We have just returned from a week's stay at The Oberoi Dubai and already missing it!
I have been to Dubai many times and stayed in most of the "top" hotels there - but this is by far and away my new favourite. I could not hesitate to recommend it, although I have to say right now part of the charm is the fact it is quite quiet and so relaxing - not like the tourist mad houses like Atlantis or Jumeirah Beach Hotels. This is peaceful, tranquil and classy in every way.
We had a luxury room - huge and extremely comfortable bed, amazing view of the hotel pool and out across the Dubai skyline. Just amazing at night. Bathroom was huge and it also had a walk in wardrobe - heaven!!
We arrived quite late on the first day and had room service - it was delivered quickly and food was delicious and well priced for the quality. Breakfast every day was fantastic, such a great choice and the service was just impeccable. The staff were so friendly and so courteous - nothing was too much trouble and they attended to our every need without being overbearing.
The pool area is lovely, and during our stay nice and quiet so we really enjoyed it, however if this hotel does start to get really popular it could be difficult to get a lounger by the pool as it is a small area. But we had a fantastic time sunning ourselves and swimming and the water, sun lotion and jasmine scented towels are a lovely touch.
We used the gym every day - it is a good size and very light and was never too busy. It has quite a lot of equipment although as a serious exerciser I would say it is lacking on a few things but we always managed to have a good workout there.
As everyone says though, the best thing by far the the staff and level and quality of the service provided. I've really never been anywhere where it was as good as The Oberoi. Midway through our holiday my boyfriend actually proposed to me - he asked the hotel that night if there was anything they could do and they made us the most amazing cake with "Will You Marry Me" on the top in white and gold! They left this and some roses in a rose petal heart in our room that evening and the next day at breakfast everyone was congratulating us! We felt like celebrities - they made the whole experience so special for us. I will never forget it!
The only downside about the hotel is the Iris bar on the top floor. The bar itself is gorgeous with amazing views of the Burj Khalifa but that staff are beyond rude. I'm from London and used to service with attitude but this was something else! The girls on the door looked me up and down (presumably to see if I was "trendy enough" for their bar) when we got there, and even though we went up on a Sunday night, when no one else was there, the hostess stuck us at a tiny corner table, even though the big sofas with views of the Khalifa were completely free. We had actually gone to the bar for champagne as we had literally just got engaged about an hour before, it was quite obvious we were celebrating but the staff didn't notice, and in fact the bar man came over and said "I hope it rains tonight then we can all go home"….. not what you want to hear in an expensive bar when you have gone to celebrate your engagement! Such a shame - they really let the hotel down and its so surprising the staff here are so bad when the rest of the hotel is so good.
I loved our time at The Oberoi and can't wait to go back. One of the best in Dubai bar none! And thank you all for making our trip so special!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A contemporary luxury hotel that embodies height, light and space and overlooks the iconic Burj Khalifa. The Oberoi, Dubai is located within minutes from the Dubai Mall and the Dubai International Financial Centre. The 252 spacious guest rooms and suites have floor to ceiling windows and offer spectacular views of the city’s skyline. ... more less
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