Fortune Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Al Riqqa Street Deira, PO Box # 49185, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Excellent
4%
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Very Good
30%
7
Average
30%
7
Poor
26%
6
Terrible
8%
2

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Costs 56% less but rated 25% lower than other 4 star hotels

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Concorde Dubai Hotel?

by n0mad2010

Hi again,

I searched for hotel & Concorde Dubai at deira looks good and fits into my budget, any suggestions...hows that?

Secondly i want to ask...if i drive from muscat to dubai, do i need to buy the Salik Tag to reach this hotel. bcos i wont be driving in Dubai. Just reaching the hotel & drivng back to Oman. I will use cab or metro to visit places.

Thanks, you guys are great help!

Re: Concorde Dubai Hotel?

by lynnehamman

Hi Donald

regarding the drive from Muscat to Dubai-

We recently tried to do this, but there was so much red tape involved.
In the end, we flew to Khasab, and a taxi took us from Khasab as far as the border to Dubai, where we had another taxi from Dubai pick us up.

Read this: (from Wikitravel Oman)


Dubai's only international road border is with Oman at Al Wajajah. Expatriate residents of Oman will require an official permit to exit Oman by road. Visitors do not require the permit. There is an OMR 3.000 charge per vehicle to exit Oman and, if returning, retain the charge receipt as it will be required to reenter. Ensure that insurance is valid for the UAE (preferably before commencing the journey). Temporary UAE insurance can be purchased at the border for a premium price.

There are also road borders between the neighbouring Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Oman at the Al Burami Oasis which divides the sister cites of Al Ain and Al Burami, Oman.

Re: Concorde Dubai Hotel?

by Mel_H

Concorde Dubai hotel is in a good area in Deira along al maktoum road whith many restaurants, coffe shops dotting that street close to the creek and abra (water taxi which takes you to bur dubai ,bastakiya ,heritage ,diving village)),it`s in deira or older part of dubai very close to the gold ,spice souk is and a few minutes from the metro station in union square which should get you to new dubai area ,marina ,ibn battuta, along shk zayed road.... it is also surrounded by the hilton creek ,radison sas blu deira ....here is a review of the hotel
http://www.hotelclub.com/Concorde-Hotel-Residence-Dubai/

Re: Concorde Dubai Hotel?

by Mel_H

...however it will be metro rides from union square all the way if you want to hang out all the time at the very end of New Dubai near ibn battuta and Palm Atlantis .. cos New dubai is on the other side of the creek.

Re: Concorde Dubai Hotel?

by Mel_H

more reviews no alcohol hotel

http://www.virtualtourist.com/hotels/Middle_East/United_Arab_Emirates/Dubai/Dubai-1857296/Hotels_and_Accommodations-Dubai-Dubai_Concorde_Hotel_Residence-BR-1.html

Re: Concorde Dubai Hotel?

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1

Concorde is a popular location with tourists and you would find a lot of life there!! For coming to Dubai and the hotel you dont need Salik Tag but you should know which roads to drive in order to avoid the Toll Gates.
Safe trip and good luck.

Re: Concorde Dubai Hotel?

by colin_bramso

Salik gates are only on Sheikh Zayed Road (the main freeway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi) from Mall of the Emirates to Maktoum Bridge. Avoid that stretch and you avoid Salik.

Re: Concorde Dubai Hotel?

by n0mad2010

Scary review of concorde. Guess, i need to change my plans. Thanks Mel.

Thanks everyone for other suggestions.

Travel Tips for Dubai

Going around

by maria-belgrade

Although Dubai is city of just about 1 million people, it is very big when you try to visit places of interest. The distances are long, so the best way to enjoy in everything this amazing city has to offer is to rent a car. You’ll have the ride of your life, since the roads are great and the cityscapes are beautiful. Having a car allows you to explore more.

This is my friend Mirjana and I, in Italian-job-look-a-like situation :)

Never far from a mosque

by Gard

You are never really far from a mosque when walking around in Dubai and it is quite fascinating when the “singing” starts being broadcasted from every minaret. According to our guide on the desert trip they all say the same words but it sounded very different depending on which mosque it came from. According to our guide it is better to pray in a mosque but the praying can basically done wherever you are and there are certain time frames for the different prayers. The first has to be carried out before 5.30 am before the sun rises.

Bastakiya

by ursa9

There are so many different shops selling marvellous dress material, shoes ... (It may take a while to find nice shoes, though) And the atmosphere is soo ... I don't know how to put it ... Genuine? Traditional? Definitely worth visiting! Shoes, dress material etc.

A drink with a view!

by SWFC_Fan about Vu's Bar, Emirates Towers

Ok, you're paying for the view - but what a view it is!!

Vu's Bar is on the 51st floor of the smaller of the two Emirates Towers and provides a setting in which you can enjoy a drink while overlooking Dubai.

Situated in the triangular part at the top of the tower, and with large glass windows looking out over Sheikh Zayed Road towards the sea, Vu's Bar is a great place for an early evening beer.

The bar (and Vu's Restaurant on the 50th floor) are reached via a glass-fronted lift that also affords great views over Dubai. If you don't like the sound of that, there's a conventional lift (ie that you can't see out of!) which will also take you up there. In fact, the glass fronted lift only goes as high as the 40th floor, so you'll have to change to the other lift at that point anyway.

Prices are pretty steep:

330ml bottles of imported beer cost 29 Dirhams (approx 5GBP / 7.50 Euros), as does Stella Artois on draft (the only draft beer). Still less than you'd pay in some parts of Scandinavia!

The cheapest wine costs 27 Dirhams a glass, while soft drinks can be had for a relatively modest 12 Dirhams (2GBP / 3 Euros).

When you order a drink you do get an impressive assortment of free nibbles (little cheese biscuits and various nuts).

A brief review of the bar, and a number of comments from visitors can be found here:

http://www.worldsbestbars.com/city/dubai/vus-bar-dubai.htm For men: Long trousers (no shorts!), shoes (no trainers or open sandals) and a shirt with a collar.
UAE national dress also acceptable.

Taxis

by sue_stone

In a few years time Dubai is going to be home to one of the largest metro networks in the world. In the meantime, the main way for tourists to get around the city is by taxi. In London (or Sydney) terms, taxis in Dubai are cheap.

Registered taxis have a standard "Taxi" sign on the roof, and a easy to read meter on the dash board. There also seemed to be some unmarked taxis that we caught a couple of times from our hotel, but these also had meters - though you had to ask for them to be activated. A couple of other times when we were out and about some suspicious acting characters asked us if we needed a taxi, but I would have been very hesitant to use an unmarked car one unless recommended by our hotel.

The standard day time flag fall is 3 dirham, which increases to 3.50 dirham from 10pm-6am, or to 20 dirham for departs from the airport. Keep an eye on the meter as there are always some dodgy drivers out there. One time we jumped in a cab outside our hotel and the flag fall was set to 20 dirham. I questioned it with the driver and he changed it to 3 dirham. Needless to say he didn't get a tip.

There seemed to be plenty of taxis everywhere we wanted one, however sometimes you must be prepared for a wait.... maybe even a very long wait - after shopping at the Deira City Centre Mall we had to queue for over 1 hour for a taxi - there was a constant stream of cabs, but an even longer queue of people waiting.

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