On a shopping trip with the wife and found this property conveniently located next to Ibn Battuta Mall.
This hotel apartment is located in Discovery Gardens, one of the newly developed areas in Dubai. The location is perfect, within short drives (if you have a car) to Ibn Battuta Mall. The surrounding area is busting with grocery stores, restaurants, laundry, cafes and small shops.
The lobby is tiny with small sitting area and a restuarant that opens right in the backside of the front desk. This resulted in unpleasant strong smell of food in the small lobby. The front desk is small and only accommodates 2 staff at any given time. I cannot imagine how this place would look like if 4 families walked in to check in all at the same time!
Luckily this was not busy spot, we checked in rapidly to our "non-smoking" junior suite which turned out to shockingly smoky. A previous guest have been smoking inside this non-smoking suite and they have not been reinforcing their non-smoking policy for the designated non-smoking floors. Went down again to ask for the suite to be changed. Luckily another one was available and we asked for the room to be "freshened". We shut the AC down, opened the windows and unpacked.
The suite was on the small side. There was a small sitting area. The kitchenette was OK with depreciating utensils and aging pans and pots. Luckily we did not need to cook anything. The fridge was reasonable in size and we stocked it up with some water and juice from the grocery store next block.
The bed is comfortable, a bit on the firm side. The pillows were fine. The AC was super cold which is adjustable. The lighting is horrible. Aside from few broken lamps, the lighting is bright "day light" light which was not very comfortable. The TV set was basic with small LCD screen and a DVD player. The bathroom is very basic with some cheap toiletries. One of the bath towels and both hand towels were worn out unfortunately. The water pressure however was excellent and the heater worked just fine.
This hotel has underground parking. Also, there is a car rental office just next door. The gym is a joke. Some outdated treadmills, reasonably bicycles and a broken total gym machine! There is no swimming pool on this property which was resented by my 7 year old daughter!
All in all, this is a property if you are here on a short stop-over close to shopping with easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road. If you're looking for a "deluxe" experience, I suggest you look elsewhere.
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