterContinental Dubai Festival City stands tall amid the business and shopping districts. The hotel is home to 6 dynamic bars and restaurants, including the award-winning Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, has wifi throughout rooms and public areas and its own 18-hole championship golf course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Dubai Festival City Hotel Dubai