The stay was very nice.
I chose the hotel following recommendations of other traveler and I had no idea about its actual location and surroundings.
It's very close (walking distance, even in the serene desert heat) from Burj Khalifa and the Palace hotel with its glorious restaurants and very close to Dubai Mall, if you're nuts about shopping.
The room was spacious and overall the hotel had a very nice architecture to it. I found a similar modern design at Dana hotel in Chicago.
The combination between modern and arab styles is very nicely done. Hotel staff was exquisite. They allowed me early check in, late check out (I actually ended staying one extra night and didn't use it) and the Italian restaurant is very nice. I would have been expected more of the traditional menus but it was a nice surprise after all. Shisha's were great and the place was nice a quiet. Very nice pool. I really liked the "Arabian Dream" chocolate they were delivering each evening :) I ended up asking for a few "supplements" to get them to my son back home :)), they were that special.
On the down side... As in many places in Dubai, construction work sucks. Due to the heat, a lot of construction happens in the nightime. With a 3 year old at home, I got used to sleep with ear plugs and I ended up carying them all over so that didn't actually bother me. There were guests that were driven nuts by the construction though and asked for relocation, which they got. Other than that - no complaints whatsoever. A fantastic place to stay and I would return anytime!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vida Downtown (previously Qamardeen Hotel) takes shape as six floors of fresh, urban styling with bright, airy private and public spaces. Sitting in the Old Town precinct of Dubai just a short walk from Burj Khalifa, eclectic souks, The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain, and a short drive from, The Dubai International Financial Centre, the airport and beaches. This is, literally, the place to be. Please note that all rooms are non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Qamardeen Hotel Dubai