Very nice room - although despite asking for a non-smoking room it did smell of stale smoke. Though after long flight couldn't be bothered going down to reception to complain so opened the window! But that's when the construction work that is going on directly outside the hotel became apparent! Currently there is a considerable amount of earth moving and piling being undertaken. This started from 06:40 and didn't end until late into the evening. Noise from reversing signals and the piling woke me every morning. The view from the infinity pool is of construction. When I mentioned it at reception and asked why it wasn't mentioned on the website it was shrugged off and stated that it had been mentioned at the morning briefing but nothing had been done yet. I will try to post some photos of the works.
The pool area is far too small for a hotel of this size and is in shade for a large part of the day. It was pleasing to see the life guards removing towels off sunloungers when they had been empty for some time. The beach is only a short walk and the fitness club provides free towels and beach chairs so the beach (although it deosn't have any facilities) may be a better option.
The rooms and beds are the usual high Sofitel standard and the staff - perhaps apart from reception - were very (genuinely) friendly. Wifi was free but slow.
Location is good with beach in front and the Marina behind and plenty of places to eat within a short stroll.
My recommendation would however be to go elsewhere whilst the construction is in progress.
- 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:
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