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The Downtown escape

2 December 2017

Renaissance Downtown Hotel will calm your nerves

There’s something quite relaxing about Renaissance Downtown Hotel, which is good, as it’s a feeling that’s kind of at odds with its location.

Built in the shadow of Burj Khalifa, you’re literally at the business end of town, but just a moment’s stroll through its contemporary, Arabesque lobby is enough to bring your heart rate down a notch or two.

Designed by WA International, the 298 rooms and 65 suites have a minimalist edge without being too impersonal. If you can spring to it, the suites are highly recommended, offering either a Burj Khalifa or Water Canal view for maximum Dubai.

When it comes to food, two celebrity chefs vie for your attention. The Iron Chef himself, Masaharu Morimoto, offers contemporary Japanese at his eponymously titled restaurant (opening this month), and David Myers, who gets the jump on him with the rustic French charm of Bleu Blanc and Italian spot, Basta!

If it’s a first trip to the city, the hotel has a team of navigator’s that can tailor an itinerary to your needs or point you in the direction of Dubai’s hidden gems. Failing that, there’s a lot on your doorstep so just enjoy getting lost in the city.


Words: Mike Smith
Images: Renaissance Downtown