I was a bit disappointed when my colleague booked this hotel for me as he lived local. With all the splendour of Dubai and not really operating on a budget I was excited by the hotel choices and with being so many the competitive nature of the prices and classy facilities - it was a heavy landing when I realised i was in a budget hotel with a bed, restaurant and bar ! - So after getting off the plane and heading straight to the office, I was tired out and we headed to the hotel. My colleague waved me off as I entered reception - after 10 minutes of looking on the computer it was clear there was no booking and I was currently homeless ! At this point the receptionist had not looked properly at my booking confirmation - had she done so she would have spotted I was at the wrong Ibis. There is an IBIS called Ibis Al Barsha by the side of the main carriageway and apparently its a common booking mistake as Ibis Mall Of Emirates us also in Al Barsha but hidden. So after a further 10 mins of amusement and the worlds most useless directions - i was away on foot as it was "15 mins" walk down the road just behind the Holiday Inn. So after 30 mins of walking wheeling my newly acquired budget suitcase over sandy bricks and cables I finally got to the holiday inn - and found the Ibis Mall Of Emirates. I was not best amused at the "Ibis" chain at this point. Personally I think they should have booked me a taxi rather than laugh at my mistake as let me walk but never mind. Please double check at booking if you are mkaing your own way to the hotel as to which one it is. So onto the Ibis Mall of Emirates. Not the best surroundings given whats on the other side of the large carriageway but safe - lots of people milling around rather pointlessly but not threatening (as Dubai in general is not). Seemless check in, Internet in room via cable which is handy if you are carrying only and I Pad, but WIFI available in the Lobby. The room was basic and small, so in a way I was pleased the only option was to return to the Lobby. The lobby is bright, clean and spacious. I didn't use the restaurant as you would never go hungry in Dubai and I had a list of good eating places to try - however once I realised the WIFI was available in the enclosed bar and I could watch british football on the TV whilst quaffing Carlsberg the days tribulations were forgotten and it began a very pleasant stay. The bar staff here are excellent and I would say amongst the sharpest I have met on my travels. One negative being from the UK was the smoking. The bar was very smoky and took me back to the days before the UK smoking ban. Location is excellent for a quick shopping break. RIght by the Mall Of Emirates (not impressed however it was just like Lakeside/Meadowhall in the UK) and spot on the metro line (about 2 GBP for a day ticket) which gave rapid transit to Dubai Marine and a walk to Jumeriah Beach and downtown to the Dubal Mall about 20 mins in the opposite direction. I really wanted to hate this hotel but I have to say for a short trip to Dubai where you have no need for a resort environment and just need a bed - get it booked. I will be going back in 6 weeks but as I am due to be out there for a week will probably give it a swerve only because I would prefer a a gym and pool - that is no reflection on the establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Mall of The Emirates, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, is within walking distance to the region’s most exciting shopping destination, Mall of the Emirates. The entertainments areas of Madninat Jumeirah, Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Beach Park and Dubai Marina are located nearby the hotel. The hotel features 204 air-conditioned rooms, with free Internet access in all public areas, an Italian restaurant, a 24 hour coffee shop and a bar. ... more less
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