In July 2007 Accor will open its second Sofitel hotel in Dubai - Sofitel The Palace.The latest addition to Dubai’s famed-hospitality sector is situated at the heart of one of its latest and most spectacular projects, The Old Town Island, which is part of the Downtown Burj Dubai development by Emaar Properties. The hotel will provide unobstructed views of Burj Dubai, which is widely expected to become the tallest building in the world.
Sofitel The Palace fits perfectly into the unusual setting. A real palace reminiscent of the ambience of the ‘1001 nights’, the project has vaulted ceilings and oriental sculptures encircling a huge swimming pool. Located on the banks of a lake, in front of the Burj Dubai, the hotel has 242 rooms and suites where the balconies look out either onto the lake or The Old Town, a residential project.
At 550 sq ft, the rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated in warm colors, which marry style and oriental tradition in perfect harmony. The 74 suites have apartments ranging from 700 sq. feet to just over 1000 sq. feet, while the Imperial Suite (over 5,000 sq. feet) boasts four apartments on two floors. All rooms feature Mybed, the Sofitel bedding concept, which aims to offer a more rejuvenating sleep.
The Palace offers its guests a Guest Relation service on every floor, a Butler attached to each room, limousine service to the airport or main shopping areas and wireless internet access in all rooms. Guests can also enjoy a ride on the traditional abra (ferry) service to Downtown Burj Dubai; relax on the white sandy beaches located at close proximity or tee-off at a nearby golf course.
The three hotel restaurants offer a world tour of gastronomy: the “Thiptara”, with its refined setting overlooking the lake, offers guests an excellent seafood menu with a distinctive Thai flavour. The “Asado”, an Argentinean restaurant where the meat is cooked “asador criollo” on an open grill in the middle of the restaurant for musical dinners and, the “Ewaan” which offers a collection of Mediterranean tastes. For quieter moments, the Lounge Bar offers a selection of teas, coffees and cocktails along with French and oriental pastries. The Shisha area, on the other hand, offers more than a change of scenery; a moment of complete rest to smoke on the terrace whilst admiring the horizon.
For business trips and seminars the Sofitel Palace offers its guests a business centre, secretarial and computer facilities, conference rooms for groups ranging from 12 to 300 people, and a ‘Board Meeting Room’ which ensures confidentiality and efficiency for up to 16 people.
Inspired by its Oriental heritage, the 10,000 sq. feet of LeSpa offers hammams, Jacuzzis, massages under a Vichy shower, Monsoon showers, five suites devoted entirely to massage, four spa rooms, a gym, a relaxation area, a beauty salon and a hairdresser.