There are more plus points than minus points....
Good central location, felt initially a little bit like arriving in a ghetto, I am being a little unfair I think but soon settled in and the area is absolutely fine. Al Rigga Metro station is 150 metres away and taxis are easy to hail on the road too.
Some quality restaurants along Al Rigga road where you can eat good quality local food for very little, a good meal for 2 people around 100 AED.
The hotel is perfectly clean, modern, free wifi in the lobby area although it did seem slow probably because of the amount of people using it and using video Skype at the same time. Air con works great, I did wish there was a fridge in the room, I realise this is an Ibis but it was hot, and keeping things chilled is more of a necessity rather than a luxury but I did read in the reviews that Fridges are planned for later in 2012. The staff were great too, very friendly and willing to help.
Minus points, I was a little taken aback by a 'lady of the night' who decided to have a chat with me in the hotel bar, what alarmed me even more is that she knew all the staff and shook hands with the barman upon arrival so they clearly know what she is doing. Although she was perfectly pleasant and when I said she was wasting her time with me, she moved on quickly enough.
The towels in usual Ibis standards are like sandpaper, but that is a criticism of Ibis generally.
Breakfast is basic and the coffee was appalling with an intermittent coffee machine, if the machine didn't work, it seemed to be accepted by the staff rather then fixed. Late breakfast was good though, after 10:30 until 12 so if you do sleep in, it isn't a problem to get something.
In summary, it is what is it, and it does it very well, would I recommend Al Rigga Ibis? Yes because it is simple with no frills.
The best public beach close to the hotel is Al Mamza beach park and is a 20/22 AED taxi ride away or you can walk to Union station around 8-10 minutes and catch a direct bus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic part of Dubai, next to Dubai Creek and Al Ghurair Mall, Ibis Al Rigga is the perfect location for both business and leisure trips. The hotel is within walking distance from Al Rigga metro station and only a 10 min drive from Dubai International Airport and 15 min from Dubai World Trade Center. The Gold Souk, Dubai Museum and Creek Golf Club are also close by. With its 280 comfortable air-conditioned rooms with internet access, the hotel offers the best value for money in the City Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Al Rigga Hotel Dubai