Staying at The Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai – An Unforgettable Experience

Staying at The Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai – An Unforgettable Experience

There are experiences in this world that truly captures the heart. Moments that will leave you breathless and brings smile to your face when remembered. Such thing happened to us during our 2-night stay in Shangri-La Dubai.  A luxury property located in the heart of the city known for its spectacular views, contemporary facilities, renowned restaurants and most of all – unparalleled hospitality. In short, this was not just any stay in a hotel. It’s one of the few unforgettable experiences we will surely cherish. Let us take you to our stay experience, shall we?

Quick Find: The Room | Dining Options | Recreational Facilities | Location/Attractions Nearby |  Staff & Service | Overall Experience | Hotel Details


The hotel is an experience the minute you walked into its door. Welcoming concierge dressed in vivid red greet us as we make our way through the opulent lobby of the Shangri-La Dubai. After the swift check-in, I can’t help but be amaze over the reception backdrop full of books, immaculate marble floors and walls, stunning huge glass copper chandeliers and beautiful floral displays. It all looks grand and sophisticated with gold accents.

Shangri-La Dubai

Shangri-La Dubai
Shangri-La Dubai
Shangri-La Dubai

The Room

As anyone could expect from a five star luxury hotel, the room was very comfortable with all the amenities designed to have a relaxing stay. But what made Shangri-La outshine the rests was its attention to details – fresh flowers, complimentary bowl of fruits and generous portion of sweets, plenty of hangers, two bathrobes and slippers available which is really nice as the previous hotels will only have one available in the rooms. Meditative postcards are smartly added which is our first time to experience in a hotel. And the whole room apart from the bathroom of course are fully carpeted which is really great as my husband don’t usually wear his slippers!

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We stayed in the newly renovated Premier Room with panoramic views overlooking the Burj Khalifa. While there are a plethora of hotel options available in Dubai, it’s worth noting that there are not many that offer such striking views of Burj Khalifa. Apart from the amazing view where I spent most of my time doing IG stories :), the room also had a full-size executive writing desk which significantly designed for business travelers.

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The room interior is as grand as the public areas of the hotel with no detail overlooked. Designed with unique curve features, beautiful wall art pieces, neutral and contemporary décor, the 45sqm deluxe room looks extremely spacious, elegant and very modern with touch screen panels, automatic window blinds. Plenty of natural light are coming into the room when opened the blinds. It was fully equipped with a well-stocked mini-bar and we had a comfortable large king size bed.

Shangri-La Dubai

Shangri-La Dubai
Shangri-La Dubai

 The bathroom was roomy too, with a deep soaking tub, crispy mint premium toiletries and a lovely walk-in rain-forest shower. As expected, Jeremiah spent most of his time in the bath tub 🙂 Dental kits were readily available. I have to mention that toothbrush are made of soft bristles. The quality and luxury were clearly oozing in every corner of the room.

Shangri-La Dubai
Shangri-La Dubai
Shangri-La Dubai

Dining Options

Foodies who visit the hotel are certainly spoiled when it comes to the dining options. The Shangri-La Dubai is home to seven restaurants and bars (yes, SEVEN!) so you can expect that there’s something here to satisfy almost every craving and mood. Meet clients over coffee or tea, drop by for a light lunch or celebrate a special occasion with their featured authentic cuisines.

IKandy Lounge – Pool Bar

During our first night, we settled for a refreshing cocktail and delicious light bites at the signature poolside iKandy lounge where we admired the Burj Khalifa standing tall above the bar. While the lounge looks calm with the outdoor pool in the morning it turned livelier at night with live DJ sets and a variety of shishas. The poolside water is illuminated with purple and pink combinations adding more vibrant to the place.

Details: Level 4, 6pm – 2am (daily), dress code is smart casual

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Dunes Café – All Day Dining

Dunes Café is Shangri-La’s all day dining restaurant. Trying it out for two day breakfasts, surely it did not disappoint. We were surprised with the sumptuous buffet offerings and how some of the menu was changed the next day! Really, it’s rare to find such kind of initiative here or even outside the country. And with its large gorgeous setting, who wouldn’t want to dine here? 🙂

Shangri-La Dubai - Dunes Cafe

Shangri-La Dubai - Dunes Cafe
Shangri-La Dubai - Dunes Cafe

Wide selections of local and international mouth-watering dishes are readily available but if you prefer something else, their world class chefs are more than willing to create your perfect breakfast dish. Live stations provide guests the fun option of customising order which is my favorite part of any buffet. While the selection is unimaginable, my heart goes to the noodles and dimsum station while the husband loved the selection of international cuisines. It’s one of the best we’ve ever had!

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Details: Lobby level, 6am–10:30am (weekdays), 6am–11am (weekends), 12-3 (lunch), 7pm-11pm (dinner), dress code is smart casual

Shang Palace – Chinese Restaurant

The restaurant we’ve been eyeing for quite some time now because of its famous yum cha and Beijing duck – the Shang Palace. Shangri-La hotels signature restaurant that you can find in other branches in the world serves up a delightful taste of traditional Cantonese cuisine. We’re so glad to finally try it last weekend and experience what other people are raving about.

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From the lovely ambiance to the food which were astonishingly good and perfectly presented, the professional yet warm staff – our dining experience at the restaurant was one of a kind. I think this has to be our new favourite restaurant in Dubai. I have to dedicate another post so I can share you guys all the details! Stay tuned for our next post 🙂 Updated here.

Details: Level 1, Lunch 12-3pm (weekdays), 12-4pm (weekends), Dinner 7pm – 12midnight, dress code is smart casual

More Dining Options

  • Hoi An –Vietnamese Restaurant – Interestingly, Hoi An is the only authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Dubai. If you prefer a more classy dining experience, perhaps it’s one of the alternative restaurants inside the hotel that will satisfy your needs. Details: Level 1, Everyday 7pm – 12midnight, Weekends 12.30pm – 4pm, dress code is smart casual
  • Junoon – Indian Restaurant – Michelin-starred, contemporary Indian restaurant from New York that has won several awards. We have to come back for this restaurant as you’d know by now how Jeremiah loved Indian cuisines. Details: Level 2, Lunch 12-3pm (weekdays), 12-3:30pm (weekends), Dinner 7pm – 12midnight, dress code is smart casual
  • Lobby Lounge – The Lobby Lounge offers the unspoiled blend of Asian and Arabic hospitality in stylish atmosphere. It is a perfect place for those who are looking for a little treat in the afternoon or to meet clients in an informal business meeting. It serves up an array of tasteful patisseries or light snacks, afternoon tea, refreshing cocktails and fine wines. Details: Lobby Level, 24 hours, Dinner 7pm – 12midnight, dress code is smart casual.
  • Balcony Bar – Another bar in Shangri-La which overlooks the modish lobby that serves up a selection of craft cocktails and premium beverages. It’s another option in the hotel where guests can surely relax and just chill. Details: Level 1, 24 hours, 9am-3am, dress code is smart casual.

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Recreational Facilities

The Incredible Views Everywhere – I have to include it here since this was our favorite to check in any property that we visit. Besides, it made us relax simply by seeing stunning views. The hotel views were mind-blowing and we were so convinced that the best way to see Dubai is to stay at Shangri-La. It can be the sole reason of this unforgettable experience. Whether you’re dining in, soaking in the pool (outdoor and indoor), working out at the gym or just relaxing in your room, the hotel offers incredible views of the city and the tallest man-made building in the world – Burj Khalifa.

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Shangri-La Dubai, Level 42
Shangri-La Dubai - outdoor pool
Shangri-La Dubai, Level 42

Shangri-La Dubai, Level 42

Outdoor pool – Located at Level 4, the gorgeous swimming pool situated at the same level of iKandy ultralounge has a pool bar, plenty of loungers in pink and white colors, a Jacuzzi, adult and kid pool where water is temperature controlled and our favorite – the Burj Khalifa full view! We spent most of our time here and made sure to wake up early so we can have the pool to ourselves 🙂 At night the poolside also looks stunning with different lighting.

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Indoor pool – On the 42nd floor, the property has a beautiful infinity indoor pool, where you feel like you are literally swimming between buildings. There’s also a gym, Jacuzzi and changing rooms. In the same level, there’s the deck popular to photographers and you can see photos on the Instagram hashtag #meandtheviewat42. Prepare to be amaze before clicking!

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CHI, The Spa – Guests have the option to revitalize with their signature massages and treatments at Chi, The Spa of Shangri-La situated in Level 4. The spa area is separated for men and women. It has a sauna, a steam bath and three different types of Jacuzzis.

Chi The Spa of Shangri La

Fully Equipped Gym – Gym fanatics will surely rejoice with the hotels’ state of the art equipment and training gears available in either 42nd floor (for Horizon club members) or at the 4th floor (same level of the spa). The fully equipped health club provides everything you will need to guarantee you remain energized to explore the city.

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Other Facilities Available: tennis courts, squash courts, personal training, separate hair salons for men and women, parking facilities, meeting rooms, foreign exchange counter, flower shop, babysitting, laundry & valet service, courier service, airport limousine and bus service, free shuttle bus services to Dubai Mall and Kite beach. It seems like everything that any type of guest will need are already in the property. What a cool hotel!

Location/Attractions Nearby

Staying at Shangri-La gives not only the ultimate luxury experience but also the perfect location to get out and explore Dubai. In just a few minutes you’ll find yourself at most of the attractions in town.

  • Financial Center Metro Station – the hotel is a short walk from the Financial Centre metro station which gives easy access to the rest of Dubai.
  • Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall – just one station from Financial metro station, you can visit Dubai mall and experience “At the Top” of Burj Khalifa. The hotel offers free shuttle services to the mall and beach.
  • International Airport – the hotel is nestled at the bustling Sheikh Zayed road which is the main road of Dubai, the hotel is just 15 minutes from the airport.

Staff and Service

Apart from the incredible views, the luxurious room and facilities, delicious food, what made our stay comfortable and unforgettable were the staff of Shangri-La. The warm treatment of all the Shangri-La staff was evident from the moment we checked in to the day we left. After checking in, we were assisted by the lovely Ms. Anca to our room and she gladly explained all the amenities. It’s rare to find such gesture so we were very impressed.

During breakfast at Dunes Café, the Chefs visit every table, staff would clean plates immediately, but what truly impressed us were Joy and Imie who were very accommodating and friendly. Also in Shang Palace restaurant, all were so kind yet professional especially Alex and the lovely manager.

Every staff we met in the hotel are always on hand, approachable and responds to requests quickly. It may be in the reception, restaurant, pool, gym, spa, anywhere you’ll be greeted with a kind smile. Unquestionably, the unparalleled hospitality and service was an added key how the luxurious hotel has been on top of the line and recognized around the world.Thanks to the wonderful team of Shangri-La hotel in Dubai 🙂

Overall Experience

Staying at the beautiful Shangri-La hotel in Dubai was truly a memorable experience. Many little details that other hotels take for granted were well covered at the Shangri-La. With its prime location, luxurious and complete facilities, striking views of the city, renowned restaurants and most of all – the great hospitality and outstanding service, one practically need not to leave the hotel while staying in Dubai unless attending to some business or sightseeing activities.

Shangri-La Dubai Details

 Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 75880, United Arab Emirates
Phone: (971) 4 343 8888
Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Thanks to the wonderful team of Shangri-La hotel for hosting us. Opinions as always, are entirely our own.

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Shakil July 29, 2017 - 6:09 pm

I loved the hotel. Shangri-La is a beautiful place to see the magnificent Burj Khalifa. Thanks for your nice and detailed review. It’s a helpful guide to all travellers.

Joanna Villanueva July 30, 2017 - 6:26 am

Hi Shakil, Thank you! really glad to help in a way. Shangri-La is beyond amazing! 🙂

gelo July 19, 2017 - 6:55 am

Detailed as ever! Great review, TMK as always!

Joanna Villanueva July 30, 2017 - 6:27 am

Thanks Doc!

Vhonvoyage July 19, 2017 - 6:05 am
Joanna Villanueva July 30, 2017 - 6:28 am

Anu yung comment mo Vhon? hehe


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