The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
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Arrived in Dubai early hours monday. Pulled up at this amazing hotel with our rucksacks..don't think the staff were impressed with the weight of mine but they were happy to whisk them away. Instead of checking in we were told to have a seat & relax while someone else did this for us! The hotel smelt of incense throughout- lovely! Staff thought …
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... no graffiti or scratched windows here) and full of people. It is a pleasure to ride and is mainly above ground so you get to see the areas and, nearly forgot, it is cheap.
So hot we decided to try the pool before exploring the souks. It was like diving into a warm bath- water temp was 31 degrees so we did not stay for too long.
Back on the Metro at dusk to walk through the gold and spice souks. The gold souk has an amazing array of gold jewellery ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Not great with kids!
Stayed here during Feb half term(11/02/05-18/02/05). Fantastic, beautiful, service impeccable, a real 'arabian palace'. The design and opulence had one sighing at every turn around the hotel. The room in the Palace we chose was a gold club room...the size was a bit disappointing but the gold club service more than made up for this.The oriental hammam experience is a real must.
Only drawback is the facilities for kids. There is a kids club but it is very small and not terribly appealing. There are also lots of water features around the hotel which although beautiful are a major hazard with little toddlers.
Having said that I would still highly recommend the hotel to anyone with any taste or style!
BEST THING ABOUT THE HOTEL = SERVICE!
I was a lone female traveller and stayed at the Palace for 5 nights in December 2004 (half board). Although I arrived in the early hours of the morning and was not meant to check-in until the afternoon, the reception desk were able to find me a room. I only had to wait one hour for it to be ready and in the meantime I relaxed in the lobby and was served a complimentary breakfast.
Throughout my stay the staff made me feel so welcome and they all remembered my name. I have never encountered this level of quality service in a hotel (and I have visited many hotels through my work).
Didn't want to leave!
Having stayed at the Jumeriah Beach Hotel on two previous visits, we decided to try a One & Only resort.
This hotel was a real treat. The staff were friendly, the food was great, the rooms were very clean and comfortable and the facilities were marvellous.
Just returned from our second visit to the Palace at the Royal Mirage. This time we took our 8 month old daughter. The hotel is truely excellent with superb facilities, just a shame about the beach at the Palace end of the complex - it has been extended but the sand is very rough, though the sand at the shoreline is fine. All the staff were great with my daughter and the other children. The Royal Mirage is one of the few hotels unaffected by the mass building in the area and we suffered no problems. I have to agree with one of the other reviews that making dinner reservations was difficult, fortunately for us most nights we ate as soon as the restaurants opened so we could get my daughter to bed. There don't seem to be enough tables to cope with the demand in the restaurants! Also if you are on half-board basis make sure the discount is applied to your food bill and check your bill carefully on checkout - we had quite a number of erroneous charges posted to our room though in fairness these were removed when we pointed them out. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, but book your dinner reservations in advance!
This is an excellent hotel in many respects. However, we were disappointed with the difficulty we had in making dinner reservations. We had taken a 5 day half board package and on arrival at 8 am in the morning were told that all the restaurants at The One and Only Complex were full that night with one exception and that meant a very late dinner. We were also advised that it was best to book at least two to three days in advance for the restaurant of our choice as all three hotels were at 100% occupancy and, as the local residents also used the restaurants extensively we were not just competing with other guests! Even this advice proved to be unrealistic and we only eat once in a restaurant that was of our choice at the time we wanted (i.e. give or take an hour or so). All other nights we had to make do with either the less popular buffet/self service restaurants and or eat at times that were not ideal i.e. very early or very late. If we were to stay here again, we would not take half board and would make dinner reservations weeks in advance for the better restaurants. Telling you on arrival to make a reservation three days in advance is hardly helpful to those on a short stay!
What can I say about this hotel; well basically it's fantastic. The Palace at the Royal Mirage is the best hotel I have ever been to. The service, décor, food and resort are all first class and truly deserve the 5½ stars it has.
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday at The Palace. The only thing we regret is that we did not spend more time there. The service is friendly and efficient from the moment you walk into the hotel. Checking in is a pleasure as all you need to do is sit drinking tea whilst the guest relations staff organise it. We stayed in the deluxe room which was lovely. It was our wedding anniversary whilst we were in Dubai and the hotel had a beautiful chocolate cake waiting for us in our room. The communal areas of the hotel are exquisite. You really do feel like you are in an arabian palace and it is hard not to spend your time taking photos of the hotel. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle bus to the various malls but will also arrange taxis without difficulty so getting around Dubai is very easy. You are welcome to use the facilities and restaurants at the Arabian Court and The Residence and we really enjoyed visiting the roof top terrace for a cool drink at night. The price of drinks can be expensive but they are not as much as you are led to believe. You can sign for your food and drinks instead of using cash, which we found to be convenient and relaxing as we did not have to worry about exchanging currency. The staff made you feel comfortable and did everything they could to make your stay enjoyable. As a result we had a fantastic time and cannot wait to return!
The best resort & pool on Jumeirah Beach!!!
I live in Abu Dhabi but am from the USA. When I can't go on a long holiday I head off to Dubai for a short break. My favorite resort is the Royal Mirage Palace. The resort is excellent with comfy beds, pleasant staff and very nice rooms. The reason that I like this resort best is because of the swimming pool at the Palace. It is beautiful! Staff bring to your lounge chair cool drinking water, cold towels, and stop by to clean your sunglasses. The pool has underwater sitting benches all around the pool edges where you can sit and visit with friends or read a book. This is the best resort in the area and worth every penny (or dirham)!!
I stayed at the Royal Mirage in feb 2004 for 4 nights with my boyfriend. I must say i was impressed with everything regarding this hotel: the room was beautifull( a deluxe room in The Palace), the lobby has all the details of a palace one would find in a storybook about an arabian prince and the pool is the most beautifull pool i ever seen. I can`t wait to come back.