Being an iconic symbol of modern Dubai we decided to stay here for our first visit to the country and see whether the hotel could live up to the seven star hype!
We decided to transfer in one of the hotel's Rolls Royce Phantoms. Much to the disappointment of the people outside the hotel, we were not famous. But it was certainly the most memorable taxi ride I've taken and a nice way to begin the stay.
Several staff greeted us as we entered the hotel. Bags were quickly taken away and dates, coffee and hot towels were offered. It was notable even at this early point that service was not at-all stuffy and, for a large hotel, had an unexpected personal touch.
We were taken on a leisurely tour en route to our room, and if the exterior of the hotel is beautiful, then the interior is best described as striking. It adds to the over the top experience however, with fish tanks either side of the lobby, a waterfall in the centre and a dizzyingly colourful ceiling far, far above. This was all topped off with pink Christmas trees when we stayed!
We were checked in inside the room (a nice touch) and offered further refreshments as if the journey in the lift might somehow have worn us out. The room was something else. We'd booked the cheapest, yet it was still on two floors with a grand staircase, a living room larger than my flat, a bathroom filled with ridiculously expensive products, free movies on the TV, and one whole wall was glass, giving us spectacular views of the city.
Exploring the hotel I was surprised at how small the grounds actually were. The hotel is on a tiny made-made island, so the pool and gardens have little space around the building to occupy. However, Jumeriah also own both hotels either side of the Burj, so the whole beach front is private and free to explore. Plus the Burj has it's own private beach for guests of that hotel only. Also, if the hotel's pool is too small for you, (or the sea too hot!) access to the Wild Wadi waterpark is part of the room rate and is at the bottom of the drive (journey via golf buggy). So for pool access that's what we used!
We decided to try the culinary flight for dinner. The idea is that you have a single course from each of the restaurants. It begins with pre-dinner drinks at Sky View Bar. The view over the city is spectacular, which is nice as it distracts from the odd interior decoration of the bar. First course is at Al Muntaha. The food here was good, but not memorable, but at least you still have the view. Second course is in Al Iwan. This restaurant is lovely. Nice decor, and the traditional food much more memorable. Third course is at Junsui, a Japanese restaurant. Food was good, but not that memorable and I'd rather have had another course at Al Iwan. But then, that is the point of the culinary flight - to try a bit of everything and see what you like. Next was Al Mahara which you arrive at via a submarine simulation - and for a moment you'll forget you're at dinner and think you're on a theme park ride. Yes, it is the single most surreal restaurant experience ever. The food here was good and dining in the middle of an aquarium was an experience. Finally dessert is taken in Sahn Eddar Lounge. This is an open lounge based above the lobby. The setting is relaxing and the food amazing! Overall, it's a great way to try out everything the hotel has to offer and a fun experience, the service too was friendly and professional. I just wouldn't consider it fine dining in terms of all of the food.
Over the couple of days that we were at the Burj we were made to feel more welcome than at any other hotel we've been to before. They seem to make a big hotel feel very personal and as if nothing is too much trouble.
So does it merit seven stars? I've been to better restaurants and I've been to hotels with a better sense of decor, but I've never been to a hotel where you're made to feel quite as special. So yes, it really does feel like a seven star experience and one we plan to do again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai. Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it is the service within that really makes the Burj Al Arab so extraordinary. Repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel, this magnificent destination offers you the finest service and facilities throughout - right down to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Burj Al Arab suite-only accommodation offers discreet check-in within your rooms, a private reception on every floor and a host of personal butlers, each a warm messenger of our unparalleled hospitality. Come and experience it for yourself. ... more less
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