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.
- 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