Behind The Scenes: St. Regis Dubai

As a long time SPG member, I have always liked the St. Regis chain of hotels which is why I was excited to see the St. Regis Dubai enter the market in a city, which albeit saturated by hotels, always seems to reinvent itself and present the best in the hotel industry worldwide.

For some background, the St. Regis Dubai is the first of three Starwood properties due to open next to the Dubai Canal project at the heart of the massive Al Habtoor City development. The other two Starwood properties are the W Dubai and Westin Dubai.

A fun fact about St. Regis Dubai is that its design was inspired by the life of John Astor, the founder of The St. Regis, who passed away around 100 years ago, and his family. Therefore, what you see at St. Regis Dubai is what would the founder would have wanted the hotel to look like.

Although I didn’t stay at the St. Regis, I received a tour of the elegant Winston Churchill suite, and ate at the Brasserie Quartier and the J&G Steakhouse.

Starting off with the entrance, you are magically taken away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai into a Viennese/Parisian setting. The reception/lobby is large and fresh and is tastefully decorated. The marble floors, double staircase and a chandelier (with 1,200 crystals) give it an extra touch of elegance.

The experience started with a coffee, macarons, and pistachio éclair at the hotel’s Brassiere Quartier, a beautiful French patisserie serving a wide variety of pastries, sweets, salads, and sandwiches – and of course coffee.

After fuelling on macarons and coffee, we proceeded to the extravagant Winston Churchill suite, suite named after the renowned British wartime prime minister. Got 20,000 US dollars? That would get you a night in this 913-sq meter, two-story suite, but with good reason. The suite has three bedrooms and is home to 15 paintings, including photographs and portraits of Churchill, some of which he painted himself.

After snapping a ton of pictures at the suite, we proceeded to the J&G Steakhouse, a haven for carnivores in Dubai. The meat for this restaurant comes from Australia with a grass-fed cattle bred just for St. Regis Dubai. This translates to 17 cuts that are available for you to choose from. We were hungry so I don’t even remember what we had but it was the best steak we had in Dubai.

In conclusion, I love the location and the food at St. Regis Dubai whether at the Brassiere Quartier or the J&G Steakhouse. I would love to stay at the Winston Churchill suite someday but for now I think I will aim for a regular room.

Find more about the hotel here: http://www.stregisdubai.com/

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