Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel

Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel

“Welcome to the Dukes Dubai, Ms. Blumenthal.”
 

The perfume of lilies permeated the lobby as I walked through the revolving door. The lobby was decorated grandly and intimately at the same time. In the middle a round cherry wood table with the largest bouquet of lilies I’ve ever seen. On the sides, little sitting areas that reminded me of someone’s drawing room.

Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel


My bags were taken immediately as I was ushered to the reception desk. It was 11 AM, and I was there early due to having a meeting in the hotel tea room and champagne lounge. But this was no issue for the hotel. My bags were taken care of, I went to the Great British Restaurant to eat breakfast, and headed to my meeting.

Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel


When I returned after the meeting, the guest relations representative took me to my room. They had graciously upgraded me to a suite, but the room didn’t face the water, so I opted for a smaller room with a sea view. My bags were brought to my room on the 9th floor, and I settled in before heading out to another meeting.

Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel

The room was clean and comfortable. Again, the sitting chair and sofa made me feel like I was at home. The bed was large with a firm mattress, exactly how I would imagine any Duke would like it. The palette of colors was perfect, the headboard superb, and the side mirrors magnificent. As the days passed, as they do, I grew to love the Dukes Dubai. Not for its grandeur but for the service and the ambiance. Doors were held open; errands were run, food was served and not just because this was their job and they had to. I felt the pride everyone had in making the hotel the best possible. Guest relations and receptionists quickly became friends.

Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel
Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel

On my second to last day in Dubai, I was antsy. I couldn’t sit in my room and stare at my laptop any longer. I had to get out of the room. I sat in the lobby with the September issue of VOGUE and had each staff member come over to ask me if everything was alright. Eventually, I told Larissa I must get outside for at least a minute. It was hot, but I hadn’t made it to the beach or the pool yet. She brought around the golf cart and drove me to the pool so I could have a look. The largest swimming pool on the palm and it was stunning. “Islands” in the middle of the pool, a lazy river, they had it all. I was determined to get to the pool on this trip. I stopped at reception before going back upstairs for the night and asked them for a wakeup call for 7 am so I could partake in the sun and water. They sent alarms for me for every three minutes for fifteen minutes! I have a hard time waking up as my daily schedule is usually to sleep from 4 am until noon. I told them if I was not in the lobby by 7:15 am they should send someone to knock on the door. They added the note to the order for the morning staff to see.

Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel

I had no problem waking the next morning. I wanted to see what the pool looked like in the daytime! I headed down and found a chair on one of the “islands” directly facing the sun, so when it peeked out behind the building, my legs would get bronzed. I relaxed and focused on my breathing for about an hour until the sun finally hit me. I lay in the sun enjoying the heat until I couldn’t resist the water anymore. I made a circle in the pool and stopped at the lip of the infinity edge. It was stunning. I could see the beach right below us, the Dubai Marina skyline, and the houses on the Palm Jumeirah fronds. I hung over the edge, my arms keeping me in place and I fell asleep. That’s how relaxed I was…

Hotel Review: The Dukes Hotel

My stay at the Dukes was not just a business trip. It became a time to recharge. I found a home. I have lived in hotels since I was eighteen, preferring them to apartments, and this is the first hotel I was proud to be part of the tradition. The Dukes has added to my life, and I hope you feel the same way during your stay.



 
TravelClaire Blumenthal