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Shaun C AND Latimer....

Shaun C AND Latimer....

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Staffordshire...
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for Staffordshire
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1. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

I'd have offered an opinion but seeing as it's not open in general to everyone I'll keep quiet.

Hate these posts addressed to specific people even though both of them are excellent on here.

Here and there
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for Dubai, Pissouri, Protaras, Paphos, Limassol, Cyprus
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2. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

Club room at Address Downtown - no contest.

It is shortly to reopen after the fire damage and the club lounge package is the best in Dubai with a stunning view of the fountains

Dubai, United Arab...
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3. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

My hotel of choice is twofold; the one/s I’m visiting next and the one that gives me the most bang for my bucks.

So Intercontinental Dublin & Conrad Dublin.

In Dubai, my choice is the JW Marriott Marquis. Here’s why ....

* I’m senior elite in all hotel loyalty, so my choices always lean towards benefits, elite recognition, perks etc.

* Service is always amazing

* club lounge tremendous

* I’m a sucker for hotels that give you an experience - artistic, style, records (eg was highest hotel, still the highest bar)

* not bothered about no beach, pool area is mighty fine enough

* a cornucopia of amazing bars and dining

* sometimes, we just don’t even want to leave a hotel but stay on site the entire stay

Most of all - value. I can always get a superb deal there, and with the upcoming final merger of SPG into MR there’s going to be even more offers and value.

For the record, JWM may not be the ‘best’ or most luxurious, but I honestly don’t feel there’s value add in some of the top end hotels. I just find pound for pound, what can be had at JMM offers the best value for my criteria. As a worldwide hotel junkie, I’m dismayed that the real ‘top end’ brands eg W, RC, St R and WA to name a few don’t truly match up as the best example in the world of that brand. Hence me not picking one...

PS thanks for the kind words and I’m happy to help as much as possible. However I do hope people don’t think this is a closed thread and would love to hear from everyone which is their hotel of choice, and why.

Edited: 23 May 2018, 00:20
Dubai, United Arab...
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for United Arab Emirates
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4. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

Daisy - this isn’t a closed topic, and I’d love to hear your choice please. Debate is for everyone; it’s not North Korea ...

Berkshire, United...
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5. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

Really interesting Shaun. I actually choose Jumeirah for the opposite reasons. I’m also a Hotel junkie with a job that involves too much Global travel.

For me personally, Dubai is my personal time with my family and I love staying in the Jumeirah properties because it doesn’t feel like a work trip and definitely feels like a treat (a slight step up). I agree with you though that pound for pound it probably doesn’t offer as much value as your favourite. We’ve had the Sirius Gold card for a long time so we do get free Exec Club, airport transfers and so on but I guess no loyalty benefits are truly free!

As for which Jumeirah Hotel... all except the Creekside. We love JET, JZS, JBH, DAM, MAS etc.

Latimer, my friend guested me into the Address Club Lounge last year and I was impressed. My friend is also a long time Sirius Gold member but was getting a bit fed up with the high prices so switched to The Address which he claims is better value for a similar level of luxury.

Edited: 23 May 2018, 01:14
Dubai, United Arab...
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6. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

Oxtail - thanks for contributing and really great to hear good points that you make.

I’m a fan of Jumeirah as a brand - Etihad Towers especially and JBH. They are luxurious and special, with a great attention to detail (eg the amenities shaped like the towers)

However I have 2 miffs. 1) like most regional brands, their financial woes have resulted in obvious and visible retractions 2) just as with Emirates, local loyalty programs are a long way off competing with worldwide brands.

Sirius, ISME and Emaar rewards aren’t a bad stab, but they’re still a very distant way off SPG or Marriott Rewards.

Still as always in Dubai, it’s fine margins and we get spoiled. I used to be happy with Premier Inn before I moved to ME :-)

East Midlands
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7. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

Thank you for your opinions and of course, the more the merrier Daisy. Addressed to those two as they have been so prolific on threads I have read. I think I'd like to try the One and Only hotels, they seem stylish and understated. Not sure it's the best choice for 3 little ones though.

East Midlands
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8. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

Thank you for your opinions and of course, the more the merrier Daisy. Addressed to those two as they have been so prolific on threads I have read. I think I'd like to try the One and Only hotels, they seem stylish and understated. Not sure it's the best choice for 3 little ones though.

Tyne and Wear
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for Dubai
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32 reviews
9. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

The O&O Jumeirah is a great hotel. It is understated and I found it very calm.

Kids are welcomed in certain parts of the hotel and there is a main family pool and I recall games of water polo being organised for the kids however there isn't a load of kids here like other hotels but they're made welcome

With 3 kids The Ritz Carlton might suit also. A very nice hotel with the added bonus of a great location as JBR is on the doorstep so its great for a wander.

I personally think all beach hotels in Dubai are suited for families

My new favourite beach hotel is Four Seasons as its classy and understated and I like the location

I also enjoyed Al Naseem at Madinat last year, and I'm not normally a huge fan of Jumeirah hotels I thought it had a much nicer pool than the other Madinat properties. I like new hotels though but I don't think you'll go wrong with any of the above hotels

London, United...
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10. Re: Shaun C AND Latimer....

All brilliant hotels mentioned...good choices 👌🏽