Winchester Hotel Apartments

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Al Kuwait Street, Dubai, 29016, United Arab Emirates

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Winchester Hotel Apartments
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 25% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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    Definitely 'deluxe'!

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    Lovely hotel, helpful staff, clean and very spacious rooms.
    Booked a studio suite for a 3 night stopover on route to Sydney and were upgraded to a 2 bedroom super suite with 3 bathrooms!
    Very nice roof top pool, but seemed a bit small for the amount of people the hotel can obviously accommodate.
    Very close to Al Karama metro station (visible from the hotel, a 10 main walk away) and a supermarket just 1 main in the opposite direction.

    Would definitely stay here again!!

    Unique Quality: Very spacious rooms
    Clean, wide hallways
    Fast elevators
    Gorgeous lobby!

    Directions: Al Karama area. 10 mins from Al Karama metro station

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Forum Posts

Construction Noise

by SusanAberdeen

I will be going to Dubai in October 2010 and would like to know the names of any 4 or 5 star hotels or apartment hotels that are not affected by construction noise. I would also like to know which hotels/areas to avoid.

Re: Construction Noise

by colin_bramso

Hi, welcome to VT.

There really aren't any areas you need to avoid particularly. While there's still a lot of construction all over Dubai a huge amount has been finished and many of the hotels are clear, or fairly clear, of construction around them.

You have a basic choice of beach hotels or city hotels, so the area depends which you prefer. Personally I'd choose a city hotel because we prefer to explore places rather than sit around on a beach.

Let us know which you prefer and we can make some suggestions. You can also look at our Dubai pages here on VT, especially the Hotel Tips, for ideas and info. Just click on our names, or use the search panel, and follow the links.

Re: Construction Noise

by JessH

I think there is still quite a lot of construction noise along Sheikh Zayed Road, Interchange No. 1 (Al Murooj Rotana, Shangri-La Hotel and Oldtown / Burj Khalifa area) as they are still working on a massive system of flyovers and bridges. A friend of mine lives there and actually requires ear plugs on some nights (not always).

But as Colin said, construction sites in Dubai have diminished a lot in the past year - either because projects have been completed or simply because projects have been put "on hold" (you can see this a lot in Al Barsha, behind Mall of the Emirates).

Have a look at the VT Guide to Dubai (including Hotels) put together by VT members here:

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/United_Arab_Emirates/Dubai/Dubai-1857296/TravelGuide-Dubai.html

Re: Construction Noise

by SusanAberdeen

Hi Colin,

Thank you for replying. I have talked to my frieds and we are looking for a hotel that has apartments and a spa and we don't mind whether it is beach or city. If you know of one which is free from construction noise that would be helpful. We are planning to travel at the start of October so things might have changed by then.

Re: Construction Noise

by SusanAberdeen

Thank you for replying.

Re: Construction Noise

by colin_bramso

We have a lot of apartment hotels now. The nearest to the beaches would be in Dubai Marina and there are plenty in the original city too. I'm not sure which ones specifically have a spa but a lot of the higher star properties do.

I can't really suggest any specifically - living here means we don't stay in hotels. I would suggest you look for 4 or 5 star, those below that can often be a bit iffy.

Travel Tips for Dubai

What to do, where and when

by bzh

Time Out, who provide one of the most popular "what's on" magazine in London, have branched to Dubai. If you want to know what's on, where and when it is and how to get there, get your copy of Time Out. Your might even get a complimentary copy from your hotel.

"Desert Survival" Packing List

by JessH

Whether you're planning a day-trip or overnight stay in the desert, there are certain things you need to take with you. Here's what we take with us every time. Many of these things are available in supermarkets, at petrol stations or at Dubai's DIY store ACE Hardware: http://www.aceuae.com/ Desert for a DAY-TRIP:
> Water! Plenty of H2O for you & also for your car in case it overheats.
> First Aid Kit: bandages, disinfectant spray, burn cream, etc.
> BBQ with coals & lighter fluid.
> Sports/Electrolyte Drinks: by sweating your body doesn't only loose water but also vital salts & minerals. Gatorade, Isostar or similar will help combat any nausea or sun stroke.
> Multiple fully-charged mobile phones with good coverage.
> Cooler box: for drinks & to keep BBQ foods (meat, etc.) cool & fresh.
> Sun lotion (you won't need repellent as there aren't many mosquitoes)
> Toilet roll/wet wipes: dig a small hole, do your business and cover it up with sand to avoid certain "odours" wafting through your campsite.
> Any kind of hat (baseball cap, etc.) & sunglasses.
> Tow ropes: Make sure at least 2 persons have a set each.
> Balloon-air-jack for the sand (punctures are common & any normal jack will, of course, sink!) OVERNIGHT Camping Trip:
If you're staying for the night, take additionally:
> Mats/Blankets for sitting on.
> Fire wood! there is no wood in the desert, so if you want a camp fire...
> Lights! Torches, storm candles, anything that will help you find your way in the dark.
> A change of clothes (in case of spillage, stinkeage, etc… haha!)
> A pair of good walking shoes (you may not get far in flip-flops)
> Sleeping bags & a sturdy tent: it can get very windy in the desert & in the winter months night-time temperatures drop down to 5-10 degrees Celsius.
> Batteries & a radio: we all know what happens if you leave your car-radio on all night...
> A canister of petrol (just in case...) And finally...
> Rubbish Bags: PLEASE take your rubbish home with you so you don't affect local wildlife & so the next person can also enjoy the beauty of the desert. Also, hundreds of camels & gazelles starve to death every year after nibbling on plastic bags left in the desert, that then solidify in their stomachs and cause a slow, miserable death.
FULL STORY HERE: http://www3.gulfnews.com/nation/General/10184326.html > If you are planning a serious off-roading trip, then you might want to consider investing in a GPS sytem for your car. Over the past few years most major roads and even well-known desert tracks & common meeting points have been mapped for GPS.

Cheap Brands

by Shibiru about Karama Region

It's not just one shop, it's a region called Karama. Here it's all about brands...fake brands. However, I don't really care about brands but enjoy going here anyway because there are very cheap leather bags for example which even non branded are expensive anywhere else.

Check out the secret stairs to the top of the shops...that's where the watches normally are. Bags, Wallets, Clothes, Shoes, Watches Bargain it down!You can really pay less here...

Bouncers, Rules & Getting into Dubai nightclubs

by JessH about GENERAL TIPS & INFO

It's easy to have some wild nights & crazy parties in Dubai (I have pictures to prove it...) but you have to make sure that you stay within relatively strict guidelines. Dress code, not getting too "steamy" and hands-on with your date in public & early closing hours are just some of them. So: Inform yourself, prepare yourself & enjoy yourself!

TIP: Please note that the legal "partying-age" in Dubai is 21 yrs. You may be asked to present your ID at the door.

>>> 99% of all clubs & bars are located in hotels, as only hotels can apply for a liquor licence in the UAE.<<<

Many clubs in Dubai have a "couples only" policy, meaning that couples & single girls are allowed, but not single men.
Some clubs will ask for an entrance fee from single men (which can be quite high!), but if you wait outside for a group of single girls and ask then politely if you can simply walk in with them, most ladies will help you out... especially if you offer to buy them a drink as a "thank you".

If you've finally pulled Mr or Mrs "Right Now", hold your horses! Before you both start receiting non-verbal French to each other, get a room! Overly-friendly "physical displays" in public are a big No-No, not even in a cab. So wait until you're alone - and avoid spending the night in jail.

Also: hitting on girls is fine lads, but don't over-do it: if one of us girls gets too annoyed with a guy we can simply walk up to any bouncer & have you "removed from the premises". So don't get too clingy: if the lady isn't interested move on! Ladies rule the Dubai night-scene... haha! (>evil giggle<)

Unfortunately many high-class clubs are quite "racist" and will often refuse entry to patrons from Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Philippines, etc.) There's not much you can do about it on the night, but definitely complain to the management the next day.

OPENING HOURS: It's sad but true: all bars and nightclubs in Dubai close the latest by 03:00am (by law)

Behave Yourselves: being drunk & disorderly in public (this means anywhere between the club's front door and your home's/hotel room's door) is punishable by law. When going out in Dubai, dress codes vary from establishment to establishment. If you are planning on "bar-hopping" throughout the night follow these guidelines and you won't be left standing outside because you are underdressed...

MEN: Some places (Irish pubs, etc.) are very relaxed when it comes to dresscode for men.
To play it safe though, men should wear
- a shirt with collar
- good-quality jeans or proper trousers (no shorts!)
- proper shoes (no sandals or sports shoes/sneakers).
Then no bouncer should have a problem letting you in.

LADIES: For us girlies, pretty much anything goes... sorry guys! Even the more upmarket places don't have a problem if you show up in jeans and a sexy top, or short skirts, or boots, etc. Some bouncers may have a problem if you are wearing sneakers/sports shoes. But usually they are glad to see girls wanting to party at their club and will let you in without any trouble.

PUBLIC DECENCY LAWS in the UAE: http://www.gulfnews.com/gngalleries/galleries/10227399.html

Via plane to Dubai with Emirates

by Airpunk

Dubai is becoming one of the world’s main hubs for air traffic. The main driving force is Emirates, the airline of the emirate of Dubai. This airline has become a global player in the recent years and has always some good offer for flights to Dubai. If you are flying with Emirates via Dubai to any other destination, it is easy to plan a stopover of two or three days in Dubai.
The airline has flights from most of the large airports in Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. As of 2007, flights to the Americas are only offered from New York, Toronto, Houston and Sao Paulo. The service of this airline is known to be among the best in the world. Even economy class passengers can enjoy better meals and more entertainment than on the classic carriers. Emirates has a perfect safety record with no hull loss since its founding in 1985.

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