The Venue Situated on Dubai Water Canal, the five-star Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay is the first resort from the Deutsche Hospitality group in the GCC region. Aimed at both business and leisure travellers, there are 350 rooms designed with a comfortable, contemporary flair, six diverse restaurants, an outdoor pool with clear views of Burj Khalifa, plus a luxurious spa, gym and squash court.
The Design Concept Himalayan cherry blossoms inspired the soft shades in the hotel’s vast vaulted lobby, designed by LW Design Group, who also worked in subtle Middle Eastern accents, seen in the Islamic patterns on the Art Deco-style marble floor and mirrored surfaces. dpa lighting consultants are behind the beautiful installations in the public areas, including oversized drop-pendant chandeliers in the reception. The Art Deco influence continues in the Bayside Restaurant and Terrace with black marble islands, bare lightbulbs strung in linear arrangements, and panes of glass in a chevron framework.
The hotel’s F&B offerings are a highlight for those who like an eclectic dining ambience. The Backyard is a funky garden terrace with street-art inspired décor including a graffiti-covered food truck serving South East Asian street food. Boutique tapas bar Cuisinero Uno has several unique concepts, such as a greenhouse of homegrown vegetables catering for culinary workshops starting in the New Year, and an open kitchen with bar seating giving diners front-row seats to the chefs at work, including the owner and head chef John Buenaventura. Complementing The Backyard, the restaurant sports graffiti messages and skulls on red brick walls, stools made from oversized corks and lighting installations created from barware and bottles.
The Experience Whether you’re staying the night or live in Dubai and want a cool place to dine, Steigenberger Hotel has several options. While The Backyard’s urban design and stunning views offer a perfect backdrop for sundowners, head to Cuisinero Uno if you love sharing plates and fun kitchen commentary from the chefs. Both venues boast décor that’s a conversation starter and an Instagrammer’s delight. After these literal feasts for the eyes, the bedroom suites offer a calm place to unwind, with a sophisticated silvery grey colour palette, delicate chinoiserie-style floral detailing on the panelled headboards and beautiful sunken green marble bathtubs.