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!!)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Qamardeen Hotel Dubai