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Vida Downtown Dubai
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town | Downtown Dubai, Dubai 114788, United Arab Emirates   |  
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Ranked #34 of 474 hotels in Dubai
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Good choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Although there are lots of choices in Dubai we chose Qamardeen based on traveller reviews and because we wanted the best we could find in the price range as we knew we would be knackered after the flight from Auckland and wanted a nice hotel to recover and prepare for our Europe trip. We werent dissappointed. We werent as lucky as some others had been to be checked in ultra-early (flight lands at 5.30am), we took the opportunity to have swim and snooze by the pool and checked into room about 11am, which is still pretty good.
Room was standard room (not overlooking pool) but very comfortable, nice bed, nice bath, and extra little touches like chocolates on the bed daily when turned down,and bottles of mineral water.
The staff were attentive,polite and friendly, particularly the pool staff. The pool was of good standard, clean and generally nice place to relax and have an ale...
It is a 15min or so walk to Dubai Mall and the Burj Khailfa, (or 10 dirham taxi ride if it is too hot), where there are plenty of eating options. There is also a free shuttle service to Mall of Emirates and the beach.
We stayed at a cheaper hotel in Bur Dubai on way home for 2 nights, but if this is your first Dubai visit and it is the warmer months (Aug in our case) this is a well located and comfortable hotel.
Warning: At the airport taxi rank, the guy there might direct you to a limousine type car rather then the standard taxi, ignore him and get in a conventional taxi, the flagfall should be 25-30 dirham and a taxi to Qamardeen about 50ish. We got stung 80, but the concierge at the hotel (who was pretty concerned we had been ripped off) said some people get charged as much as 150. (He may have been trying to make me feel better!!)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed in a twin room at the Qamardeen Hotel for five nights at the beginning of September. What a gem!! Location is central to most of the must see and go places like Dubai Mall, Burj Al Khalifa and the fountains etc as stated by others. The rooms at the hotel are of an extremely high standard with plenty of storage space. The glass bathroom is a great feature and the beds are very, very comfortable. We ate at the hotel several times and found the food to be both delicious and good value.
What impressed us most were the staff and the service. At the Qamardeen we felt that the staff knew who we were and that we were more than just a number. The concierge was very helpful, gave good advice and choices and when we made a decision organised the tours for us within minutes. No matter what, everyone from reception to room service personnel greeted us with smiles and went out of their way to assist in any way they could. We did not have a car but must make special mention of the valet parking staff who are stationed at the front door of the hotel. They hailed cabs for us, assisted us in and out of vehicles and generally made our day with their cheerful outlook.
Loved this hotel. I hope to go back and would definately recommend this hotel to anyone going to Dubai.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

The hotel is located only 5 minutes walking distance from the Mall and Burj Khalifa and for other attractions taxi in Dubai are very cheap. We booked a standard room that was OK. Very friendly staff. Nice swimming pool. Ideal hotel for a 2 days sotpoover in Dubai

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Loved this hotel so much we extended our stay from 3 nights to 5. The staff were really great and helpful, the buffet breakfast and dinner are amazing, and the pool very nice and well-kept. The rooms were fairly big and nice as well.

The hotel is very conveniently located in the middle of the City and across from the Dubai Mall--just a 5-10 minute walk, Burj Khalifa (the tall tower of Mission Impossible fame) and very close to the Dubai fountains that are choreographed with music for shows every 30 minutes. Dubai Mall is huge--third largest in the world they say now--with lots of options for shopping and eating, plus a really cool huge waterfall inside as well as an amazing aquarium. If you're looking for a cocktail, check the great bar at The Address looking out on the fountains, the Karma Cafe (from creators of Buddha Bar), or if you're really brave--talk your way to Atmosphere on the 123rd floor of Burj Khalifa. Word of warning though: dress code for men is closed toed shoes (no exceptions) and often long-sleeved shirts.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

we stayed in this hotel for the first week of September. the hotel is fantastic. it is a lovely 10-15 minute stroll from the burj khalifa and the dubai mall. And as a bonus the walk is around the stunning lake where the fountain show is on in the evening.

the hotel provides a free shuttle bus to the dubai mall and the mall of the emirates (both amazing!). we used the metro from the dubai mall and from there we travelled around the city very easily. the metro took us to the marina, the creek and out to emirates towers. the metro is very reasonably priced and is the cleanest metro i have seen in my travels!

the hotel is a great base to explore the vast city. we got the shuttle bus from etihad from Abu Dhabi to Chelsea Towers and the hotel was a quick taxi ride to the hotel. the concierge in the hotel was very helpful and provided us with maps and info on the best places to see the city. he was extremely helpful and friendly.

i would definitely recommend this hotel as a base to explore Dubai as it is in such a fantastic location. the rooms are spacious and very clean with lovley amenities. loved having the robes in our room too!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We were so luck to find this great hotel, through the advice of Tripadvisors and our local travel agent.
Located in the old part of town, only a 15mins gentle stroll from the Dubai Mall, It is the ideal place to explore Dubai from.
Our Room on the sixth floor, was large with plenty of wardrobe space, a large writing desk, tea and coffee facilities, and a must see “bath in the room”, totally unique.
Breakfast is buffet style with plenty of choice; especially nice is the attending chef all ready to prepare your eggs of choice. Take a table near the window and gaze upon the Garden pool, in which we cooled ourselves many times.
The real prize asset of this hotel is in the staff, who from a refreshing drink on arrival, to our early taxi call, were a real tribute to the Qumardeen.
This Hotel will definitely not disappoint.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This was my first time to Dubai, and I was travelling on my own as a single female. I was extremely happy with this hotel. The welcome was lovely. The porters were very polite and took my bags to my room, and I was welcomed to reception with dates and fresh juice by gracious reception staff.
The bed was comfortable and the room was very clean with a lovely view to the Burj Khalifa.
Whilst I didn't use the pool (despite the summer heat) the pool area was very relaxing surrounded by beautiful gardens and a great place to sit back in the morning and read the complimentary paper delivered to your room every morning.

The breakfast was fantastic with a great selection of both western and traditional Arabic foods.
The room service menu also had a great selection as well and the food was delicious.

Concierge was very helpful providing suggestions on the best way to get to where I needed to go.

Dubai mall and Burj Khalifa were only a 10 minute walk away (well, depending how fast you can walk in the heat).

My only bad experience (and I would hardly call it that) was in the afternoon of my first day. Due to quite a turbulent plane ride into Dubai I wasn't feeling so great, so had a nap. When I woke up I was still feeling a bit sick so ordered some room service of fresh fruit. It took over half hour, and three calls to check on it, for a small plate of fresh fruit to be delivered to my room. However the young man who delivered it was so lovely I couldn't be mad with him.

I would most definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town | Downtown Dubai, Dubai 114788, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Business Hotel in Dubai
#31 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#36 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#53 Family Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Vida Downtown Dubai 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vida Downtown Dubai (previously Qamardeen Hotel) takes shape as six floors of fresh, urban styling with bright, airy private and public spaces. Sitting in the Old Town precinct of Dubai just a short walk from Burj Khalifa, eclectic souks, The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain, and a short drive from, The Dubai International Financial Centre, the airport and beaches. This is, literally, the place to be. ... more   less 
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