Burj Al Arab
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBurj Al Arab Dubai
7star rating? Yes, one can see why... Impeccable service and experience during our High Tea at the Sky Bar (27th floor)
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Burj Al Arab Dubai
Don`t think about it just go!!!
You really won`t regret it. A once in a lifetime experience ?? I think not i`m going back for sure.
Warning! Do not entrust your credit card
Hotel OK. But I gave my credit card at the outset and then paid when I left; three weeks later the authorisation they took initially was still blocking out my card, so I could not use it. Seven phone calls to Dubai later and I am still waiting.
Be warned. Do not leave without seeing them remove the authorisation first. Or pay by cash; or stay somewhere better, like Sandy Lane, Barbados.
Stayed at the Burj for 3 nights in Aug. If anyone is wondering about staying at this hotel, but unsure about the cost and whether its all worth it, (as many a good hotel can be found on Jumeirah Beach), dont hesitate, book up now and GO!!!!
There are great hotels all around the world, 5 star, 6 star, whatever the star, the Burj is a total one off, and an unforgettable experience.
The whole place is like walking around in a dream. Over the top, lavish colours, gold everywhere, but it works. I could write pages about the interior but i'll cut straight to the rooms,..sorry suites. As you walk in, the shear size and splendour hits you. They are immaculate, and look unused and brand new. As you probably know, the 'standard' deluxe suite has 2 levels (as all suites do), upstairs/downstairs toilet/ bathroom, 42" plasma, DVD, surround sound, laptop, bar, elec curtains, separate dressing area..etc. I challenge you not to feel a little emotional as you're shown round the suite by your butler.
Little extras like, bottle of wine,boxes of arabic sweets and dates, surprise drinks and nibbles/chocolates brought to your room every evening, hermes products in the bathroom, that are yours to keep, no small throw away bottles, proper sized, shampoo/aftershave/purfume/body lotion bottles.
On a wed and sun, the hotel manager will invite you to a cocktail party on the 17th floor, where you have a chance to talk to him and his staff. Drink and food is complimentary all evening.
The only minor drawback i felt was the small pool area, but thats the design of the Burj, and the staff there look after you very well, and it never got over crowded. One tip, if a larger pool you want , then goto the Al Qasr across the road...amazing place!!
Lastly, dont be put off by thinking the Burj is a stuffy place, yes its 7 star, and you can certainly feel the wealth of the place, but its friendly and welcoming, and you feel very relaxed there, no need to pretend you're something you're not!!!!!
First impressions - WOW!
This is one hotel you must stay in during your lifetime. We stayed here for our first wedding anniversary following a week in the Maldives.
We booked via Cresta Worldwide and got transferred to the hotel via Arabian Adventures in a minibus - this is not the sort of transport you should really be turning up in to a hotel of this class!!
After our initial greeting, we were shown to our suite on the 12th floor and the butler showed us around stating how the remote control worked from whereever you were in the suite (however you did get 2 though - 1 for upstairs as well as downstairs). The suites are lovely and a very impressive size with lots of space for the two of you to rattle around in. We were given a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival and canapes and a drink were brought to your suite everyday in the late afternoon unless you put your do not disturb on.
We ate in Al Muntaha restaurant at the top of the hotel and the views were magnificent but we did not get a table near the window despite requesting it. The only thing that let this restaurant down was the rather surly waitress who looked down her nose at us when I asked for my duck to be cooked well done instead of rare. However, we were given a gorgeous chocolate cake at the end of our meal for our anniversary and as we were so full, requested that it be taken down to the suite and we consumed it the next day.
We were at the hotel on the a B&B basis and the breakfast on the first floor could not be faulted with the most fabulous buffet choices I have ever seen eaten.
The butlers and reception staff on your floor could not be more helpful and escorted us to the restaurant and the managers cocktail party on our last evening in the hotel. We had a fabulous aromatic jacuzzi run for us.
The golf carts were extremely useful and would take you to any of the local Jumeriah resorts and take photos of you if you wished too.
We had a 4am checkout and the continental breakfast provided was lovely. Considering we only had about 20 minutes before our transport arrived, the presentation by the waitress was fantastic.
Overall, a wonderful place with excellent service and fantastic attention to detail by all staff. Definitely recommended
Amazing. What a place to spend a few nights (simply because you couldnt afford to spend longer there!) The colour schemes are the most hideous, over the top mixtures you could ever come accross, but yet they make it stunningly incredible. It is luxury in a category of its own. You can have your luggage packed and unpacked, and your bath run for you. The service is truly amazing. From the concierge who remembered my sons name immediately, and greeted him with a huge smile and 'high fives' every time we went through the door, to the beach staff, who were preparing our sun beds, towels, water to drink and spray and napkins, as we walked over the sand. The staff here have exceptional training. I could write pages about it! It is truly a hotel that should be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Live like a movie star!
Uppers: Most incredible service, fabulous space/gadgetry/privacy in your room, REALLY fantastic Spa...and everything else!
Downers: A little too Las Vegas in the decor, service can be cloying if you're not used to it. The cost!
Very impressive! We stayed 3 nights in June 2004 and were completely overwhelmed by the whole thing! We were on Honeymoon and had just come from a week in the African Bush on Safari...Arrival was the most painless ever - we were met directly off our 5am flight by a wide awake suited concierge guy, who escorted us through customs and immigration (a first - and excellent queue jumping!) and out to the awaiting air-conditioned Rolls Royce (£45 each way direct with the hotel - get it for at least the arrival - it's really worth it!), with roses and ice cold flannels and water - needed after that night flight from Jo'burg! Check-in (and out) in-suite, quick tour from the Butler, then we were left to our own devices!
Can't get better than that, and in the room there were more flowers, chocolates, fruit, wine, glasses of champagne, a fabulous Patissiere cake, and then canapes or petit fours every day! Check their website for the rooms, they really do look like that!
Restaurants are naturally as hideously priced as the hotel...I'd definately recommend room service which was great and the pretend-underwater restaurant, they have the coolest china, and the seafood really was very good - although I've had better (for a similar price). The seafood restaurant outside on the Quay had excellent seafood but mediocre to terrible service.
The pool area is spectacular, poolside service like that you will never see, evian spays, water, drinks, fresh towels, umbrella up/down/moved...very, very good, except when it's busy, then you can be passed by if you aren't famous...
Too hot in June for sure, even in the shade it's too hot after 11am. Really the service was excellent - I left my diamond earrings in the bathroom, only realising at the airport, and liasing with the Dubai Duty Free Customer Service, the Burj sent a guy to bring them to me!
On reflection, we should've done Dubai first, before the South African Bush - we suffered opulence overload! It's how I imagine movie stars to live - anything you want, right away, and on a silver platter.
If we ever went back to Dubai we would stay at the Madinat Jumeirah, very Arabian, or the Jumeirah Beach Club - small and intimate. Jumeirah Beach hotel I'd recommend for families - it was overrun with kids having a great time (not very peaceful) and it's huge, felt like Benidorm.
If you visit the Wild Wadi water park (which is GREAT!) I'd recommend VERY STRONGLY that ladies of all ages/shapes/sizes wear leggings and a T-shirt over your swimsuit..that's what all the local girls are wearing and the men leer openly, it's very disturbing - and don't go on a Friday (the Sunday equivalent).
Unforgettable hotel fantasy
I had 3 nights in Dubai just to stay at the Burj. The city is hideous and failed to meet expectations. The hotel is a fantasy enclave and topped expectations: this is not a mere upgrade from 5-star, but in a class of its own, starting from the choreographed lobby fountain. I took a panoramic suite, all 2700 sq ft meaning acres of carpet (compared to your usual 400 sq ft 5-star hotelroom) which all occupy the corners of this unique tower's dominating structure. Due to the bowing outwards, the biggest panoramic suites are floors 8-15. (The website quotes around £750 per night but I got a package equating to £420 per night.) The top to bottom glass walls over 2 levels give a stratospheric view of the ocean one side and flat relatively unenchanting cityscape the other. Unlike the standard duplex, these are open plan suites with similarly luxurious furnishings (the gold fitments are confined to the royal floor), bar, business centre (incl laptop) and huge jacuzzi bathroom with unlimited Hermes and Rocabar products. Sailing up and down the sweeping staircase, it took an hour to get familiar with everything escorted round by a check-in page. Each floor of 14 suites has a 24 hr rota of tailcoated butlers endlessly at your service (so you don't have to tip any individual if you don't want to). The squint down the world's biggest atrium is vertiginous - partly due to the universally psychedelic decor. Staff are unctuous, especially in the restaurants where you need hardly lift a finger. Of course the 27th floor eatery's view is a tourist attraction but the food standard, though good enough, is nothing special. Likewise the 'subterranean' seafood restaurant which, at basement level, is descended by a fake submarine capsule with crap underwater video graphics. I just remember the lounges, the gorgeous spa/swimming pool complex, the gadget-littered suite - and of course, the complimentary wine, and boxes of dates and sweetmeats which gave a heartening welcome. Yet in Dubai they're planning something even more bizarre...
Everyone must try this once in there life....
Iv'e stayed in some class hotels around the world, Words cannot describe this one you must see it for yourself. went 2003 going back 2004.
Pretty Classy. . .
Well, I just found this review site and did a search for Burj where we stayed for 2 nights in 2001 I think. We'd been in the Maldives and came here to finish things off for a few nights. Because Maldives are very layed back, we felt very underdressed. This place is definately not a casual kind of place and the guests will definately be checking you out. What can I say. The hotel is amazing! It really is. The standard duplux rooms are huge and no expense has been spared. Yes, the Hermes products from the bathroom are pretty neat and our bulter showed us some of the VERY expensive suites for royalty and such. It took a bit of getting used to the huge mirror above the bed, though :)
The views out the window are stunning but if I had one complaint I'd have to say the service was too over the top. For instance, I've just come from the swimming pool (infinity style with the sides right up to the window!) and as I take off my swimsuit there's a guy there waiting to deposit my wet swimsuit in a classy little Burj bag! I mean, come on. I thought he was about to towel me dry! The hotel restaurants are varied and very good. The "submarine" ride to one of their restaurants was very different and fun. There are very good deals to be had off-season when it is like, 43 degrees outside. Be very careful of cameras. Going from air-conditioned to blast-furnace, you'll get condensation forming in your camera - NOT good! Having concierge on each floor is VERY handy. They'll take care of anything for you. There were treats in our room all the time and it was a very special place but not chilled relaxing but everything over the top and an amazing way. Would I go back. Of course.
I was surprised by my wife with a night at the Burj for my birthday. I can not say enough good things about this place. (as price implies $800US) We were in dubai for 2 weeks with a friend who works there and we were picked up by the Rolls Royce at his villa (small fee for being out of downtown) and the driver was so professional and came bearing roses for my wife. He pointed out places of interest as we drove and when we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by no less than 6 people to get our bags and escort us inside. They all greeted us by name and welcomed us (nice touch) Two more people greeted us inside and offered us a hot towel to refresh ourselves after our long journey (all of 25 minutes but good for air travellers) and the best almond stuffed dates I ever had, only one actually. haha You do not check in as you arrive, you are shown around the breath-taking atrium area and go to your room floor to check in at a desk near the elevator. This is the person who takes care of anything you may need during your stay. This is the best system ever for checking in, for the sake of a few extra people, you just don't have any line up. We were shown to our room and it's features and were introduced to our butler, he was bearing gifts as well. There was a bottle of wine and canapes waiting for us and my wife sniffed out the chocolates (mmmmm) in the leather bound box. This place has everything, it would take days to describe the whole stay even though it was only a day. Short version: bedrooms were oppulent and had the most amazing view of Dubai. Bathrooms were awesome and if you like Hermes products you have your pick. Spiral marble staircase up to the bedroom is a photo op you must take a picture of. Living room was huge and has the same floor to ceiling views as the bedroom. Computer office area is great to email people to tell how fantastic the place is. Gadgets for curtains, info, and plasma screen t.v.'s Butler is at your beckon call. When we went to the aquarium style restaurant, no sooner were we out the door than another guy greeted us and asked if he could escort us to the restaurant for dinner. They know what you want before you do. The meal was expensive but was worth every penny, the 4 of us were totally in awe. And as an added surprise the chef made a special little gourmet cake/dessert for my birthday. All the facilities are second to none and most employees have been there since the first day so they are all very well trained. There were some VIP milling around but most of the time you have complete privacy and freedom. The bar at the top ( sticks out over the water 26 floors up) was very good and the service again was beyond excellent , when a window table opened up the polite bus person offered to move our drinks and complimentary sweets and nuts to there no problem we just stood up and in a flash it was done. They are all just so eager to give the best service. The hotel is expensive but there are no hidden charges and freebies and services just make this a luxury stay that is worth every cent , so indulge yourself for a night or two and even try the sister resorts near by. We loved the hotel and loved Dubai in general , it is totally safe there and there is no crime period except the traffic is scary fast. We went in January during the shopping festival and if you like shopping that is the time to go. The only regrets we had were not going to Wild Wadi and not having enough luggage to take everything home. Anyone needing more details can email me.