More about Al Qasr At Madinat Jumeirah
Probably the best
Friends, who do a lot of 5-star travelling, stayed here on a four day visit to Dubai and said it was the best hotel they've ever stayed in.
Al Qasr is Arabic for palace and the whole hotel has the design and quality of a Middle Eastern palace. From the stunning driveway when you arrive at the hotel to the luxury of the entrance and the lobby, everything is 5-star.
There is a choice of fantastic rooms, large and beautifully decorated in traditional palace style.
It has everything you would expect of a true 5-star hotel, including nine restaurants and bars.
The staff are always ready to help, friendly and smiling.
It's part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex, which includes dozens of restaurants and shops at Souk Madinat. Its sister hotels in the complex are Mina A'Salaam, Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Wild Wadi is also part of the complex, and all are just a short stroll away. Or you can take the guest abra around the man-made waterways that flow through the complex.
Palmtrees, Gondolas, and Pampering
The Madinat Jumeirah belongs to the Jumeirah-group of hotels, which includes the Burj-Al-Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and the Wild Wadi waterpark. Just like these, the focus at the Madinat is on luxury and customer comfort. If you are not staying at the hotel, you can still visit its public areas, such as the shopping area, which is decorated to look like a traditional souk and has been cleverly wound round a sort of a circular structure - it's quite easy to think you are lost in a labyrinth when ur right back at where you started off. If you look at the ceiling it almost takes u back in time to ancient Arabia with wooden windows, wind towers and souq architecture. There are scores of antique shops inside, as well as classy restaurants and not so pricy ones. You also have shops selling postcards (though u can buy the same 5 AED ones elsewhere [at the Dubai Airport for instance] for 2 AED) and clothes, small little jewellery stalls, turkish soap bars, dried fruit stalls and shops selling shisha pipes for westerners who want to start their own harems in their backyard.
No one in their sane mind wants to go back out into the heat, though when u do get out and see the backdrop of the Burj Al Arab rising proudly right next door - its worth every bit of heat. There are canals with gondolas going through the entire hotel complex, and even though the boat rides are only for guests living in any of the Jumeirah hotels, you might just be lucky enuff and security won't ask (they might assume that you are living at the hotel itself). Facilities offered:
- 2 Grand Boutique Hotels and 29 Traditional Courtyard Summer Houses
- 867 rooms and suites
- Club Executive and Premium Leisure Club - - Lounge facilities for corporate and leisure guests
- 40 hectares of landscaping and gardens
- 1 km of private beach which connects with neighbouring Burj Al Arab, The Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi Water Park
- 3.7 km of working waterways with fully operational abras (traditional water taxis) which transport guests from their rooms to the restaurants and beach
- A bustling retail souk with 75 shops and 23 bars, cafes and restaurants
- 45 restaurants, cafés and bars offering an eclectic array of international cuisine
- Six Senses Spa providing the ultimate in Asian and European relaxation therapies
- The Quay Healthclub
- Madinat Arena (Multi Purpose Venue for up to 4550 people)
- Madinat Theatre (432 seat)
- Outdoor Amphitheatre (1000 seat)
- Fort Island (Outdoor Function Venue)
- Madinat Conference Hall (3600 sq. mts)
Paradise in Dubai
This resort is worth every penny!! We stayed for 2 nights in the middle of our big round the world trip (backpacking). The luxury of this hotel was amazing! Beachfront, hotel architecture is from the Aladdin movie (beautiful arabian decor), with venice-style canals around the resort and quiet boats to take you to different parts of the resort (free if you are a guest), several pools, AMAZING view of the Burj al Arab Hotel (7 star - shaped like a sail), FREE admission to Wild Wadi water park included if you stay here (a must since they have water slides that go UP!!).
Heaven On Earth
This has got to be the best yet! Hotel was grand, staff were fantastic, rooms were luxurious, view was tremendous and location was A1. There was not one negative point from the whole holiday. It's the little things that make all the difference and Al Qasr certainly has got it right! Go for it!
The Al Qasr was Fantastic, we stayed between 12 - 18 sept for our Honeymoon and we couldn't have wished for better. We upgraded to Club Ex. and it was well worth it. When we got off the plane in Dubai we had somebody waiting for us they whisked us through passport control and we collected our bags straight away, we were then whisked to the Al Qasr in a very flash BMW. Our room was lovely great views, its would have been nice to be welcome with some champagne (we were on honeymoon) but we did recieve roses and a chocolate cake. The service around the pool was excellent, iced face clothes, fruit kebabs, iced cumcuber and they even offered to clean your sun glasses. The pierchic is a nice place to eat, didn't think much of the meat co. Fusion @ La Royal Meriden is also nice, shame about the building work there though. With club ex. we got afternoon tea, with sandwiches and cakes and between 6 - 8 as much drink inc. champagne as you like and they also offered snacks. Overall a great place that has got the service spot on. Would defo go back.
We have just returned from 5 nights at the Al Qasr in Dubai, the hotel was fantastic and would recommend it to anyone. The staff were friendly and helpful always polite and ready with a smile and a greeting.
The weather was very hot so lazy days spent laying around the huge pool at the resort which provided lots of shade from the palm trees, beautiful setting. I would say it would be nice in October when it isn't so hot. Poolside staff laid out beach towels for you and one rolled up for your head they also provided cucumber slices for your eyes, ice cold flannels, moisturising face spray and cleaned your sunglasses.
The Six senses spa on the resort offered a huge range of treatments, we enjoyed a full body massage which left us very relaxed. The Madinet Jumeirah resort had buggies and Abbra (boat) to get around, the Abbra being a great form of transport.
Huge range of restaurants catering for all tastes, the only downside was that whilst they were on the resort complex you were unable to charge them to your room account.
We had a truly fantastic time and didn't want to come home.
as other reviews state it is actually 3 different 'hotels' within the overall resort which translates as the city of jumeirah. you have access to it all - via abras (boats), buggies or walking. plus you can walk or ride along the promenade to burj al arab, jumeirah beach and the water park. to see it, esp at night, has to be believed. you will love this place - it is stunning, spotlessly clean, luxurious, unique and very stylish. although huge (c1km end to end and c3000 guests) it never feels busy or crowded and the c4000 staff provide an exceptional service). the views at burj al arab at night are incredible as are the views of the resort itself - esp from the many roof top and upper level bars e.g. kouba bar in the al qasr hotel.
we (couple - male 40's, female 30's) flew in from the uk for a six day break first week in may. landed at the airport, met by a personal guide who fast tracked us thru customs, collected luggage and escorted us to our chaufeur driven beemer (pre booked for c?30 each way - bargain) for the 20 mins trip to hotel. we flew overnight landing at 7.00am local time so this great service really helps.
at the resort itself we were staying in the summer houses (dar al masyaf) so we had a private check in area and our room was available immediately so we were able to shower and have a quick sleep. i had requested an early check in and i don't know if this was typical but they said even if the room had not been available they would have given us a temporary room to change / sleep etc but being able to get straight to our room really helped.
Al qasr - any good?
I am looking to come over to Dubai and stay for 9 nights at Al Qasr. I have stayed at Jum Beach about 5 times and the Burj twice, so know the area well, but not the hotel. Last time i stayed the hotel was not fully open, so i dont have a true feeling for the facilities etc. What are the pools like?, the sinbad club for the Kids?, the premium leisure facilities etc?
Also whats the Le Meridien like in Abu Dhabi? Im staying there for five nights immediately before moving up the coast to Al Qasr.
Thanks in advance
Re: Al qasr - any good?
Al Qasr is very nice. We stayed at the Mina a Salam which was also very nice but Al Qasr also seemed very nice perhaps a bit more formal but difficult to say.I reckon that the whole resort is valid and you haver full use of all facilities including those at the Burj. Some nice restuarants in the complex and hopefully the newest one which opened when we were there(pier chic) will have got it's act together as it was really awful. Service was terrible although location excellent.
Although we really enjoyed the resort, the restuarants were not all that wonderful. I prefered the restuarants down at the Fairmont and also the steakhouse down at Marriots was also very good.A rather nice wine bar in the resort which I'm stuck for the name of unfortunately.
The six sences spa at the Madinat Jumeirah is very good also.
Go for it we certainly found the standard very high and many locals were quoting it as better than the Burj which seems to be losing a bit of it's veneer.Must admit apart from the views, the bar on top didn't leave me gasping for breath.
Re: Al qasr - any good?
Had to answer you Nigel as we also share the same surname.
Re: Al qasr - any good?
Oops with regard to your other queries, we didn't have kids so don't know about the clubs for them. Swimming pools???? With a sea like that are you serious about wanting to go in a swimming pool?????
Re: Al qasr - any good?
Just come back from Dar Al Masyaf, which is connected to Al Qasr, everything was open, the pools were fantastic, sinbad club open and the facilities at the Health Quay and Six senses spa were brilliant. By staying At Al Qasr you can use the pools etc all over the complex. Best restaurant for us was Pier Chic and the nicest bar was Koubba - upstairs overlooking everything, large comfy seating, very relaxed - a perfect place to chill out. Honestly couldnt fault anything, staff were fantastic, service excellent - a great holiday
Re: Al qasr - any good?
The Meridien in AD is fine -- but five nights? That could be a long time to spend in AD, unless you're on business.