We stayed as a couple and spent the night right after Christmas Day in 2013.
The hotel is located in an older part of the Emirate, but is only 200m away from Al Rigga Metro Station on the Red Line, making it very accessible to the newer side of Dubai with all the big shopping malls, tourist areas, and skyscrapers. Hailing a cab in this part of town is also hassle-free. If you know the bus routes, which are easy to learn through Google Maps, you will find that getting to and from this hotel is also a breeze. In the area, there are many dining options, convenience stores, mini marts, souvenir shops, and pharmacies --- specially along Al Rigga Road. Thus, in an eventuality, purchasing everyday essentials (water, snack items, toiletries, etc.) and eating out is very easy and hassle-free. Al Ghurair Mall, one of the large malls in the city, is also close by. Location-wise, I would definitely recommend this hotel.
We booked the Avari Business Class Room because of a very good (non-refundable) deal we found on Agoda.com. The room was very nicely decorated with modern furnishing. I loved the refreshing sight of whites and browns blended in with hues of olive green in our bedroom. Although tired from our walk around the area right before checking-in, the burst of color was a pleasant sight. The only thing I did not like about our room (well, actually, the en-suite bathroom) was the fact that the shower enclosure did not have a shower curtain or shower door. Thus, each and every time we took showers, the entire bathroom floor would get all wet and slippery. It was such a hassle having to mop up the water with the floor towels they provided us with each and every time. More so, it did pose a hazard because of the risk of an accident by slipping and hurting ourselves.
The Avari Business Class Lounge had a limited, but very tasty selection of hors d' oeuvres, salads, and desserts. They also had a small selection of alcoholic drinks available. I appreciated the white wine they had served though I wish it were chilled before serving --- same goes with their other beverages.
Elena Salva, who attended to us during Happy Hour, was very warm, accommodating, and attentive to our needs. She made my husband and I feel very welcome at the hotel. Elena explained to us all of the package inclusions which we had paid for so we could maximize all the benefits during our stay.
There was a good selection of food items at the breakfast buffet spread at the Olive Tree Restaurant. I enjoyed the ful medames (braised fava beans with lentils) above all. The waitstaff service was not very impressive though. They were very attentive and eager to help (if you could find one), but there were only two of them and the restaurant was almost full so help was not easy to get.
Couldn't say anything about the swimming pool. Twas chilly outside due to the winter cold in Dubai so we did not get to use the pool at all. Same goes for the spa and fitness center. Didn't have time to use them during our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avari Dubai Hotel is located in downtown Deira next to the clock tower, close to Creek area. Only minutes from Dubai International Airport, Deira City Centre and Al Ghurair shopping centres. Avari Dubai offers 178 newly appointed rooms with a choice of Club and suite rooms providing five-star service at four-star rates. ... more less
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