After a frustrating experience at the Dubai airport and getting extorted by a taxi driver who did not know his way, fell asleep behind the wheel, and refused to return our change, insisting that we tipped him (all these are apparently normal experiences in Dubai, as anecdotal evidence suggests), the hotel felt like paradise to us while we were checking in.
Staff were friendly (although some had issues with conversing in English), and the lobby was pretty clean. We received a pleasant surprise when the staff told us that the 2-bedroom apartment we had booked was not available, and that they would upgrade us to the 3-bedroom unit instead. They also kindly arranged for us to check out slightly later at 2pm as we had a late flight out.
The unit was spacious and clean. It was pretty well-equipped, although we would have appreciated having a microwave oven in the kitchen. But otherwise, we had no complaints about the apartment. The hotel also had reasonably good facilities, including a pool and fitness room. Only thing was that its location was slightly out of the way, and there were not many food choices around. We also had to take a taxi much of the time (and got extorted several times more).
After we had checked out, we still had several hours before our flight, and the staff very helpfully offered to take care of our luggage while we went to the nearby areas. We however had some problems asking them for advice on exploring the nearby areas, due to language problems. But it nonetheless was a nice gesture, considering they had volunteered to take care of our stuff, and when we had returned, they also very quickly helped to retrieve our belongings and got us a taxi so that we could board our flight in time.
Overall, this was a good place to stay in. Unfortunately, we will not choose to go back to that city again, but if in case we have to go back in future, we will consider staying at this place again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Dubai, the TIME Oak Hotel & Suites is only 5 minutes from Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah and The Palm Dubai. Additional nearby points of interest include The Emirates Golf Club, Internet & Media City. All suites have separate living room and bedroom, balcony, high quality beds. 42inch TV with international channel. Enjoy one of the biggest temperature controlled swimming pools for a city hotel in Dubai. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Layia Oak Hotel Dubai
- Layia Oak Hotel And Suites