While the location of Ibn Battuta Gate hotel may not be ideal relative to other hotels, which are on the beach, at the Marina or near the Dubai Mall, this property has several amenities which set it apart.
Firstly, the gym is terrific. New cardio machines with TV monitors, TechnoGym weight machines, free weights, cables and a stretching room - all with views from the 8th floor. I was thrilled to be able to keep up with my weight/cardio workout while staying here on business, and I would not have been able to do so at many of the other hotels where I have stayed in Dubai.
The rooftop pool is also more than large enough (and quiet enough) to swim laps, and it is open until 10pm.
The rooms seem to be sound-proofed, as I never heard a peep from my neighbors or anyone in the hall, but maybe because I had a corner room.
The main restaurant serves food buffet style, but the quality of the food is better than you will find at most other similar properties.
The staff - front desk, housekeeping, catering, etc. - are all incredibly helpful and nice.
The meeting facilities are nice but we had a couple of communication glitches with the Meeting staff, which ended up in some minor logistics issues.
The downsides to this place are the view and the rather isolated location.
- 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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