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Grosvenor House stands tall in the Dubai skyline and despite being diminutive in size compared to the rest of the sky scrapers, it dominates the social scene in the area. While it may not, at first glance, appear as grand or towering as other hotels in Dubai, this city hotel is as luxurious as it gets, right from the bevy of culinary options to the glittering clubs. In fact, it wouldn't be amiss to say that one hardly needs to leave the premises of this action-packed property.
Grosvenor House has some of the best chefs in the city housed under one roof, right from the Michelin star awardee Vineet Bhatia to Gary Rhodes. The first night we dined at the swish Kitchen 45 – a formal venue with a hushed ambience perfect for a quiet meal. Definitely order the foie gras confit. If you're in the mood for red meat, choose the braised lamb shoulder over the beef wellington – the latter is a tad on the dry side. The other new offering is the Indego afternoon brunch. Housed on the scenic terrace, with Vineet Bhatia's fragrant recipes on offer, this made for a wonderful afternoon. Other than the wind, we had no complaints. The set menu's highlight was the mustard potato and leafy salad, along with the famous chocolate samosa! Make sure you ask your server to tone down the heat if you can't stomach it. Five stars from us.
The rooms at Grosvenor House are cavernous. A long hallway bursts into a square shaped room with an enormous bed, TV and a desk that will make you want to work. The bathroom is sizeable as well, with a walk-in wardrobe and a divine rain shower. The dcor is muted and classy, with dark-toned wood, beige upholstery and an absolutely divine mattress. Ask for the rooms overlooking the Marina not the hotel's driveway. Sitting on your couch, sipping on a tea and gazing at the water has its merits!
THE BAR AND CLUB SCENE
There is no dearth of variety in the bar and lounge scene here. While Bar 44 and Embassy are more typical of what you would expect from a bar and a club, Siddharta Lounge by Buddha- Bar is another story altogether. Cushions on the stairs, couches splayed on the wide terrace and a decadent ambience that is simultaneously casual, this spot achieves the impossible – it is packed with beautiful people but you never feel the pressure to be dressed to the nines like you do at a Zuma or an Okku. I went up in a casual dress and flats, ordered the delicious mini burgers, feasted on their one-of-a-kind tiramisu and people-watched the night away. The selection of tartare and Carpaccio is also worth trying. The food, while good, doesn't strive to be excellent. What is fantastic is the ambience – it is my favourite place in the city during the winter months.
B/Attitude Spa's promise is to heal your mind before your body. Hoping this vow would be fulfilled I opted for the signature massage. Grand and studded with Buddha Bar-like dcor, the spa's sensibility is Asian. My treatment began with a brief foot washing I wished was longer. The massage that followed made up for the brevity of the opening ritual – wonderful pressure and oils that made my skin soft and supple – I left feeling more relaxed and my skin felt satin smooth the next day.
Deluxe room: Dhs2,500,
Superior Deluxe room:
Dhs2,800, Deluxe Suite:
Dhs3,900 –all subject to 20 per cent taxes per room per night.
Grosvenor House, P.O Box
118500, Dubai Marina, Dubai;
Tel: 04 399 8444; www.