Brand-new Waldorf Astoria opens in Dubai's DIFC

There's a rooftop bar and state-of-the-art spa

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Famed New York hotel Waldorf Astoria has thrown open its doors in Dubai’s DIFC, and we can’t wait to check it out.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre opened this week and is the first city hotel in the UAE for the brand. And in exciting news, two of the famous New York hotel’s restaurants will be opening up.

Restaurant Bull and Bear and the famous lounge Peacock Alley page will both be setting up shop in DIFC and we can’t wait to try them.

In New York Bull and Bear is known for its top-class steaks and is an old-school-style restaurant with dark leather and mahogany. However, it’s going to be a different concept here in Dubai. Meanwhile Peacock Alley is a place to see and be seen, and is based on the promenade that connected the two original hotels. There will also be a new rooftop lounge, St. Trop, which promises to “bring a slice of the French Riviera” to DIFC. It has timber decking, a pool and bright colours, serving up drinks and light bites.

The hotel has 201 rooms, 46 suites and 28 residences – all of which boast floor-to-ceiling windows. It is apparently aims to “evoke the elegance of early 1960s New York jet-set era”.

The hotel occupies the 18th to 55th floors of Burj Daman – which is also the home of Carnival by Trèsind and Burger & Lobster.

“We are delighted to expand our luxury presence in the region with the opening of Waldorf Astoria DIFC which is located in an important economic hub within the region,” said Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton.

“Earlier this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the launch of DIFC 2.0 which will add 13 million square feet of space to the Centre. We are pleased to be part of this rapidly growing district and look forward to delivering unparalleled experiences to guests staying in DIFC.”

There is also a state-of-the art spa and fitness centre, as well as meeting rooms, business centre, ballroom and library. The Waldorf Astoria Spa boasts a floatation tank, hydrobath, hammam and Vichy shower, and has top views from its 18th floor vantage point.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre joins two other UAE properties, Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, as well as one in Ras Al Khaimah.

It's time to book a city staycation.
Burj Daman, DIFC (04 515 9999).

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