Hotel / District Review: Four Seasons Dubai IFC

Four Season Dubai room


Arriving at Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), the city’s new business district is disconcerting. Four Season Dubai pool areaBecause instead of finding a stereotypical financial district of concrete piazzas and anonymous high-rises, you encounter small parks and squares, low-rise buildings, many restaurants, cafes and international art galleries, plus the Four Seasons hotel, which opened last year. four Seasons Dubai logoMost surprisingly, you’ll find a community.Four Seasons Dubai rooftop

The Four Season’s General Manager, Carlo Stragiotto, is evangelical about the area and its growing potential: “This place isn’t just a business area, it’s turning more and more into an arts and lifestyle hub as well. We’re located very close to both the airport and downtown, and they’re constructing an annex Gate Avenue to be finished next year with more retail and residential space.”Four Seasons Dubai entrance

This last point is key because the addition of apartments means that the mainly pedestrianized DIFC is still bustling with people out of office hours and on the weekends (Friday and Saturday in Dubai).Four Seasons Dubai bar

Four Seasons Dubai Firebird DinerThe hotel, a surprisingly boutique offering with only 106 rooms, is the heart of the district, with its ground floor Firebird Diner terrace open to the public and a Poltrona Frau fitted cigar room, The Churchill Club, specifically catering to local CEOs.Four Season Dubai meeting room

Adam Tihany, founder of the New York and Rome based design studio Tihany Design, was commissioned for the interiors – restaurants, bars, public spaces and guestrooms – and has provided the property with a thoughtful, relaxed ambience which reflects the atmosphere of the DIFC: “The city of Dubai as we know it was built in pursuit of ‘biggest and best’ – each building more impressive than the last,” he acknowledges.Four Seasons Dubai room

Four Seasons Dubai bathroom“The Four Seasons DIFC was designed for a self-assured generation – one that prefers a sense of luxury that whispers, not shouts. The hotel speaks to a new way of thinking in Dubai. It is an intimately scaled, bespoke oasis with a very personal, handcrafted quality.”Four Seasons Dubai massage room

The hotel has many excellent design touches that reflect its small size and international stature. Four Seasons Dubai guestroomGuestrooms are spacious with large bathrooms and shower rooms, while the rooftop is a particular highlight, dominated by a glass pool lined with cabanas and attended by a small bar. It’s not a big pool, but it is very striking. Four Seasons Dubai poolExactly like the hotel in fact.


Four Seasons Dubai DIFC
106 Rooms

Consultant Engineer: ERGA (Lebanon)
Interiors: Tihany Design (USA)
Spa Fixtures: Kohler (USA)

Read more about the Design Destination Dubai in the Kohler Magazine.


  1. Hello Kohler Designfull I’m forwarded here by friends at the Four Seasons PR team and this review post Have now seen your magazine and shared amongst our own team and it’s a great piece showing our city’s entreprenuerial and creative human side Thank you for your open and creative magazine We really appreciate this from a multinational design company Dubai’s creative community is very important to us here Please do come again and report and support one of the projects we’ve personally been involved with all year as a partner with the main organisers which is next week’s Dubai Design Week And we look forward to seeing your magazine’s next issue Thank you

  2. Dear friends – thank you very much for your post. We are keen to publish more on the Dubai Design Week. We will be there as well and you will certainly hear from us here. The next issue of the Kohler Magazine will be out in 2018. Thank you and keep on reading.

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