Dubai Hotels Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Dubai Hotels Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Sofitel Dubai The Palm ✅

The Sofitel the Palm gets a big thumbs up from me! Every details screams 5* luxury including the dine around options for Half Board. The bathroom was stocked with Elemis products, loved it!

Ritz Carlton ✅
Fabulous location on the beach near all the nightlife of The Walk, plus not too far from the shops. The hotel had a sophisticated elegance without being formal. The pan-Asian restaurant Blue Marlin was exquisite! Really loved the Ritz Carlton!

Hilton Dubai The Walk❌
It was really located on the Walk near all the nightlife and restaurants, however I wasn’t a fan of the reception and communal areas. They were drab and could do with a bit of freshening up.

JA Palm Tree Court ❌
4* standard for the food and service but the grounds, pools and rooms feel more like 3* standard. They look very tired and could do with a refurbishment. The location isn’t great, it is 30 minutes drive from central Dubai so taxis will add up quickly.

One and Only The Palm✅
With just 99 rooms, this hotel definitely has the wow factor. There was no building work anywhere near this hotel. Their Michelin restaurant is included in the half board dining options so really great value for money. This was one my favourite of the hotels I saw whilst in Dubai.

Emerald Palace Kempinski ❌
This hotel certainly looked amazing, everything was shiny and seemed to be covered in gold! The atmosphere was a little too formal for my liking but the people who stay here are the richest of the rich. The clientele are mostly Russian or from UAE.

Caesars Blue Waters Resort✅
This resort consists of 2 hotels: The Palace which is their 5* adult focused property, and The Resort which is their 4* family friendly property. The location is fantastic, just a 15 minute walk over the bridge to get to the lively Walk area.

One and Only Royal Mirage ✅
Guests are announced with a gong which gives a special, VIP feeling right from the start. The hotel was super luxurious but without feeling too formal, perfect for a relaxing holiday! The service was efficient and non-intrusive. Nothing every seemed too much trouble, and the staff were all extremely warm and always smiling. The check in service was very personal with guests being met after they were announced by the gong and taken straight to their rooms.

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