18/07/2013 18:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Winter Sun At The Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai

The USP: This is five-star luxury, Dubai style. The two 45-storey towers are by no means the biggest in the city, but their 16 bars and restaurants, two spas, two pools, and spectacular views of the surrounding skyscaper landscape make this hotel one of the most impressive in the marina.

Book it now if: You want sun in the city. While there's a shuttle bus to the the beach at Grosvenor House's sister hotel, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, those who want a more sophisticated sun-bathing experience should stick to the in-house pool areas. Get waited on from your sun lounger or sip on a freshly made cocktail at the bar.


Bedding down: There are seven room types split over the two towers, as well as one, two and three-bedroom apartments and the creme de la creme - the Grosvenor and Royal suites. Every room is contemporary in style and when the sun goes down and the city lights switch on, the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows is not to be missed.

Feed me: From Indego's Indian restaurant with a Michelin-star chef at the helm to the recently opened and ever popular Pan Latin Toro Toro, it's difficult to get bored with the choice of eateries on offer here. Those looking for a special treat should try the Rhodes Mezzanine in tower one or Embassy on the top floor of tower two (it's a bar, restaurant and nightclub rolled into one - handy). However, be warned, hotel restaurant prices are high Dubai. If you're looking for something a little more cheap and cheerful, head to one of the malls where the food courts are jam-packed with less expensive options (taxi fares are reasonable too).


Easily bored: A visit to the B/Attitude spa will sort out any jet-lag troubles. Choose from the jam-packed treatment menu or simply have a swim in the pool and enjoy views over the Gulf. Once you've de-stressed, prepare yourself for a trip to Dubai Mall (one of the world's largest) for some serious shopping and a trip up the 828 metre-high Burj Khalifa (book in advance to avoid the long queues). For those that are looking for something a little more adventurous, there are also plenty of organised desert safaris on offer from local travel agents.


What's the damage: Room rates range from £126.75 a night to £304 for the Premiere Suite.

Point me in the right direction: Hotel Grosvenor Dubai, PO Box 118500 · Dubai, United Arab Emirates, tel: +800-325-45454,