The first 25hours hotel outside of Europe is the perfect stopover for travelers between North America and India
By Bakshish Dean
Amid the first signs of Omicron leveling off in many parts of the United States and the world, many are looking forward to better days.
The pandemic that has affected the hospitality industry the most has also made people realize that traveling and seeing the world are joys that should not be taken for granted. Perhaps keeping this in mind, many hotel giants around the world are also enticing visitors with novel offers.
Recently, the 25hours hotel opened at One Central Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first 25hours hotel outside of Europe is currently offering guests a 25% discount on the best available room rate (offer valid until March 2022).
Peaceful, fun and brimming with things to do; here we discover the obsolete ethnic groups of the Bedouins brought back to a contemporary life.
The artsy hotel opens the doors to 434 rooms and suites, impeccably blending nomadic and modern design, crafted by world-renowned interior design firm, Woods Bagot.
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Unparalleled cuisine and varied experiences make it the perfect place for Indians to stop in Dubai for a holiday. Located on the ideal transit route between the United States and India, the United Arab Emirates offers a perfect stopover for a mini retreat.
A story of books
The urban anecdote begins in the very hall where I am welcomed by the “Fontaine des Contes”, literally! A gigantic fountain with seating and shelves displaying over 5,000 books.
Adorning the top of the fountain, a rotating illuminated ball features collages made by various Aboriginal artists around the model of the current itinerant regime.
As I peer upwards, I discover the ceiling supported by an exquisite work of art – “Under the Same Sky” by Dominik Bulka – enthralled with the patterns of the sky and rendering them with a witty opinion and carefree.
I look forward to exploring at least a few chronicles that relate to Dubai and allude to 25hours, its stories and philosophy. And that’s not all, for an art lover like me.
I’m delighted to find a curated assortment of art speckled throughout the hotel enthralled with a fresh take on the customs and ethnicities of the Dubai area and its people.
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Most rooms and suites draw on local inspirations, featuring quirky design features such as hammocks, dual rain showers, freestanding tubs, Schindelhauer bicycles, analog phones, Bluetooth speakers UE Boom and more.
I stay in a Glamping room inspired by metropolitan nomads and flawless for couples or even distinctive occasions. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, don’t miss the free Schindelhauer bikes available in the lobby or in all Artist Village suites.
Dine and dance the night away
There is no shortage of gastronomic concepts. Nomad Day Bar, in affiliation with Dubai-based Nightjar Coffee Roasters, Tandoor Tina for spiritedly fused British and North Indian cuisine, and Berlin’s acclaimed rooftop bar, Monkey Bar wraps up the introductory lineup with the next Ernst – an old- fashioned Bavarian beer garden.
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A fully equipped coworking space, meeting rooms, event spaces, open pantry and coffee bar are available at The Gallery on the first floor. Want this! An open space offering many state-of-the-art technologies, 5 meter high ceilings and huge panoramic windows.
Transported in a huge trunk to the rooms, the exclusive experience of an “analog upgrade” recalls simpler times, encouraging us to take a break from today’s digital world and awaken all the senses.
Other imaginative spaces include an exchange office where one can trade personal items for a night, a pottery workshop, a games room and a podcast studio.
There is also a spa, but of course to indulge in a variety of treatments ranging from quick fixes (25 minutes) to full body treatments. The 6th floor is also home to the rooftop pool and Monkey Pool Bar with stunning views of the Museum of the Future, where I relaxed by the pool, sipped a cocktail and admired the view.
With a salon by famed hairstylist Wassim Steve, Dubai’s first mixed-use outdoor sauna, and an indoor and outdoor gym inspired by the Venice Beach vibe, most of us are ready to unwind!
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And of course, you get a free four-wheel test drive thanks to the partnership with MINI.
Or: Trade Center St – Trade Center – Trade Center 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Phone : +971 4 210 2525
(Bakshish Dean is a freelance chef, travel and food writer)