We all love the hotel staycations, don’t we? Kamronbek enjoys staycations from birth and nowadays he does demand for staycations, although he is just 3 years old, he does know well what fun can staycations be. Especially when staycations happen at one of the most luxuries hotels located in the center of Dubai, at The Palace Downtown. Let me warn you that the moment you enter the hotel you get treated like a member of royal family. Seriously, the moment you step out of your car and hand over your key you will be asked with broad smile on “how is your day” or “how do you feel” and you must get used to it from then on as you will receive this polite and caring warm questions or messages way more than in any luxury hotel. Let me mention that although the décor of the hotel is very palatial, with old Eastern touch-ups, it is very modern too, so all you hand over at the reception is your Emirates ID or passport (if you are non-resident). They don’t request the booking confirmation printed on paper. In fact, few days before check-in you receive an email from the hotel with the link to their application in which you choose all your preferred necessities in the room during your stay, starting from extra bed for child ending with the type of pillow or even the material of your bedsheet. I mean, which hotel ever asked you if you preferred hard mattress or feather pillow, or even the anti-allergic material of the bedsheet? The Palace Downtown totally does this.
After the quick check-in, we were led to our room that located at 3rd floor, which is the same floor as the lobby. The moment I opened the door I’ve seen the enormous cozy bed in which I wanted to fall asleep for the entire staycation, like a sleeping beauty (oops, sleep deprived mama’s inner thoughts…) next to which the single bed with a cute camel soft toy was placed, which was obviously for Kamronbek. Can you believe that there was even a little bath robe for Kamronbek? All these make you feel really special unlike to other hotels where you call the room service several times after checking in for (your child’s) extra bed.
The room had TV, lights, bathroom, cabinets, safe… common things as in every 5* hotel. Now get seated well as you will read what else we had in the room: NESPRESSO coffee machine with three types of capsules: strong one, light one, and decaf one. I’ve been to many 5* hotels in Dubai but this is the first hotel room with own Nespresso machine in my life in Dubai for the past 9 years I shall admit! We even had an iPad! Anti-gadget mother me wouldn’t like this part but this is not a gadget to dump your child on his own in virtual reality for ages, this is a smart tool in the room that offers you all the services online. I gasped when I received the hot Italian pizza right to the room after 20 minutes of ordering it easily through that iPad without the phone call. Honestly, NESPRESSO machine and the iPad for all the in-room services and much more, make me give all 20 points out of 10 for the room service quality. Talking of room services, our room was serviced (tidy up and replacement of used items) twice a day: morning and early evening, which is offered in very few 5* hotels in town. Usually, it’s only 1 time and on request. Going back to the room, there was a desk with uplifting mirror and connected hair dryer, perfect for all women out there. We had a big enough balcony with two seats and a coffee table with the gorgeous blue manmade lake of downtown and the partial view of Dubai Fountain.
Those who follow me on Instagram, know how much I love watching the Dubai Fountain, so you can imagine me spending the evenings on the balcony with the mug of tea and welcome treats after Kamronbek’s bedtime. Yesss! Those were relaxing evenings!
Our first morning at the hotel started with great breakfast of its all meanings. Kamronbek kept on telling “we are having party” since breakfast buffet offered all you can ever name breakfast and even what you can’t: dumplings, roasted chunks of few types of meat, rice and even shrimps for breakfasts.
After the breakfast, we indulged into the peaceful pool of the hotel with the royal sort of sunbeds. The moment you register at the pool, you will get assisted by pool attendant who prepares your sunbed. Exactly! You don’t pick your towels, you get all the towels rolled at the sunbeds that are unrolled for you later. Time to time you receive a refreshing face towel with the mint aroma to refresh your face/neck/head. Every table next to sunbed has the high-tech box with buttons for food/service/shisha. There is obviously big tall Burj Khalifa looking at you while you sunbathe by the pool. The kid’s pool is connected to adult’s pool that gives you the convenience of enjoying the pool too, rather than dwelling nearby the kid’s pool while your child is splish-splashing because of his/her separation anxiety if you leave to adult’s pool. Who told that separation anxiety leaves by 36 months? I think once you get it, it’s there forever, I mean even when your child is a grown up. We spent both mornings and noon at the pool because all Kamronbek wanted was “swim”.
We had a dinner reservation at Ewaan restaurant that we changed to Friday brunch as per the Assitant Manager’s suggestion who promised that their brunch is unforgettable. I totally not regret of following his suggestion as the brunch was a seafood heaven. Oysters, squids, scallops, shrimps, name any eatable seafood creature, they had it all freshly delivered directly from suppliers. Sushi/Sashimi/Rolls, all types of mocktails, even the food I don’t know the names of were in the buffet tops. My favorite way of describing the food is to show the photos, to check them out. Before that, let me assure you that the Friday Brunch at The Palace Downtown is the must try one especially if you are the seafood lover. If you can’t book the hotel room anytime sooner, make sure to book the brunch as it’s is one of the kind!
By the way, the hotel offers other dining options too, such as:
Fai – Asian-inspired vibrant cocktail lounge with good music, great cocktails, and amazing views of Burj lake and Burj Khalifa.
Asado – This lively Argentinean Grill that serves premium meat cuts prepared in traditional Asado Criollo-style.
Al Bayt – that offer the most talked afternoon teas of two types: The ‘Palace Afternoon Tea,’ offers sweets and savories, complemented by an array of traditional and international teas and coffees. The ‘Timeless Palace Afternoon Tea,’ has treated from the West paired with flavors of the East.
I didn’t try the afternoon tea, but I heard that The Palace Downtown is well known among “Dubaian” ladies for the afternoon tea that can be followed by one of the rejuvenating, mind and body refreshing spa treatments at the spa of The Palace, with unique Arabic décor. Spa Facilities include hammam slab, Jacuzzis, Monsoon showers and steam rooms. I hope to try the spa and the afternoon tea soon with my girlfriends, as I am sure it will be our truly royal treat. Although I didn’t try the afternoon tea at the Al Bayt, we did try their ice-cream and mocktails, as my ice cream lover Kamronbek couldn’t agree on bedtime without an ice-cream after our long walk.
The hotel is connected with all the major landmarks of the city’s center such as Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa, the new Burj park and the surroundings of it. Few steps from the lobby will bring you to Souk Al Bahar which you can exit to see the tall famous Burj Khalifa and everything else. Since my mom was visiting Dubai, I thought of showing her the fountain from the closest distance of sailing on the manmade lake. After sailing on the boat and watching the fountain from the lake we decided to walk back to the hotel from the opposite direction since my little monkey with satiable curiosity noticed the lighting snails on the bridge connecting the Burj park with the path to Boulevard. It was a real walk, it was quite as we rounded around from the opposite direction, but Kamronbek was totally excited, especially after seeing the long tube slide which he slid 7 times. It was dark, the tube for long but Kamronbek is never afraid of anything. Finally, we convinced him to go back to the hotel by promising the ice-cream treat, and that’s where the ice-cream before bed madness comes from.
The third day was our last day at the hotel so we wanted to make best of it, what is the best part of staycations? Right! Eating yummies and relaxing by or at the pool. I was surprised with a plate of sweets by the Ewaan restaurant manager and the assistant manager after our breakfast. Honestly, I even asked them to smile for the camera to click for my blog and Kamronbek joined the photo. I was totally impressed with the passion and attitude they both had towards their duties and thankful to the amazing service given to us.
By completing this blog I was again dreaming of going back for another staycation at The Palace Downtown. If you want a very peaceful staycation with the very posh surrounding of Arabic décor topped with royal treatment and services, you should definitely try out The Palace Downton!
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Thank you The Palace Downtown employees for warm welcome!
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