Al Habtoor Group’s The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai has re-opened in a new location on Sheikh Zayed Road, following a three-year closure.
The original hotel was built in 1979 and demolished in 2013 to make way for Al Habtoor City, which houses the St. Regis, W and Westin Al Habtoor City and The Dubai Water Canal.
Khalaf Al Habtoor, chairman, Al Habtoor Group commented: “Today, I have kept and fulfilled my promise of rebuilding the Metropolitan Hotel to continue its legacy.
“The old Metropolitan had a very strong, loyal customer base. We look forward to welcoming them back at the new premises, where they will see the return of some of the best-loved outlets, and we look forward to welcoming new guests.”
The demolition of the Metropolitan also saw the closure of The Red Lion English Pub and Don Corleone Italian Restaurant, both of which have been reopened in the new hotel.
To celebrate its reopening, Don Corleone is offering a special menu featuring throwback prices from 1979 until 15 January.
The hotel’s other F&B outlets are Al Safa all-day dining restaurant, Al Sheif Lounge and Tropicana pool bar.
Sanjay Luthra, general manager, Metropolitan Hotel, said: “The Metropolitan and some of its establishments are part of the history of Dubai.
“When we closed The Red Lion English pub many of our customers were upset because it had played a big part in their lives. With the revival of hotel it only seemed natural that the most-loved bars and restaurants made a comeback, with a modern twist.”
The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai features 320 rooms including 18 suites, a gym, a rooftop swimming pool and a spa.
The hotel has developed its own rewards programme, Loyal, which guests can use throughout the group’s hotels and outlets.
Al Habtoor added: “We have come a long way since 1979. We are proud to bring back the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai.
“The success of the hotel has helped shape our growth in the hospitality sector. As a group, we have grown in unison with the economy of the UAE. We have 14 hotels around the world; seven in Dubai and seven internationally.”