Only a short stay but once again an excellent one, and again upgraded to a club room. Had minor issues with the room, tv kept switching off and the curtains closed when the door was closed. I reported these to maintenance and what is most important, the issues were very quickly addressed and fixed. Further very minor issue, no Kirin beer in Crossroads bar, but the Italian beer was also very good and the first one on the house.
Had afternoon tea in the lounge also excellent. All staff are so willing to help without exception, there is no doubt in my mind this is the only hotel to sty in Dubai.
We enjoyed our stay at Melia. It is not too far from action but unfortunately it is a bit far from trains. The nearest station is a 15 minute walk away which is far in heat. We walked it though and took taxis to other areas. The good news is that the hotel offers shuttle services to key locations. Our only wish is that the hotel offered us the information about the shuttles they had available.... it would have helped us. We asked about beaches and they offered an option to a beach that we needed to take a taxi to, meanwhile, they had a free shuttle going to another location.... odd! Other than that, great service, beautiful rooms.
We stayed in the Orient Guest house on our 4-day stopover in Dubai on our way home from Australia. We found it an excellent choice , relaxing and very comfortable with a hearty breakfast in the courtyard.
The main administrative and shopping district, Bur Dubai contains some of Dubai's oldest buildings. Bastakiya is a carefully restored 'heritage quarter' of narrow alleys and courtyard houses cooled by wind-towers. Sheikh Maktoum's House (now a museum) is a fine example of 19th-century Arabian architecture. The nearby Dubai Museum offers a succinct account of the Emirate's history, while the Heritage & Diving Village recreates its maritime past.
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