I needed a hotel in the Dubai area for 1 night as had just driven over from Riyadh and was heading back the next day. Dubai isn't short of hotels but it was 30 December and most were full for New Years or charging a lot of money. I found this hotel on a web search and the location is not in Dubai city but around 20 minutes out on the coast at Ghantoot heading back towards Abu Dhabi which fitted my plans. The rate was half the price of the other hotels I had seen including the Golden Tulip which is also in Ghantoot.
On arrival the hotel is in a super location on an inlet from the sea with yachts moored up and a beach. It's an impressive building resembling a palace. The staff were minimal but friendly and helpful, we had a twin room overlooking the sea which is one of the largest I have ever stayed in - absolutely huge and a massive balcony.
The hotel is dry and doesn't have a bar but the Golden Tulip next door does.
Breakfast was buffet style and more than enough.
I've read several negative comments about this hotel which is unfortunate as if people did a little research first they would know it isn't in the middle of Dubai and doesn't have a bar.The value for money factor is huge and the hotel does provide free transport to Dubai Battuta Mall. I would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swiss-Belresort Cassells Ghantoot is a cultural heritage that rests on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. It was built many years ago as the Palace for the ruler of Abu Dhabi and was later converted into a resort for the guests to feel the essence of the local royal tradition prevalent from the lobby to the rooms. The building architecture resonates with the tastes of the rich Arabic lifestyle with its golden walls, dome style high ceilings, balconies, and extremely large living spaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cassells Ghantoot Hotel Abu Dhabi