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“Very good value for money”
Review of Vida Downtown

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Vida Downtown
Ranked #60 of 556 Hotels in Dubai
Reviewed 20 May 2012

I spent two nights in this small but efficient hotel with spotlessly clean rooms and excellent service. Good location and very affordable prices. The only thing that needs to improve is the variety offered at breakfast. At 105 AED I was expecting a couple of clicks better breakfast offering.
Of course the hotel practice of Dubai of pre-paying your stay, which I hate and which I am sure all guests in Dubai hotels do, is also applicable here.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2012

Dear Guest - 'George',

Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your stay.

We have noted your concern on the good service and the value for the breakfast offering.

I do hope that you will pay us a visit again in the near future.

Best Regards

John Aritho

General Manager

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Reviewed 20 May 2012

Dubai being so active needed an area like the Old Town for those who prefer a calmer place to stay at. The location of the hotel is amazing, just 5 minutes from Dubai Mall, you can cross the street and enjoy nice cafes facing the Dubai Fountain as well.
The Hotel is very peaceful, although I stayed at a busy period (during ATM) but you still wouldnt feel bothered, even the services were still great.
Staff is friendly and rooms are spacious enough.
Will definitely come back.

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1  Thank LinaMesmar
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2012

Dear Guest ' 'LinaMesmer',

Thank you for your aptly worded heading as the Old Town is indeed a special place in Dubai and Qamardeen remains a wonderful gem in the beautifuly planned c'city within a city'.

I do hope that you will make Qamardeen your hime while in Dubai.

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Reviewed 19 May 2012

We spent a total of 7 nights there and were very impressed. We were expecting such a service as we had stayed at the sister hotel previously ( Al Manzil). Everything was seamless from the time we arrived, the staff are very personable and helpful and make sure that you enjoy your stay. They also advised us of the free wifi within the hotel.The room are very spacious, welcoming and above all clean. The bed was very comfortable. There are facilities for tea and coffee. Housekeeping would make sure that the room was clean after we went out for lunch,outing or shopping and again in the afternoon around 5pm. Also enjoyed the chocolate they leave in the room, Ghraoui.There are various choices for breakfast which is a buffet, staff ( Margaret, Erwin, Lordvic,Sufian) made sure that you were well looked after and the omelette chef will happily prepare your favourite combination. We spent a lot of time at the pool, the life guards (Vincent and others) always welcome you when you arrive and ask if you need extra towels, if your parasol need moving etc. The pool is exquisite with an air of relaxation and you will want to spend a lot of time on the sun loungers.The hotel is about 12 to 15 minutes walk to the Dubai Mall. We did not eat at the in house restaurant, Esca but the menu was very inviting but we wanted Middle Eastern cuisine so we booked a table in the courtyard at the Al Manzil. It is highly recommended that you book for Thursdays and Fridays. Check out was swift and we were assisted with our bags to a taxi. This is the hotel we definitely recommend if you will be in the Old Town.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2012

Dear Guest - 'Travelman91',

What a wonderfully written review!

This just about gives a complete picture of what the Hotel entails and provides.

It is indeed a very peaceful spot in a fast city and we do appreciate the fact that the staff provided you with a homely atmosphere.

We shall definately recognize all the above mentioned individuals and I am sure this will spur them to perform even better.

I do hope that you will stay in either of our two wonderful Hotels in the future whn you come to Dubai next.

Best Regards

John Aritho

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Reviewed 17 May 2012 via mobile

Checked in at 6am was greeted with OJ cool face washer and stuffed dates. Room was ready at 6am which was great after a long flight. Breakfast buffet was plentiful. Staff service was impeccable. Walk to Burj Kahlifa was about 20 minutes over the fountain walkways but in direct heat (43*C) but you can walk through The Palace hotel Complex. Taxis to and from airport & other destinations were good, airport to hotel was 45-60 Dirhams. Would go back to this hotel.

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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2012

Dear Guest,

We do appreciate your kind remarks and the time you took to do so.

It is great to see that the location played a big part in your satisfaction of the Hotel and the wonderful environs.

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Reviewed 16 May 2012

I rate a hotel by the little extras - in this case it was early check in.

I was on a flight from Australia which arrived at 5:30am. It was a long shot but I emailed the hotel and asked for early check-in. By the time I'd got to the hotel it was 7am and they had a room all ready for me. Not a problem.

The staff were all really friendly and very helpful - the breakfast buffets are spectacular, and the hotel is a short walk to the Dubai Mall.

The decor inside is impeccable - and I have to say it's a truly fabulous boutique hotel. But again, what makes it special is the staff. They all went out of their way to make my short stay there very memorable. This is what would have me return to the Qamardeen.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the top floor with a view to the Dubai mall and the fountain.
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your feedback.

It is good to know that your stay at Qamardeen was up to scratch especially as a result of the staff at the Hotel making it a memorable stay.

We do hope to see you during your next trip through Dubai.

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John Aritho

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Additional Information about Vida Downtown

Address: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town | Downtown Dubai, Dubai 114788, United Arab Emirates
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Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > Downtown Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Dubai
#26 Family Hotel in Dubai
#46 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#56 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
Price Range: ₹ 13,777 - ₹ 39,454 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vida Downtown 4*
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vida Downtown (previously Qamardeen Hotel) takes shape as six floors of fresh, urban styling with bright, airy private and public spaces. Sitting in the Old Town precinct of Dubai just a short walk from Burj Khalifa, eclectic souks, The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain, and a short drive from, The Dubai International Financial Centre, the airport and beaches. This is, literally, the place to be. Please note that all rooms are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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