Bringing timeless Hollywood elegance to life, Paramount Hotel Dubai embodies the very essence of Californian cool with classic cinematic touches from the Golden Age of Hollywood. FACT checks in…
A five-minute drive from Downtown Dubai and nestled between two residential buildings sits Paramount Hotel Dubai. A hotel experience like no other, and a franchisee of the famed film company, where no detail has been overlooked.
As we drive up the path, the anticipation of the hotel’s Hollywood elegance grows. We’ve heard so much about the flamboyant details in the rooms, but one thing for sure, we knew we were in for a relaxing, if not a little OTT stay.
Walking into the hotel lobby is like finding yourself at a film star’s elaborate after-party; a grand piano is nestled near the lobby lounge, whilst a tall glamorous chandelier hangs from the ceiling and a palate of deep velvety blues and golds meet with marble floors and chic lighting fixtures. From the moment we enter, the front-of-house staff are all smiles – ready to assist with bags and show us around.
Sayeed at the front desk checks us in. The process is smooth and filled with the knowledge of the hotels’ facilities. At the check-in desk, wall-to-wall LED screens filled with Californian scenes change to reflect the time of day. Portraits of Hollywood’s finest hang behind the desks and even the elevators pay homage to iconic movie scenes.
Paramount Hotel Dubai brings the best of Hollywood’s indulgent charm and glamour into the world of hospitality, offering a unique theme for a city escape. There are 730 rooms, 92 suites, five food and beverage outlets, and a spa and wellness facility. The rooms are grouped into Scene and Stage Guest Rooms; Premiere Suites and Paramount Suites; and themed suites taking inspiration from Paramount Pictures movies and stars, including The Godfather, Carole Lombard and The Great Gatsby. The characterised rooms offer the perfect Hollywood escape, and all 69 floors of the hotel have exclusive never seen before, behind-the-scenes photography from Paramount movies.
We walk into our Premiere Suite and it feels like walking into the bedroom of a sprawling home up in Beverly Hills. But before we continue: THE TV IS INSIDE THE MIRROR. Yes, you heard right. In the living room you’ll find a larger-than-life mirror which isn’t just there to show your reflection but also doubles as a television, giving you access to the catalogue of Paramount Picture films – can it get more A-list living than this? The answer is yes, it definitely can and we continue to gasp in awe as we move through the suite. With opulence and plenty of Hollywood inspiration around every corner, this suite deserves a standing ovation.
The luxurious entertainment area is impressive, boasting a quaint mini-bar and cosy coffee nook, where you can enjoy your morning espresso or evening glass of fizz. Of course, there’s a full-on Burj Khalifa view too, but we can’t decide if the vista is more breathtaking during the day or night.
Honestly, you’ll want to cancel all your plans and stay in. With a luxurious King bedroom, walk-in closet and stunning marbled bathroom featuring a stand-alone bath, rain shower and double vanity desk, this room truly rolls out the red carpet. We love all the neat spaces, giving guests so many great options to curl up and watch a movie, read a book or get some shut-eye. The dressing table with “influencer-ready” lighting and makeup mirror is a glamorous addition and is brilliant for taking selfies – it’s all about the lighting, after all!
Offering a relaxing vibe by day and larger-than-life energy by night, Malibu Deck is the place where Dubai’s chic crowd flocks to. Think sunset happy hours, shisha, live music and poolside cabanas to work on your tan. If hunger strikes, the laid-back lunch menu, light bites and food truck snacks are all at hand to kerb curb your hunger. Situated by the winding resort-style pool, the easy breezy vibes of this cute poolside spot take us back to mid-day casual drinks and dining on the shores of Malibu. With bohemian-esque beach-house décor, this place serves up delicious bites, a signature cocktail list and electrifying DJ beats.
Each of Paramount Hotel Dubai’s unique dining and drinking venues brings a different dining experience to the Californian-styled hotel. We visit The Craft Table, an artisanal café that serves roasted coffee and caffeine-fuelled cocktails. Here you can also relax on sofas and play Jenga or chess. We are advised to try the lamb kofta (AED 85) served with Arabic bread and the lasagna bolognese (AED 85) with beef ragu and béchamel sauce. Both dishes are hearty and beautifully cooked, but it was the chilled dining experience that won us over.
We have saved the best for last. Did you know that the luxe Business Bay address features one of Dubai’s only speakeasy bars? Tucked away behind a discrete bookcase just off the hotel’s glamorous lobby lies the Flashback Speakeasy Bar & Lounge, where beguiling drinks and a sultry atmosphere await those in the know. The venue is home to an interactive Murder Mystery dinner held every Thursday, where Prohibition-era America inspires the décor and ambience. It’s advisable to don your best 1920s attire and get fully involved. Guess the murderer by engaging with the actors and solving clues for a night of immersive fun.
The hotel also features exciting elements such as immersive video walls in the lobby, PAUSE Spa offers bespoke treatments and one of the most comprehensive Fitness Centres that we’ve experienced in a hotel, alongside state-of-the-art meetings and events facilities that are themed liked the flight deck of Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise. A private Screening Room offers two showings a day at 4pm and 7pm, where you can put your feet up and enjoy a family-friendly or action-packed movie.
Paramount Hotel Dubai curates and directs exquisite design, elevated service, stellar entertainment and premium dining, choreographed magically to mark a new chapter for the brand and to set new luxury standards in hospitality.
It’s safe to say, if you’re a film buff, a Hollywood enthusiast or someone who appreciates a classy coming together of hospitality and pop culture, the Paramount Hotel Dubai will not disappoint
Walk in as an extra and leave as a superstar!