If you are looking for something a little more personal and boutique in Dubai, then you are sure to be considering the VIDA Hotel in Dubai. Consisting of just 45 rooms and 5 suites (small by Dubai standards) VIDA oozes style and sophistication.
Of course a busy Valet comes as standard and although the building is relatively small and inconspicuous in the high rise landscape of Dubai, the lobby and reception is still imposing whilst maintaining it’s class. Open spaces and clean white décor encapsulate it’s guests within the cool environment (of the hotel, not Dubai!). Alas the lobby and reception is where this hotel seems starts to go wrong and although the service is notoriously non-premium in Dubai, VIDA manages to take this to the next level. Always polite, but common sense doesn’t seem to always prevail and the service is the one thing that really let’s VIDA down.
The general décor is sympathetic to a level where it pretty much appeals to anyone with an eye for style and detail, with a constant theme throughout the building. The outside is very traditional and in tone with UAE though arguably not downtown Dubai. When it comes to the inside, more vintage and upcycled than modern though in a sympathetic and not overpowering way make this a real eye catcher but perhaps not in the way you expected.
The rooms are well portioned, open space between the bath and bedroom though displaced with architectural coving and glass to give some segregation which works well. There is an outside pool at ground level which is well enclosed, private and has good shade in certain areas throughout the day. This is also accompanied by an pool bar which is well used and well appointed.
The bar is popular for both residents and outsiders with it’s prime position downtown and on ‘the strip’. VIDA is one of the best places to chill out downtown right now, and you won’t miss a Dubai beat.
An annoying TV remote that doesn’t really work and a promise of paperless hotel (even though they weirdly give you paper just like any other hotel) just underlines that VIDA is a little try hard. Very much style above function, if service isn’t high on your list of priorities then VIDA could well be the hotel for you, but if it is you may need to look elsewhere!
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