Bathrooms in the bedrooms, private yoga instructors, and even catwalks in the poshest of rooms… yep, this one’s worth a nose around.

Just over six months after the unveiling of the opulent St Regis hotel, Al Habtoor City is growing again. The major development right near the Business Bay Metro Station has just lifted the curtain on its latest hotel debut, the W Dubai.

? From our DJ Booth??. First look at our W Lounge, NOW OPEN nightly from sunset to 2am. #WDubaiRevealed #TurnUpTheHeat

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Whereas the St Regis is all classic marbles, vintage-inspired linens and heavy gold curtains, the contemporary W is a blur of glowing lights, sleek curves, and architectural chrome fittings.

The five-star accommodation marks W’s first venture into the UAE, and is only the second in the GCC after W Doha.

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Already sounds like your kind of thing? If you get in quick, there’s a special opening rate (from Dhs899 per night), which will also get you a bevy of freebies including late checkout, breakfast and wifi.

So what does the place look like, you ask? Well let us take you on a little tour of the 33-storey set-up.

The reception looks like some kind of disco ice palace.

W Hotel Dubai

Prepare to feel like you’ve been whisked into a real-life video game as soon as you step off Sheikh Zayed Road and into the ground-floor reception, Wheels. But if the interiors are making you feel a little dizzy, not to worry – guests immediately take a 30-floor elevator ride to check in at the official hotel lobby.

The lobby is more like a club than a check-in.

? From our DJ Booth??. First look at our W Lounge, NOW OPEN nightly from sunset to 2am. #WDubaiRevealed #TurnUpTheHeat

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At W Lounge (that’s where you check in and out), you’ll find a reception-meets-lounge filled with super-modern seating, and a panoramic view of the city where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Dubai Water Canal once it’s completed. Here, you can take a load off with a cocktail and music from sunset to 2am.

W lounge

The rooms are pretty slick…

W Hotel Dubai

If you’re not staying alone, be warned – here you’ll find your bathtub smack-bang in the middle of your bedroom.

It wouldn’t be #WDubai if we didn’t put the bathtub in the middle of your suite, would it? ? #WDubaiRevealed #SuiteLife #StayTuned

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Across the W’s 365 rooms and suites – designs courtesy of Singapore’s Silverfox Studio – expect minimalist backdrops, chromes fixtures, only the newest tech (you can enter your room via an app, not a key), and a hearty splash of bold patterns. 

… but the suites are another level.


At the lower end (though we’d hardly call it low-end). the Marvellous Suites have their own lounge area with bar, and a walk-in closet.

But if you’re looking to really splash out, the 449sqm Sensational Suite and 690sqm Extreme Wow Suite should do the trick (the clue’s in the name – the latter takes up the entire 27th and 28th floors).

The Sensational is centered around a bar, with its own lounge, DJ booth, dance stage, jacuzzi and steam room, and the Extreme Wow has the same with some added extras, including a wine chiller, pool table and catwalk ramp. So if you’re looking to host your own America’s Next Top Model

There are plenty of spaces in which to break a sweat.

A private in-room lesson with the hotel’s own yoga instructor? Yes please. But if stretching and deep breathing isn’t for you, there’s a fitness centre (complete with its own healthy snack bar). Once the summer heat has eased off a bit, sunseekers can find a spot at one of the Wet Deck’s cabanas (and knock back a cocktail at the same time).

You won’t go hungry.

Level Seven serves up Mediterranean cuisine – think plenty of tapas, seafood and salads – from theatrical open kitchens, but we’re mostly eyeing up that cake cabinet.

w dubai level seven

Next month you’ll also be able to fill up at Namu, W’s destination restaurant that blends Japanese and Korean flavours.

Al Habtoor City’s third and final hotel, a 1,000 room Westin, will open at a later date.

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