Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
This is a great hotel to either get you started in Dubai or finish off a visit to the city. The hotel is close to the airport which is perfect for those early morning/late night arrivals. In the 'Old Town' the hotel is located directly opposite the Dubai Creek and has the most comfortable beds! The hotel is also located very conveniently to Union station metro station, the waterbus station and to pick up point 10 on the big bus route. Great views of the creek, polite and helpful staff.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Construction is finished. now great again
The construction is finished. The hotel is in tip-top shape. Service is the best in Dubai.
There are much nicer hotels in the area
We travelled to Dubai for the first time in March this year and choose the Intercontinental largely because we booked late and couldnt get anywhere else.
Firstly, it is a five star hotel, but we didnt realise it is the oldest five star hotel in Dubai and there is no evidence of it being updated. However, there was scaffolding up that appeared to cover much of the side of the building. We couldnt walk out onto our balcony as the door had to remain locked as there was scaffolding poles there ! They did change our room promptly. The entrance looks quite impressive but when we arrived about 10 pm we were met by the loud banging of disco music. This occurred each night in the hotel. There is a bar/nightclub adjacent to the reception area! The noise ruins your first impression. The whole look of the pool area/bar is quite frankly awful and sub-standard. I would imagine any other pool in Dubai would be heaps better. There are several restaurants in the hotel complex which do offer a wide variety of food and are very good. Not worth the money.
Being a frequent traveller to the Middle East and Dubai, I found that the Grand Damme of Dubai, The InterContinental has ondergone a complete face lift. The building looks very bright and new, and I had the pleasure of staying in an Standard Club Room, facing the pool and creek. The room was comfertable and new products has been added. Compared from last year, my room had full broad band facilities and multi power adaptors. The wall was covered with fabric but now has classy wall paper and the heavenly bed had a complete new look with the best matress and pillows they can be proud of. The new balconies are in one word, GREAT! All rooms do have private balconies with a round table and 2 chairs. The best view of Dubai can be watched from here. The overall service has been great as always and the restaurant outlets, plenty of them are all friendly with an excellent taste. Try the Kimchi Noodle (without spring onion) in YUM! The beauty of the hotel is that it is always investing in their products to keep up with the market. Very recomendable to all business travellers who wants to experience real traditional Arabian hospitality.
We stayed at the hotel in February 2005. The hotel itself was okay - pretty standard and nothing special in the context of Dubai hotels...
There was construction work going on at the hotel when we stayed. We were advised that our room would be affected but did not expect paint fumes in the room in the middle of the night!!
The hotel moved rooms for us but there was no compensation for our inconvenience.
I have stayed in many Dubai hotels and experienced much better service than here. It's okay if you can get a good deal as it's a good city centre location but don't pay over the odds for bad service and check with the hotel re: construction work!!
Very noisy but handy location
We were unaware of the construction at the hotel until after we had booked a non-refundable room. I e-mailed the hotel prior to arrival requesting a room away from the noise but this was not honoured. The front desk told us they had more or less finished on our side of the hotel which was not true. The first morning we got woken by what sounded like someone drilling into our room. The balcony was sealed off so you could not use it and the hotel surrounded by netting so there was no view. There was also the constant smell of paint in the room and by the pool, as well as having to have the curtains drawn all day as there were workmen on the balcony.
Other than the construction this is a good hotel with excellent service and friendly staff apart from the front desk. We used room service which was excellent (and not too pricey for a 5* hotel) and also had a fabulous seafood buffet in the 24 hour restaurant. The hotel is well located on the creek close to the souks and the city centre mall is only 5 mins away by cab.
Construction going on at hotel !!
Checked into the hotel and heard nothing but banging and sawing all day long. I could not relax in the room or by the pool due to all the NOISE from re-construction. My balcony was closed as it had scaffolding on it. This is no way to run a hotel!!!
Great location, a bit tired
I held a conference at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Creek for approximately 60 people. The hotel is well located for shopping and is within walking distance (or a short cab ride) of the gold souk, spice souk and other attractions. It is directly across the creek - I would highly recommend hiring one of the "water taxis", particularly in the evening/night to take you to the various sights. They are cheap and good fun.
With regards to the hotel I have a mixed review. The staff was wonderful, the location is great, the hotel complex includes good restaurants, bars and some fantastic jewelry stores. There are nearby (easy walking distance) shops and restaurants ranging from McDonalds to traditional "hole in the wall" restaurants of all types.
My only negative comment is that this is an older hotel that is well kept and clean but it is showing its age. The facilities and style of the hotel is not what one expects froman InterContinental. Dubai has an incredible number of new, fantastic hotels and this is NOT one of them. You will not be dissapointed but don't expect anything fantastic either. It is a good, clean, conveniently located, well run older hotel.
Be aware that the hotel is undergoing some renovation. One entire side is covered with scaffolding and there are numerous construction workers hammering and climbing about during the day. The intrusion was minimal.
Just a quick warning to anyone coming here that they are doing renovation work. We booked in September and it was never mentioned to us. According to a note in the room it should have been finished mid December, but it isn't. The balconies are inaccessible as they are locked and there are men taping plastic over the doors and taking concrete off the outside.
I'm pretty annoyed as it's Dubai shopping week and Dubai hotels are full so there is nowhere to move to - I spent the whole morning on the phone with no joy. So much for a relaxing time reading a book on the balcony and watching the world go by. The worst part was that we booked this so that we wouldn't be disturbed by the construction work going on near the beach hotels!
Excellent choice if you DON'T like lying in the sun!
Just returned from our first ever trip to Dubai and are so pleased we chose the Intercontinental.
A weeks stay here in a Club-floor room was marred only by the renovation work being undertaken to the exterior of the hotel which meant the sounds of hammering could be heard 1000 - 1630hr or thereabouts, but since we were out and about in the city most of the time it did not bother us too much.
The reception at Dubai airport went smoothly; the cold towels and chilled water handed to us on boarding the shuttle were most welcome.
On arrival at the hotel we were allocated a corner room on the 9th floor which was well up to standard, except for the plumbing, as the plugs in both the sink and bath would often stick in the closed position!
Service was exemplary, members of staff we came into contact with could not have been more helpful, every request was met with a smile and prompt action.
We ate in 5 of the in-house restaurants, as well as taking a dinner cruise on the creek on the hotel's own Dhow, which I would recommend as a pleasant way to spend an evening.
Prices for food were in our opinion very reasonable. A meal in the Palm Grill, which is considered the 'fine dining' restaurant, came in at under £75 (circa $140) for 2 including a glass of decent quality wine, although one could easily have spent a lot more.
The Club lounge is pleasantly decorated (they had just finished trimming the Christmas tree) although the overall appearance of the hotel is certainly 20th century rather than 21st. Traditional rather than modern would be a fair description.
Breakfast served in the Club lounge was of a good standard, although with less choice than in the lobby restaurant. Afternoon snacks and the evening hot buffet were also of a good standard; the butler served complimentary alcoholic drinks from 1900 - 2100hr.
I believe the main benefit of being at the Intercontinental as opposed to one of the beach hotels is that you are close to many of the attractions such as the spice and gold souks, the boats (Abra's) which take you across the creek for virtually nothing, the main shopping malls, the museum, etc.
Although taxi's in Dubai are very cheap by European standards remember some of the beach hotels are 10 - 15 miles from town and the traffic can be quite heavy (and hairy) at times...if (when) we go back it will once again be to the Intercontinental.
I stay here quite frequently on business so it's about time it got a review.
This is a business/short stay hotel. If you are in Dubai for any length of time you really want to be by the beach.
The staff are always accommodating and efficient. The short airport transfers are lovely in the new 2004 Range Rovers.
As a club member you get use of the comfortable lounge with snacks, drinks and internet access.
There is an excellent selection of restaurants and with the exception of the fish market are well priced. The buffet restaurant off the lobby is particularly good and room service is quick and reasonable.
There is a nice pool and gym and shops nearby, overall quite child friendly.
I have stayed here over 20 times and have only had one bad room (a single room really means a single) and was moved out of that within hours. This was the first 5 star in hotel in Dubai and is set for a major overhaul in 2005. I hope it doesn't cause too much disturbance.
I have stayed at a lot of hotels in Dubai, but I always come back to the intercontinental and not just because of its great loyalty program. I find it to be friendly, reliable and good value and it is always my first choice if I'm staying in the city.
The biggest downside for me is that with the heavy traffic outside it is not that pleasant to go for a walk.
The upside is the complimentary bowls of chocolate dates, delicious!
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