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Hilton Dubai Creek: Style on the creek

This very modern and stylish hotel overlooks the dhow wharfage on Dubai Creek.
It houses the Gordon Ramsay restaurant 'Verre' as well as the bistro Glasshouse and a nice little espresso bar in the lobby.
Roof top pool with great views

Designed by Carlos Ott, famous for the Opera La Bastille in Paris and National Bank of Dubai.

Modern and minimalist boutique hotel.
A lot of metal, glass, black marble and leather.
Can be quite austere but they do use soft lighting (and candles) and gorgeous floral arrangements to lighten things up.

Corner alcove rooms have a jacuzzi in the bathroom overlooking the dhows on the creek and you can ask for a DVD player and choose DVDs from the menu.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Business Travel, Women's Travel
  • Written June 2, 2003
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View of Chamber of Commerce from my alcove room


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Grand Hyatt Resort: Big and bouncy

It's HUGE = 600+ rooms.
Recently opened and very posh, this place has 4 (four) full size dhow hulls suspended in the ceiling of the main atrium.
There is a tropical garden, with waterfalls and ponds, surrounded by a variety of restaurants and bars.
Rooms are as posh as you can imagine & actually quite interesting for a business hotel. I think there are 14 or so food outlets, including Italian, deli, SE Asian, Arabian, Lebanese, Singaporean and a Tea House.
Nice pool, gym & spa for relaxing between conference meetings!

Classy.
Opulent decor.
Indoor tropical garden.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Luxury Travel, Business Travel
  • Written May 29, 2003
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See what I mean!


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Grand Hayatt Hotel: The newst hotel..

Grand Hayatt is one of the newst five stars hotels in Dubai.. it's a VERY beautiful hotel with the most wonderful indoor and outdoor gardens..

Extreamly fascinating indoor garden, Fine restaurants, three pools (one indoor poor), gym, spa...

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Spa and Resort
  • Written May 19, 2003
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Royal Mirage: Somewhere slightly more stylish than average

Moorish style architecture on the Sufoh beach strip of hotels.
There is the The One and Only Royal Mirage (the original), The Arabian Court and The Residence and Spa.
Owned by Sun City group I believe, if that gives you a clue to the kind of over-the-top luxury it might offer!

More interesting than your average bog-standard chain 5star property.
Very good food and beverage, but expensive. Beach Grill is gorgeous!
Givency Spa (if you can afford it)
Kasbar nightclub, v posh and popular with mostly Lebanese & Arab expat crowd. Dress to impress or you won't get in.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Spa and Resort
  • Written May 13, 2003
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Popular setting for weddings


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Jumairah Beach Hotel: Stunning architecture

A huge beachside hotel, sister to Burj al Arab. Top quality 5-star hotel as good as any in the world. Relaxed and friendly, excellent lunch buffet.

All the facilities of a five star hotel, fabulous pool, private beach, shopping arcade, big choice of food outlests.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Luxury Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written April 13, 2003
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Wave-based design.

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Burj al Arab: Absolutely stunning hotel

Unbelievable! Built on a man-made island just offshore using the most modern materials.

To say the interior is opulent isn't doing it justice, it's breathtaking. It's certainly not to everyone's taste and it would be out of place, way over the top, in many countries. But what and where it is and in its setting it works.

Not many people can afford to stay and non-guests can't simply walk in to look around. You can book a visit through various tour operators, for afternoon tea for example, or you can book independently to eat in one of the restaurants or have a cocktail in the bar high above the Gulf.

The building itself, its standard of facilities, attention to detail, no-expense-spared quality.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Spa and Resort
  • Written April 13, 2003
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Al Mas Residence: Self-catering apartments.

There are very many blocks of serviced apartments all over Dubai, which is a very good alternative to hotels. They range from true 5-star to much cheaper apartments, so the choice is yours.

Al Mas is a middle-of-the-road block, everything you need, clean, well-serviced but not luxurious, with bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom. I'd rate it at 3-star.

Depending on the length of stay you can negotiate from the published price.

Excellent location close to the centre of Bur Dubai near shops, shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written April 1, 2003
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Lounge, bedroom, bathroom & kitchen


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The One & Only Royal Mirage: One of the best five-stars

The hotels in Dubai are amongst the best in the world. In the city, stay at any overlooking the Creek...the Sheraton or Radisson are ideal. On the beach strip in New Dubai one of the best of the 5-star hotels is The One & Only Royal Mirage.

Low rise, modelled on traditional buildings in landscaped gardens.
Wonderful design and attention to detail. Absolutely top class true 5 star luxury.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Business Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written September 10, 2002
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Traditional design.

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Well there is holiday Inn...

Well there is holiday Inn downtown which has an excellent location in Deira area and a reasonable price. Just a note that there are several Holiday Inns hotel in Dubai and as you know Holiday Inn rates are not cheap so make sure to look for 'Holiday Inn Downtown' and not another...

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  • Written August 26, 2002
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The Metropolitan Deira Hotel: The Metropolitan Deira Hotel

180 dirhams for a double, or about US$50. We got this deal from Discovery Travel, a travel agency in the Dubai airport. I'm not sure if it's a special deal or not, and if you're not planning on arriving in Dubai via the airport, I'd suggest calling the hotel and asking for their best price. All prices in Dubai are open for negotiation!

It was priced reasonably and was very comfortable, with a great air conditioner (a very important thing in Dubai) and a very nice balcony with slightly tinted windows. They also had a little fridge in the room, and the water pressure and temperature was great. It was either 3 or 4 star lodging. Another great thing is that they have a sister hotel in Jumeira on the beach, and offer free shuttle to and from the beach hotel and the use of their facilities. So you can catch the shuttle in the morning (which you would pay a taxi 15-20 dirhams for), lounge on the beach all day, and return in the afternoon. You can also take a taxi from the Jumeira Beach hotel to the Jumeira mosque while you're on that side of town. (There's a photo of the Jumeira mosque at the very top of this page).

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 26, 2002
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