Rove Downtown

Reviewed for Holidays in Heels by Anita Quade, magazine editor extraordinaire!

Meet the new artsy hotel on the block – Rove Downtown Dubai has been open just over a year and has already captured our creative hearts with its urban approach to hotel stays. Modern travelers, breathe a sigh of relief: this is the place to indulge your vagabond spirit at a value-orientated price tag.

The hotel overlooks the towering Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall and is nestled right in the heartbeat of Downtown Dubai. It’s about modern meets minimal at this bolt hole, with the philosophy of “Exploring Without Borders”.

Everything is set up for the busy modern traveler – there’s a 24-hour work space for busy execs, 24-hour gym and a 24-hour self-service laundromat. Another huge convenience is the boutique convenience store stocked with all the essentials and even take-away meals.

The Welcome

Upon arrival, you’ll be busy marveling at the eclectic eye candy dotted around the walls. Art celebrates local culture with a clever mix of vintage photographs and installations. You will find a nostalgic mini gallery here while wandering around the lobby with works from local artists including Alia Al Shamsi and Nasser Al Zayani.  

Even the staff here have a laid back friendly approach and are great for local tips – the vibe is funky and fuss free. It’s a little wonder this New York style hotel has already won the prestigious accolade of Interior Design Hotel of the Year in 2016 by CID.

Judges described the Rove Downtown as “a fresh, affordable hotel with a sense of place that engages a new generation of travelers”.  We couldn’t agree more! I would return here again and again for the location, laid back style and artsy buzz that makes it such a refreshing standout in this bustling metropolis.

Sweet Suite

Creative artwork set the vibe for the hotel’s 420 rooms which are spread over 14 floors.  Little clever quotes such as “Time To Start The Journey ”  sets the tone for the perfect slumber space.

Rooms are generously sized at 280-sq-ft so you won’t feel boxed in. There’s a mini-bar, work station, 48-inch flat screen interactive TV and best of all a bathroom that features a dreamy power rain shower and great bathroom products – what more could a girl wish for?  


The Daily Downtown is a great all day neighbourhood hangout – perfect for breakfast.

Its bustling at lunch with not just hotel guests but locals dropping in for some of their favourites dishes including delicious fresh salads and flatbreads while soaking up the modern vibe.

My tip – head there on a Tuesday evening with a group of friends – they do an incredible deal aptly called Cheeky Mid-Weeky. For just 99 Dhs enjoy a BBQ or a selection from the menu and four glasses of grape with an unbeatable view of the twinkling Burj Khalifa while a DJ spins tunes.


Make Memories

We all know how famous Paris and Florence is for their padlocks well here you can lock up your memories on a padlock wall at the hotel – leave a little piece of your heart at this place with your own lock.



Splash Out

Escape the Dubai summer heat with a dip in the stunning pool with a sundeck – swimming laps doesn’t get much better than this with views of the Burj Khalifa towering above you.

Shop Till You Drop

Here it’s all about location! location! location! – be warned the Rove is in dangerously close walking distance (10 minutes) to the world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall – so yes! Bring your credit card…



Embrace the happy, relaxed, artsty vibe of Rove Downtown Dubai with this fresh ensemble!


Rove Downtown



Bebe lace shirt
290 AED –

Frame distressed jeans
955 AED –

Christian Louboutin red pumps
2,480 AED –

Bebe hoop earrings
70 AED –

Carole flower crown
29 AED –



Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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