Area: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
With a design inspired by the old Arabic wind tunnel, or "barajeel," and exceptionally fine service, the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai serves a largely corporate clientele. There’s a rare pedestrian walkway, making it an easy stroll to the World Trade Centre and Dubai International Convention Centre.
Winner of Dubai’s Leading Meeting Hotel at the 2007 World Travel Awards, the Fairmont Hotel is a popular choice for those on business. That said, those pleasure-seekers are also well cared for, enjoying day-long sun at the sunrise and sunset pools as well as a pampering session at the Willow Stream Spa. Rooms at the Fairmont Hotel are beautifully elegant, and the beds are unbelievably comfortable.
The Fairmont Hotel is famed for its signature restaurant, Spectrum on One, which introduced champagne brunches to Dubai and which specializes in eight different international cuisines, each with its own cooking station. There’s also a world-class cigar bar.
Price rating: $$$