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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
Read. Write. Run.
Published April 12th 2013
Hello lazy days
In terms of decor it's quite traditionally fancy, a little chintzy, and bordering on the old fashioned. Think Saga fm, but in a hotel: The Sheraton welcomes you.

The Sheraton

Facilities-wise there is everything you could want and need: free wifi, a gym, towels, good showers - they have 5 nozzles that spray the water at you from different directions, which my sister descried as 'sick', not my choice of word, but I gather that means cool. The pool was also medium to large in size, deep and cool, just how I like it. Moving up a few degrees is the very good steam room. It was sweat inducing, which I also think is the right temperature to cleanse your pores and the sauna was like a very hot beech-wood haven: silent, hot, and calm.

Cooling off area

I had lunch after my workout and steam room session. The food was good, but unsurprisingly overpriced. The Sheraton clearly aim their hotel at retired, or rich folk.

Overall experience: wonderful, really relaxed, chilled, not bothered by anyone or anything. I had such a good workout, then I got to enjoy the steam room, which was pure luxury.

Post-steam I treated myself to their food and chilled by the pool in the sunshine. Bliss.

Thankfully The Sheraton isn't an overcrowded kind of hotel; it was very quiet, near empty I'd say, which made for a very calm, nice atmosphere.

The Sheraton poolside

The Sheraton is perfect for families or oldies who just want to lie by the pool and relax. It's very much targeted towards an older clientele, like businessmen who want downtime. Equally for families who don't want much fuss would enjoy it; there's a little pool for kids, but not much entertainment - I got a family vibe though.

Teenagers and young, excitable twenty-somethings who are looking to party would be bored stiff. I, however am a happy fat cat who likes nothing more than to laze and slob in the sunshine. Sheraton Hotel, come to Mama.
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Why? Because old school hotels do it right
When: 24 hours
Phone: (971)(4) 3772000
Where: Mall of the Emirates
Cost: Pricey
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