Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa
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There was a place being talked about in the middle east. And not for political reasons. For urban planning, sustainability and infrastructure reasons - more of interest to me than politics. Here we were, a lower class family barely been out of Europe heading to this 5* luxury resort in one of the wealthiest nations on Earth. I was excited.
Today we left Italy for the United Arab Emirates. We had a leisurely breakfast and waited in the hotel foyer for the pick up. Our driver was early and took us to the Rome Fiumicino airport via congested cross Rome roads and then the Autostrada (freeway). This time our car was only a mercedes and our peak speed was only 140 kph. We were very early at the airport and checked our luggage in, went through security and passport control quickly and looked ...
After 5 weeks in Europe, we headed to the fastest growing city in the world. This city also boosts the worlds largest shopping centre, tallest building and the worlds only 7star hotel. You got it, DUBAI. When we stepped out of the airport for the first time, we were hit with the sweltering humid heat which was reaching 40degrees. We were picked up from the airport as we booked a package while here and were taken to an amazing hotel. Unable to check in for a long time ...
... with hardly a tree or blade of grass in site. Lots of irrigated petunias though bringing colour to the city, all very well cared for by the Dubai street scrapers who tend to the flowers so proudly and keep the pavement clean without a speck of rubbish to be seen. Ironically though the petunias reflect what the new Dubai feels to me, all a bit of a show. Yes it has awe inspiring buildings, the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa are amazing structures, but it seems to be lacking ...
... are you here for the dinner? As you are not allowed to take pics. Turns out we were at the Armani hotel and there was a big function with the rich and famous and not were asked to leave! After another 10 min walk into Dubai mall and asking about 10 people where to go as it's the worst sign posted attraction ever! We get to the elevator to take us to the ticket office. After waiting 10 mins and having no luck we decide to take the stairs next to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHabtoor Grand Resort & Spa Dubai
5* hotel on Jumeira beach with more reasonable rates than other hotels. It has its own private beach and all the facilities you could dream of in a resort including pools, water slide, a spa, restaurants, shops, bars. Not to mention, the most beautiful rooms ever seen in a hotel! Humongous beds, fancy keys to open the doors, huge bathrooms and incredible balcony views. Highly recommend!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa Dubai
Reception girls- every one of them had an attitude problem and they were unfriendly, they say that first impressions last!
We stayed here 21st November for 5 nights and this hotel is a real disappointment. Since we booked last minute, this was the only choice available.
After having regularly checked the trip advisor website for reviews on this hotel i was starting to panic! The first 2 days of our long awaited honeymoon were to be spent at the dreaded Metropolitan Beach Resort. Can you imagine my surprise when we pulled outside the Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa (we thought the hotel had just changed names-not a major refurbishment)a rather impressive new hotel.
We have just returned from a four night stay at the Habtoor Resort & Spa hotel. The hotel has recently been refurbished and apart from minor decoration in some of the rooms it is completed (thankfully no building work!)
We have just returned from our holiday in Dubai, where we stayed at this Hotel. Like the previous contributor we read the review by A TripAdvisor Member, Singapore prior to leaving and were somewhat concerned about staying there.
We stayed at this hotel in October 2005 and loved it! We had read the last review of the hotel before we left and were very apprehensive about what we had booked. When we arrived, our transfer was waiting for us in the arrivals area, just outside the door ( follow the signs for taxi's). At check in there were four people waiting to check us in and we were brought directly to our room which was a Garden View room. The room was a good size with a balcony. This hotel is great - the pool is a good size and was never too crowded and the beach is just 30 seconds away. Breakfast was excellent with a great choice of fruits, cereals, breads, muffins, juices etc. The staff are extremely friendly and cannot do enough for you.
We stayed at this hotel through a friend's recommendation.
We stayed at the Metropolitan Beach for 4 days, and I must say it's a really nice hotel. It was our first time in a luxury hotel, and we were really impressed. The Staff is nice and friendly, the food is good, the beach and the swimming pool are simply wonderful! There's a nice bar on the beach where we had dinner at sunset, and nicely decorated gardens.
My opinion is definitely positive, despite the noise caused by the ongoing works in the backgroung.
Also, the hotel is quite far from the city centre (it's in the Burj Al Arab area) and in the middle of the works for the construction of the Palms and the new area of Dubai.
They have a free bus shuttle to/from the centre twice a day, but if you want to go out at night, you'll need a cab.
recently visited the hotel, and realy had a nice time despite the construction work taking place at the back of the hotel thus you don't see or feel most of the time.
The good thing about this hotel is it's tranquility and the freindly atmosphere, as well as a nice beach and a fantastic pool.
Boy were we lucky! We just visited the hotel for an afternoon on the beach as our hotel in Dubai ( Al Bustan Rotana - superb by the way) had an arrangement with this hotel. Please avoid it at all cost as you will be sorely dissappointed. There is building work going on all around and it is a building site at its worst. The noise they try to drown out with music around the pool but it doesnt work! If you look at the hotel website it mentions work from 7 am till 7 pm do you really want that on a holiday where you hope to get some relaxation. Stay in a hotel downtown or a beach hotel but no further along the coast than the Burj al arab!