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The facilities were superb. The staff were all great although they charged us additional rate for a breakfast that we have already paid while making the reservation but they were able to clear it out and gave us back the money. The room that we stayed at had a private access to the pool and our own garden balcony. It's a great value for money. Our own garden balcony made this stay a very good one. :)
New downtown hotels (Burj Dubai area)
These are the first 2 hotels, that were recently opened in the Downtown Dubai. It is worth mentioning, that Dubai is unique in such a way, that the city just has its center being built! The Downtown area may be spotted easily by the world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai, that is being built (already more than 125 floors) and that will be the heart of the downtown, as well as one of the world's top attractions.
Both Al Manzil & Qamardeen hotels belong to the Southern Sun hotel group and are considered to be the 4-star hotels, although 1) what is a 4-star accomodation in Dubai - is a 5-star accomodation in the rest of the world 2) these hotels serve alcohol (only 5-star hotels were serving alcohol before, except for the Taj Palace hotel)
Brand new, build in the old Arabic style, these hotels are quite and charming. It is extremely comfortable to reach any part of Dubai (saves the money on a taxi).
Nice restaurants, great sports bar "Nezesaussi" at Al Manzil and a comfortable courtyard where you can smoke shisha and enjoy the hot Arab night.
After the completion of the Downtown (2009), the place will become the top tourist destination. You can read more about what its gonna be on the developer's web-site: www.emaar.com and www.burjdubai.com Great Marcoccan & Arabic styled interiors
24H business center
Free shuttle buses to the beach & shopping malls
BURJ KHALIFA - officially the tallest of them all
As you've surely noticed, Dubai promotes itself as the city of the future: striving to offer everything in one place – everything that other cities may not be able to offer – and at the same time everything that is built needs to be the best, the biggest, the shiniest, the most expensive, the first-ever-of-its-kind, etc.
Not surprising then that our city now boasts the world's tallest tower: the BURJ KHALIFA (burj is the Arabic word for tower)
7th April 2008: Burj Khalifa is now official the wold's tallest man-made structure. It currently stands at 629 metres tall while KVLY-TV mast (North Dakota), which held the record for the world's tallest supported structure since 1963, has a height of 628,8m.
Burj Dubai is already the world's tallest building, and at 160 storeys is taller than Taipei 101 (508m) in Taiwan and CN Tower (553,33m) in Canada.
It is set to meet all 4 criteria listed by the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which classifies the world's tallest structures.
UPDATE 1st May 2008: The tower now stands at 160 storeys tall! From now on, no more floors will be added. Now they are working to complete the spire.
UPDATE 4th January 2010: Burj Khalifa (previously known as Burj Dubai) was openend today - final official height is 828 m.
The area around the tower is called "Downtown / Old Town" and features numerous office spaces as well as residential developments & of course a massive new shopping complex named "Dubai Mall". (how could we ever survive without another shopping mall? LOL)
Guess what's special about Dubai Mall? You're right: it's one of the World's Largest Shopping Malls covering an area equivalent of 50 football fields with over 1,200 stores including 120 food & beverage outlets, and the "Dubai Fountain", another innovate way of wasting thousands of gallons of water in our desert environment.
The leisure area around the tower ("Old Town") is already open with a "New Souk / Souk Al Bahar" area and various restaurants & cafes dotted around a man-made lake.
You can also visit one of these restaurants or better yet: stay in 2 hotels which are located exactly next to the tower: QAMARDEEN Hotel (http://www.southernsunme.com/qamardeen/index.htm) or the AL MANZIL Hotel (http://www.southernsunme.com/almanzil/index.htm).
When you're driving around town you'll quickly notice: Burj Khalifa is visible from pretty much anywhere!
Dubai is marketing this tower not only as a building, but as a "part of history".
My wife and I had never been to Dubai and chose Qamardeen Hotel because it seemed to combine proximity to a mall, accessibility as well as price, in a package that seemed to favour our purpose. We couldn't have made a better choice. Qamardeen is quiet yet within walking distance of the DUBAI MALL too.
The hotel was extremely clean, had a team that seemed to tidy the room round the clock and they were very friendly and courteous. On one particular day, our bed in the room was dressed twice in one day. All we did was leave the 'Make up the room' notice and it was done.
Our room had very good views and the Burj Dubai as well as the beautiful 'The Address' building are within eye and camera shot.
The manager, Mr Rami was excellent and on the only problem that did occur (i.e when the taxi we had booked to take us a night souk took us to the wrong place one evening thus ruining our dinner plans on the day), he responded wonderfully; Firstly to make up for dinner he had us served food from the after hours sandwich bar at no cost then he arranged for one of the hotel jeeps to take us to the 'right' place the next day at no cost.
The food was ample and we really enjoyed the available choices at any meal chosen.
The only thing we felt needed to be tweaked was the provision and timing of the shuttle buses. For example the shuttle amongst other venues also goes to Jumeirah Beach. The letter said it was available from 0855 to 1830hrs but in truth there was only 1 shuttle going there in the morning and a single one coming back at 1830hrs. Minor glitch though comprehensive info would help people planning their movements. On the flip side though there are various shuttle trips to other malls and places of interest.
The only thing you need to be careful about (in Dubai generally) is TAXIS. They are prone to taking you to the wrong place unwittingly and annoyingly even when you've told them where you are going. For example, We asked one to take us to the Night Souk on the Al Seef Road and he took us to the Naif Souk in Deira ...... on the other side of the river!!!
All in all we had a really relaxing holiday and will definitely be using the Qamardeen Hotel. I can almost guarantee that you won't be disappointed staying here.
Very nice - great service
Stayed here for 10 nights in Feb 2008 for work. First time in Dubai and booked Qamardeen because it looked very nice and was well priced relative to other Dubai hotels I looked at. Really impressed with hotel, great reception, nice pool and restaurant. Service fantastic. Area is developing quickly. 5 minute walk to the Al Manzil which is the larger sister hotel that is located next to a suk (shopping centre). Highly recommended!
Out of the way
I stayed at the Qamardeen as part of a conference program. The conference organizers chose the location and paid for the rooms. I wouldn't choose to stay here if I was paying for two reasons - location and price. As other reviewers have noted, the hotel is in the middle of a construction site. A walk to the nearby Old Palace (a NEW hotel and residential complex) requires you to take your life into your hands as you navigate streets without footpaths. The hotel is a long way from the sites of Dubai Creek and the commercial district. Taxi drivers are also unfamiliar with the location. The rooms are spacious but NOT suitable for friends or colleagues who want to share a room. The bathroom and toilet offer no privacy (there is no bathroom - just a shower cubicle with opaque glass; ditto for toilet).
We stayed here for two days in august 2008. The hotel is located in “The Old Town”, that despite the name is a new district of Dubai; near the qamardeen, in a walking distance, there are a sister property hotel “Al Manzill”, a luxury hotel “The Palace the Old Town” with Souk and lagoon, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai ( in august under construction) . The Creek and the old Souk area is far away and you need take a taxi for about twenty minutes.
The room was well equipped and well decorated with Arabic touch, original and singular bathroom, a glass partition wall separates sink , tub and shower from the bedding area, toilet is in another area, in a cubicle.
The breakfast was excellent.
We spent a wonderful and relaxing time at the swimmingpool, the water was refrigerated because in the summer the temperature are very very hot.
This hotel was fantastic- spotless, excellent facilities, swift check in, and modern v cool decor. Above all, the personal and friendly manner of staff was excellent- they were incredibly helpful and friendly- beyond what you would normally expect. All their reccomendations/bookings were always followed up by a courtesy chat to make sure we had enjoyed ourselves etc.
The only downsides: the construction work going on nearby at the time- but that sums up all of Dubai at the moment! And its not in the heart of the bustling part of Dubai- but only a few minutes away by cab- which it never took the staff more than 5 mins to hail every time i needed one.
We had a fantastic stay at this gorgeous boutique style hotel over four nights. We arrived at 1am and were met with friendly staff, a nice drink and a swift check in. Everyone was polite, curteous and spoke excellent English - they always greeted us throughout our stay and anticipated our needs. You could tell a good deal of care and effort has gone into training staff to ensure guests received a consistent and pleasant experience.
We had a standard room on the top floor (level 6) which overlooked the pool and had a view of the sun rise. We specifically asked for a quiet room and it was great. Some of the rooms face outside of the hotel into the construction areas whilst others face the sun during the day which might make it a bit hot or bright in the room. The rooms are spacious, well decorated, modern and spotless. They're equipped with good quality ammenities, towels and sheets are changed daily and complimentary water, biscuits and chocolates are provided.
The location is the Burj Dubai precinct which is undergoing a great deal of construction but don't let this deter you. It's quite central and everything is a short cab ride away - just be mindful to book cabs ahead of your planned trip and ensure you ask the concierge the time required to get to your destination.
The dining options are limited. The main hotel restaurant is very good but pricey. The lobby lounge has a nice assortment of meals at reasonable prices. Ask the staff to arrange a car to take you to the adjacent sister property Al Manzil which has a range of cafes, bars and restaurants, as does The Palace hotel which is close by.
Thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone requiring a central location and enjoys smaller yet well furnished hotels.
Luxurious, peaceful hotel.
Dubai is hot, warm and mostly under construction. So to say that this hotel is peaceful, means a lot. Admittedly, the author was out of the hotel on business during the day, but the excellent insulation ensures you're not disturbed by the many cranes and construction which dominate this city.
The hotel may not be in the centre (although that depends on what is built around it in the future!), but it is has plenty of amenities: an outside pool; business centre.
Do bear in mind that alcohol is not served all the time due to religion, but this is easily solved by buying beer at the airport on arrival, or tucking into the mini-bar!
The hotel provides a shuttle bus to the massive shopping centres - it's about 10-15 minutes away.
Only reservation is to be wary of using the hotel's car service. The driver appeared to not know Dubai and get lost very easily.
The Butcher Shop and Grill - MOE
A very filling meal!!
Entrance to Romano's - Dubai
The Noodle House, Bin Hendi Avenue, Dubai
One night in Dubai
I am going to Dubai for one night this weekend just to have a few drinks and socialize, I'm am American who lives and works in the less progressive parts of the Middle East. If I want to be just hang out and meet people and see some sights for about 24 hours, where should I stay (Area, Hotel, etc.)? I have never been before and would love to hear from those who have or are there now.
Thank you in advance for your time and response.
Re: One night in Dubai
Well, you can stay in many different locations and do all of things you have mentioned!! I would prefer to stay in Deira, in a hotel which is near a business center. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers would fit well in all what you want to do:
For night life I can suggest Irish Village in aviation club!!
I am sure other VT members would have mny more great suggestions.
Re: One night in Dubai
To be in a central location I'd actually recommend staying along Sheikh Zayed Road (near the Trade Centre) or in Old Town, which is the area around Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower.
There are some hotels there and numerous bars and restaurants. Plus, if you do want to go somewhere else it's easy to find taxis (Dubai Mall is also located there.)
Try Qamardeen Hotel, Al Manzil Hotel, or if your budget allows: Palace Hotel or Armani Hotel :-)
Re: One night in Dubai
Carlton Tower Hotel in Daira [Baniyas Road] is also good option with Window towards Creek.
Metro station is at 7 minutes walk and Taxi is easily available. 4 Star Hotel but economical. I stayed there last week.
Re: One night in Dubai
Hi, welcome to VT.
I'll add one more possibility to what Amir and Jess suggested - Jumeirah Beach/Dubai Marina. Where you choose depends what sights you want to see. The original city has the older attractions including the souks, New Dubai has all the new developments you will have read about - Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa etc etc. The hotel depends on your budget.
Dubai is now two separate areas, the original city and New Dubai. You can stay in the original city, either in Deira or Bur Dubai which are either side of the Creek which runs through the centre of the city.
Alternatively you can stay in a beach resort or on the Marina, which is a major development in New Dubai.
Or you can compromise and stay, as Jess said, on Sheikh Zayed Road which is in between the two.
As Amir said, Irish Village is a good hang out for a one night stop over.