First, I did not stay here but arranged for a tour of the property after hours and spent an evening in the Skyview Bar and tower area.
From the time I arrived at the front gate to the island where the resort sits, I realized that the Burj al Arab had some very elaborate security and I see why most guests arrive by Helicopter (onto the helipad) on the top floor or by Rolls Royce (from one in the Burj's fleet).
The exterior architecture of the Burj with its white, iconic sail shape is one of the most photographed venues in the world. It towers over 900 feet high,
The interior, however, with the superb staff, luxurious suites and appointments, is where the Burj consistently earns top honors worldwide and its unique 6 star award.
Luxurious opulence can be found throughout the resort and it is immaculate in every manner.
The all suite resort offers discreet in-suite check-in, private reception desk on every floor and many highly trained butlers. You can even hire a chauferred Rolls Royce from the resort.
Unique Quality: The Burj earns its honors in just about every aspect and I can't say enough about the Skyview Bar where I spent a long evening after a tour of the Burj
The Skyview Bar on the 27th floor is both unique and exclusive. And much smaller than I would have thought.
I had the most elaborate apple martini ever and it was custom made off a rolling martini car with fresh cut apples. It had a custom price of US $40 which is the most expensive drink I've ever ordered.
Some of the most impressive resort facilities:
•202 spacious duplex suites ranging from 170 to 780 square meters
•Six award-winning signature restaurants
•World class conference and banqueting venues
•In-suite check-in & check-out
•Butler service around the clock
•Assawan Spa & Health Club
•Helicopter transfers and scenic tours
•Majlis Al Bahar exclusive private beach
•Unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark
•Sinbad’s Kids Club
Directions: On a small island accessible only if you are a guest
stay was a bit of a culture shock lots of arab businessmen and rich Americans the place is a bit soul less and although expensively decorated and furnished its very strange looking, bedroom suite was amazing very yellow with great views at dinner each table has its own chocolate fountain which was nice. glad to get back to the U.K and my senses overloaded with expensive Russian hookers drinking bellinis with rich arabs in bars that liberace must have designed o.k for a one off.
I visited this hotel in 2006 as part of an educational trip with Dubai Tourism. I didn't stay, but did have a chance to look around some of the hotel.
We visited the restaurant at the very top, and the 'underwater restaurant along with some of the communal areas.
We were only allowed to take photos in the reception area before we went up the escalators - we were also not allowed to take pictures of the view of 'The World' from the top.
Let's face it - it's not my style.
I found the staff unfriendly and the decor truely gaudy and tasteless. I was glad I had the opportunity to visit, but if I had the money I would stay elsewhere.
My favourite thing about the Burj al Arab is the way it looks,but you can't see that if you're inside it...
If you are seeking unparalleled experience at one of the world's most storied hotels; look no further than the Burj-al-Arab. From the moment you arrive; you'll receive service that exceeds the expectations of the most discerning of travelers. Whether you arrive by one of the hotel's several Rolls Royce's or helicopters; you'll be greeted by the most attentive staff that includes concierge on each floor and twenty-four hour butler service.
Fine... I know you want to hear about it, so I guess I'm forced to mention it here...
I will not tell you "definitely stay in this hotel!"
I will also not tell you "Don't stay here!"
I will give you the facts & let you decide if the experience is worth the price.
The architecture: Yes, it is beautiful. I will admit that the concept behind the idea is lovely: The Jumeirah Beach Hotel represents a wave, the hotel’s conference centre represents a "Dhow" (traditional Arabic boat), and the Burj Al Arab was therefore designed in the shape of a sail.
The details & finish in the rooms, bathrooms, restaurants, etc. is amazing: bling-bling! Gold, satin, silk, glitter, you'll need sunglasses. But I find the decor quickly becomes overwhelming, and after the initial shock you can recognise the resemblance of what we know as "overdone, cheesy Arabic interiors".
The size: Yes, the hotel is very impressive: at 321 meters high, Burj Al Arab is taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 60 meters shorter than the Empire State Building, and also the fact that it stands on it's own man-built island, so it's reachable by helicopter, boat or by its heavily guarded bridge.
The Spa: the hotel itself does not impress me much, but I wouldn't say "no" to a day at the Assawan Spa!
For more info on the picture of Andre Agassi & Roger Federer playing tennis on the helipad of the hotel, click here...
Unique Quality: It is known as the landmark of Dubai:
If you desperately want to see the Burj Al Arab, then go as part of a guided Dubai city tour with one of the many tour operators. Afternoon Tea is offered to non-guests of the hotel every day apart from Fridays.
There are 2 options:
> The Lobby Lounge, at 3pm or at 5pm.
> Al Muntaha Sky View Rest, at 3pm or at 4pm.
Prices at the moment (Year 2007) are 280 Dhs per person.
(1 US Dollar = 3.67 Dirhams)
It is vital that you make a booking in advance.
Tel: 00971 - 4 - 301 7600.
Wining & Dining: The restaurant at the top of the hotel is called Al Muntaha... great views of the ocean, Palm Island construction & shoreline. A little know fact is that it has been voted Dubai's worst restaurant for 2 consecutive years (!) so I would suggest simply having some drinks in Al Muntaha, enjoying the views & then heading downstairs for food. My mother actually refuses to take her tourist groups there, as so many people have had diarrhea, etc. after dining there.
If you wish to have a great meal at the Burj, eat at the Al Mahara Seafood restaurant (it's not a real submarine ride... don't be so gullible). This is the hotel's signature restaurant.
MY VERDICT: If you have the cash & absolutely want to stay there for 1 night, go ahead. But please be aware that a stay at the Burj Al Arab is NOT experiencing Dubai. It's nice, but far too "over-the-top" for many of us.
In the end, all I want to say is:
Sting, Bryan Adams, the Black Eyed Peas, Bill Clinton etc. have been in Dubai before. Non of them have ever stayed in this hotel. The hotel pleaded, the organisers begged, but they have no privacy, no back-doors, no way of hiding unless you stay locked in your suite, and no safe & quick emergency exits...
For little-known, secret & true facts about the Burj Al Arab, click here!
Directions: LOCATION MAP: http://www.burj-al-arab.com/ask_our_concierge/location/
I couldn't afford it, but my daughter and her husband spent a weekend there- it was a promotional package at reduced rate, lucky things.
They said it was out of this world.
The hotel has 4 rstaurants offering Europian, Arabian , Seafood and Infoemal cuisine. There are 3 bars, and the usual facilities: fitmess/gym, sauna, jacuzzi, hairdresser,swimming, shops and a shuttlebus service. Baby sitting is also available.
Unique Quality: Everything is outstanding.
It is 0.5 km from the centre of the city
It is claimed to be the most architecturally advanced and the tallest hotel in the world.
Directions: Jumaira Beach Road, Dubai
This hotel has been the world's only 7-stars all suites hotel and resorts and has become Dubai's main icon/landmark.
This must be one of the most expensive hotel in the world. If you are not the hotel guests, an entrance fee of 200-250 Dirhams is applicable, even if you want to just look around inside the hotel.
Unique Quality: Built in man-made island off shore Dubai, in-suite swimming pools/jacuzzis, Skyview restaurant/bar at top floor of the hotel, underwater restaurant, and gold-made/plated furnishing for some suites.
Directions: About 15km from Dubai city center. Follow Jumeirah Beach road or Sheikh Zayed highway towards Jebel Ali/Umm Suqeim/Mina Seyahi. From distance you will notice the tower.
A fantastic hotel if you're looking for something a bit more luxurious than normal and want to be pampered at every opportunity. Wonderful service with every courtesy extended with a smile. Rooms are the height of luxury and if they are just a bit over the top, you can certainly get used to it!
Would highly recommend if you are looking for the ultimate getaway.
Unique Quality: A truly wonderful spa with a separate men and womens area and a great selection of treatments. No stay would be complete without a visit to this spa.
If You want to stay in Jumeira, and want to spend more than 1,200 $ for a room, then you can choose the Burj Al Arab, the seven star hotel in Jumeira, or you can only visit the hotel paying $100.00, of course i only saw the hotel from the nearby beach.
For our first trip to Dubai, we decided to spend the first night in the Burj al Arab - The Arabian Tower.
We were able to see the hotel as we approached Dubai on the flight - you can see it towering above the gorgeous blue waters of the Arabian Gulf for miles around.
We were met by a hotel representative on arrival at the airport. He carried our bags and whisked us through Immigration at lightening speed.
We transferred to the hotel in one of their fleet of white Rolls -Royces. We were offered iced towels by the driver, and he gave me a rose.
The hotel is truly breathtaking - but in my opinion it is not the "best hotel in the world."
The service is very good, the food was great, and the rooms are all suites. Duplex suites. Big enough to live in. Bigger probably than our first house was, if you consider the square footage.
A great experience in an interesting hotel, but, well, I doubt I would stay there again.
There are hotels in Dubai that I consider much better - maybe the Burj is just too big ?
Unique Quality: The decor inside this place is awesome. Not to my taste, but has to be seen to be believed.
The atrium is stunning - non-residents can pay to enter the hotel I believe.
The views from the floor to ceiling windows in the suites are awesome.
Nice touches, such as complimentary fruits and mineral water when you are lying in the sun.
You have your own butler. He brings you complimentary tea or coffee in the morning.
The bar right at the top of the hotel, just below the heli-pad is worth visiting . Yes the drinks are expensive, its worth it just to see the views and to experience the Burj.
All in all, if you can afford to stay here, by all means try it, if only for one night. But it made me feel like I was in DisneyWorld or something.
I was glad to be moving on the next day.
Directions: Its on Jumeirah Beach. You cant miss it...it is a skyscraper in the sea for goodness sake!
This is without any doubt the best hotel in the world. The decor, service, location .... all 6 Star
Unique Quality: The Arabian Tower - as it is translated is the most spectacular hotel I have ever slept in. Views are great, the design is magnificent and the service outstanding.
Burj Al Arab in Arabic means "Tower of Arabs". Its Dubai's most expensive and luxurious hotel where minimum per night rates start from $1000. Obviously not every one can afford to stay here.
The hotel also welcomes it guests for short time who can deposite entry fee and spend some time inside hotel. Cameras are supposed to be deposited at reception as no photography is allowed inside hotel.
I also spend some time inside Bur Al Arab in November 2003. At that time they were charging AED 120 ( $35 appox) per person as entry fee. This fee is refundable at any of their restaurants.
The hotel has sail shaped structure which is 321 meters above Arabian gulf. It has been built on man made island 280 meters off shore. There are 202 suites in the hotel. Jumeirah beach hotel and Wild Wadi water park are located just next to it.
Each suite has its own reception, living area , dinning area and office desk. with laptop, scanners, printers, multimedia systems, fax and copier. Guests have their own dedicated butlers available 24 hours. Each suite has 14 telephones for use of guests. Bath rooms are on ground floor of each suite. They are not less then a wonderland.
Sail structure outside gives rainbow colors at night. 22K Gold is used alot in walls, pillars and domes throughout. Guests are welcomed at airport and transfers are by chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Guests have also option to use helicopter for arrival at airport while enjoying 15-minute bird's-eye of Dubai.
A central fountain, called The Volcano, is centre stage for stunning displays. You can enjoy dancing water works there. Guests are met in the world's largest Atrium Lobby.
Unique Quality: Al Mahara restaurant serves seafood but for that first you have to take 3 minute submarine' voyage from the hotel's lobby to this wonderland. Al lwan restaurant at mezzanine level offers guests a taste of the finest Arabian hospitality throughout the day.
Assawan Spa and Health Club is located on the 18th level of hotel. It is open 24 hours a day. Squash courts, changing rooms, sauna, steam room, plunge pool, indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi are few of available facilities. Also hydrotherapy treatments and lates gym facilities are available.
Diwania serves snacks and drinks. Bab Al Yam caf? and outdoor pool bar is the perfect place to enjoy sundowners and an early supper. Al wan Restaurant and the Sahn Eddar Atrium Lounge are the perfect place to meet friends and relax over morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Bab Al Yam cafe serves healthy foods and snacks throughout the day and diners have a choice of eating indoors or relaxing outside by the pool bar. On the 27th level is the magnificent Al Falak Ballroom.
Due to its unique identity all new car number plates have logo and image of Burj Al Arab. Let me tell you that money you pay at Burj Al Arab is worth what you see and experience. It is said to be world's only seven star hotel. So visit Burj Al Arab when you are in Dubai next time!
Probably the best hotel in the world. If you happen to visit Dubai do not miss the chance of visiting this 7 stared hotel..So georgeous and attractive and it leaves remarkable memories in your visit..
I think I can never afford to stay in this hotel, however if you have your budget, this is a not to miss out chance.. I feel myself lucky to visit this hotel but the ones who stay here are more lucky..
A superb, elegant and fantastic hotel.. Things are on their upper limit but a luxurious life should be like this..
Unique Quality: A fish restaurant with a passage inside an aquarium, deluxe restaurants.. Double floored rooms around 325 m2 each and excellent decoration..
Directions: Jumeriah beach... Aproox 15 minutes to the city center
Hotel Burj Al-Arab --- The Arab Tower
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Unique Quality: You probably won't be able to afford to stay here. Few can. An all-suite hotel, it is most likely the most spectacular watering hole anywhere in the world. It boasts the world's highest atrium, huge aquaria, a restaurant with glass walls offering an undersea view offshore, and positively gigantic rooms. The smallest suite -- and all 202 are 2-storey duplexes -- is something like 2,500 square meters! For most people, it's simply a tourist sight, but it's one that few will want to miss. They have a very extensive website, though I don't have the URL to hand. As for transport from the airport, you have a choice between a Rolls Royce limousine service or a helicopter.....
Directions: You won't have trouble getting there: the hotel lays on a choice of chauffeured Rolls Royce or a helicopter to retrieve its guests from Dubai International Airport.
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Just wondering what kind of prices we
should expect if we go to the top floor bar or the under water
restaurant at the Burj Al Arab??
Is it worth the money? Is one better than the other?
Just going there or planning to eat and drink as well??
Eat and drink of course ... I heard from someone that they might have a really high minimum spend required, wondering if you know what that is and how much the food/drinks cost ... ? Thanks!
Well they have different restaurants and having a simple lunch or dinner without drinks in the least priced one is about U.S.D. 90 and it goes up to 150.
To get detailed information check their web site, send an email and they email you back all the details. The URL of the web site is as following:
The Burj is going to charge you way to much for what you're going to get(you pay for the name). You're better off going to the Hilton Creek for Gordon Ramsey's restaurant. The food is better, the service is better, the wine list is the same, the cost is about half. If you want something a bit more casual, try Medzo in Wafi.
I agree with Chefwest...
the whole hype about the Burj is exhaggerated... and the restaurant at the top of the hotel has actually been voted Dubai's worst restaurant for 2 consecutive years! So I definitely wouldn't eat there... if you want to enjoy the view, go up for a drink (during the day time! otherwise you won't see anything) and eat either at the Seafood restaurant or somewhere outside the hotel.
If you want to have a gorgeous meal, more affordable, and with a great view of the Burj Al Arab itself, I recommend any of the many restaurants at the Madinat Jumeirah!
Check this link (copy & paste) for a full list of their restaurants:
Sheikh Zayed Road, West Marina Beach, Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah Resort, PO Box 75157, Dubai
Po Box 24970
Burj Dubai Boulevard, The Old Town, Burj Dubai, Dubai
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Address: Jumeirad Beach Rd, P.O Box 74147, Dubai, United Arab Emirates