To Hong Kong and Back: The St. Regis Dubai

After my excellent business class flight from Cairo, I decided to take advantage of the amazing Ramadan rates at the St. Regis Dubai for my one-night layover.

PART I: DELTA AIRLINES PHX-JFK-LHR IN ECONOMY
PART II: ESCAPE LOUNGE STANSTED AIRPORT, LONDON
PART III: RYANAIR STN-KRK
PART IV: SHERATON GRAND KRAKOW
PART V: BUSINESS LOUNGE SCHENGEN – KRAKOW
PART VI: FLYING AEGEAN AIRLINES IN ECONOMY
PART VII: THE PRIORITY PASS LOUNGES OF ATHENS AIRPORT
PART VIII: LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT
PART IX: FIRST CLASS LOUNGE CAIRO AIRPORT
PART X: EMIRATES AIRLINES CAI-DXB IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XI: ST. REGIS DUBAI
PART XII: EMIRATES FIRST CLASS LOUNGE, DXB
PART XIII: EMIRATES AIRLINES DXB-HKG IN FIRST CLASS
PART XIV: OVOLO SOUTHSIDE HOTEL, HONG KONG
PART XV: EMIRATES AIRLINES LOUNGE, HKG
PART XVI: EMIRATES AIRLINES HKG-BKK IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XVII: ALOFT BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 13
PART XVIII: EMIRATES AIRLINES LOUNGE, BKK
PART XIX: EMIRATES AIRLINES BKK-DXB IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XX: PARK HYATT DUBAI
PART XXI: EMIRATES AIRLINES BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE, DUBAI
PART XXII: EMIRATES AIRLINES DXB-CAI IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXIII: ROYAL JORDANIAN CAI-AMM IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXIV: TRANSITING AMMAN AIRPORT
PART XXV: BRITISH AIRWAYS CLUB WORLD AMM-LHR
PART XXVI: BRITISH AIRWAYS ARRIVALS LOUNGE, LHR AND CLUB ASPIRE LOUNGE, LHR

I was excited to stay at the St. Regis Dubai, since it was my first stay with the brand since my stay in 2010 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach (no longer in the program). I deplaned at DXB, and used Emirates’ provided Fast Track card to breeze through customs, though it wasn’t needed, as the airport was empty.

With no checked bags, I headed straight to the Chauffeur-drive Service center. While normally not included in my itinerary, since I was downgraded on the previous flight, I was able to book one for much of my trip, saving me lots of hassle and money in the process.

The center is located just to the right outside of security. I handed my boarding pass over to the attendant, who confirmed where I was going. I was given a voucher and walked out the doors to a waiting Volvo sedan.

The ride to the St. Regis only took about 15 minutes, given there was no traffic. It’s eerie to see Dubai so dead, but Ramadan will shut a city down in this part of the world, at least before sundown.

The St. Regis is in the middle of a construction zone, so getting to the hotel is a bit difficult. There’s no direct way to the entrance, but in a year’s time that should all be sorted out. The hotel’s building looks palatial, though.

I pulled up to the valet and was immediately assisted and escorted to the check in desk, which was an actual wood desk, underneath an imposing mural of an Emirati on horseback with a falcon, because Dubai doesn’t like to leave things to the imagination.

Check-In

I was happy to find out that I had been upgraded to an Executive Suite due to my SPG Platinum status. That’s about a $132 upgrade, which I’ll happily take! I elected to take the breakfast as a Platinum member, despite my early departure time. Happily, I still got credited the 500 points on my account at check out. Finally, as a Platinum member at the St. Regis Dubai, you usually received hosted drinks in their champagne lounge each evening. Since it was closed for Ramadan, I was able to secure drinks via room service, complimentary. The clerk also happily printed out my e-tickets to the Motiongate theme park that I had bought online.

The lobby of this place is huge.

The Room

Essentially a giant square, it was a long walk down two hallways to get to my room from the elevator.

The elegant door to my suite.

Upon entering, I was immediately impressed with the size of the suite. At 968 square feet, it’s sizable, especially for one person.

A fruit plate awaited me on the living room’s table.

The living room featured a pretty light fixture.

There was a mini bar corner set up as well.

Moving into the bedroom through one of the the two doors, I found my king-sized bed.

Views were terrible from the suite, the only detraction. I can forgive the dirty windows due to the construction, but something to note if you’re staying here. Honestly, there aren’t great views from most sides of the hotel, given its low floor count for Dubai.

The bathroom and closet areas were the next places I explored. The closet was gigantic, fully walk in. The bathroom featured a beautiful tub, and separate shower and toilet areas.

Tons of bathroom amenities were at every spot you could think of, branded Remède, which I loved!

After exploring the suite, my butler arrived to greet me. At St. Regis properties, all rooms have access to a butler on call 24/7. Stays include two free shirt pressings, so I sent two off to be pressed for my first class flight the next morning. I then set off to explore the public areas of the hotel.

On the rooftop, I found the pool complex.

While small, and lacking a view, it was no less elegant.

On the second floor was the temporarily closed champagne bar. This is where nightly sabering would take place if it weren’t for Ramadan. Guests receive a free glass of champagne during this ceremony.

Also on the level were many of the properties’ restaurants. I had breakfast the next morning in the Brasserie, which normally has a buffet. Instead, I was able to order anything I wished off the menu.

I went with some chicken congee and a side of “ham” (really beef).

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I went off from there to ride some roller coasters at Motiongate Dubai, which is a far taxi ride but not too expensive to get to from the hotel (about $25). Once I returned, I found my clothes hanging, freshly laundered. I phoned my butler to take the happy hour drinks at that time. They came promptly.

Overall

Overall, I loved my stay at the St. Regis! While I don’t know if I’d return, considering there are just so many properties to try out in Dubai, I was very impressed with the level of service at the property. It was a quick stay, but it was finally time to fly first class on Emirates!

 

 

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