REVIEW: Dusit Thani Dubai

Thailand is known for its warm welcome and relaxing resorts, and Dusit Thani has managed to take a slice of this Southeast Asian charm to Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road.

The Thai-owned five-star hotel doesn’t feel like it’s in the heart of the city, but being minutes away from the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall makes it a seriously convenient location.

On the topic of convenience, it’s worth noting that the hotel provides complimentary shuttle services both to and from The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Kite Beach as well as a number of popular tourist destinations.

It also worth noting that the hotel has a number of rooms that have been specially designed for people of determination and that all of the hotel’s 321 rooms come with their own mini bar, satellite TV and in-door safe.

Much like in Thailand, the hotel’s staff are friendly, incredibly efficient and fluent in a number of languages including sign.

The combination of Dusit Thani Dubai’s prime location, seamless service, leisure activities and ample dining options – fun fact, the hotel’s home to one of the city’s leading Friday brunches, you can try it for just AED225 – makes it the perfect spot for local staycationers and tourists alike.


Nippon Bottle Company
Nippon Bottle Co has most definitely secured its spot with the nation’s dining scene. Step beyond the secret bookcase and try the extensive drinks menu (make sure you check out their aged blends) and moreish Japanese dishes.
Some claim that Nippon Bottle Company was built in tribute to a Tsundoku, an old man who was known for hoarding books – hence the venue’s signature bookshelf – while others believe that the venue was inspired by the failed romance of Takehiko and Sakura, a nine-tailed fox who left him broken hearted with her betrayal. This would explain why you can find many pieces dedicated to Sakura. We guess you’ll just have to visit Nippon Bottle Company and decide which theory you’d most like to believe.
Aside from a good mystery, guests can look forward to some equally captivating beats provided by the venue’s new in-house DJ, Bia – she’ll be spinning a number of deep house tunes every Thursday and Friday from 8.30pm to 12.30am from August 3.
Contact: +971 4 3174515 or email

Jones The Grocer
Located on the ground floor of the hotel, guests looking for their fromage fix or freshly baked slice of goodness can find it at this Australian artisanal café.
That’s not all, on Wednesdays the venue hosts a pretty great cheese night from 8pm to 11pm. For AED199 guests are treated to unlimited house beverages, a selection of cheese and charcuterie and quality entertainment provided by one of Dubai’s best jazz bands, Veronica Vintage Jazz Duo.
Contact: +971 4 3174515 or email

Benjarong, is the place for royal Thai cuisine in Dubai. It’s won several awards for its mouthwatering dishes like classic red curry roasted duck served with pineapple, tomatoes and grapes to stir fired tofu served with chilli and basil leaves.
The live entertainment is great too. Thai entertainers serenade guests with the sounds of the khim and a treble while the Thai dancers perform.
Contact: +971 4 3174515 or email

PAX Ristorante & Lounge
Tuck in to traditional Italian dishes such as porcini mushroom risotto, crumbed veal escalope Milanese and mixed seafood linguini – the garlic and chilli sauce will have you begging for more. For dessert, the hazelnut and mouse cake makes for the perfect ending to any night.
Aside from seamless service – the staff are super friendly – and an extensive drinks menu, guests can look forward to stunning uninterrupted views of the city.
Contact: +971 4 3174515 or email

The Californian
Despite what its name suggests, The Californian is an intercontinental restaurant. The cuisine served depends on the day of the week; Sunday is tandoori night, Monday is Mexican, Tuesday is BBQ night – New Orleans barbeque night to be precise – while Wednesdays are reserved for the flavours of South East Asia. Seafood takes centre stage on Thursdays and Fridays are dedicated to flavours of the globe.
Contact: +971 4 3174515 or email

Leisure activities
The gym has a number of cardio and weight machines and the spa is home to an extensive list of treatments such as Balinese, Swedish an, of course, Thai massages.
Located on the roof, the temperature controlled pool is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. If you’re an avid photographer, it might be worth noting that the roof offers some of the best views of the city and the iconic Burj Khalifa.

Guests can get their dose of RnR for as little as AED578* per night. Be sure to book soon as, much like all hotels in the city, rates tend to increase as summer comes to an end.

Dusit Thani Dubai
Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 343 3333, , , ,

*This rate is subject to 10% municipality fee, 10% service charge and AED 20 tourism dirham fee per night.

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