If you are planning to head off to Dubai this year and have not yet decided where you are going to stay, you may like to try the brand-new 25hours Hotel One Central, which is the hotel chain One Central’s first 25hours Hotel outside of Europe.
Currently, the chain has hotels in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Florence, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Paris, Vienna and Zurich, with every hotel being unique to its city, like the recent hotel opening in Florence, which was designed around the theme of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’.
Only recently opened, this is the chain’s largest in the world, and if you are not familiar with the brand, it was well-known for “not taking itself too seriously,” and noted for its commitment to whimsical design, with its Instagram-ready interiors and warm social spaces.
The 434-room Dubai hotel features a lobby strung with hammocks, trendy eateries and an outdoor pool. You can also enjoy the impressive Dubai skyline over a meal at one of the rooftop restaurants.
The history of the region can be seen throughout the design of the hotel, which was created in partnership with interior design firm, Woods Bagot and 25hours Hotels.
The hotel is located next to the Dubai World Trade Center and overlooks the Emirates Towers and Museum of the Future. It is also close to the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) and is a 15-minute drive to La Mer beach and just five minutes from Dubai Mall.
The rooms and suites feature Bedouin, Glamping and Farmstay interiors. And if you are looking for a little more space, then the Artist Village suites would be a good choice. But if you are looking for something a little more glamorous and over the top, then the Hakawati Suite comes with a double bathtub, triple king size bed, a dining table that can seat 10 people, two bars, a DJ corner, dance floor, fireplace and impressive view of the Museum of the Future. You can also interconnect the room with two additional bedrooms through a secret staircase.
All rooms come with a range of quirky features such as hammocks, double rainfall showers, roll-top baths, Schindelhauer bicycles and old school analogue telephones.
Should you want to take a break from the fast-paced digital world we live in today, then on the first floor you will find over 500 vinyl records and a Walkman station in the “Analogue Circus”, which has been created in partnership with Vienna based Supersense. You can even borrow VHS videos, vinyl records, polaroid cameras and typewriters to take you back to the nostalgic days of when life was a little slower and some would argue, more enjoyable.
On the culinary side, 25hours Hotel One Central has an impressive selection of restaurants and bars, that will take you on a culinary journey around the world. For example, there is the Nomad Day Bar, in partnership with Dubai-based Nightjar Coffee Roasters, Tandoor Tina for playfully combined British and Northern Indian cuisine, popular Berlin rooftop bar, Monkey Bar and Bavarian Ernst Biergarten & Wirtshaus.
For those of you that have to work or just simply need to stay in touch with the office back home, there is a fully kitted out co-working space, meeting rooms, event spaces, open pantry and coffee at The Gallery on the first floor. You’ll find plenty of modern tech, five metre high ceilings and huge windows to let in plenty of natural light. Some of the other creative spaces include a pottery studio, games room and even a podcast studio.
For those of you who like to read, you will find thousands of books in the hotel’s Fountain of Tales library. But if you’d prefer to simply relax and recharge the batteries, well then, The Extra Hour Spa is dedicated to ‘you time’, where you can indulge in a variety of treatments from quick fixes to full-body treatments.
The hotel’s 6th floor is also home to the rooftop pool and Monkey Pool Bar, where you can relax by the pool, sipping on cocktails and take in the Dubai skyline.
If you’d like to explore Dubai, then you can always borrow one of the hotel’s complimentary Schindelhauer Bikes which are available from the lobby or hanging on the walls in all Artist Village suites. If, however, you prefer four wheels to two, then you can also explore the area with a free test drive thanks to the hotel’s partnership with MINI.
As 25hours Founder, Christoph Hoffman says:
“25hours Hotel One Central is the most exotic 25hours project I have experienced so far. From the beginning of this adventure our aim was to create a new Dubai experience of hospitality. Actually, we want it to become the living room, the party cellar, the speakeasy, the romantic hideaway for lovers as well as the place for relaxed and creative business meetings, inspirational various spaces, a fun rooftop for visionary thoughts and views. A new home and playground for the local community and of course travellers from all over the world.”
25hours Hotel One Central, Trade Center Street, PO Box 9895, Dubai, UAE.
25hours Hotel One Central is right next to the World Trade Center station on the red line of the Dubai Metro. Coming from the airport, take a train in the direction of EXPO 2020 and get off at World Trade Center, form there the hotel’s a 800m/9 minute walk. If driving, drop your keys with the valet service or you can park in the hotel’s underground parking which has room for 450 vehicles.
Type of Hotel: Boutique Design Hotel
Price Band: Rates start from €200 or approx. £170 per night.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of 25hours Hotel One Central