August 2018

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Rebuilding an institution

1 August 2018

The Address Downtown has reopened after two years. What’s new for the mall-centric property?

Starting again is no mean feat, especially in Dubai, oft-quoted as unquenchable in its thirst for the new. For The Address Downtown, a stone’s throw (literally) from Dubai Mall and an institution for the majority of tourists passing through the emirate, rebuilding was an admirable achievement. The process took two years, with the finished result a luxe, pared-back offering that is primed for its second life.

The biggest draw to the hotel is undoubtedly its location, something that it makes the most of. A 20-second walkway leads into the mall, while the majority of suites offer the classic view of the Dubai Fountain.

Meyer Davis and SSH were in charge of the new-look interiors, and their refinement is felt throughout. Rooms are luxurious without being excessive, with appreciated touches such as Dyson hairdryers.

Dining options are extensive, from the Californian snacks in the lobby at Zeta, robatayaki-style cuisine at Katana, or the popular steakhouse chain STK.

The in-house restaurant on the 6th floor, simply called The Restaurant, is designed in the style of a French salon. Prices are reasonable, and standouts include the ribeye and aubergine starter, flavoured with labneh and sumac.

The much-loved Calabar is gone, but in its place are a variety of other lounges, from a cigar bar open til 2am, to the re-vamped Neos, a self-described “ultra-luxury” lounge on the 63rd floor. Five interlinking infinity pools circle the ground floor, with the highlight being deck chairs that seem to float atop the water. It may be quiet now, but The Address’ success is virtually guaranteed by its proximity to tourist hotspots.

From the concierge
Eat
At Em Sherif, the menu-less Lebanese restaurant where waiters warn you to prepare yourself for the onslaught of dishes. Or the Katana Robata and Sushi Bar, an LA/Japan transplant.

See
The fountain display, obviously – and look out for the clever light displays on periodically at the Burj Khalifa.

Do
Take a cycle ride around Burj Park, or La Mer seafront is just a 20-minute cab ride away.

Words: Georgina Lavers

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