Staycation review: Paramount Hotel, Dubai
Have you visited this Hollywood-themed hotel yet?
Picture this: You’re ten years old, a Paramount Movie production logo is displayed on screen, and you’re filled with excitement to watch the movie that follows. That’s the level of excitement I encountered as I walked into the Paramount Hotel Dubai nestled in Business Bay. As I entered the Hollywood-theme hotel, I found myself taking in every corner of the space, from the grand piano in the lobby to The Godfather artwork, moving imagery walls in the check-in area, and unpublished scenes from movies in every elevator.
Being a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, I couldn’t wait to see my Suite. The foyer opened up to the living room coupled with views of the swimming pool below, a large-screen TV; a dining area to the left with tea-making facilities and a much-needed Nespresso machine; and the en-suite bedroom on the right. As I walked into the bedroom, my eyes met the sleek marbled grand bathroom, Marlin + Goetz amenities, and standalone bathtub and walk-in shower. I quickly filled the tub for a hot soak with salts (provided) and headed for the bedroom which featured a large rug with a Breakfast at Tiffany’s quote, placed beneath the bed. The TV placed behind a mirror screen across the bed was hands-down one of my favurite design features in the room, followed by the dressing table mirror with vanity lights. The opulently designed suite features plenty of curated artwork, bespoke stage lighting, leather seating, a plush bed and a tripod lamp that makes you feel like you’re living on a glamorous movie set.
Get a taste of Californian coastal-inspired café, sneak away to the hidden den, and feast on poolside food truck grub. We headed to the pool to top up our tans, sip on fresh concoctions and treated ourselves to nachos and juicy burgers. Before dinner, we were prompted to head to the Flashback; a speakeasy bar and lounge hidden behind a secret door in the lobby. Be prepared to be transported to the 1920’s Prohibition era! We headed to The Stage, an all-day dining restaurant that features an a la carte menu for dinner, split into various ‘Production’ styles. A burrata was shared between my dining partner and I, followed by juicy lamb chops for mains, and a hazelnut biscuit and semifreddo for post-production. For breakfast, we visited The Stage again, for an expansive buffet-spread that showcases Arabic specialties, salads, freshly baked bread, an egg station, Indian dishes and sweet treats.
The hotel is home to a gym and fitness studio, barbershop, beauty salon, spa with Moroccan hammam, kids’ studio club, and one of our favourite features, the dine-in cinema. Reviving the glamour of old Hollywood, the Paramount Screening Room has gathered inspiration from classics. The private dine-in cinema is the spot to relax back with a good movie, and in true Hollywood style, can be enjoyed with Joe & Seph’s freshly popped popcorn, homemade sliders, lobster rolls and truffle arancini.