This 317-room property, formerly City Centre Hotel, is now firmly in Pullman colours following a wholescale, 18-month renovation. Up the road, the property Accor/Pullman operated at Mall of the Emirates has now been reflagged Sheraton.
Where is it? Five minutes from the airport, occupying a corner of Deira City Centre mall and overlooking Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
The interiors have a distinctive Pullman feel, with lots of dark woods and white fittings, and floors alternate between a green or purple theme. There are 225 superior rooms, 15 deluxe rooms (corner ones, facing the Creek), 62 executive rooms, eight junior suites, six executive suites and one Presidential Suite. The hotel was busy with local and international guests.
I was booked into an executive room on the seventh floor (720), which had a pleasant lounge area (lime green chairs, stool, grey sofa) with subtle Dubai skyline artworks in the room (and over the bed). A Samsung TV was in each room, as well as desks, and to the left of the lounge was a bathroom with tub (just powershower in en suite one, although that had two sinks). There’s an Essenza nespresso machine and take-out branded cups if you’re in a rush, and I liked the three welcome juices, a variation on the welcome tray. Other amenities included minibar, safe in the bedroom, and iron/board. The free wifi was quick and easy to connect to, and silver touchlights hung by the bed.
Restaurants and bars: The two main venues, Medley and La Fabrique sports bar, are on either side of the first floor. I enjoyed the seafood night at the chicly-designed Medley, excellent presentation and wide range of fish, and the breakfast buffet the next morning was equally comprehensive. Inside the large black lampshades I spotted small energy-saving lightbulbs, so a green tick there. I didn’t have chance to drink in La Fabrique but it looks cosey and more intimate than your standard sports bar (screens in each booth). Le Café is a 24-hour lobby lounge to the left of the entrance where you can order drinks and pastries.
Business and meeting facilities These are still in the process of completion, and there’s quite a bit of choice, with Al Ittihad among the largest (300 theatre style) and a number of smaller options, such as Shoukran and Mabrouk (both 20 boardroom style). The remodelled executive lounge, on the 11 th floor, contains three LCD TVs, a mix of small dining tables, rectangular table with stool seating and small contained lounge-come-meeting area where guests can connect their presentations to the TV through Bluetooth. The printer is discreetly located in a drawer next to the spartan reception desk.
Leisure facilities: My partner had a Swedish massage at Soma Spa, at the end of the seventh floor, while I chilled out at the poolside, which I accessed from steps up from the seventh. The pool has a jet in the children’s section and plenty of cabanas and lounges as well as the Azure bar where you can order a coctkail.