Less than 12 months after the opening of the Grosvenor House in Dubai, the property’s owner, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, has announced the development of a second tower for the property.The extension, to be called Grosvenor House The Residence, will have 288 furnished suites and five waterside villas looking out over Dubai Marina, and is scheduled to open by the end of 2008.
The Residence will be linked to the hotel by a glass bridge and will mirror the hotel building in look and feel. The guests of both towers will have unrestricted access to facilities in both areas, including restaurants, bars, business and conference facilities, as well as the Retreat health & spa.
New facilities to be included in The Residence are two new concept restaurants: one of these will cover the two top floors of the tower, giving stunning views over Dubai Marina and the Persian Gulf. The new building will also have a health club, hammam pools, swimming pool and children’s play area.
The Residence will have a private entrance with a reception area, guest services and basement parking.
The suites are one, two or three-bedroom; all suites will have sweeping views of the skyline, the marina and the Persian Gulf. The villas will have private entrances, with a dedicated car park and lifts, and each are constructed on three levels.
General Manager Pam Wilby said, “This decision is testament to Sheikh Ahmed’s vision for Grosvenor House; we will replicate the soul of the hotel, but we still have some elements up our sleeve to give something fresh to the public in 2008.”
The signature touches from the hotel will be carried through to The Residence such as: wireless internet throughout, the NeosTV entertainment system and plasma televisions, personalised butler service with 24-hour room service, in addition to the use of beach and pool facilities at the sister hotel Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa resort.