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“Very quiet, comfortable and convenient; lovely little pool” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai International Hotel
Ranked #2 of 293 Specialty Lodging in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Geneva, Switzerland
Level Contributor
86 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Very quiet, comfortable and convenient; lovely little pool”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had an evening and overnight in Dubai and stayed in the hotel, which was a great choice. We went down into Dubai city in the evening to see the Burj Khalifa and water show, then returned to have a swim in the pool. The next morning there was time for another brief swim before catching our onward flight. However, a stopover like this needs some planning. The hotel is on the airside, ie. through passport control, security and customs. Therefore, you cannot (easily) retrieve your checked in baggage and take it to the hotel. At your starting airport you need to check your main bag through to your ultimate destination, and take only cabin baggage for your night in Dubai. If you want to swim, then pack your swimsuit! The hotel porter meets you as you leave the plane (they will ask for you flight details a couple of days before your scheduled arrival), and he takes you through the rabbit warren of the airport to the hotel. If you’re going to hit the city you’ll need some local currency: you can change other foreign currency into dirhams at the hotel reception. It’s about 50-60 AED for a taxi into town and 65 AED for a boat ride on the lake by the Burj Khalifa. The hotel entrance is small so as you leave for the big wide world, take a careful note of which departure gate it is close to, and in which terminal, so you can find it again! Then make your way down to arrivals, through security and passport control and to the outside world, where there are plenty of taxis. Single women are directed to ‘ladies taxis’, driven by a woman. The Burj Khalifa complex is huge and but fairly well signposted: so it’s not too hard to make your way through the shopping mall, past the aquarium and to the lake. The water fountain show is every half hour and is impressive, though brief. You get a great view of the Burj Khalifa and water show by taking a boat trip. Then you have to find your way to the pick up point for getting a taxi back – on a different level from where you arrived – and back to the rabbit warren of the airport.

As for the hotel itself, I would recommend it highly. Our room was large and remarkably quiet. There is the muted ‘ding-dong’ of the airport announcements, but no aircraft noise. They have all the basic toiletries you might need, including a bath robe. There is free wifi, though you only get 1 connection per room (so if you have multiple devices then you need to choose just one at your first login). The pool is small (perhaps 6x5 metres) but the water is nice and warm. Women also have the use of a jacuzzi – but not men! There are no windows around the pool but the coloured lights are pretty. There is no extra charge to use the pool.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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99 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

I stayed for 27 hours as I needed to adjust to time differences before the next leg where I was going to start work as I landed. I was met at my gate by a hotel rep and escorted via the train to a different terminal, he made sure my baggage was checked for the forward journey, and delivered me to hotel reception. The experience was great. I thought it might feel a bit weird being in a building for a day but the terminal is huge and has heaps of food outlets and duty free shopping to browse. Being met at the gate was the clincher for me. I didn't fancy wandering around after 20 hours of travelling. I repeated the experience the following month on the way back. It's not cheap but if you discount the price of a visa and transport into the city it becomes very reasonable.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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2 Thank 292fiona292
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Auckland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

I've been a frequent visitor to this average hotel that doesn't live up to its luxury billing. Service is good, but rooms are tired. Bathroom fixtures worn, furniture is somewhat beat up. On the positive side, they manage to do a good job of soundproofing, so the rooms are a restful oasis amid the fluorescent bling of Dubai Duty Free.

Helpful hint: use a spare bath towel to block the bottom of the shower door if you want to keep the bathroom from turning into a pond.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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1 Thank Pac_Diver
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Cypress Mill, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

I have stayed here a few times and each time was great, the hotel the rooms are nice. The rooms are clean and nice very close to the airport so if you are having a quick turn around time like i did it isn't far. The staff is nice and the food is good too. not the least expensive but at least you won't check in wondeirng why you paid so much for a mediocre hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Billie J D
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Brasilia, DF
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273 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

It was a very good experience, just as many other travelers had said here. Very conveniently located for those people who are in transit to another destination. During our stay, my husband had a problem and needed to go to a doctor, it was one more occasion to observe how competent, professional and efficient the members of the hotel staff are, besides being very friendly.
We enjoyed our stay, most certainly will repeat it in a similar circumstance and recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Celestefaisk
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Tampa, Florida
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65 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

The intent of this stay was to facilitate some decent sleep and a shower after the long flight from the U.S. to Dubai. My connecting flight was 15 hours after my arrival in Dubai, while that time could easily be filled in the airport I wanted to try this hotel. I had no reservation but was accommodated with no problem. The service at reception was very good. The rooms were adequate for what they were. Nothing compared to the luxury hotels in the city, but for a connection it eliminates clearing customs to stay in the city. The room was stocked with standard Dubai fare; mini bar, safe, bathroom amenities, etc. But you pay for it. Comparatively speaking it is pricey. However you are saving on a cab, have access to all of the airports shops and restaurants and the hotel has an okay eatery as well. Nothing fancy but if the intent is to rest and clean up it is adequate. I may stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Russ H
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bangkok
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

It seems a good idea to have a hotel inside the terminal for those that cannot step out of the terminal for visa issues. However, the hotel abuses the advantage of its location and charges ridicules rates. For much less you can bask in luxury a short and very cheap taxi ride away from the terminal. Skip it unless you are completely desperate for a couple of hours kip (you can pay per hour - even if you go to sleep alone ;-)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank petr b
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Property: Dubai International Hotel
Address: Dubai Airport | Terminals 1 and 3, Dubai 3556, 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 ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 293 Specialty Lodging in Dubai
Hotel Class:5 star — Dubai International Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 530
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