We stayed at the Vida hotel in August 2013 for five nights. This newly renovated hotel is in Downtown Dubai and within walking distance to the Burj and the Dubai Mall. Entrance to the hotel is at the back of the main road.
We arrived at the hotel at 11 am and were greeted by very pleasant staff and asked to have a seat. This hotel like some others in Dubai have no main check-in desk area, instead you are asked to have a seat and a receptionist comes to you with an iPad and checks you in whilst you are offered a free soft drink.
The rooms are airy and are brightly decorated and have LCD TV, coffee/tea making facilities and minibar etc. The bedroom had a big firm double bed with quality linen. There is a bath and large separate shower area with nice toiletries. Although windows have double glazing in the rooms you could still hear the noise of building work going around the hotel. Unfortunately one window in our room would not shut tight, but it was repaired as soon as it was reported.
There is a small external swimming pool where food and drinks are served. The pool is surrounded by Cabanas which offer a welcome shade from Dubai heat.
We had lunch in the Stage 2 restaurant, which was fine. We also had dinner in La Serre restaurant which is connected to the Hotel, but we had to pay separately there as they do not charge to your room. This restaurant was Fantastic but very expensive, I will do a separate review for the La Serre.
Taxis are not sometimes available outside the hotel, you have to either wait or walk to the main road.
- 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