We enjoyed our 6 night stay in early Feburary in this spacious, well equipped clean apartment at the end of the Marina walk. The whole building is very secure and well kept. We loved the ceiling to floor windows and furnished balcony with sea views. We really appreciated being facilitated to check in early after an overnight flight and were greeted warmly by Erica. All staff were friendly and helpful during our stay. The full kitchen was modern and clean and there was also a washer dryer. We used the swimming pool and hot tub on a number of occasions . Again, a pleasurable experience.
We were only 9 minutes walk from the metro (Damac, still referred to as Marino in most guide books) and right beside the marina tram. We were a few minutes walk from the 7km Marino Walk with lots of water transport available. We would highly recommend taking a ferry from opposite The Grosvener House to Bur Dubai on the Dubai Creek. It takes one and a half hours and passes major sights such as Burj el Arab and Burj Khalifa and for less than €8! Public transport is inexpensive. Fares must be prepaid. We were recommended to buy a silver rather than the red tourist NOL card as it is better value. The public beach is about a 30 minute walk (the JBR). Ask for directions as we had difficulty finding it.
There are several supermarkets close by, including Carrefour and Spinneys. There are lots of cafes and restaurants within walking distance. We found a restaurant Pei Wei Asian Diner beside Spinneys which did excellent take aways.
We were delighted to find 1011 The Torch. We highly recommend it. Thank you to Erica and all the staff
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My boyfriend and I recently spent two nights at the Torch on the way back from travelling round Thailand, as we wanted to break up the journey home, back to the UK.
After a long flight through the night I was pleased too find two members of the concierge team waiting for us in reception as previously arranged. They were both very welcoming and helped with our bags and showed us up to our apartment. We were immediately impressed with the size and cleanliness of the apartment. The apartment was supplied with everything we needed for our stay and Edelyn showed us the safe and how to work the WIFI etc (which was free of charge) and was on hand to answer any other questions we had.
The apartment was simply furnished but looked very new with flat screen tv and modern kitching fittings. The lounge area and bedrrom had stunning views across the sea with floor to ceiling windows so the view was pretty amazing! The bathroom was large with a bath and two showers and fitted with all modern fixtures etc. We had two excellent nights sleep with no noise from outside or other rooms and the blinds blocked out the light completely which was great.
The whole building was very impressive and mantained to a high standard. Although we didnt use the pool as the Weather wasnt great we did go and have a look and it was clean and well kept with stunning views across the Marina. My boyfriend used the gym one morning which i believe was only small but had all the usual equipment supplied and he had no problems getting on any of the machines.
The Marina was a lovely area to stay with ample choice of restaurants catering for all tastes and not as expensive as we initially anticipated, which was a welcome suprise. All the amenties of the Marina were within a 3-5minute walk and there was a mini market right at the bottom of the building just round the corner from the main entrance which was very convenient for drinks etc for the room. There was always plenty of taxis right outside the buidling but we opted to take the metro other than for the journey back to the airport.
The metro station was a 10min walk away from the Torch straight up the main road so was straight forward to find. We found the metro really easy to use and incredibly cheap.
If we return to Dubai we would have no hesitation in staying at the Torch, the booking process was was very straightforward with Melissa & Cassandra at Select property.
Thank you for a very enjoyable stay.