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Another early rise this morning. We were expecting Jodie to arrive at our hotel just after 5:30 am, so we were "up and at 'em" and waiting outside when she arrived. Even at that time, on a Sunday morning there were people about on the streets near our hotel; quiet compared to how it is later in the day, but there were people drinking coffee, …
... of Neptune was not something I was looking forward to.
I's all very well showing little kids doing it on the video but when you are queuing to throw your self down a 30 degree incline and the person in front of you starts screaming it put's you off a bit.
The next part of the day ...
... and polite and give the impression they are there to meet your needs. I Think the country as a whole have realised how lucrative the tourist industry is and are willing to go out of their way to ensure visitors are happy.
Although it was fine every day there was always a grey haze on the horizon so you only saw blue sky when you looked directly above you. The heat is bearable we have come at a good time of year.
the worst place to be! Our desk girl looked friendly but was not. Other than that she was quite slow and had to tell us that our 27kg and 29kg luggage that was accepted on Emirates, was too heavy for Virgin. Could we re-arrange? Ofcourse. Andy was furious, I took it easy. At least we could us the extra bag I put in the big suitcase just in case - this was the case! -
I re-arranged, spreading our 73kg luggage into 4 equally heavy bags. Dropping them off ...
Well the day finally came... Everything was packed and ready to go. We shut off the fridge, air con, water in the toilet. (A friend suggested we notify Ausgrid about our power consumption, so they could turn off a generator. Apparently we are high users of electricity.) At 12:00 we hopped into the car and drove to Mercedes Airport Express. They took the car and drove us to Terminal One. When we arrived, there was no one at the QANTAS desk (score!). She ...
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Great rooms great view
Just returned from the Hilton Dubai Creek,excellent hotel with a good location in between the city mall,irish village and the souks,non are walking distance but taxis are cheap .
The hotel room was fantastic..one of the best I have stayed....allegedly amongst some of the roomiest in dubai...we were on the 9 th floor with a great view over the creek through a huge window/wall..we were lucky enough to have the prime view of the firework display that happened every night in the creek
Another good reason for using the creek is its free schuttle sevice to its sister hotel on the beach...ideal for having a day there relaxing away from all the shopping that has to be done
Didnt eat at any of the restaurents but gordon ramsey has one there...so it cant be too bad
Never seen as many people cleaning as I did there
We spent the first week of February in the Hilton, Dubai Creek on the Exec floor. Much has been written about the cool, stylish interior and I must say it is all true. very impressive. An overnight flight meant we arived in Executive Reception at about 9.30am local time, far sooner than one might expect to be accommodated but Vivian didn't bat an eye. A relatively short wait and we were shown to our room - once again a design classic - especially the black marble and glass bathroom. One caveat - creek view also refers to the "back side" of the hotel, - a view now very restricted by the tower block built alongside 3 years ago. If its an issue for you - ask for the seaward view. That said, we were rehoused without question.
Executive extras ( 2hrs complementary cocktails and canapes) were all good quality but the lounge is a little small. If you hit a rest day for staff, your receptionist will be serving drinks and also checking in/out guests so it can be a little slow. We dined in Verre, welcomed and seated by the impeccable and most welcoming Emmanuel, who supported by Lola, did much to help us enjoy our stay. Perhaps as expected, food was incredible, matched only by the highest quality service. I was amazed at the price though - we would easily be paying two or three times more in the UK.My only niggle - a half bottle of Taittinger with dessert was obviously suspect when uncorked. I was suprised the Sommellier allowed it to be served, only to be rejected as totally flat and bitter. That said - still one of our most memorable dining experiences.
Glasshouse was also of very high standard; a more straightforward menu but all executed well and reasonably priced. Highlight of our evenings were the cocktails - Percy covers both Issimo ( one of the best cocktail bars I have experienced) and the Carbon Lounge and makes a top class classic Martini. My wife loved the Blackberry Gin Fizz - muddled berries, sloshed with gin and topped up with champagne. Prices not too bad - 24dh for the martini, 84Dh for the Gin Fizz. Other reviewers are right about the pool - great location on the rooftop but arrive early for an assured bed. There is though a reasonable turnover mid day so waiting isn't often too bad. The view from the pool is stunning, right across the Creek to the sea and - if clear - Sheik Zayed Rd and the Burj. Service and snacks by the pool are both very good, once again a couple of beers and club sandwiches for about the 100-120Dh mark. One thing - if you are height sensitive, be prepared to pull your lounger a little further towards the pool. I turned on my stomach and found myself looking almost (it seemed) straight down 15 floors ! It is safe as houses but can catch you unawares. Same goes for early arrival at the pool - the cleaning staff were happily jumping backwards and forwards over the glass screens and walking on the outer ledge of the building, without a care in the world - better men than I ! Still, this was indicative of the highest levels of cleanliness, common throughout the hotel. I enjoyed the rather small gym, which seems unfortunately underused, but immaculately clean and well equipped with basics - bike, cross trainer a couple of running machines and multigym. Worthy of note - check out the hotel shopping booklet - Hilton branded T shirts ( about 30Dh), polo shirts etc at very reasonable prices, as gifts or just spares for the gym.
Overall - some little niggles but overall a delightful and very memorable experience, no small thanks to some excellent staff. They do have the most comfortable beds in Dubai !
Fantastic Hotel - BUT don't stay Thursdays!
A fantastic hotel in the middle of Dubai. Stayed there 2 nights ago after a week at the Hilton Dubai Jumeriah before taking an early flight back to the UK. Deluxe Plus room was probably one of the best hotel rooms I have stayed in with a fantastic panoramic view over the Dubai Creek.
Ate in the Glasshouse restaurant - superb food, wine and service.
HOWEVER - all went pear shaped at 12.05am when the music started on the Mezzanine floor. Thursday night is Disco night and oh what a din! Woke us all up and we were unable to get to sleep (we were on the 1st floor just above the disco). After several phone calls with the duty manager we were moved to another room at around 01.30am on the 12th floor - could still hear the music but much better.
Refused to pay for the room at checkout - initial offer from the manager was to waive the cost of the meal! Eventually were offered the room for free for the night.
Overall about 3 hours sleep before getting up for an early flight back to the UK - what an end to a wonderfull weeks holiday in Dubai.
Will however go back again - but never on a Thursday evening!
Top quality hotel
stayed here for 4 nights with my boyfriend in january 05. after a short drive from the airport (cab cost approx 3) met with a very warm welcome from the friendly reception staff and led straight up to our room. Rooms are huge: bed big enough 4, fantastic views over the Creek and a huge marble bathroom. Breakfast was great value to, all you could possibly ask for, inc cereals, toast, full english, pastries etc.
Receptionists only to happy to help re arranging trips etc, booking taxi's and offering general advice on places to visit.
treated ourselves to a beautiful meal in the Verre (Gordon Ramsey) restaurant. A stunning 7 course meal (not inc wine) came to around 90 for the both of us, whilst the other restaurant in the hotel is also good value - apparently the same kitchen is used for both venues.
One small disappointment was the fact that to get a sun lounger by the pool, you had to be in position at 10am! There were however, many upright chairs there too which were more than adequate.
Highly recommended , would def stay here again.
Very nice "boutiquey" Hilton
Stayed 9th - 13th January. 14 level blue glass building on on main road running parellel with Dubai Creek (hence the name). Lobby entered on ground floor - overall small (about the size of a average house floorplan) which sets the style of the hotel. Done in black marble, chrome and glass with two glass staircases leading up each side of a central walkway (the walkway leads to two lifts - the stairs up to another bar, hotel cafe/coffee shop where breakfast is served and Verve - the Gordon Ramsey run restaurant). Business centre (small) on ground floor as is a shop (magazines, souviners, books and sundries) and the Martini bar. Lifts are tiny - hard pushed to get one couple and luggage in them (which is why they bring it up separate). However this hotel for some reason never seems crowded and hence we rarely had more than us in the lift (despite it being booked out and having 150 rooms). Level 8 room - Deluxe Executive with spa. Was at front of hotel looking over the creek/ dhow wharves across the road (dual carriageway with a park so they no-one see in) - very nice view day or night. Large room on corner with floor to ceiling windows on 2 sides. Queen bed, 2 trendy heavy black and chrome chairs, glass desk, t/v with 30 channels of cable from around the world, DVD player, minbar, c/d player/music centre and a nice trendy cappachino/ drip filter machine. Adequete storage and bathroom was long and skinny behind mirrored glass sliding doors but didnt feel small. Shower at one end, spa bath at other (looking through windows with blinds you could close) and toilet/ vanity in between. Large range of luxury toiletries. Overall style was very trendy/ contempory and a bit minimalistic. Nightly turn down service. Hallways were nice with blue fluro lights set in the floor and a flower arrangement at the end - hotel is not wide with lifts at back and one hallway heading down centre to front of hotel. Hence there was only about 16 rooms per floor - most have some sort of creek view (even the standard). Room service always quick and prices reasonable (about 45 dirham - AUD$18 or GBP7 for a club sandwich and fries with a small salad). Rooftop pool with fantastic views although seating a bit tight and only takes about 20 people to fill up the pool loungers so get there ealry on a hot day. Small bar and meal area also up there. Executive lounge level 12- served a very small mediocre continental breakfast - you are encouraged to have your breakfast in the cafe where a larger choice is on offer (although compared to other hotels this was also a lot smaller in choice). Club lounge (really a converted room) has far to little seating and if you werent there by 6pm (happy hour) you took pot luck - seats about 15 people and given theres over 40 club rooms this is one area they fell down on. Small afternoon tea (nice) - allday coffee/tea/soft drinks and evening canapes and cocktails - once again a nice view looking towards the creek and the sheraton (about 300 metres away). One word of warning - if you require a taxi the hotel has their "own" limo taxis often out the front and will bring them up instead of a normal taxi - these charge a higher fare (are unmetred so check before u get in). For example one wanted to charge 15 dirham to Deira City centre mall (just down road and able to walk to if you dont fear the crazy drivers) whereas a normal metred taxi should be no more than 10 Dirham. If no taxis around just go on street and hail one down -plenty of them. Overall, very nice smaller Hilton with a very boutique feel but still having most of the things a full service hotel has. Although you will either love or hate the trendy decor. Good location (walk one street back and down the road left and you come to the old town-perfectly safe for walking around at night) and both the Sheraton and Intercontinental are nearby if you wanted to have a drink/feed somewhere else. Apart from the minor problems noted above, would stay here again.
Not as good as it was
I've stayed at this Hotel several times since it opened about 3 years ago. All the comments about the service and design etc are true, stay in an executive plus room and the view is the same as from the pool, gobsmacking. If you're Gold with Hilton hhonors then you'll get an upgrade, access to the exec lounge, free use of facilities and the best of all , every time I've stayed there I've had room service breakfast for two and never been charged or it, saved me a fortune !
Service is still above reproach but cleanliness in the rooms is sometimes lacking, in the last 3 stays I've had hair in the bath from the previous guest, burnt down candles round the jacuzzi and the last time my girlfriend lost her mobile, while searching we found a condom under the bed !!!
The pool area can get crowded early as it's only small and it seems to be getting worse but I'd still go back, I use it as a base to see the city for a couple of days before going to the Hilton Jumeirah.
Careful of the taxis outside now as well, take the official cabs, the others will try to grab you as you come out but you will get overcharged even if it's not very much
Great stop over hotel.
Although we only stayed at the hotel for one night we found this a superb hotel for acess to the centrl areas of Dubai. The airport, Shopping Centres and souks are all near by.
The staff were very friendly and it seemed would go out of their way to help.
The dim lighting, mirrors, chrome and glass everywhere can be a bit off-putting at times though. Not sure if I enjoy so many mirrors in the bathroom either - but that is personal taste.
The only let down was we were not to be able to try out the restaurant on our evening there - there was what looked like a ticket only, jewelery launch on and they prevented guests from using quite a large part of the hotel.
Stop over paradise
This hotel is well positioned for everything and I would go back tomorrow. The transfer from the airport is about 10 mins and that is only because of the odd one way system.
The inside is all chrome glass and marble. Its clean, cool and looks classy. The style and facilitates are not really geared a the family but great for couples wanting a base. The infinity pool on the roof has great views and is secluded. The hotel also does a free shuttle service to its sister hotel on the beach(that is much bigger busier and on a commercial), so you can get the best of both worlds.
Everywhere has curved walls and mirrors, which is great for making all the rooms deceptively large. The bathroom is to die for with both a bath and shower. Again not very big but the mirrors, glass etc are just so!!.
You are in walking distance of one of the biggest shopping centres in Dubai and in the other direction you have the souks. You also have easy access to several nice parks next to the creek and the Golf and Sailing club.
Breakfast is buffet style, but you can order cooked food as well. A really good choice, with excellent service and relaxed atmosphere.
Classy and Contemporary
I spent four nights at the Hilton Dubai Creek in September 2004.
This is an beautifully designed hotel [Carlos Ott, Opera de la bastille, Paris] and exudes minimalist chic. Rooms are spacious and the bathrooms amongst the largest I've come across with whirlpool baths and shower cubicles set in what seemed like acres of black granite.
The public areas too are stylish and the hotel's nightclub, M-Level, hosts house music nights on a Thursday. The Issimo Martini bar provides a sopisticated venue for pre-club drinks.
The real draw here however is the hotel's main restaurant - Gordon Ramsey's "Verre". The prices are a third of those of his restaurants in London yet the famous Ramsey quality is maintained. The food and service are sublime and the restaurant would hold it's own against many of London's best without being 'stuffy'.
Another culinary delight - The Friday Brunch in The Glasshouse Brasserie [served by the same kitchen as Verre] is also highly recommended. Three courses of food of this quality and unlimited Champagne for around £25 per head is not to be sniffed at!
The understated class of the Hilton Dubai Creek can make it seem tame when compared to some of the more flashy hotels in Dubai. The underlying quality of the product however ensures that it is never a triumph of style over substance.
What a design
Great hotel. situated at the famous Creek (far away from the beaches). Great design, however you must like it. If you like stylistic modernism, you will love it, for many people it will be to clean. Rooms are fabulous. Book a corner room, it's worth it. Two walls of your room are totally made out of glass, providing a great view over Dubai. Bathrooms are made out of black stone, with jacuzzi and seperate showers. I travel a lot, this was one of the best rooms I have ever had. Breakfast is ok, restaurant (I tried one) are super. A great place to stay if you visit Dubai for business or to explore the city.