The Address, Downtown Dubai
It is a testament to the insane height of the Burj Khalifa that its 63-floor, inpix neon-lit neighbour looks positively stumpy in comparison; but if you want a killer view of the world’s tallest building, this is the right hotel (just make sure you specify that’s what you want when booking). It’s right next to the Dubai Mall with its aquarium, cinema and ice rink, and Souk Al Bahar, which is packed with bars and restaurants, animeloved so if you aren’t bothered about the beach, you could happily spend an entire short break here.
Opened in late 2008, it is split into hotel rooms and residences, with the former only occupying the 7th-12th floors. This means two things: first, bocoranadminriki a constant stock of resident bachelors will be prowling Neos, the top-floor Champagne bar, willing to show you their in-room amenities (if you know what we mean), and second, that the enormous five-tiered infinity pool that overlooks the Dubai Fountain can get quite packed at the weekend. splitacdubai
This is in part made up for by the uniformed staff, who are always hovering by your elbow to offer you a cold towel and a slice of watermelon. Nonresidents are welcome too, kjro for a day rate of AED 300. Apart from Neos, all of the restaurants and bars radiate out from the vast lobby. Hukama consistently wins awards for its modern Chinese cuisine; Fazaris gives good breakfast and handles most cuisines more than competently at lunch and dinner (they do a different all-you-can-eat buffet, from sushi to Indian, most nights). The poolside watering hole Calabar is a buzzing nightspot, but the staff can be a bit snotty – they have a habit of kicking you off empty tables ‘in case a VIP comes’ – and the drinks are a tad overpriced. florbiz
Each room and suite is individually decorated in the brand’s signature Arabic chic, with cutwork screens, richly-coloured furnishings and flashy flatpanel TVs. If you really want to splash out, the four spa suites on the 12th floor are almost laughably huge, with – you guessed it – a whirlpool tub and assorted loungers and daybeds on the terrace overlooking the Burj Khalifa. lytron
Upgrade to an Executive Club room and you will get a VIP welcome service when you step off the plane, private limousine airport transfers, a complete 24-hour stay whatever time you check in and access to a private lounge with its own terrace. qau