Golden Sands Hotel Apartments

Address: Al Mankhool Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located in the بر دبي area of Dubai, is near Dubai Museum, Dubai Zoo, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, and Lama Desert Tours & Cruises L.L.C..
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsGolden Sands Hotel Apartments Dubai

          Reviewed by patalanharrigan

          Great coffee shop

          Reviewed Aug 26, 2014
          by (2 reviews) Armidale , Australia Flag of Australia

          This Hotel, although not 5 star was very clean and comfortable. The food was better than average, great coffee shop in the foyer, and the staff courteous and very helpful. All in all a very good place to stay and we would not hesitate to use this facility again.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

          Reviewed by thiskiwiflies

          Quite nice.

          Reviewed Jun 7, 2014
          by (10 reviews) Rotorua , New Zealand Flag of New Zealand

          Nice having your own apartment. Breakfast is average but people are nice. Bathrooms are small but rooms are big. Awesome pool. It's a bit far away from everything though.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

          Reviewed by katemoloney88

          Great Hotel

          Reviewed Jun 28, 2013
          by (10 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

          This is a beautiful hotel. We had a studio that was newly renovated for $80 per night with buffet international breakfast. The hotel had great facilities and was close to supermarkets. We cooked alot of our own food and the staff did our dishes for us. We hired a car for 120 AED per day, fuel is cheap and the hotel is a 10 min drive from the Burj Khalifa. There is a desk in the hotel especially for organising tours/hire cars etc to make your stay amazing

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          Reviewed by macedonbarringo

          very good

          Reviewed May 5, 2013
          by (1 review) , Australia Flag of Australia

          Rooms were very nice, service was a little slow at desk on arrival. But due to the fact we were all tired and couldn't wait to get to our room and rest didn't help. Well situated and clean.

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          Reviewed by jimcolsimpson

          Accommodation was just okay

          Reviewed May 8, 2012
          by (4 reviews) Eagleby Queensland , Australia Flag of Australia

          The room smelt of stale cigarette smoke, but apart from that is is okay

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          Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Sands Hotel Apartments Dubai

          Clean but dated accommodation


          We've just come back from staying a week at Golden Sands 3 (GS3). As it was a three star we were hoping for something along the lines of a travelodge - clean basic accommodation. It turned out to be much bigger than a travelodge, but less modern.


          The rooms were very spacious and clean and it was useful to have a fridge and washing machine. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful. Great location close to city centre and old town, internet access in the lobby (useful for online flight check in) and 24 hour restaurant.


          Our room was old fashioned in terms of decor, (brown blankets, flowery sofa and old appliances etc) although I believe some of the rooms had been modernised. There was a stale smell in our room and the air con was quite loud. The hotel didn't serve alcohol which was a shame.

          With all the fabulous hotels in Dubai we felt a little sad coming back to our room in GS3 however, it's obviously much cheaper than the 5 stars! We thought that as a base where you just sleep GS3 was fine. However, we'd probably upgrade to a 4 star if we went again.



          Myself, my partner and 2 year daughter, stayed at the Golden Sands Apartments, June 2004.

          Everyday of our 2 weeks stay was fantastic. We enjoyed the food, the facilities and most of all the VERY FRIENDLY STAFF.

          Having stayed in Many hotels all over the world, from 2 star up to 5 star,I have never felt so welcome.

          My daughter never got bored, she spent lots of time talking to the reception staff, and they always had time for her.

          located in the area it is, Golden Sands is ideal for shopping. It is very near to great supermarkets and a small shopping mall.

          I myself am returning to Golden Sands, May 2005, I hope to look for an apartment to rent long term.

          If your looking for a holiday which is relaxing as well as exciting, you will be hard pushed to find a better place to stay in Dubai than The Golden Sands Apartments,

          I wil be very pleased to give advise on your stay at Golden Sands Apartments.

          GIVE IT A GO!

          Reliable, good value (and some advice for the ladies)


          Over the past month I've stayed at Golden Sands 3, 5 and 10. Golden Sands 3 is the block most people know. Mainly studio rooms with plenty of room for a single or couple, a full kitchen, a decent size bathroom and a balcony. Coffee shop does a reasonable breakfast and in the evening you can eat by the pool. Small gym. Tour office and car hire in the reception area together with 2 PCs in the business centre. Very helpful reception staff and porters.

          Golden Sands 5 is more modern, same room layouts but in better condition.

          Golden Sands 10 is usually for long term stays. Good quality fittings except for the lack of a toaster which took a 3-act-play and a cast of hundreds to acquire. Paper thin walls in block 10: the phone rang in the apartment next door and I got out of bed to answer it, and being woken by people in the room above doing their vacuuming at 4am.

          All Golden Sands blocks are close to a Spinneys supermarket particularly block 10 which is just across one of the last remaining empty blocks of desert in Bur Dubai from a new branch. Red hot games of cricket go on until late in the evening in the car park below block 10.

          And the advice for the ladies? As others have pointed out the 'working girls' (last year they were Eastern European now they are mainly Chinese) patrol the streets in two shifts, lunch time and evening. Don't bother them and they won't bother you. The problem is with the kerb crawlers who tail any woman walking in the area, even if she's heading home from the supermarket with large bags of shopping. I was pretty p***ed off with them by the end of my stay. If one starts following you just get out your mobile phone, point to their number plate and pretend to dial - they'll think you're calling the police and will break the land speed record to get out of there.

          Great value - good location


          Just back from a five night stay at Golden Sands 3. If you want a good value base in the centre of Dubai I would thoroughly recommend it.

          The many positive comments and observations in all previous posts are on the mark. For info, while the pool in GS 3 is indeed small and overlooked/in shadow during the day, there is a rooftop pool with great views in the Golden Sands 5 building which is linked to GS3 and which everyone can use.

          The previous negative post about Bur Dubai being a red light district is very misleading. If you're imagining Amsterdam, Soho or the Pigalle in Paris you'll very disappointed. The Golden Sands Apartments are all in a residential apartment block area which sits behing the most upscale mall in Dubai.

          That said, there is an undeveloped street a few blocks away where I once spotted some girls standing around in what might be seen as soliciting!? However as you'll want to travel everywhere by the cheap and available taxis don't let that one negative review put you off.

          Redlight area


          The apartments are fine.The bur dubai area is a redlight area I would not recommend these apartments for familys or single women. You would be safer staying in one of the bigger hotels.

          Brillant Accomadation and value for money


          The apartment was lovely which included a decent size bathroom & a kitchen and the service was brillant.

          The facilities included a pool/suana and had a cafe which was brillant, and good value for money.

          I would recomend this apartment to anyone visiting dubai for a short/shopping holiday.

          Shopping Festival!


          Having stayed at the Jumeriah Beach Hotel on a previous visit to Dubai, we decided to try a more central location and get out into the hustle and bustle of the city itself.

          We opted for the Golden Sands Apartments located in the Bur Dubai. Holiday was booked through Kuoni, a company we had used before. Again the arrangements were spot on, friendly and efficient representatives at the airport and resort.

          Upon arrival at the apartments, we were shown our accomodation. Whilst some of the decor was in need of modernisation, the apartment was both clean and very spacious.

          We had a look at the facilities, which included a 24 hr coffee/restaurant, small swimming pool, separate saunas and a well equipped fitness room. Overall, we were impressed with the apartments and facilities on offer. The location of the Golden Sands complex was ideal for discovering the rapidly evolving city of Dubai. We were in walking distance of the Dubai Creek and Souks, cheap taxi's gave access to the remainder of the attractions on offer.

          A visit to the racecourse is highly recommended, push the boat out and go on a pre-arranged trip to the hospitality suites!

          Good Basic Accom


          I booked a twin room at the Golden Sands 3 (there are about 10 different GSs apartment blocks) through the Octopus Travel website.

          As far as the Golden Sands blocks go, I think Number 3 is the most basic of the 10 in Dubai but UAE standards being so high, my friend and I found it to be absolutely fine.

          The rooms are spacious, comfortable beds and pillows (v.important!), air con, safe box, self catering facilities etc. The staff are extremely helpful and there are always taxis pulling up at the front entrance - crucial really as you have to go everywhere by cab unless you have a car.

          The pool is pretty small and being concreted and surrounded by overlooking apartments, isnt very private. Its also a sun trap with zero breeze - I wouldnt advise sitting there too long.

          RE beaches, we were advised to try the Jumeirah Beach Park as the hotel runs a free shuttle bus everyday at 10am. It costs only 5 Dirhams entry which is very cheap and the beach is beautiful. Sunbeds cost 10 Dirhams and theres a little beachside cafe for food and drinks. Some hotels charge quiet a lot to use their private beaches but we found this so nice that we didnt go anywhere else all holiday. A taxi from the hotel to the Beach Park is approx 20 Dirahams.

          Great place to stay


          Great place to stay at an excellent cost having now stayed 3 times and will be there again this October.

          Very spacious rooms that our well equipped and there is a high standard of cleanliness.

          The pool is a little on the small time and can be in shaddow for part of the day but the beach is only a short drive away and if you want to use the hotel transport to the beach, it is free.

          A bargain


          Stayed in 2001. It was our first time in Dubai. Got a relatively cheap deal. Although other hotels are better and have more facilities, the high rating takes account of value for money.

          The Golden Sands consists of a group of building apartments which are based in Dubai itself. This was handy as one of the main reasons to go was shopping. There is daily shuttle bus that takes you to the beach area.

          The rooms also have self catering facilities, although you are more likely to eat out. If you get a cheap deal and do not want to go the fancy priced hotels in dubai then this is recommended.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Golden Sands Hotel Apartments Dubai

          3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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