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“Affordable Luxury in Dubai”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Manzil Downtown

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Manzil Downtown
Ranked #28 of 540 Hotels in Dubai
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Affordable Luxury in Dubai”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

First, I should start by saying that if this is your first time in Dubai, Al Manzil's location cannot be beat. Dubai is incredibly spread out and usually requires a taxi (very reasonable) to go anywhere, but from Al Manzil, you can walk to see the fountains in front of Burj Kalifa and Dubai Mall. There are also several small souks within walking distance and some amazing sheesha cafes. This hotel was everything I was hoping for and more. The view of Burj Kalifa at dawn, dusk and midnight from our window was stunning, but the staff truly make this our favorite hotel. Expect to be greeted with fresh squeezed apple juice like you've never tasted (it's green). From there, expect each and every staff member to remember you by name and to go above and beyond. There are too many examples to mention, but here are a few of my favorites: 1. Walking in the hotel after a long day of severe heat and a mild sandstorm to find a staff member running after us with complimentary bottled waters and then find that they delivered several more to our room just in case. 2. Waiting in the lobby for our Desert Safari pick-up when a staff member asks us the name of the company we are riding with. We think this is polite conversation, but we soon learn that they call the company and ask that we be the first pick-up for the trip so we can select our seats in the vehicle first (for the best dune bashing view). The rooms are beautiful and clean. We will stay here again!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2012 via mobile

This is a well located hotel, just far enough away from the noise and crowds of the Dubai Mall but close enough to be there in 10 minutes. There are a number of expensive but good quality restaurants, and a sports bar which seemed popular. The room are spacious and well maintained although scattering the various components of the bathroom around the room itself is an odd concept. Everything is immaculately clean, both the room and the hotel itself, the pool area is fairly small for the size of the hotel, but was never crowded. The staff were without exception superb, friendly, helpful and keen to assist in any way. We really enjoyed our 5 night stay and found the location convenient for everywhere - from the Marina to the beach to the Creek everything was a relatively short and cheap taxi ride away. Highly recommended and we would definite return, it's a great hotel in an up and coming area, and it will be interesting to see it develop.

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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Of all the hotels people in my groups have been using, this is my favourite!!! By far the best and most intresting!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

May be the case in most hotels in the region, they start really well, then things go downhill. Two years a go, this was one of the best gems in Dubai. With specacular views of Burj Khalifah from some rooms, close proximity to Dubai Mall and many other restaurants, etc. While the location is perfect, rooms started showing signs of wear and tear. Food quality has dropped since last stay and staff was just ok, and did not go out of their way to accommodate guests' needs. Hotel is ok if you are a tourist visiting Dubai for shopping for a couple of days. As someone who travels frequently to Dubai, I will probably stay elsewhere next time around.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We stayed in Al Manzil hotel for 5 nights and were very satisfied with the quality of service and facilities, which is close to a 5 star level! It is a very modern hotel, close to the Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa tower and the Dubai Fountain, where the action is day and night. Perfect for shopping, dining, nightlife or just walking around.
The room is nice and clean, with a good bed and an open bathroom. As mentioned by others, be aware that there is no privacy within the room: toilet and shower are satin-glass-walled and the bath tub is in the room. Bring a torch to use at night if you do not want to disturb your partner when you need to go to the toilet!
We arrived after midnight and were given the wrong room, which we only found out in the morning. Upon request we were moved immediately to the room booked, with pool view. It is the same room, but nicer view, although it is a bit more noisy from the courtyard in the evening.
Breakfast is great, extensive and not included in the room rates. Alternatives are the next door Starbucks or various other nearby café's.
Also dinner is very good and many guests smoke a water pipe.
The pool is nice and the adjacent gym is adequate, although small. As an alternative, hotel guests can get a free day pass for the nextdoor Health club with extensive equipment and also a large pool and sauna.
The concierge is always very helpful to advise on trips and dinner reservations. We booked for several nice restaurants as recommended by the concierge and we booked also a half day trip to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where we experienced dune driving and have seen oryx. Certainly worthwhile!
Dubai is a very expensive city, and taking that into account, Al Manzil is reasonably priced, while offering a great service and quality. We definitively can recommend this hotel, which is well located and from where most areas of Dubai are within reasonable distance. Taxis are rather cheap and bring you to all corners within half an hour.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sarasota, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2012

I have stayed at this hotel recently in March and again in April of this year. I could not have asked for a better, centrally located hotel. Within 5 min walk to the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa area, plus the gorgeous surroundings. The service is excellent as well. I would say the service is the same quality as a luxury 7 star resort, you feel truly welcomed from the moment you put your foot inside the hotel until you leave. The rooms are very smartly designed, modern with an arabesque touch, and has everything one could possibly need. Next door is a small shopping mall that is also upscale (the hair salon there is one of the best in Dubai, and the supermarket is very upscale). All in all you cannot go wrong by staying in this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We started our Dubai trip at the hotel Al Manzil located in the city centre. It all was perfect from the booking until the checkout. We were picked up by the hotel chauffeur and welcomed with cold tissues. Even if the restaurant "the courtyard" was busy by local people, the restaurant promised us a table, where we had a great dinner. It was a pity that we ordered the 3 course menu because after the starter we were already filled up. With a main course you'll be satisfied (european standard). The water pipe and arabian atmosphere was an excellent start.

Since it was summer, it was really warm and the only ones at the rooftop pool, which was really positive.

If you're looking for a hotel in the city centre you'll be happy. It has all the luxury you need: Professional hotel staff, excellent restaurants with fair prices, nice and clean rooms, 5min walk to Dubai Mall. It takes around 30 min to the beach. If you're looking for vacation at the beach, i'd combine it with a hotel at the beach, like we did.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Manzil Downtown
Address: Mohamed Bin Rashid Boulevard | The Old Town, Downtown Dubai, Dubai 114822, United Arab Emirates (Formerly Al Manzil Hotel)
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Dubai
#25 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#27 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#40 Family Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Manzil Downtown 4*
Number of rooms: 197
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Manzil Downtown is an upscale boutique hotel with a contemporary Arabesque design offering engaging service based on Arabic hospitality. Centrally located on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the gourmet dining district of downtown Dubai, Manzil Downtown is within walking distance of The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. The hotel provides a stylised hub for today's social explorers, energised by being at the heart of things, combined with a unique and efficient meeting space for business guests looking to make an impression. Technology is embraced throughout the hotel to facilitate the efficiency, convenience and opportunities demanded by an active, modern life. Please note that all rooms are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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