Dorchester Collection debuts its first hotel in the Middle East

The Lana in Dubai, the newest addition to the Dorchester Collection, has welcomed its first guests, marking the brand’s first hotel opening in over a decade

Dorchester Collection’s new hotel, The Lana, Dubai, has welcomed its first dining and overnight guests. The Lana is the tenth Dorchester Collection hotel and the first new opening for the group in more than a decade. Designed by Foster + Partners, the Lana comprises 225 rooms and suites and eight new dining concepts, including four that have been created with three world-renowned chefs. 

“As Dorchester Collection welcomes its first guests in the Middle East, we are entering a new era in our company history,” said Christopher Cowdray, president of Dorchester Collection. 

Foster + Partners took inspiration from Dubai’s ever-changing skyline for the 30-storey building, and the interconnected design features a central podium – The Lana Promenade – for retail and restaurants, as well as an infinity rooftop pool with views over the cityscape and desert landscape. 

The Lana is home to eight restaurants and mixology concepts. Jean Imbert, who also leads the culinary team at Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, is behind a new modern Mediterranean restaurant, Riviera. Martín Berasategui, who has collected 12 Michelin stars, has created Jara, while Bonbon Café by renowned pastry chef Angelo Musa serves an assortment of Parisian treats. Other establishments will be led by the hotel’s executive chef, Oliver Jackson. 

The Lana’s five signature suites – Marina Duplex and Marina Terrace Suites – have unique duplex layouts, double-height corner living rooms and outdoor terraces on both levels. The Marina Royal Suite, a presidential suite, features a balcony running along the length of the building, with sweeping views of Burj Khalifa, while the two-bedroom The Lana Royal Suite envelops the north corner of the building.

The interiors have been designed and executed by the famed Parisian duo Gilles & Boissier, who took cultural influence from the UAE, with a focus on intricate details and utilising textures. Each room features an outdoor terrace and floor-to-ceiling glass windows providing natural light and sweeping views. There is also a curation of more than 50 art pieces commissioned by local and global artists. 

The hotel is located on the Marasi Bay marina, overlooking Burj Khalifa, a 15-minute walk from Dubai Mall and a 20-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. The hotel also provides guests with transportation options, including custom Rolls-Royces and a futuristic foiler boat for leisurely cruises along the canal.

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