New bar in the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Garhoud 1 Reviews
Stepping inside Jumeirah’s new Creekside Hotel is an impressive experience: the lobby is a huge, cavernous atrium sparsely decorated in modern reds and whites, like an aircraft hangar done up for a fashion shoot. We even felt a pang of excitement as the glass elevator glided up through the open space to the venue’s first (and so far only) bar.
Like the rest of the hotel, Cu-ba is smartly decked out in minimal hues, but the 2001: A Space Odyssey whitewash felt oddly similar to another opening nearby: Aurora at Hues Boutique Hotel. Like that bar, it features a sizeable outdoor terrace, although the newer venue boasts a sleek dipping pool so well disguised at night that we nearly stepped straight into it.
Cu-ba’s much-hyped views – towards the airport to the north-east, and over the golf course and creek to the south-west – were twinkly-twilight pleasant, but we can’t help pointing out there are better vantages on this side of the river (see the Hilton’s unassuming Pool Bar, and Raffles’ former RED Lounge, re-opening as a Japanese restaurant in October). And despite the name, there’s little that’s Cuban about this place, aside from the menu. We weren’t bowled over by our mixed drinks (one had to be sent back), while hops were – unusually – served in porcelain cups.
We should also point out that when we visited at 10pm on a Friday night – admittedly during this quieter month – there was not a single other soul there. We can only hope when the promised Cuban DJ takes up residence in the latter part of August, this place picks up more of a buzz.By Time Out Dubai staff
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