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The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
Ranked #55 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Ritz continues to deliver”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Have been staying regularly with them for the past 18 months. They are a very good business hotel. Staff if efficient, polite but not in a mechanical way. Understand the time pressure when on work. I typically get in early morning and just want to check-in and leave for office. So am always given a choice of whether I want the room right away or they can have the bags send up I can take just walk to the DIFC next door. The rooms are large and have some nice choclates waiting for you. I am not sure if they are only for decoration but I always eat them. The bathroom has glass wall which I find a bit wierd so draw the blind.

Last trip, the air-con would not go above 19C so froze for the nights and wore a sweater to bed both the nights. If this happens again then no more Ritz in the winters.

The bar is quite and nothing much happens in the hotel compared to other hotels in Dubai. This is fine by me but many of my colleagues don't like it. The room service is patchy. Last time I ordered a stake and it had sauce spilled all over the plate, the helping of chips was really small....major irritation, I don't want to run out of chips mid-way through my stake. The stake was not as hot as I expect.

The gym is good. I don't think they have a pool or at least I have not seen it.

Overall a hotel that works well when you have on business in DIFC. Would not be very good for a holiday.

Room Tip: Higher floors, use Carmel or Zuma in DIFC if you want to go to a bar. Ritz bar is pretty quiet.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Excellent business hotel. I stayed in this hotel for I believe four nights, great location, great breakfast, and amazing concierge service. Both the Ritz in the Marina and DIFC are great.
I left for a quick visit to Jeddah, left most of my luggage at the hotel and returned. They are all very accommodating.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Dubai
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Just had a two night stay at the Ritz Carlton DIFC. The hotel is located in a prime business area. Rooms are very spacious and well lit. All amenities in the rooms are perfect and the rooms are well maintained. Service at its best. Pool is a bit small but the fitness area is well kept and organized. In overall, I would recommend this hotel to all business travelers to Dubai.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

I stayed at RC Dubai two times and enjoyed every bit of it. It has excellent location, just steps away from DIFC. You can use the escalators without having to walk on the street (considering 90F weather, it is very convenient). The pool and fitness center is great if you want to relax after a tiring day at work. The rooms are very spacious. The bathroom is a whole another room itself. The staff is very accommodating and friendly.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The Ritz Carlton DIFC is strategically located in the centre of Dubai's business district. The hotel is only 20 minutes from the Dubai international airport and approximately five minutes from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.

The rooms are spacious. The bath area is as big as the bedroom area! It's like living in a modern flat as the rooms do not have that dull oh-so-opulent-but-dated look. A big plus is the Nespresso Machine which is extremely useful in giving you a shot of above-average espresso.

The reception staff are very helpful, knows you by name, and always provide their service with a smile. I particularly loved the staff in Blue Rain Thai restaurant (writing a separate review on this one) as they make you feel very special not to mention that their food is excellent. Kudos also to the Filipino crew whose service was definitely an A+.

Checking in and checking out was very fast, no hassle, and efficient. Taxis are always readily available at the entrance of the hotel.

Overall, my experience with the Ritz-Carlton was excellent (as always). Lastly, reasonably priced for the seasoned business traveller and the occasional tourist. Will definitely use this hotel again when in Dubai.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

This is a newer and very modern Ritz Carlton with a pleasing contemporary esthetic. Public areas are beautiful and well designed.

We had an exec suite with Club access. The room was large and very well appointed. One of the nicer Ritz exec suites I've seen in a long time. The room was spotlessly clean and impeccably well maintained.

Club Lounge was well appointed with great service and ample food and beverage offerings. Highly recommended if you're a leisure traveller with time to relax and enjoy the service and amenities offered in the Club Lounge.

Spa and Gym

The spa experience was superb; a terrific massage and nicely designed spa facility. The gym and pool area were very nice and amply sized. Excellent facilities.

Dining - Blue Rain

We only had the pleasure of dining at Blue Rain on three occasions during our short stay at the hotel. The Thai food was authentic and exceptionally tasty. We live in Bangkok and are naturally demanding when it comes to Thai cuisine. Blue Rain is exceptional.

Overall this is an excellent Ritz Carlton with highly attentive service and beautifully appointed guest rooms and public areas. I've been to most of the Ritz Carltons in the chain and this property is one of their very best. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Exec suites are large and beautifully appointed. Club Lounge is terrific at this hotel!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The ritz-Carlton Dubai int. Financial district has an excellent location which is only 15 min away from Dubai international airport and being only 5 min away from the famous dubai mall and bur khalifah.
The rooms are spacious and extremely modern with great house keeping services. Staff are very friendly and helpful.
The reception staff are very helpful and welling to help with a smile.

The Lobby is quite boring except for the terrace with has a nice area for out door seating that serve shisha and delicious food.

There are nice hang around areas for drinks and great food just a few minutes walking but you got to go to the P level then walk out doors to reach to zooma or Robert's for a great time.

Checking in was fast and no hassle and room was clean and quite, bed is comfortable and sheets are very clean,

Taxis are readily available at the enterance of the hotel.

Very convenient location and near by the convention center if you are attending a conference.

Over all it was a great experience and reasonably priced

Room Tip: Rooms nextbto the elevators can be a bit noisy
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Property: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
Address: 4 St | Gate Village, DIFC, off Shelkh Zayed Road, Dubai 482032, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Business Hotel in Dubai
#40 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#41 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#51 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#74 Family Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre 5*
Number of rooms: 341
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre is located in Dubai’s most vibrant destination for business, restaurants, leisure and the arts. Standing 14 stories high, the hotel epitomizes understated luxury and elegance behind the handsome limestone façade. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, indoor and outdoor pools, three world-class restaurants and three lounges with terraces make the hotel a dynamic setting and opulent retreat for any affluent traveler. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s outstanding business and leisure facilities, whilst benefiting from a direct walkway to The Gate, at the heart of DIFC, plus the added convenience of the city of Dubai at their fingertips. Premier attractions including Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the World Trade Centre are just minutes away, along with two metro stations and the diverse downtown Dubai nightlife. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre the perfect spot from which to explore the Middle East’s most exciting city. ... more   less 
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