Hotel Highlights

  • Sleek, sophisticated decor and award-winning restaurants
  • Great Downtown location by Burj Dubai and the new Dubai Mall
  • Stunning panoramic views from 63rd-floor Neos bar

Overview

The Address Downtown Dubai hotel is a skyscraping stay of the highest order (not to be outdone by the world's tallest building, just next-door). Packing eight bars and restaurants, seven swimming pools, and 196 decadent rooms into its 63 floors, this opulent high-rise is bringing comfort, luxury and style to a whole new level.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

196, including 25 suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability (and a charge). Earliest check-in, 3pm. Facilities are available for those checking in early or checking out late.

Also

All common areas are wheelchair accessible and guestrooms are fitted with specially adapted bathrooms. If you need to direct a taxi there, tell your driver it’s behind the new Dubai Mall near the Burj Khalifa. If you’re staying in a higher room category, you’ll get a private-limo transfer and an escort from the Address’ private airport lounge right to your room.

At the hotel

Spa and beauty salon, swimming pool, 24-hour gym, ballrooms, library, CDs/DVDs to borrow, free valet parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, kettle, Nespresso machine, Acqua di Parma toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

All the hotel's rooms are modishly styled with contemporary muted colourways 'inspired by the landscapes of Arabia' (stone, sea, sand, sunset). Spa Suites and Tower Suites have outdoor terraces, which are lovely in the cooler months. Spa Suites are our favourite option for cooler months, as their terraces have daybeds, dining tables and an alfresco soaking tub.

Poolside

The temperature-controlled outdoor infinity pool is a scimitar-shaped sweep, taking in five levels and incorporating a dedicated kids’ pool. Canoe-like wooden sunbeds canoodle in pairs around its curved edges.

Packing tips

Sunglasses – in fact, pack two pairs, because you’ll go crazy without them. Pashmina/cashmere wrap – essential when the air-con’s on full blast. Swimsuit: you’ll want to do at least one circuit of the pool’s circular channel.

Also

Smoking rooms are available, otherwise smoking is only permitted in outdoor public areas. The Spa has nine treatment rooms – including a couples’ suite – and features a full range of Espa therapies, massages and treatments for both Mr and Mrs Smith.

Children

Cots for babies and extra beds can be added to Premier Garden Rooms and above; there’s a separate children’s pool, and kids’ entertainment at Qix Club on the third floor.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Address has eight restaurants and bars, serving everything from coffee and cake to caviar and cocktails, so you definitely won’t go hungry. Our favourites are Hukuma, Dubai’s answer to Hakkasan; Fazaris, with its live Medi-Middle Eastern kitchens; and lobby diner Risala for mezze and snacks.

Hotel Bar

Award-winning Neos is currently Dubai’s highest bar, towering over the Old Town on the 63rd floor. Lap up those panoramic views while you sip on fancy cocktails and nibble fine-dining delicacies such as oysters. Other options include a nightcap and a smoke in the cool Cigar Lounge on the 13th floor, or Latin lounge beats courtesy of Calabar’s resident DJ. During the day, pool bar Zeta quenches thirsts and staves off snack attacks.

Last orders

A choice of Continental and American breakfasts are served in Fazaris from 6am to 11am. Fazaris serves food latest, closing its doors at midnight; the Cigar Lounge, Neos and Calabar pull down the shutters at 2.30am.

Room service

An à la carte menu with dishes representing the Address’ many restaurant kitchens can be ordered 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

The smarter side of smart casual: shorts at dinner are a no-no; a DvF wrap dress will work everywhere.

Top table

Hard to pick one when there’s so much choice, but gazing out of Neos’ floor-to-ceiling glazing is pretty amazing; or grab an alfresco coffee at the Saha Café in front of the Dubai Fountain.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Downtown Dubai is speedily emerging as a hotbed for diverse and delicious culinary delights, and a fine example of this is Abdel Wahab (+971 (0)4 423 0988; www.soukalbahar.ae) on the waterfront at Souk Al Bahar. The traditional Lebanese dishes are paired with a wonderful selection of Middle Eastern mezze, and all are served in Asian-inspired surroundings. With expertly mixed cocktails, stunning Dubai Creek views and three bar areas to choose from, The Terrace (+971 (0)4 317 2222; www.restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com) at the Park Hyatt Dubai is a perfect spot for supping a sundowner on a quiet balmy evening. Should you get peckish, you can pick from a selection of caviar, oysters and Baltic salmon snacks at the seafood bar inside. For an afternoon pick-me-up, head to The Lime Tree Café (+971 (0)4 349 8498; www.thelimetreecafe.com) near the Jumeirah Open Beach for a date and banana smoothie and a spinach muffin. The innovative and ever-altering menus are packed with the freshest all-natural ingredients.

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Beside the Burj Khalifa

The Address Downtown Dubai

Mohamed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai

Poised in the busy downtown district of Dubai, this towering high-rise hotel is set amid some of the city’s most impressive landmarks.

Planes

The hotel is less than 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport, which can be reached in around seven hours from London, Birmingham and Manchester via British Airways (www.britishairways.com), Emirates (www.emirates.com) and Qantas (www.quantas.com). As a gateway between east and west, it is served daily by flights from New York and Sydney. At the airport, metered taxis are lined up and waiting to take you to town (www.rta.ae). Alternatively, the Dubai Metro runs every 10 minutes from Terminal 1 and 3, and stops at the station in the Financial Centre – from there it’s a swift taxi ride to the hotel.

Other

The busy streets are best navigated from the back of a cab, but there’s free parking at the hotel should you fancy hiring your own car.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

We know that the term ‘boutique’, when applied to a hotel, usually means small, and the Address Downtown Dubai, with 193 rooms, cannot truly be called that – but, look, this is Dubai, and everything is relativ...

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The Address Downtown Dubai

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

We know that the term ‘boutique’, when applied to a hotel, usually means small, and the Address Downtown Dubai, with 193 rooms, cannot truly be called that – but, look, this is Dubai, and everything is relative. Located right next door to the iconic Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and the Dubai Mall (the biggest shopping mall in the world, which houses an aquarium with the biggest single Perspex viewing pane in the world), the 63 floors of the Address seem positively small-scale in comparison.

Mr Smith and I have arrived here after a weekend at the bucolic Desert Palm hotel, a few miles out of Dubai’s urban maelstrom, and we’re not sure how well the Address will suit us. We needn’t have worried. The hotel’s slick, high-ceilinged lobby, filled with glorious statement furniture, certainly sends out the right sort of message. It’s OTT enough to remind you that you’re in this most ostentatious of the UAE's emirates, while exhibiting enough style and taste to appease even this most picky of couples.

Our Grand Room, which offers panoramic views of the Burj Dubai, and surrounding canals and waterways from its large balcony, is spacious and contemporary, and its muted colour scheme of greys and creams, shot through with the odd zing of chartreuse, is very enticing. Our entrance lobby and compact bathroom are tiled in creamy Jordanian stone, and the intricately patterned double sliding doors are a singular contemporary nod to traditional Arabic design. The effect is comfy and stylish, if not mind-blowingly innovative.

What really gives this hotel its wow factor, though, is its amazing outdoor spaces – as we discover when we take breakfast on our balcony the following morning. Our terrace looks directly down on the lusciously landscaped gardens, dotted with palms, sunbeds and cool cream brollies, which feature seven (count ’em) pools, all cascading into one another in a huge semi-circle. With the memory of sub-zero temperatures back in the UK still all too fresh in our minds, this really is a sight for sore eyes. We can’t wait to finish our buttercream pancakes and fresh fruit salad, and get down there to bask in the sunshine.

And that’s exactly how we spend the rest of the morning – only rousing ourselves from the sun loungers at lunchtime, when Mr Smith hails a passing member of staff to fetch us two club sandwiches. They arrive, laid on a bed of crisp, white table linen inside a stylish darkwood box. Presentation, it seems, is everything at the Address.

It would be very easy for this Mrs Smith to spend her entire weekend lounging poolside but, luckily, the paler and frecklier Mr Smith provides the motivation for us to delve into the hustle and bustle of Dubai. Despite the searing temperature – in summer, it can top 50 here – we embark on a whirlwind sightseeing tour. I take my fish-mad husband to see the sharks in the Dubai Mall aquarium; we head down to the creek to watch the colourful dhows and overloaded abras float by; and then wander among the historic buildings of the old quarter, offering silent thanks for the cool shadows cast by the ancient wind towers. Hot, flustered and more than a little dusty from our afternoon in the desert heat, we break for a gorgeously refreshing fresh mint lemonade in the courtyard of the XVA Gallery.

On our first evening, we’d made it as far as trendy and futuristic beachside hotpsot Sho Cho, where we’d enjoyed al fresco sushi and cocktails in the warm evening air. Tonight, though, we’re eating at Magnolia, Dubai’s only haute cuisine vegetarian restaurant, located in the Madinat hotels complex. We board an abra – the restaurant is only accessible by boat – and glide silently towards our dinner. Though our entrance is grand, the meal itself is spectacular. Mr Smith, usually forced into a grumpy choice between goat’s cheese salad and stuffed peppers when we eat out, goes veggie-mental. Even I have to admit that the rosemary potatoes wrapped in aubergine and spinach risotto with roasted asparagus are absolutely superb.

Afterwards, we head up for a nightcap at Neos, the see-and-be-seen top-floor bar on the Address. It’s a popular spot and reservations are hard to obtain; but Mr Smith and I have befriended Edward on the hotel’s concierge desk, and he’s made sure we’re swept straight past security and into the dedicated lift with the minimum of fuss. Once up in the bar’s art deco-inspired surrounds, though, we enjoy the surreal experience of looking down on Dubai’s twinkling skyline. We look for the Burj but, for the first time this weekend, we can’t see it anywhere. Mr Smith eventually spots it. We’d been looking in the wrong direction – down rather than up. Dwarfed by its next-door neighbour, the Address suddenly feels very ‘boutique’ indeed.

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