- Reviews: 229
Jumeirah Madinat: Palmtrees, Gondolas, and Pampering
The Madinat Jumeirah belongs to the Jumeirah-group of hotels, which includes the Burj-Al-Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and the Wild Wadi waterpark. Just like these, the focus at the Madinat is on luxury and customer comfort. If you are not staying at the hotel, you can still visit its public areas, such as the shopping area, which is decorated to look like a traditional souk and has been cleverly wound round a sort of a circular structure - it's quite easy to think you are lost in a labyrinth when ur right back at where you started off. If you look at the ceiling it almost takes u back in time to ancient Arabia with wooden windows, wind towers and souq architecture. There are scores of antique shops inside, as well as classy restaurants and not so pricy ones. You also have shops selling postcards (though u can buy the same 5 AED ones elsewhere [at the Dubai Airport for instance] for 2 AED) and clothes, small little jewellery stalls, turkish soap bars, dried fruit stalls and shops selling shisha pipes for westerners who want to start their own harems in their backyard.
No one in their sane mind wants to go back out into the heat, though when u do get out and see the backdrop of the Burj Al Arab rising proudly right next door - its worth every bit of heat. There are canals with gondolas going through the entire hotel complex, and even though the boat rides are only for guests living in any of the Jumeirah hotels, you might just be lucky enuff and security won't ask (they might assume that you are living at the hotel itself).
- 2 Grand Boutique Hotels and 29 Traditional Courtyard Summer Houses
- 867 rooms and suites
- Club Executive and Premium Leisure Club - - Lounge facilities for corporate and leisure guests
- 40 hectares of landscaping and gardens
- 1 km of private beach which connects with neighbouring Burj Al Arab, The Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi Water Park
- 3.7 km of working waterways with fully operational abras (traditional water taxis) which transport guests from their rooms to the restaurants and beach
- A bustling retail souk with 75 shops and 23 bars, cafes and restaurants
- 45 restaurants, cafés and bars offering an eclectic array of international cuisine
- Six Senses Spa providing the ultimate in Asian and European relaxation therapies
- The Quay Healthclub
- Madinat Arena (Multi Purpose Venue for up to 4550 people)
- Madinat Theatre (432 seat)
- Outdoor Amphitheatre (1000 seat)
- Fort Island (Outdoor Function Venue)
- Madinat Conference Hall (3600 sq. mts)
- Reviews: 229
Emirates Towers Hotels: Luxury in the Financial Districs
Driving down Sheikh Zayed Road, you have high-rise galore, yet the Emirates Towers stand out (possibly because there are 2 of them). One is a buisiness tower (350m), housing hundreds of offices, the other one is home to the luxurious Emirates Towers Hotel (305m).
No building in Dubai would be complete without a dedicated shopping-zone, so expectedly, the Emirates Towers have the "The Boulevard", a small 2-level shopping area between the towers (about 40 stores and a handful of restaurants/coffee-shops).
Some of what they offer:
- 400 luxurious rooms and suites
- Rooms furnished in contemporary style offering spacious luxury.
- Fully equipped workstation including ultra-high speed Internet connections.
- Mini Hi-fi system and interactive TV system with wireless keyboard.
- Suites with panoramic views and spacious living areas.
- Dedicated hotel floor exclusively for women.
- Serviced only by female staff.
- Lavish amenities and bathing products by Chopard.
- Luxurious cosmetics and a cosmetics fridge.
- Yoga mat and DVD with introduction to yoga.
- Dedicated Club Executive Lounge on the 42nd floor.
- Complimentary breakfast and all-day beverages and snacks.
- Exclusive benefits such as a seamless check-in service and chauffeur transfer.
- The Health Club with gymnasium, sauna, steam and massage rooms.
- The Big Apple fitness club with fully equipped gymnasium and aerobics studio.
- Shopping in the Boulevard at Emirates Towers.
- Access to Wild Wadi Water Park at preferential rate.
- Complimentary access to The Jumeirah Beach Club Resort and Spa.
- Access to The Jumeirah Beach Hotel at a preferential rate.
- 16 restaurants and lounges that offer a global tour of cuisines including:
* Vu's - Modern European cuisine. Highest restaurant in Europe and Middle East
* The Rib Room - Steak and seafood restaurant
* Mosaico - Italian, open 24 hours a day. Poolside alfresco terrace
* Cigar Lounge - Oysters and gourmet fare
* The Agency - trendy, intimate bar serving over 50 wines by the glass
* Scarlett's - American cuisine with a lively atmosphere
* tokyo@thetowers - a choice of authentic Japanese dishes
* ET Sushi - sushi bar
* Harry Ghatto's - karaoke bar
* The Noodle House - fast, fun, affordable Southeast Asian food
* Al Nafoorah - exquisite Lebanese cuisine in the most opulent setting
* Bonsai - a new restaurant opening late 2005
- Reviews: 229
Al Faris 1 Hotel Apartments: Reasonably Priced and Centrally Located
This is not the Burj Al Arab, BUT until we have enough money for the Burj, Al Faris is a quite nice place to stay. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the staff is friendly and helpful. A 5-minute walk from the Creek, the hotel is located centrally in Bur Dubai, with stores and supermarkets close by (a much better location than the Burj!).
- Excellent central location
- 2 Studio Suites
- 25 Studio Apts.
- 3-star rating
Prices range from US $ 70.-- to 100.-- per night
Weekly rates range from US $ 500.-- to $ 600.-- depending on season.
As with everything in the Middle East --> NEGOTIATE!!!
Because of Ash's excellent haggling-skills we got a much better rate.
- Reviews: 229
Royal Mirage Resort Hotel: The Royal Mirage
Though we didn't stay there, this hotel is well worth a visit. Built with the theme of Oasis, it gives off an air of oriental mystery. Driving up, you will pass lush landscaping with fowers in full bloom. If you arrive at night, the beauty of the light-up hotel-complex is stunning. This hotel is truly beautiful and shouldn't be missed.
More pictures from the Mirage
- private beach
- swimming pools
- water sports center
- health & beauty institute
- spa & fitness center
- hair salon
- Reviews: 453
Burj Al Arab: not my dream
Everybody in Dubai want to spend a night here......only to enter in the all u have to pay a ticket....the room are big, suits, but furnished with bad taste, kitch......
The sail line is good but for me is crazy to spend 1000 dollars per night to have a mirror on the bed ( like in the sexy motel in America)or golden tap in the toilett!
- Reviews: 453
Eureka Hotel: Not so bad!
We arrived with a voucher from the airport....we paied for a night adn they give us immediately the romm, littel but well equipped, but without tovels!!!....I asked adn they told me thy were in the loundry, obout 15 minutes and the came:......I needed a shower and aftere and hour I take the shower dry me with a littel tovel I had with me!
All the hotel in the city was full for a cimnema festival adn after the dinner we return inthe romm....there were the tovels, but at the first floor there were the arabian night club.....bumh bah, cha cha...crazy in a hotel....I was so tired that I slept allthe nigh t with the bumh cha!!!!!
We ask jto stay a second night but the price was a little incrised becouse the first price is madae only for the airport agency so if u want this price u have to book directly in the airport.
Breakfast includen inthe price, littel swiming pool on the roof, gymnasium, strategically located in Deira, near the shopping area, but not far from the freeway to the airport.
- Reviews: 229
Burj Al Arab Hotel: The Arabian Tower
The Burj Al Arab is known as the world's only 7-star hotel - anything that looks like gold, IS gold.
At the moment we have a Dubai-residence, so no need to stay at the hotel, BUT a visit was desired! The entrance for a visitor is about $ 30.--, but included in that price was a beautiful book, and the admission slip was also a coupon towards a drink or food in one of the restaurants. The hotel itself is pure luxury and something to be seen. The view from the top-restaurant is spectacular, especially since you get a unique look at palm-island, and the underwater seafood restaurant offers some of the most exquisite specialties in the world.
Make sure not to be "under-dressed" (i.e. ripped jeans, etc.) as a visitor. (Not sure if the same rule applies for guests.)
Great website with facts:
Insider-tip: if you want to save the $ 30.-- entrance fee (no book, no drink coupon), you can just make a reservation at one of the restaurants in the hotel, and when you get there, cancel the reservation from one of the phones in the lobby.
- 202 duplex suites
- In addition to a dining and living area, each suite has an office area complete with laptop, Internet access, private fax, printer and copier
- Hidden network of advanced technology - lighting, curtains and air-conditioning at the touch of a button
- 42-inch plasma screen, video on demand, DVD and a wide variety of cable channels
- Assawan Spa & Health Club situated on the 18th floor with magnificent views over the Gulf. Treatment rooms, hydrotherapy baths, oriental massage, stand-up solarium, sauna, steam rooms and jacuzzi, two swimming pools, squash court, two fully equipped fitness studios and an aerobics floor
- Unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park
- Rolls-Royce or BMW limousine service available at a charge
- 8 restaurants and lounges, including:
> Al Muntaha - which means the ultimate or the highest at 200 metres above the Arabian Gulf, offering modern European cuisine
> Al Mahara - seafood restaurant accessible by a three minute virtual submarine voyage. Magnificent oval aquarium visible throughout the restaurant
> Al Iwan - sea view restaurant. Finest Arabian hospitality with d?cor of dramatic gold, red and black
> Majlis Al Bahar - a casual alfresco restaurant serving mediterranean specialities
> Sahn Eddar - at the base of the world's tallest atrium and offering light fine fare and Afternoon Tea
> Juna Lounge - a stylish and intimate lounge with a fine selection of cigars
> Skyview Bar - located adjacent to Al Muntaha, a wonderful location for pre- and post dinner drinks
> Bab Al Yam - cafe restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere and stunning views
- Reviews: 453
Ageny in the airport: Book your room in the airport
In certain period Dubai and the nearest Emirates are completely fully booked cause there are special events or fair trade or festival...so is better to take info before...u are not obbliged to book before, but Dubai is full of hotel and it's impossible to think to walk in the city asking for a room, Dubai haven't name ore number in the street and find an address will be heavy!!!!
So before living the airport ask to the hotel desk in foront of the arrival door, they are good and if u book from them u will be a better price than the normal hotel pricelist!!!
- Reviews: 639
Royal Falcon Hotel: Royal Falcon Hotel
Royal Hotel Falcon is a 3 star hotel located in Deira Area. The room itself is ok clean enough but the bathroom stinks.
The design of the room is not good enough for you to have a peaceful sleep not unless you're really knocked off and tired. You can hear the sound of the elevator, the running kids going back and forth, the people staying on the other rooms...wow! it was really chaotic!
The aircondition unit is nto even working! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr and the hotel staff esp the housekeeping staff are really rude.
The hotel is flocked by prostitutes during weekend and by men who wants to have some fun (know what i mean?) Well actually, they said prostitutes in Dubai are everywhere....hmmm! sounds like a common thing to them!
We arrived early in the morning, and the linmo driver was not really familiar with the place and so we tried to call them to ask for the direction. Unfortunately, we tried to reach them with the telephone number that they post in the internet but no one is answering the phone.
So, it took us almost an hour or so to find the hotel :-(
The hotel rate in Dubai is really pricey.Considering a 3 star hotel with bad service is USD110 per night but i would suggest an extra 50-70USd a night is reasonable enough for you to stay out of this hotel.
- Reviews: 639
Burj Al Arab: Burj Al Arab
Burj AL Arab is the famous landmark of Dubai as of today. The most expensive & luxurious accomodation in UAE.
They are self proclaimed 7 star hotel, though technically speaking there is no such thing as 7 star hotel :-). They are just one of the 5 stars hotel in the world.
Famous celebrities, politicians, athletes etc are of common site here :-)
if you will ask me if i tried to dine inside and see for myself the interior of the hotel? Sorry, i did not have the chance to do so. The in house resto's are having bad publicity and negative reviews regarding the food and the pricey drinks and food. SO we just decided to skip this activity and just have a souvenir photo outside hehehe.
- Reviews: 943
Millennium Airport Hotel: Good place
This hotel was certainly a good place for an overnight stay in Dubai. It seemed to me that one wing was reserved for stranded Emirates Airlines passengers like, with a check-in counter at the reception.
My room was very spacious with two queen size beds, TV, internet connection, safe, aircon and fridge.
The hotel has a couple of shops, a beauty parlor, swimmingpool and a couple of restaurants.
Lunch and dinner which was provided for me was buffet-style in one of the restaurants. The food was very good and there was ample choice for vegetarians (like myself).
Good place to stay, especially if it is for free :).
- Reviews: 456
Jumeirah Beach hotels: Is construction a problem?
People often ask in the Forum whether their hotel will be affected by the massive construction projects in Dubai. Construction behind the string of hotels along Jumeirah Beach - including Sheraton, Hilton, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Royal Meridien, One & Only Royal Mirage, Habtoor Grand and others - has largely been finished. There is now a very popular promenade of shops and restaurants.
Most of the construction work has been completed, and the global financial crisis put an end to other projects that were planned, so it's not really a major problem any more.
The main attraction of these hotels is the beachfront location and superb beach clubs. They also all have great restaurants and most have daily dinner buffets which are fantastic value.
There is also The Walk, a restaurant and retail area that is part of Jumeirah Beach Residence and has plenty of pavement cafes and restaurants for outdoor dining in the better months, which is October through April. And just across the bridges over the marina is Marina Walk, the first phase of Dubai Marina, which has more restaurants including many serving sheesha.
- Reviews: 109
Metropolitan Beach Resort: Metropolitan Resort
It was one of the best hotels I've ever been !
I would recommend it to people looking for a nice and very comfortable place ... like for your honeymoon :-)
- Reviews: 285
Ramada Dubai: Mid-range hotel
This is a fairly typical four-star chain hotel. The staff work at a leisurely pace, so expect that check-in may be a little frustrating if you've arrived on a long-haul flight. The rooms are comfortable, water is plentiful, and breakfast is a delight. The hotel is situated in the Deira area, not far from the central business district, and about a 5-minute ride from the DXB airport. Unfortunately, due to its location, virtually noplace a visitor might want to go is within walking distance, so transportation by taxi is necessary. That is the price one pays for a more modest rate, I suppose.
Good value for money.
- Reviews: 210
~ Oasis Beach Hotel ~: ~ Beautiful Hotel ~
We upgraded our room to a superior sea view for 175 AED per night. It is well worth the money. The room was very clean and spacious, we had bath robes, tea & coffee making facilities, mini bar & an enormous king size bed which was very comfortable & very hard to get out of each morning because you had such a nice sleep. The hotel has two restaurants, the Oregano which is a Mediterranean restaurant and set out like a country farm house which was very nice. Then there was the Singapura restaurant which was Far Eastern cuisine, we ate here twice because it was so good and the service was fantastic too. There is also the buffet restaurant called the Bazaar, this is where meals are served. It is laid out like an open cooking station with chefs cooking the meals fresh in front of you. The Bazaar was highly enjoyable every night with a different theme each evening. Breakfast was amazing, so much choice for everyone, they had Kellogg's cereals,fresh Fruits and juices, Full English breakfast even with Pork bacon & sausages, pancakes & an organic corner.
We enjoyed the themed bar at night called Charlie Parrot's, its set out like a rain forest with palm trees, flowers and parrots every where. There are about 4-5 flat screen tv's so you can watch the live football which was on most afternoons. There is also a live band on each evening & then a dj. Or you can visit the piano bar on 1st floor for a relaxing evening and enjoy a drink or two. The pool area and gardens were beautiful, lots of sun beds with comfortable mattresses for you to relax. It was never hard to find somewhere to sun bathe unlike some holiday's we've been on. It was peaceful and relaxing. Waiters would come round to see if you would like a drink or any snacks so you could enjoy a drink whilst sunbathing or you could try the pool bar which is the largest pool bar in Dubai. We would sit in the pool bar for a couple of hours a day talking to the nice friendly staff.
Every evening when we were getting ready to go out our room attendant would come round with complimentary bottles of water and chocolates which was a really nice touch, he was very polite and charming.
Our favourite bar man at the pool bar was Olee, he is from the Philippines and was very nice to talk to. He called us "His Couple" and we would have some good laughs together at the bar. We were very sad to leave the Oasis Beach hotel, it really was our most enjoyable holiday of all time and we cant wait to go back next year again. Yes Dubai is expensive, but it is money well spent and well worth every penny
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