Dubai boutique hotel gets multi-million revamp

Boutique 7 in TECOM will offer hot tubs on balconies and new nightclub

One of Evans' first jobs is to pull out all the kitchens and turn the apartments into guest rooms, with the future aim of increasing his restaurant business.
One of Evans' first jobs is to pull out all the kitchens and turn the apartments into guest rooms, with the future aim of increasing his restaurant business.

Dubai's Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites is undergoing an AED 20 million ($5.44 million) refurbishment which will include the introduction of balcony hot tubs and a new night club among other facilities.

Formerly known as the Mazoon Apartments, the TECOM-based hotel will be transformed from a budget, long-stay property to a fashionable, boutique address to compete with big-name hotel groups in the area, according to general manager Paul Evans. 

“We are taking the kitchens out and making an office space. Some of the rooms will have an adult play area, in the best sense of the word. We are going to have an Xbox, a game chair, a game area for kids or adults, a huge screen. So we will have 10 rooms that do that,” Evans told Hotelier Middle East.

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“We will have another 10 rooms that will have hot tubs outside on the balconies. That’s thrown me a lot of issues, which I was surprised at, because of the laws.”

Other plans include suspended roofs above the hot tubs with chillers to make an inviting space even in the heat of summer, as well as the launch of a spa and nail salon. 

The renovation is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Evans, who became GM in December 2011, was the first person to bring the balcony hot tub concept to the UK when he opened an independent hotel in Swansea in South Wales.

 

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