I initially had my doubts about this hotel, as it wasn't in the city centre and I was travelling alone and a bit nervous about it, but had booked it through a travel agent so thought it should be okay. Luckily I found I out I had absolutely nothing to worry about!
I had been told that taxis were cheap in Dubai so got a taxi from the airport to the hotel, I think it cost me about 50AED, but was actually slightly less but I rounded it up. I arrived at 8am and was told I was on a waiting list for a room to be available and that I could wait in the lounge and use the WiFi until then. At 10am I went back to ask about the room as I was going to go exploring the city if the room was going to take much longer, but they had one available which was great. Room itself was good, nice, clean and had everything I needed. Only issue I had was the shower, it seemed to change from hot to cold and back again - I meant to mention this on check out but forgot.
I was expecting to taxi somewhere in the morning, explore the area and then taxi back to the hotel in the evening however the only taxi I ended up using was the one from the airport. As long as you plan where you will be the hotels shuttle service is excellent! On my first day I got the shuttle to Dubai Mall and had a look there, went up the Burj Khalifa and did a night bus tour, which dropped me back to the Wafi Mall where I got the shuttle back to the hotel. The second day I got the shuttle to Wafi again, bought a ticket for the Sightseeing bus (hop on/off) and then finished back at Wafi in the evening and got the shuttle to the hotel. The shuttle also does airport drop offs.
I had breakfast included and it was quite good, though very busy! I found the cafe good for something in the evening if I hadn't managed to eat much during the day (there is a lot to see!).
Overall I thought it was a great hotel and I definitely would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 4 acreas of Beautiful gardens the Arabian Park Hotel is located just 12 minutes away from the most visited places of Dubai. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arabian Park Hotel Dubai
- Hotel Arabian Park