The hotel was of a high standard and looked to have been newly refurbished. The staff were friendly and went the extra mile to attend to our every need and want. The quality and presentation of the food was first class. I would recommend going all inclusive. The whole butler team were exceptional.
The location of Arabian Ranches Golf Club is about 30 minutes by car from most of the places one might reasonable wish to visit, from the airport to Dubai Marina to The Creek, and including all the Malls from Ibn Battuta to Irdif, and including Emirates Mall and Dubai Mall. Malls are more than simply shops, they are experiences of Dubai, with restaurants, skiing, iconic buildings such as Burj Khalifa.
It isn't necessary to play golf to stay at the Golf Club, but it made me think about picking up some clubs and having another go.
The room - 110 - was a good size with an excellent en-suite bathroom, and a view over the golf course. The free broadband was reliable, if a tad slow.
The restaurant was very good - breakfast especially was excellent.
You really need a car to stay at the hotel, though taxis are nearby and not expensive, and there is a regular bus service from Arabian Ranches to the Emirates Mall metro stop, which then opens up all other areas of Dubai, except Palm Jumeirah, which has a completely separate monorail system.
Staff at the hotel were all most professional, cheerful and helpful - I couldn't fault them.
No real negatives about the Golf Club - it would have been nice to have had access to a swimming pool - but it IS a golf club after all!
Hotel staff at all levels were very helpful and professional. Whilst the hotel is part of a multi-purpose low level complex, medical centres, educational colleges etc it felt empty. Everything was large including the rooms. The room colour schemes are boring and a little dull, whilst the public areas are quite nice. I don't know the market requirement or the local competition, but I felt the rooms could easily be half the size, more colourful and more cosy. It was rare to see anyone in a corridor and very few people in the restaurant. Maybe local people travelling with their extended families would need the space, but not the business traveller or a couple.
Alan from London
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Staying at The Intercontinental Dubai Festival City was a very good experience. Because of their continuing good service, I stayed there three times, and each stay was pleasant and comfortable. The room and bathroom is always super tidy. And the staff are always very helpful and attentive to everything I need. The food service is also very good, as well as the resturant and the bar in the ground floor. I haven't been to the swimming pool or the gym so I can't give my openion about those, but the rest are very good. But I'd stay away from the minibar because their prices are higher than many hotels I've been to. But overall, the hotel is worth the money and makes the stay in Dubai very pleasant.
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