One of Dubai’s oldest hotels completes refurbishment

The Carlton Tower Hotel Dubai, based in Deira, has completed phase one of refurbishment of its rooms.

Local influences and natural surroundings were used as inspiration for the design, with beige tones inspired by the desert and thick carpets used to replicate the feeling of sand beneath the feet.

Headboards for beds were inspired by ancient Arabic mashrabiyas – the term given to a type of projecting oriel window enclosed by carved wood lattice work.

This was merged with modern elements, such as heavily framed mirrors, curved furniture, and soft purple velvet bed throws with muted drapery and ivory accents.

Hosni A Hadi, general manager, Carlton Group said the aim was to create “a neo-Arabic style that didn’t stray too far from the hotel’s character but instead added a slight modern feel.”

“At some point in a hotel’s lifecycle it must undergo a facelift to modernise the rooms and facilities and to revive tired areas,” said Hadi.

“We are very pleased with the new look of the rooms and are now in the final planning stages for the refurbishment of the lobby and cafe areas,” he added.

The second phase of the hotel’s refurbishment plan will include the lobby area and the cafe, which is scheduled to begin in the summer.