In the UAE for a regular business trip. The problem is with Dubai generally is everything is spread uot all over the place. there is no CBD of any note.
This being the case, as a business traveller I like to be near-ish to the airport and this one is only 10 minutes away. Set on a busy intersection and, directly in front, the new train system is being constructed which will be a great help from the end on 2009.
The other downside of Dubai is the cost of accomodation. I mostly stay at Shangri-La properties but for a business trip the one located here is way over the top in price. Traders is the cheaper, business focussed, chain run by the same group.
This being the case the staff are very well trained and go out of their way to help you whenever they can. Nothing is a problem. Rooms are perfectly fine, looking out onto nothing in particular. A weird shower arrangement where you stand, seemingly, on the floor next to the bath and soak up behind a fixed glass screen It works OK though.
Being a business hotel it does not have fine dining restaurants, lovely outdoor pool areas (there is a small indoor one but its not very inviting), etc. but we're there for work, right? I qualify for club entry and that helps you spread out after a days work before you head off for dinner.
One major annoyance, there is no metered taxi rank outside available when you need it. The staff do the best they can by standing on the corner waving at passing vehicles trying to get one to stop. Occasionally they're successful but more often not. That leaves you with the option of a contracted limo company. No meter, high negotiated hourly or destination fare.
The big tip is, if your working between different locations in the Emirates, is get a metered cab (somehow) and ask him to sit and wait at every location. You will pay half the price and he'll be there every morning to pick you up at a specified time. ALSO, the hotel will pey him cash on return every day and put it on the bill. The only way to go.
All in all, very efficient, great helpful staff, good rooms. Will definitely choose it next time I'm there working. probably not if I bring my wife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The BEST WESTERN Deira is located in the historical Deira district of Dubai. The hotel is conveniently located just 15 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and only 50 meters from the Dubai Metro Station, as well as in close proximity to the city's shopping and business center. The sleek and contemporary hotel consists of 250 rooms and suites featuring elegant, minimalist and stylish designs with sound proof windows. Additionally, the rooms offer an enhanced level of service and convenience for busy travelers, making them feel right at home. The majority of our rooms offer either courtyard or panoramic city views and the hotel's premier rooms offer expansive space and is often on a higher floor with memorable views. Dining in the BEST WESTERN Deira combines a welcoming Arabian spirit with international style at The Junction restaurant. This stylish restaurant in Dubai offers casual buffet style dining that includes freshly made pizzas, pastas and Asian specialties. During the day, the Lobby Lounge and Juice Bar have a wide range of beverages to help you feel refreshed and relaxed. For drinks and a mellow evening, visit the Chameleon Bar, where live entertainment from the resident band is presented from Sunday to Friday. Alternatively, recline under the stars at the outdoor 88 Ultra Lounge with shisha and some deep and soulful music. The BEST WESTERN Deira provides first-rate recreation facilities at its Health Club for the exclusive use of their guests. Work out anytime you desire at the 24-hour gymnasium, or cool off at the indoor swimming pool. Also available are Jacuzzi®, sauna and steam room facilities as well as a range of indulgent massages including aroma therapy massages and reflexology treatments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Traders Hotel Dubai
- Dubai Traders Hotel
- Traders Dubai