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“Excellent Staff, Excellent Service”
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Vida Downtown
Ranked #60 of 546 Hotels in Dubai
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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“Excellent Staff, Excellent Service”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

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!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments.

I am very glad that Qamardeen Hotel was ideal for you and your stay was comfortable apart from the construction noise.

I can safely say that this is almost over as the building that was under construction is nearing completion.
This will make the Hotel surrounds fantastic for walks to the various superb attractions nearby.

On the other hand, we have been working on all window seals to ensure that sound does not leak through as the Hotel is built with double glazed windows.

On the other hand I am glad you liked the chocodates in the evening - do come back soon for some more.

Best Regards

John Aritho

General Manager
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london
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

Super chilled out hotel with elegant decor, lovely rooms with super comfy beds and pillows, great location, very friendly and helpful staff and for the money compared to other well known hotels you cannot beat it...brilliant

  • Stayed March 2012
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Dear Guest 'Al101',

The title of your review is superb but we are very humbled.

We are only glad to have been of service to you.

My team are thrilled to recieve your accolades and we only hope to try the best to achieve happy guests like you.

Thank you very much!

John Aritho

General Manager
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Baku, Azerbaijan
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5 reviews
Reviewed March 21, 2012

Had a great pleasure to stay at this gorgeous hotel.Just a steps away from Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Amazing breakfast! Just the rooms a little bit narrow.. However still have a good memories..

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Chorleywood, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Check in was welcoming with warm towels and fresh orange juice. We had a large room which overlooked a garden. Bedrooms are unusual with glass bathroom but there were blinds! Breakfast was good with varying selection on offer although service was disappointing on one morning. Swimming pool, although small and by the road, was a welcome break from the busy city and a towel was brought as soon as I headed for a lounger. Concierge was helpful and honest and we were pleased with the activities recommended. Taxis wait outside so you didn't have to wait to go anywhere. I would recommend this hotel for it's location and general ambience.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

We spent 4 days in Dubai in February and stayed in this hotel because it had very good ratings. And this was absolutely true: the hotel is close to Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the new creek. It is a nice hotel, the rooms are spacious and with lots of light, the bathroom very modern and clean. Breakfast was good with a great variety - the only thing we didn't like was that the breakfast area was REALLY cold. We mentioned this to the staff and were told this was due to the cold weather outside - which is absolutely not true. Apart from this the service was great, very friendly and we would recommend the hotel to our friends.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this review, March 19, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for getting the time to share your feedback regarding your last stay.

I am glad to see that you had a good stay and the location and style of Hotel suited you well.

On the other hand I have noted your comment about the AC temparature at the Restaurant being cold - we shall definately ensure that this is addresed and a comfortable temparature maintained.

I do thank you for this.

I hope to see when you come to Qamardeen again soon.

Best Regards

John Aritho

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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Well appointed city centre hotel, great if you need to be near Downtown/ DIFC.Very comfortable beds, clean spacious rooms with funky glass walled bathrooms. Free wifi throughout the hotel. Fantastic breakfast. Would stay here again on a stopover.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this review, March 19, 2012
Dear Guest 'JPXC',

Thank you very much for your short and factual review of Qamardeen.
I am very pleased that it worked well especially as a stopover point.

I do hope that you shall use us again in the future.

Best Regards

John Aritho

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Have stayed here several times before on business and this is a nice hotel near some of Dubai's attractions. The hotel is nicely furnished and the rooms are very clean and it has a quality feel about it. Its a relatively short walk to the main mall or the Burj Khalifa (book this on line!). Don't expect any 'old' town here though as its all brand new. It has a nice gym and swimming pool.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this review, March 19, 2012
Dear 'Clarker63',

It is wonderful to note that you have stayed at Qamardeen severally before and we do appreciate you taking time to tell us what makes the Hotel your choice of accomodation when in town.

I look forward to personally welcoming you during your next stay.

Best Regards

John Aritho

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Property: Vida Downtown
Address: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town | Downtown Dubai, Dubai 114788, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > Downtown Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Dubai
#26 Family Hotel in Dubai
#46 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#55 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vida Downtown 4*
Number of rooms: 156
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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