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“5 star experience at 4 star”
Review of Vida Downtown

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Vida Downtown
Ranked #60 of 556 Hotels in Dubai
Reviewed November 27, 2009

I had arrived to Dubai with everything except for my hotel information. (I was in such a rush I forgot my information/my dumb fault). The wifi in the airport wasn't working on my laptop. So one frustrated hour later I finally obtained the information. I took a cab ride from the airport which wasnt bad.


Upon arrival I was still in the vehicle and the concierge service retrieved our luggage from the vehicle and ushered us inside the hotel. Within minutes we were greeted with complimentary drinks and briefed on hotel ammenities and nearby attractions. You get a tropical feel once arriving in the lavish hotel.Its a calming. relaxing feel. Not alot of bright lights telegraphing how great the hotel ambiance is. It was just filled with great friendly staff. The entire staff was smiling and not bombarding you. And they spoke good english and were helpful.

The hotel offered plenty cost free shuttles at various times to the local Dubai mall which was 10 min walking distance as well as shuttles to Jumeirah beach and other locations. As well as Lexus and regular city cabs waiting on location to get you where you needed to be. I didnt eat at the hotel restaurant but I seen everything they offered and it looked good. The restaurant also has a great view of the pool and skyscrapers

The room was perfect. I chose the pool view which was a good choice. At night the local skyscrapers light the sky. The pool was very nice ( 5ft deep) with anything you needed nearby. We had a queen bed which was comfortable as well as a beautiful bath tub and shower. The room has everything you need and the room service is on point with their time and service. The cleaning services will visit frequently but they are fast and efficient.

For the cost of the hotel, the location and the experience was the best you can ask for. I would love to stay again at the Qamardeen hotel

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank jaytay36
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2009

Dear Jay Tay,

Thank you very much for your well written account of your last stay at Qamardeen!

I am very glad that you found the Hotel fitting to your style and requirements.

I really do look foward to welcoming you back to the Qamardeen in the near future.

Best Regards

John Aritho

General Manager

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Reviewed November 26, 2009

Great hotel for business and family. The staff were great, attentive and efficient - service comparable (if not better) to any 5 star hotel I have stayed in Dubai in the past. Their lunch buffet is great and beetr than any other hotel in Dubai. The location is near Burj Dubai and walking distance to Dubai Mall, Burj and Souk Al Bahar for a huge choice of shops, bars and restaurants. Only negative (a small one) is that they only have one restaurant and a very small bar.

As the area is new many taxi drivers don't know where it is, but Dubai mall is a good landmark to use. Also for business or personal travel - this is the only hotel that I have found in Dubai that provides a good and fast Internet access for free.

Overall, great experience and will certainly stay there next time I am in Dubai.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank LambaSingh
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Reviewed November 21, 2009

This establishment should be a five-star hotel but some reason they position themselves as a four-star. Stayed for two days at the Qamardeen. Service from check in till check out has been outstanding. The concierge arranged all the sightseeing and trips for me. Room service food was very good. The pool is great. Location is good if you want to bee near the Dubai Mall. The whole neighborhood is in construction, so is better for you to ask for a quieter courtyard looking room.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
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3  Thank Sariano
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Reviewed November 21, 2009

Just came back from a 4 day trip at Qamardeen Hotel.As a solo Lady traveler,i found it just cosy enough to feel home,extremely clean and tidy,and with a such a professionnel and warm stuff.From the lifeguard till the receptionist,they were all very respectful and so helpfull !
Such a Good experience,that i'll be coming next december for work again,and in january with friends:-).
As for the price,it's just amazing!! Never been to a 4 star hotel and so reasonable!!!
Qamardeen,pls keep up the good work and prices :-)!
Ciao!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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Thank ChereCherie
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Reviewed November 19, 2009

Qam is to be commended. Rooms are top class. Really clean and well appointed and have nice courtyard views and good appointments. My largest and clearest recollection however is attentive and pleasant staff; a good grade buffet and a feeling of calm and oasis in crazy Dubai. Have no "qualms" about "Qamardeen". Main plus is rooms and service culture.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled on business
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2  Thank peripatetic_aust
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Reviewed November 2, 2009

Hotel Qamardeen is an 'alright' Hotel set in the Downtown Burj area. There is a nice walk over to the Dubai Mall district and the buildings are designed with atrue arabic feel, in among the skyscrapers. However, having stayed in Dubai many times before, I would not say this was my favorite place. The pool area is minuscule and due to its design, its difficult to catch any sun due to the shadows. You can of course go to its sister hotel - Al Manzil and use its pool or fitness club but this is inconvenient.

I got a really noisy room which looked onto the construction sites across the road and was awoken each morning to the sound of traffic and building work - i has expressly asked for a quiet room with a good view whilst booking.

The staff are nice but they are nice everywhere in Dubai..! There is a free shuttle service provided by the hotel to a few sites which is good.

I would recommend the Crowne Plaza in Festival City, the One and Only Royal Mirage, The Address, The Westin or the Grosvenor House Hotel. I have nothing against hotel qamardeen but it just wasnt for me.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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Thank doscal
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Reviewed November 1, 2009

i been in this hotel more than 20 times this year for business and leisure .
the hotel location its in the heart of dubai so its easy to get for your meeting or ur business plan, and also in the same time its near to the dubai mall just 5 minutes walk .
the reception staff they are really helpful fast check and check out.
i lost on of my ID and i don't remember where until the hotel reception call me and they said we found ur id in the room and they sent it to me .

rooms are very good and clean and the food its also very good .

regards,
Al Taher

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled on business
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Thank losthero1979
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Additional Information about 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
#56 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
Price Range: $213 - $609 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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