We flew to Dubai to embark on a 2-week cruise through the Middle East in May 2008. Our travel agent at American Express suggested we stay at the Park Hyatt Dubai. It was the perfect suggestion. The hotel envelopes you in the feel of "old world" Middle East, with it's white, crisp decor; long, brightly-lit, windowed hallways and green grounds.
We arrived after a 15-hour flight from the US, and the hotel reception staff could not have been more accommodating. They exuded 5-star customer service in registering us, and the helpful concierge assisted us with a local guide for the next day. The entryway is gorgeous with a high ceiling, ornate chandelier and beautiful Oriental rug (in fact, upon check-in, I noticed an employee combing the tassles of the rug).
The room was a welcoming escape from the hustle and bustle of Dubai, with a relaxing view of Dubai Creek and many yachts docked. The decor was subtle, very Asian and a little more contemporary than most Hyatts. The room was open to the bathroom, which had a large, luxurious bathtub in the center. The bedding was also fantastic. Unfortunately, I did find a couple of stray hairs on the bathroom floor.
We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, which afforded views of the water and downtown Dubai in the distance. The restaurant offers a high quality buffet, but if you are from the US, the offerings probably won't be particularly appealing. I think that the food is definitely catered more towards European taste. For us, the food was a little mysterious, yet lovingly presented.
We really enjoyed our stay here. It is close enough to the center of Dubai (and the airport) to offer convenience for tourists, yet is far enough off the beaten path to provide a tranquil experience. You will feel as though you are in the Middle East while you are here - it is not a commercialized, chain hotel experience at all. And one of my favorite types of hotels is one which allows you to feel immersed in the culture. The staff (which consists largely of an international staff i.e., Continental Europe, India, Philippines), are helpful without being obtrusive. And the entire experience will offer you the chance to feel relaxed and cultured in one of the most fascinating parts of the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury waterfront retreat adjacent to the world-famous Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Situated just minutes away from the city centre, world-class shopping and prime business districts, Park Hyatt Dubai is a haven of tranquil elegance amidst the vibrant city of Dubai. All 225 rooms and suites boast stunning views across Dubai Creek from their balconies or terraces. The hotel is home to six restaurants and bars and the award winning spa Amara. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hyatt Dubai Hotel Dubai
- Hyatt Dubai
- Dubai Hyatt