Al Bustan Rotana - Dubai
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... was too hot.
We arrived in Dubai today, and first thing after we got off the airplane that struck me, was the beautiful and sophisticated architecture inside Dubai airport.
The best thing I learned today was the brief history of this emirate state, which was presented to us by our tour guide on the bus as we rode through the city. The exceptional benefits that the Emirate citizens receive as well as the infrastructure developed in just over the previous 20 years seemed very extraordinary. ...
... cocktails, dinner and entertainment tonight. We managed to get close enough for a photograph but tonight we get inside to have a look, after we have both had a haircut that is!
Next we went to the very luxurious Mall of Dubai the second biggest Mall in Dubai, with 540 shops. The biggest has 1200 apparently. We got the chance to have a glimpse at the infamous indoor ski slope and were given a free drink, a bottle of Arabic ...
... and art studios, with a really funky look. Then I hopped a ferry
across the creek to the Gold Souk, which honestly I found a little
underwhelming. Not nearly sparkly enough to impress. (And I loved how I got
pushed on the wrong ferry, which took me a mile further than I needed to go – I
knew that something was amiss when I was the only Westerner put on a boat with
a bunch of locals carrying trash bags full of shoes, as I watched the other
... with a bottle of Lebanese red. Alcohol is only sold in hotels in Dubai which takes some getting used to.
My palms are sweating.
This morning we only had time for breakfast, then taxi to airport. Two moments of stress there, first was that the lady at check in wanted our Thai visas because we arrive today but leave in May. You have to have a Thai visa for a stay of more than 30 days. We explained that we were only there for 2 weeks ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Al Bustan Rotana - Dubai
A First Class Hotel
Me and my wife have recently returned from the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel. We have travelled all over the world, and found that this hotel is up there with the best. The service is excellent, all the staff are very accomodating and will bend over backwards to make sure that you have an excellent stay.
I have stayed at the 7 star Burj Al Jarab and found that this hotel is equivilent to the standard of the hotel if not better.
The food is excellent and is very reasonably priced. My wife is already looking to book for the new year and next summer.
Would recommend this hotel to any one.
have stayed here twice now and cannot fault this amazing hotel, staff are extremely friendly, do everything with a smile. Food in the many restaurants is excellent, the Italian, japanese and thai retsaurants are outstanding. Faultless.
This is luxary
I have stayed at this hotel 8 times and it is very relaxing, beautiful and you do not have to do anything except relax. Room service is great and reasonably priced. There are great restraunts, nightclubs and lounges inside as well as many more within walking distance. You will never know that you are only a 5 minute drive to the airport. The hotel staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and will go up and above their responsibilities to help you meet your every need.
This is a fabulous Hotel very close to the airport but not a problem with noise we heard a couple of planes in the 4 days we were there and then only when at the pool. The rooms were not huge but adequate they were the best-equipped rooms we have ever stayed in with daily papers delivered each morning little orchids and funny little messages on the pillow, towelling robes and slippers, internet access, three telephones dotted about, just brilliant. The staffs were so helpful and friendly they could not do enough for you. The Hotel supplies a free shuttle service to Deira City Mall, The Gold Suk and the Beach club. The Taxis are very cheap.
At night we went next door to the Meridian Village Terrace Restaurant this is out side and so pretty with water features everywhere and all lit by candles where you can eat and drink as much as you want for 110 dhm. Every night is a different theme and the food was just wonderful, the drinks were excellent and the resident group were fantastic.
A real pleasant hotel
I slept in this hotel for 4 nights for a business trip. the hotel is a really nice place to stay. the room i stayed in was big, well arranged and tidy all the time. The gym and swimming pool was the place to go after a long day of work. The oxygene pub is not to miss, they get really good DJ, ask for the night schedule of pub, free entrance to hotel residents.
Restaurants are also pretty nice and buffets are marevelous specially for sea food buffet.
It is not a cheap hotel for personal trip but if you want to have some luxury time with 5 stars + service, consider this hotel.
A jem of a hotel
Will keep this review short, nothing bad to say, or could be said about this 5 star oasis of luxury.
From the 1st to the last second of your stay, everything will amaze you. The lobby/atrium, the rooms, the restaurants and the fantastic staff. nothing is too much trouble.
It may be just a few minutes from the airport, but you would never quess, noise! what noise.
Slight downside, it is away from the hustle of the city centre. But there is a free bus to the centre, and the taxis are cheap, clean and very very safe. As is all of Dubai.
p.s. visit the Irish Village near the tennis courts, about a five minute walk from the hotel. For a pint of the good stuff, and a chance to catch up on the football/rugby.
We stayed at this hotel in February 2005 because we were there for the Dubai Tennis Championships and it was the official tournament hotel. It was really a superb hotel. Right from when we drove up I thought how lovely it was. The lobby was amazing and the rooms were very comfortable. We had one on the 3rd floor with a view of the airport (the hotel is very very close to the airport). One thing we did notice was that the room could be a bit cold, however we were out the whole day and the bed blankets were nice and warm at night.
Location-wise, it's not that central...it was perfect for us as it was next to the tennis venue, but to get to tourist attractions like Jumeirah Beach, gold suks etc, you needed to take a taxi. Or, you could do what we did and do a guided tour which can be booked at the tourist info desk in the hotel lobby. I would definitely recommend the half day tour (the company is Sun Tours).
There are also quite a few restaurants in the hotel although we preferred to go nextdoor and eat at the Meridien Village where there was more selection and a lovely atmosphere.
In general, however, I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Brilliant hotel! we have just returned from a 5 day holiday here and wish it had been longer. We just had a normal room which was still lovely and we had the bed turned down for us each evening and orchids on the pillows. Food was magnifect and not expensive for a 5 star hotel. They do a lot of promotions and we spent from £10 - £22 per head per night depending on which of the 7 restaurants we chose. Nice pool. Very friendly and helpful staff. Wonderful open foyer and a piano player each evening. shuttle bus to the souks, city centre mall and the beach. We would certainly go back and will recommend it to all our friends.
Excellent Value for Money
We stayed here in October 2004 and despite it being Ramadan the Hotel was first class. Excellent rooms very clean and the breakfast was so vast you couldnt do it justice. Situated near the airport but you would never have known. Taxi service from the Hotel was superb and reasonable.
We stayed here for 2 nights in October 2004; this hotel was first class. The service, rooms and facillties were excellent so if you want to be pampered stay here. They anticipate your every need and bring fresh fruit to you individually around the pool. The shuttle bus runs regular trips to the City Centre mall which takes about 5-10 mins and about 20-30 mins for the Gold Souks. They have an enormous selection for breakfast including a chef who will cook whatever you desire. The hotel has a stunning interior including water features. The rooms were very spacious even so that our children sharing a room had a queen size bed each. Would definately stay here again and would highly recommended it.