I'm not sure how this hotel got rated 4 star. It is not. It is at best a 3-star hotel (with the third star being awarded purely for the warmth and helpfulness of its staff - Roni in particular, and the East African guy, whose name I forget).
Name. Lovely name.
Very nice staff
Close to new gold souk
Air conditioning worked well
Shower cap in the room
Dislikes: Everything not mentioned above.
The location isn't great; if there is a view of the sea, I couldn't find it; and the cleanliness could be much better. For example the window in our room was so grimy (probably on the outside) that I could't bear to touch it in order to open it for some fresh air. In any event we had to keep the curtains drawn at all times because our room directly faced another building that was in close proximity, with windows at the same level. It constantly felt as if someone was looking into our room from that building.
The hotel is not particularly well situated for public transport (the metro is quite a walk away), but there is a bus stop a short distance away which you can access by using the footbridge in front of the hotel to get to the other side where the maritime building is. That footbridge stinks of human feaces. Tried it once and almost puked.
Other dislikes: there is no airport shuttle; no complimentary bottle of water (but there was a flask on the table which the hotel guide tells you contains drinking water. Who's going to drink that when you don't know how long it's been there? Or indeed if some stranger hasn't already drunk some of it and left the rest for you?) expensive internet; the selection of channels on TV was woeful - there were lots of them, but very few you can actually watch if you are not either Arabic-speaking or a Bollywood aficionado.
The noise from the traffic below was a problem during the day, but this only disturbed us until we went out for the day and came back at night, by which time it had subsided. We were not disturbed by the night club noise that people have complained of here. Our room was on the 4th floor, so insulated from that noise I suppose.
This hotel was our lot when, for the first time, we used one of those blind-booking sites that promise you great hotels at greatly discounted rates. Well, not only did we have to pay a premium because we were going to Dubai during a busy period, we also got a hotel we would never otherwise have booked ourselves. Good thing we only booked an experimental 2-day stay. we checked out and found a better hotel.
Would I recommend? Er, no. Not really
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sea View is a modern city centre hotel located in Bur Dubai and is suited both to the leisure and business traveler. The Bur Juman shopping centre and several electronics and computer shops are located nearby, while Deira city centre is a couple of kilometers away with its numerous shops, boutiques and restaurants. For business travelers, the World Trade & Convention Centre is nearby while the hotel's location offers good access to roads leading to the Internet and Media cities and Jebel Ali. The hotel has three different room types as well as two dedicated executive floors. There are five restaurants covering two different types of Indian cuisine, as well as Chinese cuisine, a shisha restaurant and a coffee shop. There are also two nightclubs. For leisure there is a rooftop pool and a gym with sauna and steam room facilities and the hotel offers guests a complimentary shuttle bus to Jumeirah public beach ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seaview Hotel Dubai
- Sea View Hotel Dubai