It is no accident that the Sofitel, glamorous branch of the Accor group opened its doors in downtown Dubai in November: the megalopolis equally strives to be a tourist destination. Benefitting from a top location in the centre of town, this 5-star hotel comprises of 350 rooms, 76 of which are suites, mid-way between the airport and renowned Palm Island. On one side, it overlooks the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, whilst the other dominates the beaches of the Persian Gulf and beyond. Amongst its countless assets, it also offers an elegant design and regal volumes: even the smallest of rooms feel like suites! All are designed with bay windows, boasting views of the amazing city skyline. Plus, there are eight restaurants: Thai, French…and the cocktail bars set the bar extremely high. And check out the appropriate child-size buffet! And the best bit? Bar 31, which offers an unrivalled glimpse of the city and the wonderful 60m swimming pool.