Excerpt from One Mile At A Time
Dubai is Starwood’s second biggest market after New York, though it’s losing four hotels over the course of just a few weeks. Dubai will be going from having two St. Regis properties to having zero St. Regis properties. That’s rough.
Just over a week ago I wrote about how the St. Regis Dubai Polo Club was leaving Starwood as of July 1, 2018. That was very little notice, though it was reported that this was “a mutual decision reached amicably.” I had stayed at the St. Regis Dubai Polo Club in January, and found the hotel to be nice and… strange. It was a ghost town, but then again, so are many things in the UAE.
The hotel is now branded as the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, and I can’t imagine it’s doing much better under that branding.
The St. Regis Dubai Polo Club was owned by the Al Habtoor Group, the same owner as three other Starwood hotels in the city — specifically, the St. Regis, W, and Westin Al Habtoor City. They’re all located in Al Habtoor City, which is a new development.
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