We’ve always treasured the opulence and comfort that Dubai, the place we call home offers to a point where we start to take these privileges for granted. Which is why we have introduced the portal of #WhereMyGetawayAt – to start appreciating Dubai (rather UAE) a bit more.
In fact, our sole intention to launch #WhereMyGetawayAt is to illustrate to the rest of the world the level of hospitality and finesse set by this city. Having said that, we bring to you our second #Staycation post of Sheraton Grand Hotel.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts:
Starwood Hotels and Resorts is one of the world’s largest groups of hotels and resorts with 11 premiere hotel brands and over 1,300 hotels in nearly 100 countries. One such brand is the Sheraton, with over 500 hotels worldwide and last weekend, we had a treasured stay at one of their hotels – The Sheraton Grand Hotel.
About Sheraton Grand Hotel:
The hotel is relatively new (barely a year old), which is why you can expect some of the most modern decor, technology and a touch of refinement when it comes to the facilities and amenities offered. Standing 54 floors tall, the hotel comprises two sections – the Guest Rooms & Suites which amount to 474 of them and the Serviced Apartments which amount to a total of 180.
Since we reside in Dubai, arrival at Sheraton Grand Hotel was fairly convenient for us (Valet Parking is available too). If you’re driving to Sheraton Grand Hotel on your own, click here for driving directions. However if you’re travelling to Dubai and require transportation options from the airport, we have suggested a few below:
– Via Taxi: This is a convenient alternative provided the queue at the Taxi Stand isn’t too long at the airport. The ride would be approximately 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport (Al Garhoud) and approximately 45 minutes from Al Maktoum Internation Airport (Jebal Ali).
– Via Metro: The option is definitely the cheapest, however not advisable if you have heavy luggage on you. The closest Metro Station is “World Trade Centre” which is approximately 8 stops from Dubai International Airport and about a 12 minute walk to the hotel. (Dhs8 per person)
– Via Airport Transfer Services provided by Sheraton Grand Hotel: This is probably the most convenient and safest way (no chance of getting lost), however comes with a heavy price. The hotel arranges for a Private Hotel Shuttle that is available 24 hours for a fee of Dhs 300.
The Sheraton Grand Hotel is located at the start of Sheikh Zayed road and what we would consider, the center of Dubai. It is located at the heart of the booming business district and easily accessible to almost all tourist attractions in Dubai.
– Nearby Tourist Attractions include: Gold & Spice Souk (9.0 km), Burj Khalifa (5.2 km) and Dubai Garden Glow (2.0 km). Nearby Malls include Dubai Mall (5.2 km), Deira City Centre Shopping Mall (7.0 km) and Mall of the Emirates (16.0 km)
– Convenient Stores Include: Nearby Pharmacies (Life Pharmacy and Oasis Pharmacy), Supermarkets (Fair Trade Supermarket), Money Exchange and Banks ( Al Ansari Exchange, Al Rostamani Exchange, Emirates Islamic Bank & ADCB ATM)
As soon as we stepped foot into the lobby we were greeted by the Front Desk Manager who assisted us to the reception for our check in. While we were checking in (which was a very swift process if we may add), we couldn’t help but gaze at the sophistication and splendor of the lobby. Right from the polished marble floors, to the hanging spherical chandeliers to the sleek furnishing, everything was very impressive. It may not be the prettiest and most lavish lobby we’ve been to, but it had a certain level of class that we truly appreciated.
Once we were done with the check in procedures, we were then escorted to our suite on the 28th floor. We don’t know about you, but we love the combination of suspense and excitement as we swipe our cards to unlock the door and take the first glance of our room (or suite in this case). As we entered in, we walked through a long passage way that led us to a separate, elegantly appointed living area with a comfortably large “L” Shaped sofa. The design and layout of the living room was modern, chic and very minimalist. At the corner of the Living Room was the dining area that had a complementary Nespresso Machine (yay!).
We then proceeded to the Bedroom that was surprisingly spacious with a “Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience” bed. It’s also worth mentioning that we loved the lighting arrangement in the bedroom where we could dim and brighten the room as per our preference and convenience.
As for the bathrooms, we had two. The master bathroom was elegant, spacious and enhanced with amenities from Shine Spa. It also had a standalone bathtub and a separate rain shower. A glass wall separates the bathroom from the bedroom however you can always utilize the electronic blind that rolls down to give you privacy.
Facilities offered in the room include : Complementary premium wifi access, Universal connectivity hub, refreshment centre, Air conditioning, 42 & 47 inch LED TV, Nespresso Machine, Minibar, Complementary bottles of water, Robes, Slippers, Toiletries that was neatly placed in a black wooden box, Iron and Ironing board, Hair drying, Bose speakers and access to the Club Lounge
The living room and the bedroom had long glass doors that overlooked the stunning Sheikh Zayed Road. Be it day or night, we never seemed to get tired of gazing at the tall skyscrapers and bustling roads; such is the beauty of a Metropolitan area.
Afternoon Tea at The Club Lounge:
One of the benefits of opting to stay at the Grand Deluxe Suite is complementary access to The Club Lounge where you’ll require your Room Access Card to enter the lounge. We happened to stumble upon a mini afternoon tea set up at the buffet area where scones, pastries and bagel sandwiches were displayed. Probably not one of the best afternoon tea we’ve had in terms of the selection (or variety offered), however sipping on a cup of coffee while taking in the gorgeous view from the 30th floor was truly serene and a remarkable experience.
Sport & Leisure:
The Pool: To be honest, we love swimming and jump at the site of a pool (literally). However the pool at Sheraton Grand Hotel wasn’t very impressive in terms of layout and landscaping. Also, it wasn’t temperature controlled (which shouldn’t be a problem once summer kicks in).
The Gym: A well equipped, spaced out and spotless gym with huge glass doors bringing in lots of light. Also, the gym functions 24 hours a day and is accessible with your Room Access Card (plus point!).
Shine Spa: Located on the 52nd floor, lies Shine Spa for Sheraton that features a stunning selection of ten treatment rooms including a spacious Private Spa Suite with whirlpool, shower and private bathroom. Spread over 10,000 square feet, the spa boasts facilities such as steam room, sauna, ice fountain and Jacuzzi.
Mussel Mania and Simply Seafood Thursday Night at Feast:
After a relaxing session at the spa, and lounging in our suite whilst sipping on cappuccino from our Nespresso Machine, we then headed down to Feast, an iconic restaurant at Sheraton Grand Hotel where we relished on some of the most scrumptious selection of seafood.
To read a detailed review on our dining experience at Feast, as well as our remarkable Friday Brunch experience, click here.
Breakfast at The Club Lounge:
We get to enjoy the upside of everything at Sheraton Club Lounge, including a complementary continental breakfast that is far less crowded and busy as compared to the usual breakfast buffets we’ve been to. On the downside though, the variety of breakfast dishes offered were disappointing. Although, they do serve freshly cooked eggs made to order as per your preference (unfortunately we weren’t aware of this and hence opted for the pre cooked omelet and scrambled eggs available at the breakfast counter).
As far as location, infrastructure and sleekness of the rooms are concerned, Sheraton Grand Hotel manages to tick all the boxes for us. The service provided by the hotel management and the restaurant staff was exceptional and admirable. Without a doubt one of the most chic, swanky and alluring hotels we’ve been to, and it won’t be long before we come back again.
Romantic Getaways, Corporate Stays, Family Stays.
One night stay at Grand Deluxe Suite = Dhs 1700 approximately (inclusive of taxes)
Simply Seafood Thursdays = Dhs 210 (per person)
Mussel Mania = Dhs 79 (per person)
Friday Brunch = Dhs 325 (per person)
Address & Contact Details:
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Near World Trade Centre Roundabout