In a city awash with fabulous five-star properties, it’s hard to stand out. Yet the  Waldorf Astoria DIFC, which firmly embraces its decadent New York origins and  upper class origins, with acres of gleaming marble, bronze accents and subtle ’60s interiors, does just that. It oozes sophisticated glamour and old money,  despite being one of the newest hotels on the scene. And, for a swanky spot that  seems firmly entwined with the financial district and business travel, it  surprisingly has undeniable staycation appeal.

You’ll find the hotel perched at the extension of Happiness Street – an apt  address that’ll describe your mood as you’re greeted by tailed doormen before  being ushered up for check-in on the 18 th floor of the skyscraper. Check-in is professional, personable and swift with the team behind screens to ensure  safety.


While you might be tempted to immediately veer into Peacock Alley, a hidden gem of a lobby lounge cordoned off from prying eyes with spectacular views, intimate seating and divine coffee and cakes, its worth heading yet further up into your room which could be housed as high as the 55th floor. Break the seal that assures you the room has been sanitized and you’ll immediately be greeted by floor to ceiling windows showing off breathtaking vistas of the city.

The rooms having undeniably Mad Men retro touches like leather drinks cabinets, antique car curios and radios, but tick off all mod cons and luxuries too. Bathrooms are spectacular and spacious with separate his and hers sinks, sunken baths, power showers, soft robes and slippers – including adorable mini ones for children – and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. Once you get into bed you’ll find it hard to pry yourself out.


Banish your preconceptions of all-day dining hotel eateries; Bull & Bear runs a tight global-inspired kitchen with specialities including their unique take on a prawn cocktail, expertly grilled meats and lighter salads. Make it down in time for breakfast – although COVID rules mean the buffet has to be served rather than help-yourself, there is a battalion to help you sort out your immediate hunger pangs with patisserie, fruit, juices and cereals before your freshly-made mains are brought to the table. The beef bacon eggs benedict hit the spot.

The pool area can get packed during the day time but at night the mood completely changes as it morphs into chic lounge St Trop. The lighting dips, neon lights accentuate pop art pieces, guests slink into comfy seats and a selection of light bites and drinks come into play; the mushroom truffle arancini and crisp calamari cannot be missed.

Astoria DIFC


There’s yet more pampering to have at the spa with four treatment rooms, including a floatation room and a specially designed water-based Vichy Spa complete with hammam facilities. Those looking to work out will find a well- appointed gym too adding to the leisure-based allure of this hotel.

Find the Waldorf Astoria DIFC at Burj Daman, Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, Dubai. Rooms start from Dhs1,200 BOOK HERE

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