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Please support us in the 2017 JLT Restaurant Awards!

We’ve been part of Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers neighbourhood almost since it started and we’ve seen it grow from a lot of sand to what it is today: One of the most attractive neighbourhoods with the world’s top freezone in the middle.

Recently, and just as a further sign of the progress JLT has made over the past few years, we were pleased to see that JLT now has its own restaurant awards scheme, which lets local residents, office workers, and visitors vote for their favourite restaurant in JLT across multiple categories. Of course, we entered our restaurants and bars and now we’re looking for your support to help us win. Please cast you vote for the Cavendish Restaurant & Terrace, Healey’s Bar & Terrace, the Authors’ Lounge, and the Leisure Deck before 31st October 2017 at http://jltdining.com/restaurant-awards-2017-voting . We’re running in multiple categories:

Oh, and our friends from McGettigan’s JLT are also running in the awards:

Thanks for your support! Keep an eye out for our progress on our social media and on www.jltdining.com .

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Loved by Guests – thanks hotels.com!

We’d like to say a big “Thank you!” to all our hotels.com guests, who left us reviews in the past year! Thanks to your great feedback, we’ve recently been awarded a #LovedByGuests certificate from the online travel website!

The awards honour hotels that consistently receive top ratings from guests. We’re always happy to receive guest feedback, whether it’s on a booking website or on TripAdvisor. Here’s to another year of great service and great guests!

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Thanks to all our TripAdvisor reviewers: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

We’re very please to have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence again this year. We have been recognised by our TripAdvisor reviewers for providing outstanding service every single year since 2013.

Have a look at the awards page on our website here to find out more about the various awards we’ve won over the years.

A big thank you to all our guests, who left us reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year!

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Cheers to Venkadesh! This year he did it!

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Congratulations to our Bar Manager, Venkadesh! He just won the title of “Sake Sommelier of the Year” in the international sake sommelier competition in London.

Regular readers of our blog may remember that last year, Venkadesh came second (read more about it here), so we’re extra delighted that this year, he managed to take the top spot.

Next time you’re at the Bonnington, pop into Healey’s Bar and try one of his sake creations!

As always, you can find out more on our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

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Thank you to all our Hotels Combined guests!

Bonnington 8.8 on Hotels CombinedWe were very happy to receive a certificate of recognition from our booking partners Hotels Combined a little while ago.

Our score of 8.8/10 puts us in the top range of hotels on Hotels Combined when it comes to guest satisfaction!

We’d like to say a big “Thank you!” to all our Hotels Combined guests, who rated us after their stay. We’re big on guest feedback, so if you stay with us, please use one of the many feedback channels to let us know how we did, whether you enjoyed your stay with us, and what you think we could do better.

Have you seen our latest videos yet? Check out our YouTube channel!

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Thanks, Agoda! We’re Golden Circle members!

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The year just gone ended with a pleasant surprise when we were given an Agoda Golden Circle Award for outstanding customer feedback and going above and beyond the call of duty in 2015!

Thank you to everybody who left us feedback on agoda.com and to our partners from Agoda. Only very few hotels make it into the Golden Circle and we’re very pleased to have been included. The Golden Circle badge means that we’re consistently receiving very good feedback from Agoda guests and is also a thumbs-up to our reservations, revenue, and sales teams for using Agoda’s online platform effectively.

Whether you’re staying with us via agoda.com or other booking channels, you’re always guaranteed a warm welcome and great service in the heart of new Dubai!

As always, you can find out more on our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

Thank you for a great 2015! Happy New Year!

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The end’s in sight! We hope you all had a great year and that 2016 will be even better. We’d like to thank all our guests, friends, associates, suppliers, and neighbours for their support over the last 365 days and we hope to see some of you tonight in the Cavendish, Healey’s, or in McGettigan’s JLT to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Want to know what’s on? Find out here.

As always, you can find out more on our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

Venkadesh stands tall in 2nd position at the Global Sake Sommelier Competition!

Venkadesh Sake Competition 2nd Place

He’s done it! Congratulations to Venkadesh, our Healey’s Bar & Terrace Manager, for achieving an outstanding 2nd place in the recent Global Sake Sommelier of the Year competition! For more details about the competition, read our previous blog post here.

Venkadesh was one of six semi-finalists, who battled it out at the final, which was held in London on 23rd November 2015.

We’re all very proud that one of our team-members represented us and the UAE at this prestigious annual event and finished in the top two!

We wish Venkadesh all the very best for the future! Who knows, he might just grab the trophy for us at next year’s Sake Sommelier competition!

It’s definitely a great start to the festive season. If you’re looking to celebrate, we’ve got some great offers and events at the Bonnington. Check out the details here.

As always, you can find out more on our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

Awards, birthdays, and guest comments!

The Bonnington & Lastminute.com teams

A little while ago, our partners from Lastminute.com came to see us and brought us a nice surprise: A special plaque of appreciation for our dedication and longstanding partnership.

We’re very proud to have had a stellar year with Lastminute.com and would like to say a big “Thank you!” to all our Lastminute.com guests and, of course, our teams who look after them.

If you’re in Dubai this weekend, do join us to congratulate our friends from McGettigan’s JLT on their 5th birthday! Yes, it’s really only been five years that we opened McGettigan’s Pub in our hotel, but what a journey it has been! These days, you can find McGettigan’s in several locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ireland, Singapore, New York, and – shortly – also in London.

The next three days, though, are all about the JLT pub, where everything started. McGettigan’s has put together a fabulous lineup of offers and events – check them out here.

During the past weeks, we’ve also received more guest comments via our Golden Book in the hotel lobby. Here are a few, but you can find more on our dedicated Pinterest board here.

As always, you can find out more on our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

Sake Expertise on the Move! Good Luck, Venkadesh!

We’re very proud to announce that Venkadesh, our Healey’s Bar & Terrace Manager, will represent the Bonnington and the UAE in the 2015 Sake Sommelier of the Year competition.

Venkadesh is one of only six semi-finalists from around the world and will travel to London next week to try and win the title of Global Sake Sommelier of the Year. If he’s successful, he’ll win a unique trip to Japan to take the Sake Sommelier Association’s Advanced Sake Sommelier Course.

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For those unfamiliar with sake and the Sake Sommelier of the Year competition, here’s what you need to know: Sake is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, sake is produced through a brewing process similar to that of beer. Undiluted sake contains 18%–20% alcohol content, which is more than that of wine or beer.

The Sake Sommelier of the Year competition is an annual event jointly organized by the Academy of Food & Wine Service and the Sake Sommelier Association. Held in London, it is the first of its kind to be held outside Japan. The competition aims to find the most skillful sake sommeliers, bring them to the attention of their customers, and raise the profile of their outlets and sake in general. More than 50 sommeliers from Europe, Asia and the Middle East entered the first competition in 2013.

The Sake Sommelier of the Year 2015 will be held at The Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge on 23rd November 2015. We wish Venkadesh all the very best and hope he’ll bring the title to Healey’s and the UAE!

We’ll update you on the results on our social media pages!

As always, you can find out more on our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?