The hotel arranged a free pick up and drop off service to and from the airport. We were met by the hotel representative at Terminal 3 arrivals, who directed us to the hotel Van. Distance from the airport is about 15 mins drive. We arrived at the hotel 7.30am. I asked if we could have an early check in, as our children did not sleep all night during the flight. The staff were helpful and by 9am we were allocated a room.
The Deluxe room was excellent. We were a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children), and found the room to be surprisingly spacious. It consisted of a King bed + an extra bed we had requested. It had all the usual things you would expect from a top hotel (i.e. sofa, table, dressing table, telephone, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities etc).
The room was maintained to an excellent standard by housekeeping. Tea and coffee was replenished generously. The bathroom was very clean, and maintained to a high standard. There was plenty of lighting in the bathroom, which is often a problem in some top hotel.
We did not use the restaurant, however there is a huge stained glass window which provides a perfect backdrop to the restaurant. The design of the hotel is quite unique and impressive.
We used the swimming pool and limited spa facilities, which were excellent and maintained to a high standard.
The staff were really helpful. The hotel arranged a desert safari for us, and we managed to get a discounted rate. Staff provided good advice about Dubai and attractions, and even always acknowledged and greeted us in the hotel.
The hotel is in a good location in Bur Dubai and is only 10 mins walk to Al Fahidi metro station (on Al Mankhool Road). There are plenty of shops and restaurants on the same road. For example Spinneys supermarket, McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, and other food outlets.
We used the taxi a lot, as it is quite cheap, and we did not want to walk around in the heat with children. Timings to major attractions are as follows:
Burjaman Mall – 5 mins
Dubai Museum – 10 mins
Jumeira Beach park – 20 mins
Burj Al Arab / Wild Wadi Water Park – 20 mins
Meena Bazaar – 5 mins
Creek – 10 mins (you can then cross the creek by boat to go to the Spice and Gold Souk and Diera)
Dubai Mall / Burj Khalifa – 15 mins
Mall of the Emirates – 20 mins
Marina – 30 mins
Palm Jumeira – 35 mins
Airport – 15 mins
If there is one downside – that is there is no WIFI internet access in the room. However the hotel do allow you to access WIFI for free (for 2 hours per day) in the lobby. I was lucky that my iPad and phone could pick the WIFI signal in my room, so there was no need to go into the lobby.
Overall we though this was on excellent hotel with really good staff, in a really good location, and would not hesitate to stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Dubai Hotel Dubai
- Dubai Ramada