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Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

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Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

My Wife and I will be traveling to Dubai for the first time in October and we have narrowed it down to these two hotels based of our budget and the fact that both are including a breakfast buffet. Which of the two hotels would be the better choice? We like to eat at good local restaurants, we are looking to check out the beach, Burj Kalifa, the mall, Camel Ride, and maybe even the water park. What would be the better hotel for a first time visitor?

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1. Re: Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

Either. They are in the same general area and so I would read the reviews, look at the travelers photos and decide which you prefer.

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2. Re: Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

Worth noting that Media Rotana is a 5 star hotel although not a high end 5 star. Time Oak is a 4 star hotel. Both are about 15 min walk to metro station

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I used to frequent Nelsons at Media Rotana - nice hotel, staff are great. Stayed at Time Oak - massive rooms and great staff too. Not much in it...toss a coin.

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Before i made this post i read both reviews and i was still torn between the two. If i go by the reviews alone Time oaks would be my choice because its ranked higher and everyone seems to like the location. For a first time visitor which would be a better choice? What hotel is closer to restaurants with good food. I am a foodie! Sean R since you been to both what hotel would you choose if you were visiting for the first time.

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5. Re: Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

Neither are in a part of Dubai frequented by Foodies ... but there are decent eateries all around Tecom and some in the Greens

Media Rotana gives a more premium feeling starting from the lobby; however its basic rooms are among smaller ones for a 5*

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Media Rotana has more dining options. The Italian, Prego's is definitely worth a visit.

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7. Re: Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

I agree with Rover, neither hotel is in a prime spot for foodies. There are a few eateries around the area which can be convenient but not necessarily exciting.

I'd look for a hotel in the Marina/JBR area, SZR or even Bur Dubai.

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8. Re: Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

Thank you for all the feedback. . I am starting to get the feeling that I need to choose another hotel. What area is the better location for foodies but yet still close enough to the main attractions?

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9. Re: Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

Fastrack thank you for your suggestions. I did a price check for the locations your recommended and Towers Rotana has a deal close to my price range. What do you feel about Towers Rotona? Would that location be better for a first time visitor? How is this hotel?

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10. Re: Media Rotana or TIME Oak Hotel and Suites

Towers Rotana is in a much better location on SZ road. More central to attractions and close to DIFC and Downtown area which are both better foodies destinations.

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