Style & character:
Hotel décor in Dubai is dominated by shades of beige, with designers echoing the region’s sand dunes with monotonous repetition. Refreshingly, Zabeel House MINI departs from the modus operandi. Colour and innovation preside in the stools fashioned from piles of old magazines, topped with cushions and bound together with belts; the standing lamps flipped upside down and attached to the ceiling; and the floor-to-ceiling portrait of a woman in the lobby, which, on closer inspection reveals itself as a mosaic of ‘upcycled’ computer disks.
Service & facilities:
Food & drink:
Named after the chemical symbol for copper, Cu has copper pots hanging from the ceiling and rosy light filtering through its walls of red and yellow bottles. It shows off eco-awareness for serving complimentary still and sparkling water in a jug with the slogan “less plastic, more fish”. You can also grab sweet and spicy pan-Asian fare here, from laksa to Thai red curry with duck.
International breakfast buffets are sometimes available, otherwise there’s MishMash, also open all day, which offers brilliantly soft poached eggs on toast with mashed pea and avocado among is an eponymous mishmash of international dishes.