Escape to the City

We check into the Four Seasons at DIFC
to find a stunning hotel
with a difference…

While we adore our fair capital, sometimes there’s nothing better than a fun weekend in the bright lights of Dubai. Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre is a boutique-style sanctuary tucked away in one of the coolest areas of Dubai.

The hotel is in building 9 of DIFC’s Gate Village, accessed by car from the ground floor at Al Saada Street. Here, there’s a small, businesslike lobby. My car is swiftly valeted, I’m checked in promptly, then escorted to my fourth-floor room. There’s a more homely reception area linked to a majlis-style lounge on the
podium level.

This a beautiful hotel is in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) district, so it’s handy for business trips but also great for an urban weekend stay. Unlike many of Dubai’s hotels, you don’t have to hop in a taxi to find additional restaurants, galleries and bars which here are within short walking distance, as is Emirates Towers metro station. The hotel has two separate entrances- one entrance goes straight into the DIFC district, where you will find art galleries and auctioneers such as Christie’s and eateries like Zuma and Roberto’s. On arrival we were greeted with cold towels and friendly smiles all round. We were ushered up to our room and were welcomed with a lovely note (in Turkish) from the Managing Director welcoming our stay, as well as a homemade rosewater juice and a freshly made Muesli slice which was amazing and a really nice touch.

The hotel has 106 bedrooms (of which 28 are suites) and there is a distinct boutique feel to the beautiful property. Lead-in rooms are a compact 34 square-metres but don’t seem small: space is used cleverly (each room has a chaise longue and work desk), with muted brown tones and clean lines. We loved the large curved sofa, art deco touches, a tree in the corner of the room, and very cool downlights which were a great industrial touch to a corporate type room.

Even though the hotel has a corporate feel, this room certainly played around with the interiors which was such a great aspect of the hotel and so much more interesting than your typical business type hotel room and gave us a sense of relaxation and comfort. We also loved the bathroom, with a huge walk in rain shower and gorgeous products from Roja. Be sure to look your best when heading to rooftop pool. The raised, glass-sided pool allows for close analysis of your front crawl from those working on their tans. The pool is a work of art and to be able to create an area with different levels, plush trees, and a glass swimming pool is genius, making it feel a lot bigger than it actually is. The pool area overlooks other rooftops and buildings surrounding you, and even though you’re in the middle of it all, the space felt very intimate and private.

Be sure to make a trip to the spa while you are there. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our lovely host, whom welcomed us with their specialty tea- a combination of alovera and subtle rose water, which tasted like a pure cleanse for the soul. The five spacious treatment rooms – all have large windows and one with a private shower. Once showed to the treatment room, our therapist showed us all the different massage oils. These oils are naturally sourced in Africa- Terres D’Afique, which also shows a detailed map on each product of where the ingredients were sourced from in Africa.

We opted for the Recharge Full Body Massage, The Therapist started off with a Rock Salt Foot Scrub and the amazing massage continued for 60 minutes. The Firebird Diner is an absolute must visit while staying here. We loved the black and white checkered floors, a juke box playing rockin tunes, and the big red 50’s diner style cushy chairs. It’s an upscale, all-day American eatery with a and outdoor courtyard for balmier evenings. At breakfast you can try the Elvis American Toast with cinnamon custard, cane sugar crust, spiced peanuts and banana along with other options such as the bagel with scrambled egg and melted American cheese with a side of avocado, polished off with a coffee and chocolate thick shake.

The Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, 4 506 000.

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