Our second family trip to Dubai involved a deal of reseacrh, we thought about the marina hotels before settling on Raffles based on the good price quoted for ana advance room rate (beware the hotel web site only adds the two 10% tax levys for room & city tax at the end of the transaction - this should be clearer). Plus my wife had had meetings there in the past and said it looked wonderful.
We booked two club rooms for my wife & myself and 3 teaanage kids. The rooms are very big we stayed onthe 8th & 5th floors, with large beds and good lounge areas added to which you have the bonus of the private balcony.
The club rooms included breakfast - excellent in the main restaurant, plus afternoon tea and evening drinks/snacks in the club room. Overall with this we didn't need to buy much additional food for the kids. Having said that the cost of pizza's etc is very reasonable in the hotel.
The pool area is nice (if slightly noisy due to the road but that soon blends in) andthe pool staff are very attentive without being pushy, bring complimentary iced tea and water as you arrive. Arrive early if you want a good spot as beds are limited and you get those how grab the beds without using them!!
The spa area looks good although we only used the gym which is a good size and a good range of equipment.
So far all the same as other hotels? The difference is with the staff all of whom were polite friendly and looked happy to be there and to help with making your stay perfect. We had no complaints with any one and the management of the pool area was complimented with the managers engaging with you about the weather or your stay.
Finally it was my wife's birthday while staying ther. The butler of the floor noticed her cards and wrote one for her himself and supplied a pefect sized chocolate birthday cake. In the Raffles club we had champagne - none of which was preempted or requested. That's the difference to the others.
We left on 12 April and none of us wanted to leave we will definitely be back and throughly recommend Raffles Dubai to anyone wanting to stay in a quality hotel.
Remember to visit Al Karama, the Gold and Spice Souks (using the commuter ferry), Madinat Souck is touristy but good for outdoor dining overlooking the Burj Al Arab.
- Also Known As:
- Raffles Dubai Hotel Dubai
- Raffles Dubai Hotel
- Raffles Hotel Dubai
- Dubai Raffles Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Not only close to Dubai’s best-loved landmarks... Raffles Dubai is one of them. this stunning landmark city hotel in a distinctive pyramid shape, merges Asian style with an Egyptian aesthetic. Brilliant contemporary interiors, faultless service and superb restaurants. A shopping adventure lies around the corner as Raffles Dubai adjoins Wafi, one of Dubai’s most exclusive shopping and leisure destinations, home to hundreds of boutiques offering an extensive selection of international haute couture, jewellery and gifts. Nearby souks, including the impressive Khan Murjan, offer authentic crafts by artisans from the region. Featuring luxurious rooms and suites, this award-winning Dubai hotel offers some of the most spacious rooms in the city, each with generously-sized private balconies. 7 restaurants and bars offer an extensive array of dining, entertainment and clubbing options, while Raffles Spa beckons with a pampering menu to emerge transformed, like a lotus that journeys from bud to the radiance of full bloom. ... more less
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