With a year of successful operations behind it, Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai is all set for the upcoming tourist season, adding a new room type that caters to families. Eric Seso, the hotel’s General Manager, shares that the property also has a number of guest-friendly facilities in the pipeline.
How has the first year been for Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai?
Overall, it has been an interesting experience. In its first year, Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai kept on evolving, growing as a company and as a hospitality service provider in general. The hotel recently welcomed a new salon service which expands the amenities we offer to our guests. We revamped the menu at all outlets to ensure that we match the culinary preferences of our guests with a hint of Mövenpick signatures, bearing in mind that we take pride in our culinary roots.
Location being key to your property, how do you get the maximum benefit out of it?
The property is close to the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, and a few minutes’ walk to The Dubai Mall, which gives our guests something more to experience and explore. Downtown is considerably an upbeat environment to be in; there’s always something new to do, something new to see, and something new to experience. Although the property is a mere walking distance to the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, Mövenpick offers complimentary shuttle service to the mall every two hours and some other key business and leisure destinations such as LaMer and Kite Beach.
With the peak season for tourism approaching, how do you plan to attract more GCC and UAE residents?
We have a diverse guest profile, but in general, families love to stay with us. With the season approaching, we felt a need for creating a more comfortable place for our guests. Resultantly, a three-bedroom family room has been included as part of our new room type. Apart from that, guests can indulge in fun activities that the location has to offer during the season and, of course, the New Year’s Eve countdown is always something to look forward to.
Are there any other key markets that you will be targeting this year?
One of the key markets that we are planning to tap into is the Chinese market. In the past, we’ve seen how solid the relationship is between China and the UAE, which has resulted in a positive outlook in the tourism sector within the city and in the UAE.