IT’S VOCO TIME
The 5-star voco Dubai is a real gem on Sheikh Zayed road. the IHG property is bringing strong brand identity and high service standards to a competitive market. FACT checks in and is quickly reminded about what good hospitality means in the bustling city that never sleeps…
Fresh and vibrant, voco Dubai is an IHG hotel that introduces guests to another side of the hospitality giant. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, taking prime position close to a number of tourist hotspots including the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall just a short drive away. From the moment we step through its doors, voco exudes a sense of effortless comfort and convenience. On first impressions we find the staff at voco to be warm and welcoming. We’re quickly taken up to the lounge for a private check-in, as is customary for all suite guests.
We’re given a couple of packs with locally-made dates as a welcome – a sweet gesture that brings in a sense of place for guests in the yummiest way. Check-in is quick and simple, and we’re issued a key in mere minutes – efficiency is definitely at the forefront here.
BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP
What makes the accommodation at voco Dubai stand out is all the little playful touches and thoughtful details. All of the 471 guestrooms have been recently refurbished with modern décor and considerate extras that make for a comfortable stay. The one-bedroom suite is designed with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the hotel’s location in the heart of the city. Sweeping views over Dubai are a fabulous sight especially at sunset.
The suite is all about space. Divided into two separate parts, what we really love is the number of different nooks that you can settle into. Whether you’re here on business, leisure, or a personal staycation, there is ample space to spread out. A huge and very cosy chaise longue is the exact place to curl up with a hot cuppa and Netflix, whilst a practical workspace makes for the ideal spot to check emails and get a little bit of work done.
Enjoy a deep soak in the sunken bath tub, surrounded by an invigorating aerated shower accompanied by Aveda amenities, right before you hit the couch and put your feet up with room service and a film on the large-screen smart TV to chill in front of.
Now, we’ve stayed in hundreds of hotels, but never have we experienced the most restful night’s sleep as we did at voco Dubai. The super comfy new beds are covered in crisp white linens, perfectly plumped duvets and pillows that guarantee (and we can vouch for this) a refreshing night’s sleep. There’s even a walk-in wardrobe with plenty of room for several outfits if you’re heading for a night out in the city!
The elegant suite with its lounge vibe is perfect for couples, small families and groups of friends. Choose your favourite outfit from the walk-in wardrobe before heading for a night out in the city that never sleeps.
FOOD FOR DAYS
A hotel stay should be a break from the demands of the day to day. So, when it comes to dining, voco Dubai has got you covered with a ton of great options. Fronting two award-winning restaurants, our first recommendation is the very cool Tresind. Based on the philosophy of “less is more”, Tresind paves the way forward for reviving the diminishing legacy of Indian food and presents the evolution of modernist cuisine from India.
A truly mouth-watering and cultural experience awaits you – and if you’re looking to go all out, we’d advise you to book a table in Studio Tresind for an extra special evening with true culinary flair.
Celsius Restaurant is the hotel’s all-day dining joint, showcasing the finest and freshest cuisine and friendly service. The bistro style set up is perfect for a leisurely meal. The renowned international buffet, features seasonal European cuisine, highlighted with Middle Eastern culinary touches and the chef’s signature dishes. Breakfast is a must with a range of dishes to kickstart you day the right way. If you’re a club or suite guest, you’ll have access to the Club Lounge.
The bustle of the city slips away, replaced by an atmosphere of comfy sophistication and unsurpassed service. The perfect balance of warmth and serenity, the Club Lounge is a private base for business and a space for pleasure. Thoughtfully designed and unmistakably stylish, benefits range from complimentary breakfast to afternoon tea, beverages and canapés. There are a number of casual café and lounge spots and a the very trendy Bar 51 as well as a beautiful rooftop pool bar too. The choice is abundant and there’s absolutely no need to leave the comfort of the hotel for food during your stay!
RELAX TO THE MAX
The Fitness Centre at voco Dubai is home to a fully-equipped gym with expert personal trainers to help you step away from a frantic lifestyle and integrate an enjoyable approach to working out. Whether you’re looking for strength, endurance or aerobic training – there’s something for everyone. The elliptical machines and free weights area were our go-to during our stay.
Once you’ve worked out, there’s only one place to relax those tired muscles – Spa Zen. A beautiful space to unwind with wellbeing at its core, Spa Zen is refined with earth touches inspired by Eastern wisdom. This prosperous space with innate decor is a great destination for indulgence, boasting treatments such as Therapy Baths, Neck Reflexology, Facials, Massages and more.
We opt for a very relaxing deep tissue massage which comes highly recommended for people who workout frequently. Our therapist is attentive and professional, tackling all the areas of tension as we fall into a soft slumber. A staycation is incomplete without a stop at the spa, and that’s no exception here.
IHG Rewards Club members will appreciate all the extra benefits that come from a stay at voco Dubai, whilst first-time guests and returning travellers will enjoy the high standards of service and attention to detail throughout. The hotel has a sophisticated yet trendy ambiance, where business guests and leisure visitors will equally feel at home. What made this stay perfect for us was the level of ease and comfort with which we could get things done. No request was too much for the hotel team – and many of our requirements were anticipated even before we could ask. This made for a seamless stay that we would happily repeat again! ✤