Looking for a sophisticated hotel with a difference?
Dubai isn’t exactly short of hotel options and with nearly every major hospitality brand already present and some newer boutique choices popping up almost every month. It can be hard to impress customers as we are so spoilt with quality. We had high expectations when we arrived at Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai and let’s just say that it didn’t disappoint.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
Entering the lobby of the hotel, we’re greeted by a super chic space with art installations and modern décor. The hotel’s design is inspired by the fluidity of Dubai’s iconic sand dunes, with tones of black and gold present throughout the public spaces and guest rooms. The fit-out is entirely different from any other hotel in the city, with impressive lighting features, exposed ironwork beams, floor-to-ceiling golden chains and an industrial feel in places. A lot of time and thought has gone into the design of this property with its golden etched skylines and a sense of contemporary chic. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai is warm and relaxed, and the staff are professional, yet laid back and chatty. There is no pomposity here.
FUNKY MEETS ELEGANCE
The 298-room property is located on the cusp of Business Bay, just a 10-minute walk from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, and a quick drive to DIFC. The concierge is replaced by a navigator who can suggest hidden places to explore which is advantageous and unique selling point for what is essentially a business hotel. The Renaissance team want to offer customers exciting things to do once their workday is complete, as well as provide leisure guests with added value.
Our check-in is quick and friendly, and we are shown to our corner suite on the 19th floor, which has breath-taking views of the Dubai Canal and Dubai skyline. Other rooms have views of Downtown and the Burj Khalifa which are equally as impressive. Each of the guest rooms and suites come with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing natural light to flow through the space, making said views even better. Again, the rooms are not like other hotels we’ve stayed in; they are spacious, funky and elegant, with rich fabrics and beige accents. Besides the large and super comfy bed, there is a beautifully low-hanging copper pendant light which sets off the room along with Pablo Picasso’s famed camel sketch which has cleverly been reimagined and takes centre stage as a 3D iron sculpture above the bed. We also have a large bathroom with double vanity and separate rainfall shower which can be opened up to become part of the room, thanks to some nifty sliding doors. Super modern with a touch of Dubai. We love it.
FOOD FOR DAYS
As we love our food here at FACT, we enjoyed all the culinary delights that this hotel has to offer and certainly tried as many of the dining options as was physically possible during our stay. The gorgeous French farmhouse-inspired restaurant Bleu Blanc and urban Italian themed BASTA!
Bleu Blanc is achingly beautiful, and the food is simple and chic, dishes are prepared in an open kitchen and prepared upon open flames to the delight of guests. BASTA! is the perfect spot for modern Italian and has a fun and buzzing atmosphere and is where we were served our morning coffee and croissants amidst rustic decor and exciting wall art.
The latest opening is MAMI UMAMI, a restaurant that takes izakaya-style dining and reimagines it with a modern Latin-American twist, creating a shared dining experience that embraces the unconventional and makes it uniquely memorable. Executive Chef Carlos Rodriguez has carefully crafted a menu filled with an eclectic array of mouth-watering dishes, designed to ignite the palate by unlocking the iconic umami taste.
If you do only one thing while staying at Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, take a trip to the Six Senses Spa at the hotel. The Six Senses Spa features six treatment suites, and each is dedicated to a different sense, offering the perfect balance of calm and sensory experiences. The serene entrance features low lighting and timber décor then heads into the reception with lots of natural light and contemporary design enhanced by huge windows. The spa features a variety of holistic therapies, wellness activities and experiences such as hammam and sauna. We’d recommend one of the massages in the “TOUCH” therapy room which includes a pre-treatment of the floatation pod (filled with 400kg of Epsom Salts) to get you feeling relaxed for your massage. There is also a nail bar that provides complete hand and foot pampering and a yoga platform. Is there anything they didn’t think of?
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai is a unique property that has everything from cool, Insta-worthy accommodation to brag-about food options and a spa that will leave you relaxed for days. We particularly loved the service of the staff and the modern ambience of the hotel. The brand has exclusive experiences and outlets which will make it a stay to remember. We’re already reminiscing!