Checking In: The Atana Hotel Dubai
Al Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Stay: Atana Hotel
Wearing: Weekday Elora Jumpsuit
I stayed at The Atana in Al Barsha which is a relatively new 4-star hotel in Dubai. Warm and modern colours are filled within the interior design. Situated in new Dubai, (Internet City) the hotel is on trend with the many captivating and surrounding tall buildings. It's refined and artistic from the moment you step through the revolving doors. Once greeted from the doormen, you can feel the the natural warmth of Arabic hospitality. Prepare yourself for the most refreshing non-alcoholic lime cocktail juice upon check in too.
If you're a shopaholic like me, one of the major benefits of staying at The Atana is the daily complimentary shuttle bus to all the malls including the largest mall - The Dubai Mall. However if you're not queuing at least 20 minutes before you may have to jump in a taxi - it's cheap though, you'll easily pay $18AED to the closet mall, The Mall of Emirates, which is equivalent to £3.60GBP.
I checked in late morning after a 7 hour flight from home, so I was ready to have a bite to eat at the hotel's Garden Restaurant which was still serving breakfast. Every morning was a delightful spread set in an informal yet stylish dining room. The Garden Restaurant offers rich international buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner where you can choose contemporary blend of Arabic, Oriental, Mediterranean, Italian, Indian and Asian cuisine.
After a few hours relaxing I went to check out the swimming pool, which quite the chill out spot on most evenings, complete with tan leather sun loungers, propelled sun umbrellas to lounge around or to have a little nap on the sun terraces. A highlight would have to be that the pool was controlled by the outdoor temperature, so you hardly ever wanted to get out. Across the way is the shisha terrace where the exude of sweet-smelling smoke in the air drifts towards you. You can chill out at this trendy outdoor space and enjoy sumptuous selection from the a la carte menu.
The hotel has a little cafe known as The Piano Lounge which is a 24-hour lobby lounge, it was great for my coffee cravings at 11pm. An amazing spot for healthy sandwiches, salads, an array of indulgent pastries, variety of delicious cakes, selection of tea and coffee, fresh juices, desserts and smoothies.
Now on to my suite, as I travelled with my mum to Dubai we stayed in a standard twin bedroom which we spent a lot of time in. It was super cosy and it had great room facilities. No balcony access but the view made up for it. All the rooms have a similar warmth and oriental style that totally works with its surroundings. I did often like to wander through the hallways when admiring the intricate carpet and the illuminating room no. plaques.
When opting for lunch or when I wanted to have a more luxury and indulging meal I visited the hotel’s, Olive Restaurant, which eventually turned into my daily option for dinner towards the end of my trip. The menu spoils you for choice. As a lover of seafood my first meal had to be the seafood platter with lobster and tiger prawns, accompanied with chips and little pots of mayo and ketchup. Turning to the desert menu I devoured a strawberry tart and enjoyed the bustle of Dubai streets from the nearby window.
Staying at the Atana Hotel is very central so it's a great location to manoeuvre around Dubai. With the metro station only a 10 minute walk and the the frequent free shuttle bus service you're moments away from seeing the rest of the city. When returning you can enjoy relaxation at the spa and wellness centre or even break a sweat at the gym. It's a comforting hotel with amazing staff at great price. For more from my Dubai series, check out my style post and look out for my Dubai Travel Guide.
A hugely gracious thank you to the staff at Atana who made my stay so smooth and enjoyable. A special thanks to Sam who always greeted and made me feel welcomed in the lobby. Mikaelya for being such a welcoming and smiley concierge in the lobby. Ranjeet and Aziz for organising the valet service and both being a friendly faces when entering or leaving the hotel. Modi, Oswald, Mark and EJ for amazing service in the restaurants.