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.
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