More about Oasis Beach Tower Apartments
Hotel/Apartments in Dubai :-)
Livig in a hotel apartment is good because it gives you the freedom of preparing food and have access to many utilities that in hotels you have to pay for them. Most of them have facilities such as refrigerator, e-mail access, iron and ironing board, electronic safe, tea / coffee maker, microwave oven, toaster, electric cooking range, washing machine & dryer, crockery, cutlery, pots & pans. I leave you the name and contact detail of some of them:
All numbers in this list are Dubai area code prefix (04)
If dialling from abroad prefix the number with country code +971-4+telephone number:
Marriott Executive Apartment (A)
P.O.Box : 81148
Telephone : 2131000
Fax : 2132000
Website: www.marriott.com/dxber Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Marriott Executive Apartment (B)
P.O.Box : 81148
Telephone : 2131000
Fax : 2132000
Website: www.marriott.com/dxber Email : email@example.com
Oasis Beach Tower, Luxury Hotel Apartment
P.O.Box : 26500
Telephone : 3994444
Fax : 3994200
Website: www.oasisbeachtower.com Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Rihab Rotana Suites
P.O.Box : 33871
Telephone : 2940300
Fax : 2940400
Website: www.rotana.com Email : email@example.com
Savoy Crest Hotel Apartment
P.O.Box : 49519
Telephone : 3554488
Fax : 3512343
Website: www.savoy.ae Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Sofitel City Centre Residence
P.O.Box : 61871
Telephone : 2941222
Fax : 2950923
Website: www.sofitel.com Email : email@example.com
P.O.Box : 122161
Telephone : 3246111
Fax : 6246222
Website: www.the-ascott.com Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Taj Palace Hotel Dubai
P.O.Box : 42211
Telephone : 2232222
Fax : 2278222
Website: www.tajpalacedubai.com Email : email@example.com
P.O.Box : 721
Telephone : 3247222
Fax : 3241212
Website: www.waficity.com Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterview Hotel Apartment
P.O.Box : 115115
Telephone : 2950000
Fax : 2955010
Website: Email : email@example.com
Very promising, but not quite "it" yet...
(Licensed – serves alcoholic beverages.)
We visited Frankie's in June 2008 to celebrate the birthday of 2 of our friends. The restaurant is a partnership between jockie Frankie Dettori and star-chef Marco Pierre White. The evening started well with a nice table in a cosy atmosphere (this restaurant has smoking AND non-smoking sections) and a menu that left us absolutely flabbergasted: the dishes on offer include everything from exclusive and unique creations, to more traditional items such as Frankie's Spaghetti Bolognese.
Service was initially very attentive & knowledgeable, as well as courteous & professional (they even have the archetypal French maitre-dis). I choose a classic starter of tomato & mozzarella salad with basil pesto which was fresh and tasty. John enjoyed the pyramid-shaped crab cakes and our friends enjoyed a huge starter plate of beef Carpaccio: so far, so good.
As a main course, my John ordered the mixed grill which was nice apart from an overcooked, dry chicken. I had a fabulous halibut, mussel and clam dish with a delicately sublime saffron sauce... Yum! Unfortunately, I didn't finish the dish as my 2nd fish fillet was also dry and overcooked. My friend ordered the duck which tasted nice but was way too fatty. However, our other friend said that his tenderloin was the most perfectly cooked steak that he had ever had.
This is when the evening's quality started taking a downward turn: we were offered to taste some Italian Rose, but when we said that we didn't like the wine at all we were told we have to pay for it anyway because they bottle was now open (why let us taste it, then?) When we inquired if one of our friend's desserts was still coming (it arrived after everyone else's) the waitresses' answer was a short and annoyed "yeah"... suddenly, the initial courteousness was diminishing. As the restaurant got busier, the staff became nervous and every few minutes one could here a glass or a plate being dropped somewhere. Then the live music started: a pianist in a glittery red shirt started hammering away on the ebony & ivory keys, completely out of tune and out of rhythm, and way too loud. Just as we couldn't take it anymore, he started singing. The live music is completely out of place here, and everyone in the restaurant seemed rather relieved whenever he took a break and patrons could return to their conversations. We decided it was time to go soon, but were still finishing our drinks. At this point, the maitre-dis arrived with the bill to tell us "are you leaving now?" They needed our table, but had failed to inform us of this when we made the reservation. He then became overly apologetic and continued to almost beg us to stay & enjoy more drinks at the bar. We declined and went upstairs in the adjacent Oasis Beach Tower to enjoy cocktails in the far more pleasing surroundings of the Trader Vic's MaiTai Lounge (see my separate nightlife tip.)
All in all, Frankie's is a very promising eatery with an absolutely fantastic menu. But to me it seemed that they're still having some severe teething problems. The inconsistent quality of the dishes seemed like a fresh-out-of-culinary-school chef was attempting to cook to Michelin-star quality, and only occasionally achieving to do so.
For the prices we paid (around 140 to 195 Dirhams per main couse) I would have expected a more steam-lined experience... but I'm sure that given time, Frankie's will rise to the challenge and become one of the top players in Dubai’'s hip-restaurant scene. Watch this space!
Opening Hours: 12.30pm - 11.30pm daily.
Quality and Luxury
Oasis Beach Tower
This was a business trip so a premium apartment was selected – and it was worth it. The extras add luxury to a quality hotel. The escorted transfer through the airport was surreal for a VUP (although the baggage handlers had the last word). On return, the executive lounge was a treat with a complete range of snacks including cooked buffet breakfast.
The Oasis Beach Tower Premium lounge is a marvellous meeting place with efficient friendly staff; food and drink readily available; more than adequate internet access and a terrific view over many building sites (This is not a criticism). Next year, I suspect Marina Mall and it’s adjoining hotel directly across the Marina from the Oasis Beach Tower will be nearing completion, many of the towers being built will be finished, many will be almost finished (delayed) and many new ones will be well on their way including the three Bay Central towers between the Oasis Beach Tower and the Marina.
The apartments are spacious, have fantastic views of the sea and Jumeirah Palm and are comprehensively equipped. A week is not long enough to try all the equipment and a month is not long enough to get through the welcome ‘tray’. The two specialist restaurants in the hotel are very good (food and service), the Bazaar serving buffet food less so by comparison.
The overriding impression is that we have been spoilt by the marvellous staff, overfed, treated with far more respect than we deserve and we can’t wait to go back.
Luxury, highly recommended.
How anyone can have any grumbles about this place is totally beyond me.
We were met at the airport by the driver the hotel had arranged. Despite arriving at 9am our apartment was ready immediately.
When booking our trip we had the choice of a family room at one of the swankier hotels in Dubai or a 2 bedroom apartment at the Oasis Beach Tower, we were adviced that the Tower would provide more space for our family of 4 and I'm so glad that we took the advice. Upon booking in we were upgraded to a 3 bedroom apartment (without asking) and were shown around by one of the super friendly and helpful reception staff.
The welcome pack of bread, cold meat, cereal, water and fruit juice was excellant and just what we needed after the 7 hour flight. The views from the 12th floor apartment were superb. You can imagine how good they are from the other floors right up to the top 50th floor.
The apartment was all on one level and was very spacious and immaculately clean. The amount of space put our 3 bed semi at home to shame.
We needed some provisions one day, only some milk, water, bread etc so we filled in the form that reception give you to order stuff from the supermarket. The hotel go and get it for you free of charge. We gave them the form at 6pm and by the time we'd got back that evening at 10pm all the shopping had been bought and put away in the fridge.
The kitchen (not that we ever cooked!) is huge and well stocked with a fridge freezer, cooker, toaster, coffee machine and very helpfully a washing machine and tumble drier so we could save on the amount of washing to be done on our return.
We were on a bed and breakfast basis and breakfast is taken over at the Oasis Beach Hotel which is a stones throw towards the beach. Breakfast choice is enormous, full English, porridge, fruit, cold meats, pancakes, waffles, omlettes etc.
There is actually various stations in the breafast area where they will cook eggs, omlettes or pancakes for you while you briefly wait.
You also get to use the OBH facilities, the beach and pool etc. But the Tower has it's own 2nd floor pool complex which is great. One advantage of this area is the fact that it goes increasingly into shade from about 2.30 so if you want to avoid the sun you can but also continue sunbathing in a different part of the poolside if you still need to get some rays.
So far as building work is concerned, don't worry about it at all. Dubai has building work going on all around it and it's not something that you can miss really. Travellers that whine about it really need to plan their trips abit better. If you don't like to see cranes on half built sky scrapers then don't go to Dubai until 2015 or beyond but you'll have missed out on so much. All the property within a stones throw of this hotel in 90% finished. The Oasis Beach Tower is in the Dubai Marina area and there is lots of unobtrusive work going on over the road at the rear of the hotel but it's far enough away not to be heard. But don't shy away from it, embrace it, sit and watch it for half an hour or so, it's part of history being built and is facinating.
The work goes on 24/7 but we didn't hear a thing at night even though we were on a relatively low floor.
All in all I couldn't recommend the Tower more highly. All the staff are very helpful and friendly and the complex is in a great location. The actual building itself is so impressive.
Having a huge 3 bedroom apartment instead of squashing into a family room really made our holiday and we would certainly return.
Faboulour home away from home
Not the first time I have stayed here and won't be the last. I am always in Dubai for work and I am very use to the construction work going on 24 hours/day so I tend not to get too upset about this as the Oasis Beach Tower Apartment building is surrounded by construction. Never-the-less if you're looking for a great place to base yourself to work (and/or take the family) then this is worth considering. Firstly it's not cheap then again nothing in Dubai really is, but it is very good. Last time I stayed on the 44th floor which is a long way up, this time I'm down on the 18th, but the rooms
are exactly the same..... huge and very modern. Apartment is cleaned every day just like a hotel, kitchen has everything to look after yourself, suggest if you are arriving late to accept their food package if you think you're going to be hungry, it's good value. Apartment is enormous by most standards and fittings are excellent quality unlike some places, although the washing machine is quite complicted even if it looks simple to use - read the instructions several times and ask if you are not sure. Bed in master bedroom is one of the best I have ever slept in not to mentioned the largest, easy to get 10hrs/night without even trying (you've been warned!) Airconditioning is excellent and there are a number of controls throughout the apartment. This is important, it gets very hot and humid in Dubai, you won't survive long without it! Beach is just a short walk across the road to the Oasis Beach Resort (not the same place as the Tower Apartments and older but the properties are related) however the water can be very hot (33c some days) so unless you like a hot spa, stay indoors or use the pool where the water is cooled, yes cooled. Overall a very comfortable place to stay with car parking underneath and direct access to all apartment floors. Small supermarket close by on the other side of the Dubai Marina for all your supplies, drive, it's a bit too far to walk.
Paradise at last!
Eureka! They've done it! We found everything excellent and efficient at the Oasis Beach Tower Hotel. All is provided to make guests as comfortable and as happy as possible. Every single member of the staff made us feel welcome and did his or her best to help if anything was needed, like the fresh ginger my older son wanted at breakfast every morning for the juicing machine!
The hotel restaurant, the Bazaar, offers breakfast, lunch and themed dinner buffets. There was always a good range of fresh food, including some organic and yes, at breakfast there is that juicing machine my son liked so much, surrounded by a tempting array of ready prepared healthy fruit and vegetables.
We had a 2 bedroom Superior apartment on the 43rd floor of the Beach Tower hotel. This was high spec. accommodation, very spacious and very clean. We had a sea view and though this was only partial, it was sufficient and amazing.
The beds were most comfortable and all the equipment, 2 LCDs, DVD player, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine and drier were new and worked. Ditto the computers in the guest lounges.
Much appreciated was the free hotel mini-bus rides to sites of interest like the Heritage Village and to the malls and souks. There were also golf-carts, if wanted, to take us from the Tower to the beach or to just cross over to the hotel.
Extensive meticulously groomed palm-shaded hotel lawns, (with plenty of clean, comfortable sunbeds and ample supplies of beach towels!), a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, a warm turquoise sea and far from the madding crowd.....what else could anyone want!
Beeing third time in Dubai, we spent a short week in the Oasis Beach Tower betwen the 22-29th March. Travelling with two kids - 10 and 1 year old -, and 3 adults, we booked a 2 bedroom apt. Arrived late night, very tired, and we got a room on the 17th floor. I also asked a baby bed, and was a bit disappointed, that it was not ready yet, though I mentioned via email, knowing we'll arrive late. Luckily the little girl was ok, and our luggages arrived very quick. The first sight of the apt was breathtaking! So clean, simply but very tastful furnitures, rugs...As a woman, I loved the kitchen! There was a separate place, where was the washing maschine, and the dryer. There was also a big fridge, inside complimentary water, ham, butter, and yoghurt! Also a "welcome-tray" with coffee-tee, bread, pasta and sauce, jam....Really, we just forgot about the tiredness! Beside the two bedrooms there is also a little room with shower/wc for a nanny for e.g., but that was just an excellent place for my baby! We put there an armchair, and the baby bed (very cosy, bigger, wider, than the usual ones), and she slept there so well, like not at home! That room has no window, but didn't miss at all. For an additional 170 AED they can provide a normal bed there if needed.
So, the other two bedrooms were also very nice. Beginning with the master bedroom: such a huge bed, I haven't seen, at least 240 cm wide, and for me was unusual high, but still very very comfortable, also the bedclothong was super quality.
There was a big LCD tv too (didn' have time to watch....), and a separated dressing area with built-in closets and a safe. The bathroom was simply but had a separate shower, and we loved the shower gel / shampoo made by The White Company.
The second bedroom had two beds, and the stuff offered to make them together but that was ok like that. The bathroom was a little smaller there, and no separate shower.
In the living room area comfortable sitting couches, LCD tv, sound system, DVD player (I took some DVDs from home, so sometimes the kids could watch it), a dining table covered with glass, and for chairs.
I let the bad for the end: the view. If the hotel is not fully-booked, ask for a higher floor, about 30 and up (there are 49 floors). Becuse there is a buildig just front of the hotel, and they buliding right the 25th floor. 24 hours a day. Looking out is just depressing. The first thing was next morning to ask another room, the stuff was absolutely helpful, and for the evening we received our dream apartment on the 44th!! We weren't much in the room, but just couldn't get used to the view, no matter daytime, or in the evening, looking over the marina, the Palm - was just stunning, like flying in a plane! Some evenings we were just sitting there, looking out, not beleiving we are there.
At the tower on the 2nd floor there's two good swimming pool (outside), and jacuzzis and a kid's pool, when we were there that wasn't crowded, and the stuff was verz friendly there too. Afternoon that place is cowered with shade, when mz son got sunburn he liked beeing there, you just can't tell for a 10 years old not to go to the pool, but there was ok.
The last night I managed the checking out at the reception, and next morning, before we left came a guy from the room-service to check the apartment, but didn't disturb us.
All I can say, next time we'd like to stay again there, we all loved it very very much!
Excellent Excellent Excellent - Did I Say Excellent
We have just returned from a week at the Oasis Beach Towers in Dubai. The Apartment we stayed in is magnificent and we have the service was excellent. This was as expected as we also stayed in the same hotel one year before and we were not disappointed that we made the same decision again.
We loved the apartment so much that we felt as if we were at home. (i.e. we made the usual mess) but always found the room clean when we returned from our shopping trips or swimming.
We had breakfast one our twice and decided to skip a few days so we could enjoy Lunch elsewhere (Breakfast Buffet was incredible that it usally ruined Lunch for us :) )
I would definitly recommend families to stay at the Oasis Beach Towers.
Fabulous luxury apartments, which have been set up for self-catering if desired. We are a family of 5, and had 2 friends join us from London. We were upgraded to a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom apartment on the 44th floor with amazing views. Very big rooms with a large kitchen and lounge room. We had access to the beach, restaurants and city transport through the hotel complex. The staff are very friendly. Being July we were in Dubai at the height of their summer (41 on most days), but did not find this to be too much of a problem. We loved the beach (temperature around 32) and the pools were chilled to approximately 28 degrees). Would definately recommend the Oasis Beach Towers to anyone - forget the Oasis Beach Hotel!
street scene with Dubai Tower
Burj Dubai = the Dubai Tower. History rising...
Travel times by taxi
Hi everyone! In 2 weeks I'm staying in the Oasis Beach Tower (Dubai Marina). I'm not the type that stays on the beach all the time, an entire week long. Therefore I'm planning on visiting the city centre as well. To make a reasonable planning scheme I would like to know some travel times. How long would a taxi ride take during busy traffic hours, how long without morning/evening traffic...
What would the travel time be between:
1. Dubai Marina & Karama Shopping Centre?
2. Dubai Marina & Deira City Centre?
3. Dubai Marina & Gold Souq?
4. Dubai Marina & Bur Dubai Souq/Hindi Lane?
5. Dubai Marina & Wafi City Mall?
6. Dubai Marina & Umm Suqeim Public Beach?
7. Dubai Marina & Madinat Jumeirah/Souq Madinat?
8. Dubai Marina & BurJuman Centre?
9. Dubai Museum & Danat Dubai Cruises (end of Trade Centre Rd, near British embassy)?
Thanks a lot!
RE: Travel times by taxi
Hi, welcome to VT.
The times vary tremendously depending on day of the week and time of day. The worst traffic jam is from Dubai towards Dubai Marina in the morning and back into Dubai in the evening.Friday is the only 'good' day on the roads.
For your specific places, Madinat and Umm Suqeim beach are maybe 10 minutes drive. Karama, Bur Dubai, Wafi Mall, Burjuman, Dubai Museum, British Embassy are all very roughly in the same area, which is Bur Dubai side of the Creek. Allow maybe 30 to 40 minutes for all of them unless you hit peak traffic or one of our very regular accidents that snarl everything up for hours.
Deira City Centre, gold souk (and the adjacent spice souk) are the other side of the Creek and the bridges are always a bottleneck. Add another 15 minutes I'd suggest. For the gold/spice souk I suggest you go into Bur Dubai and catch the abra (little ferry) across to Deira side. The spice souk is just across the road and the gold souk is less than a hundred metres in.
If you go into the city for the evening - and that's the best time to visit the gold souk for example - I suggest you go in by about 4pm to miss the traffic streaming back that way, spend some time wandering around Burjuman, Al Fahidi Street area shops, into the Bur Dubai souk and then across the Creek to the souk.
RE: RE: Travel times by taxi
Thanks for the info. Your suggested travel times are about as long as I thought they would be.
RE: RE: Travel times by taxi
Also the hotel should have courtesy ride to different locations in Dubai. Take the timings and make a good use of them.