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“Good value, good connections to areas of Dubai - will return again”

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Chelsea Plaza Hotel
Ranked #393 of 546 Hotels in Dubai
Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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“Good value, good connections to areas of Dubai - will return again”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Experience from October 2009 when still Rydges Plaza. Whilst working in Dubai for a week chose Chelsea Plaza - formerly Rydges Plaza. Easy to get to and I used the same Taxi each day to get around the city. Good location for getting elsewhere, but I would recommend the taxis - luxury limosines that were very cheap. I travelled all week in a monster Mercedes limo - very helpful friendly staff everywhere. My room was on 5th Floor overlooking the roundabout. No problem with noise. Three restaurants on top floors with wide variety of cuisine - easy to eat-in or get taxi and go to other hubs in city. Would recommend for holidaying, this is good value and high quality. I spent evenings going to the malls around the city, easily spend an evening ice skating, skiing, brousing, or go to the creek and see the souks. Walked from the creek back to the hotel - safe but wouldn't recommend unless you want to go through the migrant worker areas (about 3.5Km) - where the real workers live - whole districts of shared-room Indian, Mauritian, Bangladeshi, etc. communities who earn the money for the business owners. Interesting to see the other side of Dubai from here - not on the tourist route.
Would recommend the city bus tours, (short taxi ride to nearest stop) and spend all day touring the parts of the city - jump on - jump off and get reduced or free admission to wide range of museums, etc. I am back off to Dubai in a few weeks and will be staying here again.
A fire drill took place when I stayed last time - the Hotel is opposite the Fire Station - I was very impressed with the organisation, planning and execution of the fire drill - staff were very well trained and did everything by the book. It didn't disrupt my stay at all - but I was re-assured by their evacuation procedures, etc.
The swimming pool is a bit cramped, but okay, clean and functional - wouldn't use it unless winding down or cooling off. A/C in hotel worked well. Double glazed rooms kept the noise and heat out.

Room Tip: Use the cheap taxis and use the hotel as a central hub from which to get about from here.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

I visited this hotel a few months back and I am having this urge to visit it once again.
The staffs are so friendly and are accomodating at the time of the check in.

The A/C on my room was not functioning properly but when I asked them to fix it, a technician promptly came in to fix it.

Taxi to the metro station is cheap, though you have to watch out for the traffic.

all in all it was a good stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

I was in Dubai but forget to book a Hotel, my Taxi driver suggested to go to the Rydges!
It was great, great manager very helpful, beautiful room, big bed.
It is the middle of Dubai, so you dont have to spend a fortune on taxi s, like if you where staying in Al Barsha.

Room Tip: I think they al good!!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

Only 3 of the 9 floors in use. Constant noise all day from building work. Very few channels on t.v. Manager got us a new t.v. On our second day there. Best thing about hotel, the breakfast, had 2 night stopover there and could not wait to leave. Do not stop there untill building work is finished.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here in August. We booked knowing the hotel was undergoing renovation. However the a/c in our room did not work. When reported we were shown 3 other rooms- a/c not working in any! Then we found insects crawling on the bed. We demanded to change rooms. The next morning my husband was covered in huge bites. It seems the bed was infested with bedbugs!!! The manager suggested he was "allergic to the furniture polish"!! At this point we said we would not stay in the hotel any longer. The manager then arranged or us to move to the Ramada Chelsea Hotel which was fine. We lived in Dubai for a no of years & knew the Chelsea Plaza when it was Rydges Plaza & was a great hotel. However now it is terrible & we would NOT recommend it to anyone.

Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

nice hotel to stay with family nice food nice staff

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

Recent name change to Chelsea plaza but taxis still recognise Rydges. Hotel is in a pretty good location, close to airport and plenty to do and see in local area. Facilities are ok, staff are generally very good and food beverage outlets excellent.
However the wifi charges of almost $15 a day are too much. Most hotels catering to western travelers offer either free wifi or much much cheaper than this. Secondly the free coffee at breakfast, which comes in at over $20 does not include decaf coffee, which is almost $4 extra. Ok so no big deal, but it's instant coffee and a jar in local supermarket is $5. Real shame because it has potential!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: Chelsea Plaza Hotel
Address: 2nd December Street, 237 | PO Box 24621, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #393 of 546 Hotels in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chelsea Plaza Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exquisite decor of the 90 deluxe rooms and 8 suites is finished in impeccable detail with wood, silk and bronze, complementing a king or twin bed/s with Dream Beds, lush linens, feather duvets, large work desks and high-speed Internet. Enjoy views of bustling Satwa or the serene view of the fountain. What is special to all rooms is the unique separate Bath and Walk-in shower facility, plus thoughtful touches such as bathrobes, slippers and morning newspaper on request. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Rydges Plaza Dubai Hotel Dubai
Dubai Rydges Plaza Hotel

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