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By Chris Boyle

The Palace-The Old Town is the showpiece of downtown Dubai, dubbed The Center of Now.

The Old World-inspired majestic property transports the Middle East’s traditionally lavish aesthetics and warm hospitality firmly into the present. The five-star premium hotel, owned and managed by Address Hotels & Resorts, boasts luxurious guest rooms and suites that capture striking Arabian design and architecture, international gourmet delicacies at six themed restaurants and lounges and a spa that houses Oriental-style bathhouses. Its location also offers the best of Dubai’s world-class dining, shopping and entertainment, including Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes, and Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on earth. Location: Emaar Boulevard, The Old Town Island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


  • Square footage: About 5,382
  • Nightly rate: Available upon request

Number of rooms in suite: Nine

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of baths: Four

Suite style: Traditional Maghreb opulence merges seamlessly with 21st-century amenities in this bi-level suite.

Key selling points: Four bedrooms, four baths, two living rooms, two dining rooms and a study are lessons in elegance, fashioned against a graceful backdrop outlined with arabesque intricacy.The intimacy of delicate design is counterbalanced with powerful views of the towering city skyline, all the more impressive from your spacious private balcony.

Number of suites in hotel: 81


The Spa, an Oriental pleasure palace that brings sensual pampering to the forefront, invites guests to indulge in scores of luxuriant services; two relaxation lounges, six treatment suites, two couple’s suites, multiple steam rooms, monsoon showers and hydro spa bathtubs are crowned with two ham- mam-style bathhouses that offer Oriental therapies employing Les Sens de Marrakech products.

Signature treatment: One Desert Journey HAMMAM / THE SPA

Spa Manager Christian Kiefer



Asado: Savor hearty Argentinean fare while enjoying live music at Asado, specializing in premium meat cuts prepared asada criollo-style.

Manager Etienne Els



Thiptara: Burj Lake and The Dubai Fountain are close enough to be dining companions at this waterfront Thai restaurant with breathtaking views and Bangkok-style seafood specialties.


• Best Latin American Restaurant and Best South East Asian Restaurant, Time Out Restaurant Awards, 2012

• Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Middle East, TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award, 2012 70

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