We stayed at the Hilton Residences on 17th September for 7 nights. We arrived on an overnight Virgin flight and got to the hotel at 0930. Normal check in time was at lunchtime, but they checked us in straight away and surprised us with a room upgrade. The check in was quick and very professional. Some reviewers have talked about the hotel taking a deposit/ charge against their stay, however, this is normal for any hotel to do and they only charge you what you actually spend during your stay so we didn’t have an issue with this.
Our room was huge and had everything you could want. It was described as a deluxe courtyard view studio room with kitchenette and a balcony which overlooked the courtyard and the marina (Room 1209). The room was cleaned daily and fresh towels changed if required plus all the usual bathroom toiletries which are replaced daily, so you can leave the shower gels and shampoos at home!
We stayed on a half board basis (breakfast and dinner or lunch) and all the meals are in the Hartisan restaurant. The food at breakfast was very good with a very good choice of cereals, fresh breads, eggs cooked anyway you like, great omelettes , pastries and lots of fresh fruit. The evening meals are served in a buffet style, we first thought the restaurant was quite small but we found every night something to eat and the quality of the food was very good indeed.
As guests of Hilton Residences you also have full use of the Resort hotel across the road, which includes a meal allowance of 110 dirhams per person to use in any of the restaurants, however, we never felt the need to go anywhere else after sampling the fabulous Residences food. The Resort hotel has a pool which has lots of sun beds but we decided on the beach instead which always had lots of sun beds too and the beach guys would always follow you down to your bed and laid out the towels , a nice touch!! Nice big fluffy beach towels too!
At 1pm every day they would hand out cold towels – very welcoming on a hot day!!
We found the Residences pool to be a bit quieter and great to sit around in the afternoon, the pool guy always spotted us and brought over towels to our sun beds!! The towels they used throughout the hotel and the residences were very soft and big, even for a 6ft bloke.
The hotel is located on “The Walk” which is good for eating out with many good restaurants and coffee shops (and a fabulous Juice Bar) on your doorstep. The Walk comes alive on a Friday & Saturday night when you can spot the most expensive cars you may ever see in one place. The bars in the hotel can be a bit pricey but that is to be expected in UAE, however, we found the Sport bar attached to the Resort hotel to be good for selected beers and sprirts for 25 dirhams each ( about £4 each, London prices) . Plus there is a supermarket at the back of the hotel and so you can take water and soft drinks to the beach and not have to pay their high prices. Just get some ice from the Beach butler! The supermarkets obviously don’t sell alcohol but if you need to then just get some at Duty Free on your arrival at Dubai.
The service at the Residences was always extremely professional and we found we were always greeted with a genuine smile and good morning from every member of staff. Nothing was ever too much trouble. All in all the hotel had everything you could want from a city hotel with beach on the doorstep!!
I have stayed in a numbers of 5 star hotels around the world and I would not hesitate in recommending this hotel to my friends as it was first class.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences is located on Jumeirah Beach, within easy access of Sheikh Zayed Road. The Hotel sits alongside Jumeirah Beach Residence and is surrounded by beautiful boutiques, al fresco dining and modern day Arabic culture on The Walk, Dubai's bustling outdoor shopping avenue. Choose between contemporary loft apartments, an exclusive penthouse, spacious studios and luxurious two, three or four bedroom apartments, spread over 43 floors. With a vast choice of accommodation, temperature controlled outdoor pool, a modern gym, two modern restaurants Crave and Hartisan, a wine bar called the Grape Escape and a stunning roof top lounge bar, Pure Sky Lounge. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences offers the perfect base from which to explore the cosmopolitan city of Dubai. Guests of the Residences also have access to the facilities of the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort including their spa, kids club, private beach and nine restaurants and bars. ... more less
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