The first 25hours Hotel outside of Europe is the perfect pit stop for travelers between North America and India
By Bakshish Dean
Amid early signs of Omicron plateauing in many parts of the US and the world, many are looking forward to brighter days ahead.
The pandemic that affected the hospitality industry the most, has also made people realize that traveling and seeing the world are joys that must not be taken for granted. Perhaps keeping this in mind, many hospitality giants around the world are also wooing the visitors with never-before deals.
Recently, the 25hours Hotel opened up in One Central Dubai, UAE. The first 25hours Hotel outside of Europe, is currently offering guests a whopping 25% off the best available room rate (offer valid until March 2022).
Peaceful, fun and overflowing with things to do; one gets to experience antiquated ethnicities of the Bedouins carried back to a contemporary life here.
The artsy hotel opens doors to 434 rooms and suites, impeccably blending nomadic yet modern design, engineered by world famous interior design firm, Woods Bagot.
Unparalleled cuisine and varied experiences make it the picture-perfect concourse for Indians pit stopping at Dubai for a vacation. Situated in the perfect transit route between the US and India, UAE offers a perfect stop-over for a mini retreat.
A Tale of Books
The urban anecdote starts in the lobby itself where I am greeted by the ‘Fountain of Tales’, quite literally! A gigantic fountain with sitting spaces and shelves presenting over 5,000 books.
Embellishing the top of the fountain is a spinning lit up ball showcasing collage made by various native artists around the model of current itinerant regime.
As I scan upwards, I discover the ceiling taken over by an exquisite piece of art – ‘Under the Same Sky’ by Dominik Bulka – enthused by the patterns in the sky and rendering them from a witty, carefree opinion.
I am looking forward to explore at least a few chronicles that relate to Dubai and allusion 25hours, its stories and philosophy. And That’s not all, for an art enthusiast like myself.
I am thrilled to find a curated assortment of artwork speckled across the hotel enthused by a recent version of the customs and ethnicities of the Dubai area and its people.
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Most rooms and suites magnet on home-grown inspirations, presenting original design features such as hammocks, double rainfall showers, roll-top baths, Schindelhauer bicycles, analog telephones, UE Boom Bluetooth speakers and much more.
I am staying in a Glamping Room inspired by metropolitan nomads and unflawed for couples or even distinctive occasions. If you are a cycling aficionado do not miss the complimentary Schindelhauer bikes available from the lobby or in all Artist Village suites.
Dining and Dancing the Night Away
Gastronomic concepts are aplenty. Nomad Day Bar, in affiliation with Dubai-based Nightjar Coffee Roasters, Tandoor Tina for spiritedly merged British and North Indian cuisine, and the extremely famous Berlin rooftop bar, Monkey Bar concludes introductory line-up with the soon to open Ernst — an old-fashioned Bavarian beer garden.
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A fully kitted co-working space, meeting rooms, event spaces, open pantry and coffee bar are available at The Gallery on the first floor. Fancy this! An open plan area offering abundant up-to-date tech, 5-meter-high ceilings and enormous panoramic windows.
Carried in a huge trunk-case to bedrooms, the exclusive experience of an “Analog Upgrade” reminisces over simpler times, encouraging us to take a break from today’s digital world and kindle all senses.
Other imaginative spaces comprise a trade in desk where one can exchange personal items for a night’s stay, a pottery studio, games room and a podcast studio.
There’s a spa too but of course to indulge in a variety of treatments from quick (25minute) fixes to full-body treatments. The 6th floor is also home to the rooftop pool and Monkey Pool Bar featuring stunning Museum of the Future views, where I relaxed by the poolside, sipped a cocktail and took in the view.
With a salon by renowned celebrity hairdresser Wassim Steve, Dubai’s first outdoor mixed-use sauna and an indoor and outdoor gym inspired by the vibes of Venice Beach – most of us are relaxation ready!
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And of course, one gets a free test drive on four wheels thanks to the partnership with MINI.
Where: Trade Center St – Trade Centre – Trade Centre 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 210 2525
(Bakshish Dean is an independent chef, travel & food writer)