The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
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... Jumeriah, in a palm shaped plan with all properties on the fronds having individual waterfrontage. Brad and Angelina, Schumacher, Beck and Victoria apparently have abodes there.
Tonight we will head back to the Dubai Mall to see the dancing fountains and perhaps take in a meal (after sunset when the days fasting ends).
Tomorrow we are off to Prague - 22 degrees will seem cool after 41 degrees and 90% humidity....
Today was the day. After months of thinking about the program, imagining myself here, and doing my best to explain my plans to friends, the checkered flag raised and the meetings of AWT80 began.
We spent the morning at the JW Marriott where they provided us with a site tour and market update. I was most impressed with the philosophy they bring to taking care of guests and of course with the sky dome ...
... the buildings were lit up all different colours. The night time fountain show was so pretty.We were really tired so caught the metro back and went straight to sleep. We got woken up the next morning at 5am by the morning prayers. Music and chants are played through loud speakers all around the streets. This went on till 5.30am so we had an early start to the day! We caught the Hotel's shuttle bus to Jumeria Beach for a swim. We weren't expecting the beautiful ...
... in the balcony. Actually with Darata we got an amazing room/ apartment in the hotel. Not sure how that happened but we were supposed to stay in different place and than "we got upgraded" and we had big balcony with a clear view to table mountain and so close to everything that we just enjoyed chilling there mostly in the evenings. Victoria and Alfred waterfront is amazing place to be but much ...
... in the world at the moment) is truly a monument to man's engineering ability. The observation deck is on floor 124, and we only learnt later that you can have a meal on floor 123 for less money with a meal thrown in. It actually gives you a unbeatable birds eye view of Dubai, and is really a must do even with the haze. Essential to book though.
Why people go to the gold souk amazes me. Essentially a few streets packed with gold shops, you would have to be keen, plus really ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
I stayed at this hotel for my honeymoon and it was amazing i highly recommend it and will most certainly return, best hotel i have ever stayed in, and it should be granted another star
Amazing - but a few rooms to avoid
The resort is, as others have written, stupendous. Excellent service, graceful design, wonderful pool area and beach. The only reason I rated this hotel four instead of five is that my room did not quite live up to the rest of the hotel. It was on the ground floor with a door opening to the pool area, which was lovely. But the upholstery on the couch was stained, as was the carpet. The room was very large, but didn't have enough furniture, which led to a rather awkward feel. At some hotels this would not be a big deal, but it's the Ritz, hello. The hotel was part of a short getaway package booked through Emirates; I wonder if the hotel has a few more basic rooms, and assigns these to travelers who are receiving discount rates. Would stay there again in a heartbeat, but would probably ask to see my room before checking in.
Sun, sea and service - brilliant.
Stayed here for 5 nights November 04. Two years ago we stayed at the Jumeira Beech, which is a much bigger hotel.
The Ritz-Carlton is absolutely superb in every respect, and the service is out of this world.
Much has changed in the two years between our visits, most notably the amount of building that is going on throughout the city.
We were a little worried on our arrival as the hotel is literally surrounded by new buildings being constructed, so forget any thoughts of walking outside the hotel, unless along the beach, which is superb and safe.
The construction worked seemed to be well advanced, and didn't really pose a problem, apart from the odd clanking and hammering noises whilst on the beach.
Temperatures were in the 80's and we were able to bathe in the sea every day - it slopes gently out - gets deeper, then shallower again.
The hotel has two main restaurants, El Splindido, which is Italian in theme, and the French La Baie. Both served a variety of excellent food, with brilliant service. If you can get a deal for half-board, do so, as the choice, although slightly restricted, is still wide and excellent value for money.
Good gym and spa facilities, although we preferred the slightly less energetic sunbathing at the beach, which wasn't too crowded. Also good sunbathing around the pool and in the gardens. A free bus runs twice a day to shopping malls and gold souk and creek. Being picky. perhaps it could have stretched to three times a day for extra convenience.
All in all an excellent hotel.
We do not like the large hotel format so the Ritz Carlton met our needs with only 140 rooms .On arriving we were concerned at the building site that meets you adjacent to the entrance but we were more disturbed by the grass cutting than any noise from the development.
The staff are excellent especially the concierge Vivi.
The food was excellent- from Oct they have a tented restaurant outside & serve traditional food
The italian was also very good
We ate out at the Burj expensive but a once in a lifetime experience -you can generally get in for lunch but book weeks in advance for an evening meal
If travelling by car around Dubai avoid the rush hour -which seemed to stretch until 7.30 pm on some days -especially if they have a computer conference with thousands of delegates
We would return -perhaps in 4 yrs when the building work has slowed down
All in all probably the best hotel we have stayed in & for food -we also ate Morroccan & Thai food - excellent choices & quality
nb avoid named wines they will cost a fortune -the Lebanese wine was as good and a lot cheaper
Best service ever!
The finest service we've ever had, and we've stayed in a lot of luxury resorts around the World.
Fantastic pools and spa. Great food in the restaurants. Concierge brilliant at organising side trips. Will definitely stay again.
The hotel and staff couldnt do enough for you, you are treated as if one of the family and not just a customer. The standard rooms are well equiped and are looked after extremely well. Having now been to Dubai for 5 days, we are now trying to find another date that my husband can fit it to go back.
5* More like 7*
Stayed for 5 nights mid Aug, Managed to get a good deal on club room which has access to the lounge. Was going to stay at one of the usual Hotels in Dubai but after reading the reviews decided to splash out.......and was it worth it, yeeesss!!! Fell in love with this place the minute we arrived, Everything is perfect and has to be up there with "one & Only Mirage". All rooms have a "Sea View" but ours was slighty on the side but you could see some of the beach if you leaned out of the balcony which is big enough for two adults seated. The ground floor rooms had a small patio which leads directly to the pool which is nice if you like chillin by the pool, the pool was excellent. Chilled to a low temp so nice to jump in when you felt hot!!! The swimming pool had a slide for kids and adults at night!! and an excelent pool bar to consum your drinks while you enjoy the cool water. There are many places to relax around the resort grassy bits sandy bits and the main beach, although they dont call it a private beach there was only ever a few people there when we ventured out. The sea was very warm and prefered the chilled pool to the sea, but good facilities on the beach; tolws, sun lougers fully equiped with umbrallla for shade. To the right of the hotel beach patch was a host of water sports like paddle boats, Kyacking, parachute with a boat pulling you...
The location of the hotel is in the middle of a construction site and about a 20 minutes from the centre where most shopping and attractions are, Hotel does offer bus service to local shopping centers but found the times akward, we used taxi's which cost arround £5-10 each way.The construction cannot be noticed really once in the hotel or in the pool, from the balcony you may see the odd crane or two in the distant. The lounge had free drinks and snax all day till 2am, also equiped with wireless LAN for surfing the net at no extra cost. Every one at the hotel made us so welcome and we will deffintly return again, Keep it a secret!!!.
Another 5 out of 5
Arrived here to celebrate our Silver Wedding after reading previous reviews- we were not disappointed. It is a very unique place. Excellent personnel spacious rooms and lounges with high quality fittings. A haven of tranquility despite the massive building programme being carried out near by. We were made to feel very special. Two main restaurants to choose from we ate in the French one in August which wasn't very busy but still had a good atmosphere. Visited other big hotels
on the strip and in town but nothing compared. I agree with the other reviewer- keep it a secret!
Great Hotel - nothing to fault at all
Arrived very early in the morning after a terrible night flight courtesy of Emirates. When we arrived at the hotel the stress of the flight just disappeared. Wonderful design. great rooms, fantastic pool, awesome beach. The service was impeccable and there was absolutely nothing to fault at all. Keep this place quiet - you don't want the masses spoliing the closest thing to paradise you can get......
Best place to stay in Dubai
From the moment we arrived (at midnight!) we were cossetted and pampered by the serene surroundings and attentive staff. We stayed in a seaview room (not on club level) which was very spacious with a wonderful bathroom (which had a separate loo). After our stay I wrote to Ritz Carlton suggesting a few things they might consider offering (which their competitors did) and received a fulsome response confirming that all my suggestions were either being looked into or had already been implemented! Can't recommend the place too highly - its understated elegance beats the usual "bling" Dubai style by miles