Hotel Review: Dubai’s old Ritz-Carlton on the beach opens its brand new wingPosted on 07 March 2013 with no comments from readers
It is a bit of a shock for the more conservative guests who like to book the same room at the same time every year, but the old Ritz-Carlton on the Jumeirah Beach has just opened its brand new wing with 148 rooms and suites, and the original hotel rooms are closed for internal refurbishment at least until the end of the year.
ArabianMoney was the first publication to be invited into the new addition. We don’t think anybody could really complain about having to move room. The new wing is absolutely the state-of-the-art in deluxe hotels and splendidly understated luxury.
Of course times have changed, and that’s not just the flatscreen TVs anymore. Ladies and gentlemen prefer rainfall showers. One suite we inspected had a double rainfall shower. Another was larger than your average apartment. They all have nifty power-curtains with a central remote control, and sea-facing balconies.
The club lounge with complimentary drinks and snacks on the third floor is a wonderful facility. For this is both a business and leisure hotel and the ideal thing is to combine the two. If you want to hold a conference there is a ballroom that can seat up to 450 people.
For leisure you have a magnificent new spa with its own private lap pool, huge gym and a maze of treatment rooms, saunas and jacuzzis. Outside there is a swimming pool and sunbathing area that leads down onto a section of beach that belongs to the hotel.
The new La Baie Lounge opens onto these gardens and patios and serves light, Asian and European-inspired dishes at lunchtime and tapas in the evening.
The old Splendido restaurant is still in operation with its Southern European fare and where La Baie used to be located upstairs will become an Asian fusion restaurant Blue Jade in due course.
By next year the refurbished old wing should be reunited with the new building and the hotel will more than double in size. Then the guests who have their favorite rooms in this part of the hotel can return and enjoy the new decor and facilities.
However, they need not worry about the hotel being over-expanded or losing its original charm. The new wing was actually part of the original plan. We have known of its existence for many years.
Sometimes an extension really does improve a property and that is definitely the case for the Ritz-Carlton Dubai. What was already very good can get better!