Waldorf Astoria Financial Center, Dubai
ArrivalAs part of my trip to Dubai, which is renowned for high-end hotels, I had plans to visit a few. One I wanted to go to was the Waldorf Astoria Financial Center because when you're experiencing a hotel chain you should see their premiere properties at some point.
I took a taxi from the Conrad, Dubai to the Waldorf Astoria. This was a very interesting experience and things were completely lost in translation. Even when I put the address and spot directly on his phone, the driver continued right past the entrance (UGH!). I just said "Stop here" and I got out and walked. This was ridiculous and my first and last experience with a taxi in Dubai.
As I arrived at the entrance, I was recognized by the staff and the upscale experience began. My bags were taken, I was escorted to the 18th floor where the lobby is located. (A lobby away from the world is a delight I really enjoy at a hotel). Then I was handed off to the agents at the front desk.
I was upgraded to a premiere room with skyline view, which is the best Rob could get this time around (and not bad, a couple levels upgrade from the booked room). Personally delivered to the room, and then I began my process of building the post!
3D interactive room tour, use your mouse or fingers to move around and see other rooms.
The Floorplan for direct room click access.
Dining and DrinkingTwo dining spaces, and 3 bars (astounding) are at your service. Also you can order room service like I do in the middle of the night when working remote on US time.
Event SpaceAs a top-of-the-line hotel, there is event space for meetings, weddings (all important here) and conventions. It has controlled access from the front entrance, keeping out distractions.
Hotel AmenitiesThis hotel is full service and then some, so of course there are many other things here for you. Gym and the pool (a highlight of the property for sure) are key, but don't pass up the cigar room!
SummaryIt's a Waldorf Astoria and anything less than perfection here is not permitted. The staff is impeccable and always ready to assist you with anything you need or desire. Many times I recommend upgrading to a suite. I'm not sure it's really necessary at this property, but I would say look for a package that includes breakfast as it's really a delight and bonus to your stay to not worry about that at all.
Nazla - 2023-10-16