Feel like home at the Manzil Downtown Dubai

The daily grind of Dubai (heat, traffic, work) is enough to drive even the most headstrong people crazy, so every now and then we love to get away with a little stay-cation to break out of our everyday routine. We headed to Manzil Downtown in the mid afternoon and were greeted by staff in beautiful traditional dress with smiles welcoming us to their hotel. Manzil means home in Arabic, which is very much the theme of the hotel. You can strongly feel the Arabic influence, but really well mixed with modern architecture. We loved the perfect balance of the two!

As we entered our room, the smell was super inviting to just jump on the bed to close our eyes to relax and (even more importantly for Mitch), the lovely arrangement of sugary goodies we had to consume. We had a super cute room with a big bath tub, an office working area and a coffee machine!

Where is Manzil Downtown located?

Awesome Things About Manzil

It’s so close to the Dubai Mall. The most famous tourist destination has plenty to do and adjoins to the worlds biggest building, the mighty Burj Khalifa. If you love a good Sports Bar, Nezesaussi is one of the best in Dubai. It has over a dozen of TV screens and they have virtually every sport laying on their screens. Have a go at the Chicken Wings. (They have special meal and drink deals every night!)

The Boulevard Kitchen is the signature restaurant at the Manzil with breakfast, lunch and dinner all being served there. They have a massive breakfast range with a wide variety of juices to try.

This looks amazing! Don’t forget to get some Arabic Tea and Dates when you go in and out of the hotel!
Free bikes you can get to bike around!

This kale and chicken salad is a must!
The Arabic details <3

Not So Awesome Things About Manzil

If you are not a fan of having smoke through your hair and clothes, we suggest avoiding the Shisha lounge in the late evening, as there are literally hundreds of tables dedicated to Shisha. We avoided this place but if you are a fan of Shisha, this is the place for you (like this would be an AWESOME thing about Manzil if you are a shisha smoker haha).

It was very humid and foggy, couldn’t be bothered to wait for the camera to un-fog!

Manzil Rates

The rooms themselves are a lot bigger than we thought with room to get plenty of work done. Quality of the rooms is top! The beds you could sink into they were that comfortable. For its premium location and facilities on offer, the Manzil is definitely value for money! The lowest price we could find was $215USD (~ AED 805) but check out the sites below;

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Our Final Thoughts

If you are living in Dubai and need to escape daily life, this place is for you. We also suggest this place for anyone who is having a short stopover in Dubai. It is close to public transport, major tourist destinations and has enough luxuries to make you feel special. It has a very strong Arabic feel to the hotel which makes you feel very much like you are in the UAE!

The breakfast at The Boulevard Kitchen, but also where you can have lunch is so grand!
Donut please?
Dinner of dreams with all the screens and live sport!
Nezesaussi Grill – Food and live sports heaven!

Had to… pork belly!
Chicken wings! A bit Spicy but we made it through!
Can’t go wrong with Lamb!

Ma'a as-salaama
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  • travellingslacker

    An opulent place as expected. But the best thing for me was the one you avoided. i.e. the Shisha that we call Hookah in our parts! He he… There is something very majestic and elegant about it. I also like the name of the place, which literally means something like a “destination”.

  • Thanks for a nice feature, and lovely pics – of lovely food, yummy! Manzil’s always been a hotel that caught my interest, mainly for its style and location. Such adornishment seems like it’s been made with Instagram in mind, and it’s a great hotel that’s well located and serves a sector well. Food especially! Cheers for the post, keep up the great work !

  • Fairytale Studios

    Manzil downtown seems luxurious. Lucky you that you got to stay here. I am sure you had a great stay. I specifically loved the interiors. You have done some great justice to the property with this post and beautiful pictures.

  • Air Flight Cheap Tickets

    I think most of us who are carnivorous would like to try out them chicken wings that goes with some cold beer! I mean, they have it all, even a bike to move around, must be huge!

  • Ravenous Travellers

    Location is important to us and so Manzil sounds like a great option, especially for a short layover. Love your photos and how they show the finer details, like the Arabic pattern on the glass. Would definitely consider staying here to experience some luxury next time we’re in Dubai.

  • Marcie

    OK, that may be the best welcome plate I’ve seen. Macarons!??! And those lighting fixtures are gorgeous! What a swanky hotel!

    • The lighting fixtures are details that we loooooove. Can’t we just have that at home? haha

  • Heraa Farooq (Scarlet)

    I love downtown Dubai but I have never been to Manzil before. Looks like I am missing a lot. Would love to go there on my next visit.

    • It’s a pretty nice spot! If you don’t stay there but fancy some shisha, it’s really a buzzing place for the locals!

  • Stacey Billingsley

    What a beautiful hotel! I agree; it is luxurious and it has an Arabic feel. I would love to try the food, and the treats look yummy. I think I might fall into that bed and not get out for a day. Thanks for sharing about your stay!

  • travelwithbird

    Wow, such an impressive Hotel! I really like the fine, subtle taste of luxury here, it is not overwhelming but decent and very nice. The lamb looks so yummi, I would love to have this right now. I must admit I am also no fan of Shisha since such places can be found really everywhere now, so, yeah these would also not been the most favorite places for us as well… but that’s the good about this, you can also easily go to any other beautiful non smoking place there.

    • Who doesn’t like a big lamb chop like that?! You are right, the “subtle taste of luxury”, is the right way of describing it. That moment it is not too much in your face and not obnoxious. We loved that.