I'm staying overnight at the Airport Hotel in Terminal 3 this weekend. (It's a 13-hour layover, coming in on Emirates on a Saturday evening, leaving on a Sunday morning).
According to the hotel website, I am indeed definitely allowed to leave the terminal (for dinner) and return later that night to head to the hotel and sleep (because I can check in for my flight anytime w/in 24 hours).
But when I double-checked with the hotel front desk, they said, "Welllll...... yeah .... technically you can leave the terminal but it's a hassle." Grrrr.
So: Does anyone know how much of a hassle it really is to get the short-term visa and leave the airport?
Or: Should I hire this Marhaba service to meet me and take me to the hotel and then hustle me thru the visa/immigration process? I tried to ask Marhaba if they'd do this, but they just replied with boilerplate FAQ answer from their website that didn't address my specific question (it's not either standard meet-and-greet OR standard "layover" Marhaba service).
Thanks so very much for any advice!Edited: 16 June 2011, 03:56