After reading the reviews posted on TripAdvisor and staying at the Xclusive Hotel apartments, I subscribe to the opinion of the reviewers, who wonder how this hotel earned a TripAdvisor award. I realize that the award comes under the heading Top 25 Bargain Hotels in the Middle East, but the fact of the matter is that in the close by Bur Dubai area there are several hotels more or less in the same price range offering similar conditions and, in my view, better services.
My one bedroom executive apartment was very spacious, included a rather complete kitchen with several appliances, a living-room with a flat TV and DVD player and two bathrooms. In the bedroom there was also a flat TV, which was not synchronized with the one in the living-room, so the channel list included in the guest room folder only applies to one of the sets.
However, what I found most disturbing were the cooking odors trapped in the entire apartment and that got infiltrated in the cupboards, wardrobes and practically everywhere. The following day to my arrival I had the apartment aired with all the windows opened until the fried fish odors disappeared. In addition to this, several items were in need of dire cleaning, namely the ventilation hood over the electric cooker and the balcony curtains.
The wireless internet access is not complementary and the paid options are very limited, so if you chose a one week WiFi access at DHS 200, 00 and decide to extend it for one or two days, you will have to pay for 1 day half the price you paid for one week.
I was also told that the best connection is in the kitchen and when using your laptop for more than just reading your email, you will have to sit uncomfortably at the kitchen table. The table in the bedroom with the right dimensions is not an option because the internet signal does not allow for a continued internet connection.
Although listed under bargain hotels in the Middle East, there is no doubt, in my experience, that there are better options in the same hotel category in the close Bur Dubai neighborhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xclusive Hotel Apartments, located in Bur Dubai's Golden Sands area, the Xclusive Hotel Apartments is a short walk from the city centre. It has a gym and an outdoor pool. The air-conditioned apartments at the Xclusive Hotel Apartments have modern furnishings with Arab influences. Each unit has a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen and a seating area with LCD TVs and DVD players. A continental breakfast is served in the room with an additional charge. Hotel Apartments also has its own health club featuring a gym with cardiovascular equipment. Guests can also take advantage of special discounts and offers on city tours, excursions and desert safaris. The Xclusive Hotel is centrally located for many of the city's international businesses, banks and shopping malls. It is 12 km from Dubai International Airport and within easy reach of Dubai's beaches. Bur Dubai is a great choice for travellers interested in deserts, sightseeing and business. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xclusive Hotel Dubai