I am still in utter disbelief and shock that this property is run by the same company as their flagship location in India.
My wife and I travelled to Maldives for 7 nights (Sheraton Full Moon - 5nights Water Villa and Ocean Villa 2 nights) and then Dubai for 5 nights in the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (Fabulous hotel) we had such an amazing time that we extended trip by 1 day & night.
It was to our dismay that after changing flights we found out that the Zabeel Saray was fully booked and we had to check out on our original check out date, however as internet is complimentary for all guests we browsed and checked out hotels, the plan was to spend the day visiting shops/Souks (as we had hardly ventured away from JZS at Jumeirah beach as the Zabeel Saray has everything you need within its confines, in our 1st 5 nights) so we opted to pick somewhere close to the airport for our return flight as well as looking for close proximity to mena bazaar.
We found The Taj Palace 5* (No way in hell can it be rated as 5 star) at very reasonable rates ticking the boxes mentioned in terms of location. And as I had stayed at The Taj in India and was relatively impressed we decided to go with - Huge mistake put a dampener on our last day/night on holiday on what was an amazing holiday.
We arrived to the location which looked like it was in the middle of Dubais version of a council estate (think Attack the Block type of location) Reception however was nice. Check in was smooth and within 5 mins we were on route to our room..... which is when the nightmare began.
The sockets didnt work, no iron in room, furniture dirty and worst of all stains on bedsheets and covers and the SMELL WAS AWFUL (Oh boy little did we know- will come to in a min)
All in all I could not believe this is part of the same hotel group as the property in India If you are looking for a commute into Deira or looking for something close to the airport then maybe.. just maybe, this hotel
will suffice- just do not have any expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the famous Taj hospitality and unsurpassed luxury at the heart of Deira's commercial and business district. The hotel is located 15 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport and Dubai Convention Centre. The hotel offers five-star accommodation, dining options, Taj Spa, recreation and fitness facilities as well as conference and exhibition spaces. Just few minutes walk from Al-Rigga Metro station. Nearby, guests will find much to see and do including Arabian shopping bazaars, cultural centres, museums and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Taj Palace
- Taj Palace Dubai