by Le Meridien Opens; Dubai Hotel Has
12 Restaurants and Bars
Dubai, June 21, 2005: The first hotel on Dubai’s newest residential location, Dubai Marina, the 45-storey Grosvenor House West Marina Beach by Le Meridien, has opened its doors to hotel guests and apartment residents.
The hotel, which has been just over two years in the making, is a mix of furnished apartments and hotel, and general manager Pam Wilby said: “This is a total lifestyle property, and all the facilities have been created to answer what the modern guest or resident truly wants.
“Like the new neighbourhood of Dubai Marina, which is tipped to house more than 10,000 people within a couple of years, we believe Grosvenor House will form a vibrant part of the city’s community.
From the foundations up, the striking building was custom-designed to reflect the essence of Arabia fused with the very latest in technology, design and luxury.
Soft furnishings have followed clean lines, with a vibrant, autumnal colour palette and textured materials, as well as signature touches such as the giant carpet in the lobby and the neon green Perspex panels in Mezzanine, the hotel’s flagship restaurant.
Mezzanine joins 12 other restaurants and bars, all of which are open to hotel guests and non-residents. Gary Robinson, former personal chef to HRH Prince Charles in Britain, is chef-patron of Mezzanine, while celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia heads up the modern Indian restaurant Indego.
Wilby explained: “Fresh restaurant and bar concepts are crucial to ensure great ‘word of mouth’ in the local market, and all of our outlets have been designed to fill an identified niche in the market.
“Our chefs, some of whom are celebrities in their own right, have been attracted by the Grosvenor House name and standards, as well as the chance to open a restaurant in Dubai.”
Turning to spa and health facilities, Grosvenor House has a dedicated floor, Retreat Health & Spa, with key outlets operated by Nextar, the company behind the popular N.Bar concept.
Retreat will house the fourth N.Bar in Dubai, the second 1847, and the group’s first ever hair bar. The hair concept, which currently has the working title of The Hair Bar, is tipped to revolutionise ladies grooming further, after the runaway success of N.Bar and 1847, the group’s venture for men. Retreat will open in July.
The health and spa will have a total of seven treatment rooms for men and ladies offering the latest spa treatments as well as a hair and nail studio, hydropools, steam, sauna and jacuzzi, plus private rooms for those who seek an indulgent day of pampering.
Wilby explained: “We have been fast to recognise that personal grooming, from top to toe and in between, is as important to today’s lifestyle. So, we are aiming to ensure a seamless lifestyle service, from valet parking to suit pressing to great restaurants, a tip-top manicure and more.
Turning to event and business facilities at Grosvenor House, there is a dedicated conference centre, which like both the hotel and apartments, has a separate entrance.
The business areas feature cutting-edge technology, with a multi-use
ballroom, boardrooms, syndicate break-out rooms and a service-driven, quality-aware
business support centre.
The hotel has 217 sea-facing rooms, while the 205 apartments will offer stunning marina views, and three of the signature touches will be plasma televisions in all rooms, personalised butler service and 24-hour room service from all outlets, in addition to the use of beach and pool facilities at the hotel’s sister property, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.
The top 11 floors will be dedicated to the Grosvenor Club, premium executive accommodation where guests will also have access to the 44th floor dedicated lounge that will provide an unrivalled observation deck over Dubai.
London-based Le Meridien (www.lemeridien.com) is a global hotel group with a portfolio of over 135 luxury and upscale hotels (36,000 rooms) in 56 countries worldwide. The majority of its properties are located in the world's top cities and resorts throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. The company also enjoys a strategic alliance with JAL-owned Nikko Hotels, providing loyal guests access to an additional 44 properties around the world.
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