Everywhere I go, I always use trip advisor to find out useful facts on the destination I am heading to. Usually even the most stunning hotels in the world have poor reviews witten about them which can be really worrying when you have spent a lot of money on somewhere. Al Qasr Madinat is no different!
The Al Qasr is a hotel in the Madinat Jumeirah complex which is made up of 3 hotels all styled slightly differently. Next to the complex is the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Burj Al Arab and the Wild Wadi water park.
All of the above can be reached by the excellent buggy service that operates round the whole place. The Madinat complex is also circled by a beautiful moat which you can be taken around by boat to restaurants or just to take a tour round.
If you book a club level room, you get a transfer in a luxury car included in the cost of your stay. We didnt book the club level room but I paid for us to be collected by their transfer. It was AED 300 (about 50 quid) for this service. It isnt just the car you are paying for, as you get off the plane and head towards passport control you are met by a Jumeirah host, whisked through a seperate passport control so you dont have to queue (we were even prioritised ahead of First class passenegers). The drive is about 20 - 30 minutes. Basically well worth £50 as it made a great start to our holiday as we were treated like royalty from that moment. Also because its a hotel transfer, they are expecting you when the car arrives and we were called by name from the moment we stepped out of the car.
Another VERY important tip.
You need to book your restaurants the day before to make sure you get in. Make sure you email them to book your first evenings restaurant before you go, maybe even the second night too. The only one you can get away with turning up at without a booking is the main buffet restaurant but even there you could have to wait.
We arrived about midnight and the check in process was totally painless and the guy who took us to our room gave us all sorts of useful info on the way.
Our room was stunning. We had an Ocean view De luxe room. Well worth the bit extra over an Arabian De luxe for the view.
Havinng spent time in various fantastic hotels around the world (Europe, USA, Australia, Mauritius, Singapore etc) this hotel is probably my new favourite ever hotel.
I can understand the disney type comments, in fact i found that the grand oppulence of the place reminded my a little of Las Vegas, and I dont mean that in a bad way I just mean that absolutely everything has been thought of and designed into this place. I cant stress how fantastic it is.
If you are after a historical representation of Dubai then I guess this hotel wont suit you but if you just want a stunning 5 star resort to relax and be treated like stars then this is the place.
We ate in the Pier Chic. Pricey but very nice. The Chinese was probably our nicest meal. We also ate in the Italian and the main Buffet restaurant, which were great too. Wine pushes the cost of the meals up. In Pier Chic, our meal was about £100 a head but the wine i ordered was close to £100 (for a wine that would have been about £30 in a UK restaurant). In the Italian our meal was about £75 a head, £60 in the chinese and probably about £30 in the buffet restaurant (i didnt have a bottle of wine in the last one).
We went to the Gold Souk, you are hassled a lot by people trying to flog you fake watches and bags and although nothing happened, I felt myself cluthing my camera and wallet very tightly there! Unless you intend to actually buy jewellery I would give it a miss.
Take a trip round the Burj, what a place!! Best time to go is around 4.30pm as you can have a look in the 27th floor restaurant and the ground floor one with the huge fish tank.
If you are going with kids I would suggest the Jumeriah Beach hotel. Again a fantastic place but probably more a family hotel. The Al Qasr is more aimed at couples but thats not to say you couldnt take kids there.
If any other reviews have put you off. Ignore them and go,. go, go. We spent half our time there wondering how people could not say anything other than great things about it.
Our 4 nights cost about £900 for the accomodation and our room bill at the end inculding all meals, drinks and whatever else we charged to the room was probably another £900 - £1k. I had taken £500 in cash with me aswell but hardly used any.
I want to go on and on about it but will probably bore you. I think you get the picture.
I rarely say I will go back somewhere as there are just too many other places to go, but I will deffo be going back here at some point. No question.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Qasr means 'The Palace' - and this hotel truly is the jewel in the crown of Madinat Jumeirah. Designed in the style of a Sheikh's summer residence, the hotel replicates traditional royal architecture, coupled with luxurious modernity throughout. Approached along a tree-lined avenue, adorned with beautifully sculpted Arabian horses, the hotel itself will take your breath away. A tribute to the age-old architectural styles of Arabia, Jumeirah Al Qasr is an oasis of luxury. It's a place dedicated to relaxing, playing and the finer things in life. As part of the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah or 'City of Jumeirah', Jumeirah Al Qasr offers all the facilities and activities of the wider resort. World-class restaurants, bars and cafes, Talise Spa and our healthclub Talise Fitness, a traditional souk housing scores of boutiques, shops and galleries - this is just a taste of the experiences available to you during your stay at Jumeirah Al Qasr. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Al Qasr At Madinat Jumeirah Hotel Dubai
- Madinat Jumeirah
- Al Qasr Hotel Dubai
- Al Qasr Dubai