The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek is located close to the Dubai Creek, in the heart of the city’s commercial and shopping districts. One of Dubai’s well known historic hotels, this one has just recently been lavishly renovated. This extensive renovation of all its rooms and the hotel façade is a dramatic transformation for one of Dubai’s first 5 star hotels.
The hotel had a rich history and during the renovation they emphasized that the unique historic characteristics of the hotel are retained. Rooms at the Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek have high speed,wireless internet access and are spacious and modern. The rooms are sassy and well lit, beds soft and comfortable, minibars loaded with a coffee machine- I specifically loved the hot chocolate that was provided extra with the complimentary tea/coffee in the room, and the bathrooms were super neat too.
The evolution of the hotel extends well beyond the interiors, as it boasts a newly refurbished façade, and the well-loved Dubai institution, the Fish Market, has also enjoyed a makeover worthy of its cult status amongst new guests and old friends. I had a delectable lunch there and was blown by the freshness of the catch and the perfection of the preparation and flavours. Also the decor in white, teal, sea green and wood was very modern and fresh. Beautifully setting overlooking the creekside, I tried oysters, prawns, lobster, and snapper fish; and every preparation was excellent.
Each and every room hosts a balcony with gorgeous views over Deira Creek and the Dubai skyline. The rooms are peaceful an quiet. The warm and inviting guestrooms feature new interiors complemented by designer furniture, lighting and carpeting, and over 600 locally inspired artworks celebrating the enviable location at the heart of Dubai Creek. The elegant room design is rooted in tradition with a more modern feel and adorned with classic details reflecting the history and heritage of UAE Alive. The hotel’s heritage started from its opening in 1975 as Dubai’s very first premier hotel. The property is located seven kms from the airport and within walking distance of the Metro Station, bus hubs, the bustling fun of the Gold Souk and Spice Souk and, of course, the beautiful and historic Creek where the story of Dubai began.
The team is very helpful and energetic, pleasant to deal with and encouraging when it comes to your plans of exploration. They recommended the Museum of Illusions as something that's new and a must-see attraction and booked me for a tour hassle-free. I took a traditional abra ride across the water to get to the Museum from the hotel. The Museum of Illusions was interesting, with lots of displays to keep you playfully intrigued for hours. Located at the newly developed Al Seef area, a trip here allows you to explore some pretty cafe's and restaurants in the same stretch before you head back.
Dinner in the evening was at Aseelah, the Middle Eastern Restaurant in Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek which has many and eclectic dining options. It offers Emirati and Middle Eastern dishes. At Aseelah, you can expect a blend of culture, heritage and hospitality with a modern twist. The interiors are a beautiful blend of traditional and modern decor. A spacious venue featuring indoor and outdoor dining area with a live grill outside on the terrace. Everything about the restaurant is stunning, from the lamps to the furniture. Aseelah has a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe.
I also went up to their lovely Royal club for their famous High Tea. Watching the sunset and the Deira Creek Side view from there while enjoying a cup of coffee and some freshly baked danish pastries and mini cakes was definitely a delightful experience in itself. All in all, my stay here was very pleasant and relaxed. Certainly a hotel i'd feel happy about coming back to.