I’ve stayed in every style of accommodation from Airbnbing, to hostels to 5 star hotels and I love a bit of luxury, but on my last trip to Dubai my attitude changed. When I had the opportunity to stay the night at one of Dubai’s swankiest hotels I jumped at the chance. As I left the next morning reclining into the plush leather seats of the hotel’s Range Rover heading back to rejoin the real world, the whole experience left me feeling a tad underwhelmed.
So I ask, is there such a thing a 5 star fatigue ? when the ostentatious roundabout of luxury hotels in a destination such as Dubai just becomes too much and in a time of austerity are we yearning for the simple life?
I’m talking about hotels where the sniffy reception staff think they’re doing you the favour by even letting you check in, where the security guards are clad in designer threads and I’m even betting the chambermaids are moonlighting as supermodels on the weekends.
Don’t get me wrong , Its not like there was actually anything technically wrong , the suite was the size of my whole apartment back home , with every surface polished to a high gloss, crisp linens and the obligatory flat screen TV blocking the marina view, but for me, it was just too perfect, too sterile, and frankly soulless.
I’m happier in an environment where I’m not worried about putting my feet on the bed or making a mess in the pristine bathrooms and the staff actually address you by your name and they are allowed to have personality rather than the usual poker face welcome.
For me 5 star doesn’t just have to apply to the price, when checking into a small boutique B&B in Amsterdam the owner noticed it was my birthday and when I returned after a hard days sightseeing , I found a bunch of flowers picked from their garden in a makeshift jam jar vase and a plate of yummy homemade tarts now THAT to me is the type of 5 Star
I’ll never tire of ……. hoteliers of Dubai I hope your taking notes!!