For this new name on the city’s hospitality landscape isn’t using the B-word simply because of its size…
The Grayton is channeling much of what Dubai does well, but doing it in a way - and price - that could have rivals looking over their shoulder.
Opened during Ramadan in May, the Grayton has just 96 guest bedrooms, in a long-established district of largely mature operations.
“Our location is very attractive as you can easily get to most areas within Dubai,” confirms Walter Knight, the Grayton’s General Manager.
“Another advantage is that we are walking distance to Burjuman metro station and have a bus service literally outside our hotel.”
Five room grades are available, including 12 executive suites and two accessible rooms, all bearing traditional influences with a modern twist and all surprisingly spacious, with high ceilings and plentiful floorspace.
A generous flatscreen TV faces a sumptuous bed where a sophisticated panel operates lighting, including the on-trend bathroom where you’ll find a spacious rain shower cubicle.
The Grayton boasts three contrasting refreshment opportunities, of which signature restaurant Bukhara is the shining star.
Majoring on flavourful North Indian cuisine, a modern interior setting accompanies traditional dishes re-fined and a menu featuring some familiar names given a fresh spin.
The Paneer Makhani and creamy boneless Chicken Murgh Malai kebab are just as moreish.
Food here is stunning, so shouldn’t be rushed, and if you wish to transport some of the magic home, the kitchen runs Master Class cooking sessions where you can learn to make specialised dishes and marinades under the auspices of Ameya Deshmukh and his team
Finally, on the ground lobby level is G&T Lounge. Mornings it works as a smart coffee venue, becoming a bar in the afternoon onwards with a decent two-for-one happy hour, embracing various drinks including an extensive gin inventory.
A varied food menu is also available and the venue is mercifully non-smoking at all times.
If you’re too enchanted with your room to leave, however, you could always engage with the Grayton’s promotional room service menu.
“To combat this, we don’t allow guests to order take-ins from other vendors. If a client insists, we have the delivery come through to our room service department, who will deliver the package to your room, along with utensils, plates etc. For this, we charge a Dh20 service fee.”
Measure this against the Grayton’s in-room menu of dishes, such as burgers, curries and pizza at just Dh30, and the latter makes more economic sense.
And what you’ve saved you can spend in the Tamara SPA.
Tamara SPA (check out their website www.tamaraspa.ae for more) is located on the health club floor alongside a 24-hour gym, while another flight leads to a rooftop pool.
Dark wood decking and loungers surround a dedicated kids pool and a larger one for adults in a pleasant setting flanked by a living wall.
All in all you’re getting quite a lot for your dirham here, especially when compared to other hotels occupying the boutique bracket.
“Our strength lies in the fact that we are a completely different product to any other in our location,” says the GM.
The Grayton is also maximising its location for guests by offering a drop/pick-up shuttle service to La Mare Beach as well as to Dubai Mall and Burjuman shopping centre.
The hotel, a four star, is also looking to introduce morning / afternoon tours to Meena Bazar and the textile and gold souks.
“I have noticed a trend of customers who want to stay in ‘old town’ Dubai; a certain segment looking for originality and in Dubai to explore the souks, artworks of an original Dubai.”
FIND Grayton Hotel at 12A Street, Al Mankhool, Bur Dubai and via www.graytohotel.com
CLASSIC king room prices start from Dh225 for one night (based on October 23 check-in).
BOOK in via firstname.lastname@example.org or call +971 4 401 0000
ENTERTAINER users will find food and drinks deals in G&T Lounge and food vouchers for Citrus 02.