This has to be one of the most friendliest hotels I have stayed at. The staff can't do enough for you and you feel like they are genuine unlike some hotels. I have stayed in Duabi before and was unsure if I would return but after my stay and experience at this hotel I will definately be returning.
The room was a superior room on the 8th floor (Room 840) which was lovely and quiet and on the same floor as the pool. The room was a lovely size with a great bathroom with a bath and a shower and all the little touches. There is no view so dont expect one, you should book a beach resort if thats what you like, but i didnt find this an issue as the room was perfect. I am a very fussy person with regards to cleanliness and the room was spotless. The bed was wonderful and I could have slept in it all day! They aslo provide a kettle with tea and coffee which many 5* hotels dont provide.
The location is about 25 minutes from the airport and costs about 100dhs (£18) each way. We caught the new metro from the airport which was only a few pounds and stops about a 5 minute walk to the hotel. When we stayed previously in Dubai we were more central but found this hotel far better as its about 10 minutes in a taxi or by metro to most things (taxis very cheap). The Ibn Battuta Mall is opposite the hotel and is massive with everything you need including an 18 screen cinema and a huge supermarket for bits you've forgottten.
The hotel provide a shuttle bus which runs every 2 hours and takes you to the Oceana Beach Club on the Palm, which is lovely with its infinity pool and the beach. There is a beach bar and restaurant which provide lovely food and towels for your sunbeds (this is included on the All Inclusive Package, excluding West 14th Restaurant). It does get busy at the weekend but otherwise its quiet.
This hotel is one of the best we have stayed at with such great service from the staff. Mario from the hotel pool was lovely always with a smile and good service and the Duty Manager who I cant remember his name, was great when we had a little issue with the all inclusive package (which was very new to the hotel) so they are ironing out problems as they arise. They also have free wifi in the downstairs lobby area, otherwise you have to pay for use in the rooms. The lobby bar is the only bar thats not part of the All Inclusive package.
The food in all the restaurants was amazing especially as my husband is a fussy eater. We were part of the all inclusive package which has a special drinks menu which includes different wines, stella beer and soft drinks. We are not big drinkers so this was suitable for us. The prices in the restuarants were all very reasonable so this would not be a problem to guests on a bed and breakfast package.
I can honestly say the only fault with the holiday was that we had to come home as the hotel, location and staff was perfect. I have worked in the hotel industry myself and always check Trip Advsior for reviews and if people can find fault with this hotel then they are extremely hard to please.
Thank you to all the staff at the Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel for making our holiday so great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai features a statuesque gateway that is larger than the ‘Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris. The 396-room hotel is located next to Ibn Battuta Mall and Cineplex at the very heart of ‘New Dubai’. Inspired by the travels of the 14th century Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel’s Grand Hall features 88 enormous eastern-style lanterns and it is also the ‘gateway’ to the hotel’s equally iconic six restaurants. The Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel offers a true ‘design and taste journey’ that spans the Near East, Far East, Middle East and Arab-African radius our namesake travelled through in his epic 30-year journey. The hotel has 6 restaurants including a Chinese, Indian and Italian. There is a nightclub and supper club on the property discretely positioned. Our sister property, Oceana Beach Club, is located on the Palm Jumeirah with swimming pools, a lazy river and private beach. We offer complimentary shuttles to and from the Club. ... more less
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