We booked for 5 nights and chose the hotel for its location. We arrived late in the evening and after approx. 20 mins in a taxi we arrived. We were checked in quickly and given a nice cold drink on arrival. We were shown to our room promptly and left to our own devices. The hotel generally is very modern with an Arabic twist. I really like the layout and décor of the lobby area.
The room was quite modern with enough space to two people, although the bed isn’t particular big for a double. We had a view of the swimming pool from the 3rd floor. They had left some pastries, chocolates and some flower soaps in our room which was nice. The mini bar was ok in price for a hotel, but beers were expensive, I think approx. £6/£7 for a small can of beer. The bathroom was nice, some may not like the exposed feeling of all the glass, but the toilet is behind a closed door. I quite like the open aspect of it and have seen this a few times in recent travels.
We ate at the hotel once for dinner, I opted for spaghetti bolognaise (half portion) and husband for a risotto (full portion), either I got too much or he didn’t get enough as both portions came out the same size. I would say he got less, as if he would have had a half portion of what he was served, it could only be classed as a started. The food was nice and we shared a dessert, but for 2 main courses, house wine and one dessert came in at around £65-£70 which is expensive for what we got. However, the service I thought was very good and the restaurant is very nice. Again beers/wine is expensive, but this is Dubai.
There are plenty of other places to eat; across the road are a few little restaurants by the water and also in the Souk Al Bahar. If you carry on the Dubai Mall has lots of choice. When walking to Mall the best way is to go via the Souk Al Bahar as it can be very hot in Dubai and going this way, keeps you mostly in air conditioned buildings. Takes about 10 mins maximum to walk to the Mall.
Food wise, there is a small supermarket on the ground floor in the Souk Al Bahar and a great Waitrose in the Dubai Mall if you want to stock up on drinks and snacks.
The pool area of the hotel isn’t particularly big, but during the day we never had a problem getting a sunbed when we wanted. Parts of the area do become shady, but there seemed always to be a sunny spot. The hotel provides towels too.
Staffs wise, any member of staff I spoke to, or saw were always very helpful and polite. One thing is for sure, you cannot fault the staff. Definitely would stay here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Qamardeen Hotel Dubai