The spacious two-storey suite was inaugurated in the presence of Randolph Churchill, the great grandson of the inspirational statesman who led Britain to victory in WWII, and Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, chairman of Al Habtoor Group.
Styled by Louise Duggan of UAE-based Ophelia Arts Consultancy, the three-bedroom suite houses 15 paintings and art pieces mastered by Churchill himself, as well as a Cuban cigar that once belonged to him, taken from the private collection of Chairman Khalaf Al Habtoor.
Speaking about the new suite, the Al Habtoor Group Chairman said: “I have always been a great admirer of Sir Winston Churchill. He was known as the greatest statesman of the 20th century. He was a great and effective leader with a strong personality. I purchased one of Sir Winston Churchill’s cigars for my private collection last year. He was very rarely seen without a cigar in his hand. It was his signature piece.
“Once the decision was taken to name this spectacular suite after the wartime prime minister then it seemed fitting to share this piece of history with the future guests of the Sir Winston Churchill Suite.”
Holding a strong connection with the Middle East, Winston Churchill was responsible for the creation of a Middle East Department at the British Foreign Office during his time as Prime Minister.
The suite is the largest of the hotel’s 52 luxurious suites and even larger than its Astor Ballroom. It features a vast living room, a formal 12-seater dining room, a study, a lounge area and a spacious ‘majlis’ that is ideal for meetings.
The master bedroom is connected to a bathroom which features a free-standing bathtub in the centre and adjoining separate male and female walk-in dressing rooms. Two additional bedrooms feature their own double vanity bathrooms.
The suite’s pièce de résistance is a majestic in-room spiral staircase that leads into the central dome of the hotel, where a rooftop plunge pool reveals panoramic views of the hotel’s landscaped gardens.
Prices start from $20,420 for a one night stay in the Sir Winston Churchill Suite.