I arrived in Dubai at 4am and had not paid for accommodation for the night before so expected to wait until check in *afternoon* to lay my head down. The Sofitel surprised me by allowing me my room free of charge from 8am. While I wait I walked across the street to the beach and went for a dip in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf, I would highly suggest a swim at this time as the water is so warm it is uncomfortable and there is no escaping the heat at other times. After this I was given access to a shower by the pool. The friendly guy in the business centre allowed me free access while I waited for my room. Once inside I was amazed by the layout of the rooms my seaview, while limited allowed me to watch the sunset from my small balcony. The staff where amazing and willing to assist in planning your days, the concierge was extremely helpful. I would suggest the Dubai Hop on Hop off bus to orientate yourself with the vastness of the city. Please note the that Red Line (old town) does not operate on Fridays and you will need to purchase a 48hr ticket, although this also gave me more flexibility for sightseeing. Definitely go on an Orient Tours desert safari.
I stayed at the hotel for 5 days and did not take a room with breakfast as there are plenty of options along JBR walk, however I did eat both a breakfast and dinner in the restaurant which were great. The beds are amazing definitely worth a stopover to get a great nights rest!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury beachfront hotel combining French spirit with Dubai's most appealing features: waterfront location, sea-view and direct access to The Walk, the city's stylish beachside promenade and outdoor shopping area. 35 Minutes from Dubai International Airport, close to Dubai Media City, Jebel Ali Free Zone, two of Dubai's biggest shopping malls, and three prestigious golf clubs. Leisure facilities: Beauty Salon, Infini-pool, Health Club, Sauna and Steam room. One restaurant and three lounges present truly international flavors. A dedicated Inspired Meetings team meets the needs of business travellers. Free wi-fi and a separate meetings floor ensure a satisfactory business operation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai