I have to work in Dubai 1 week in 5 and have been staying up at Al Barsha. I fancied a changed so looked for hotels around the Jumareih Beach. Initially I was put off by the prices as being at the office during the day, most of the facilities were to be wasted - I found the Byblos but was immediately put off by Trip Advisor comments - however it was clear if I wanted to stay within in walking distance of the beach walk then I had to ignore comments and go for it ! - The price was competitive with the Ibis at Mall of Emirates - although with the Dubai World Cup on towards the end of the week, I sensed some of the budget hotels were charging more than usual.
Flew in on the overnight flight with around 2 hours sleep under my belt. Straight to t he office - this was my worry. I had read all manner of comments about Noise and was worried right upto going to bed later that night that the noise from the clubs/bars within the hotel would keep me awake.
Hotel looks well from the outside and is located on the Marina. Check in was easy, I asked about a room on a higher level. The receptionist seemed to advise that No Smoking floors were on the fourth and fifth and I would have ot have a smoking room in floor 7. Not what I wanted but referring to tripadvisor I went for it. Fortunately no smoke smell in the room. I had a view half over looking the marina. Room was fine, clean and bigger than most I have stayed in recently - I had a double for single occupency. WIFI is available and is expensive - although it was not a "poor" connection as also advised on here. The issue was you could only have single devices per subscription. So if like me you had a Laptop for work, an I Pad for leisure and a smart phone for convienience you had to take out THREE subscriptions - I heard a woman arguing at the counter as she had a shared room and between the occupants they had 5 devices.
I paid for Breakfast on my room rate but wish I hadn't. It was really rubbish and you are better going over the street to the coffee shop and saving your self for lunch. I only went once to Breakfast. I did not use the pool or any of the clubs - however if you like a pint the pub in the lobby Nelly Gwynnes is awesome. The problem is it is too good an environment with Pool Table, Darts, Live Band and is quite a large area. My work colleagues who live out their had never heard of it - the place was buzzing with mainly non-residents as far as I could see. The problem with this place was it was too easy. There are a number of floor waitresses who just wander around which is good but I am a fast drinker and it seemed they were on me every 15 minutes for "another one sir" - which is OK as I am an adult and should have discipline but I found myself having one too many and at 40 AED per time it was costly. Sure it was their jobs to sell "beer" but I did find it mildy irritating (not in a nasty way and I had no issue with the way they approached me).
So onto the NOISE. Yeah everyone is spot on. The hotel is noisy - I wonder though, I got out on Floor 5 and unless you have a room next to lift shafts which appear to carry the noise I do not see there is a massive problem. I think you would have to try and sleep "listening to the music" if that make sense. On floor 7 it was the same, I stood by the staff lift and the music carried up the shaft was loud, but I was in 721 which is virtually opposite and it never bothered me.
Check out was slow as they have to make various calls for room checking. In fact there were 3 off us checking out at the same time and it was clear we were all leaving. I don't understand why the receptionist didn't gather all our room details together and call housekeeping ? - Instead she dealt with us one by one which resulted in 3 phonecalls.
I need to make a decision now, I didn't feel the Byblos was the right place to stay for a working week although I enjoyed the location immensely . However the usual hotels on the other side of the highway are really nothing but a bed. It is possible as part of my entitlement my familly will join me for a week in May, if so I would not hesitate to book the byblos again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The modern concept offers appealing, stylish guest rooms and suites which provide a calm, comfortable oasis of quiet a midst the hum of the busy city outside.Enjoy contemporary luxury in an excellent location, adjacent to the famous Jumeirah Beach, home to The Walk, Dubai’s most happening outdoor destination. Close to Dubai’s main business areas such as Dubai Media City, Internet City and JAFZA, Marina Byblos Hotel has the perfect location to suits the needs of both business and leisure travelers. Exploring the city could not be simpler with JLT Metro Station within easy walking distance.Marina Byblos Hotel offers 184 elegant, smoking and non smoking rooms and suites tastefully decorated and well appointed for your comfort, overlooking the famous Dubai Marina and Yacht docks. ... more less
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