If you’re thinking of heading to the neighbouring emirate, this five-star original overlooking Dubai Creek offers up a fabulous staycation treat with tantalising eateries too. Oh, did we mention the views?
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Tower is renowned for its eye-popping architecture and Dubai’s original five-star place to stay when visiting the neighbouring emirate.
This landmark hotel may have been around for a while but that doesn’t mean it lags behind the hundreds of newer hotel names that have arrived since greeting its first guests.
For starters, there is that location – right beside the watery lifeline of the city – and it continues to showcase Dubai Creek spectacularly.
Vivaldi, the hotel’s stylish Italian restaurant, makes the most of this setting with extensive floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterway.
A bright and airy venue for breakfast, it also comes into its own at night when neon-lit floating restaurants cruise by and light reflects from retail and dining district, Al Seef.
Indian dining options
Vivaldi’s vibrant Vivacious Friday evening brunch is a well-curated fixture that accompanies those views with a foodie journey through popular and less familiar Italian choices.
An open kitchen excels at pizza, pasta and flavoursome focaccia, while turning in white bait, crispy calamari and prawns that place your palate beside the Mediterranean.
Chicken cacciatore, sea bream with tomato, artichoke and olives and decadent braised lamb with Roman sauce reveal rural sentiments and ancient city flavours.
Rewarding salad options include refreshing nsalata di finocchio agrumi e cipolla and insalata giardiniera, and, of course, there’s a broad dessert station with Orio and mixed berry cheese cake particularly shining. Look out for chefs circulating with additional temptations of oysters, tuna tartare and show-stopping risotto.
Other dining options include Ashiana charismatic Indian restaurant with an authentic live band and Creekside Japanese Restaurant; more sophisticated than its name suggests. By start contrast, Chelsea Arms is Dubai’s oldest British-themed pub.
As well as age, the hotel lays claim to incredible loyalty; four staff members have worked there for collectively at least 100 years, serving some guests who have stayed regularly for 15 years, in at least one case 1,200-plus nights.
They’ll be familiar with the Club Lounge, a comfortable quiet area that serves drinks and refreshments and afternoon tea.
Access to the lounge depends on room type, but was included with our junior suite.
Decor was fairly timeless, with warm tones, dark wood furniture and rich fabrics giving a traditional feel with nods to location, notably via wall art.
A generous bathroom included a standalone tub and a spacious walk in cubicle with rain shower.
Junior suites also feature a second room with a work desk and a second large screen TV with several comfortable seating options.
Both rooms offer a view of the Creek, which is easily explored either on foot or atop one of the bikes for hire beside the gym.
Here you will also find a spacious triangular pool, flanked by plenty of loungers and a dedicated bar and bites menu.
A gate takes you creekside with an abra station nearby for the short hop across the Creek, or all the way to Dubai Marina via a regular RTA boat.
A longer walk takes you to the textile, spice and gold souks and the museums further still. Dubai Metro Union station is also reasonably nearby.
Much like this charismatic district, the 268-room Sheraton Dubai Creek describes itself as not old but historic and has undergone several sympathetic facelifts.
The hotel remains “one of the most popular hotels in the area” according to general manager Ronan Fearon, who cites the timeless design of the exterior and interior, and combination of great views and “home away from home hospitality” as big draws for Dubai Creek visitors.
“The greatest benefit for all travellers is the hotel stands directly on the banks of the Creek and our rooms have panoramic views of that and the city skyline, including the famous Burj Khalifa,” he adds.
Need to know
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Tower, Baniyas Road, Dubai.
One night in a deluxe guest room, with king bed and Creek view, costs AED525 (incl taxes), based on February 7 check-in.
Contact 04-228-1111 or visit marriott.com
Vivacious Friday evening brunch happens 6.30pm until 10pm. Packages cost AED199 (soft drinks), AED45 (kids aged six-12) or AED249 (house beverages). Call 042-071-717 for reservations.
The hotel also offers a free shuttle to Dubai Mall and the stylish La Mer beach development.