I flew Emirates from Manchester to Bangkok and as I was travelling with a pregnant wife and a very active infant, the thought of a 2 hour connection in an uncomfortable airport seat followed by a 7 hour flight was daunting. I therefore booked the tickets so that the connecting flights were 12 hours apart.
This hotel is NOT cheap but is very convenient for the transit passenger. We decided that paying the little extra was better than collecting our luggage, passing immigration, transferring to and back from a hotel in town in the burning desert heat and then re-checking in and re-passing security.
We were greeted at the gate by the hotel representative and escorted past transit security to the hotel. Check in was very quick. The room was very clean and had all the amenities that we needed. The cot bed that I had asked for had been set up (I’d emailed them 72 hours prior). The room was very quite even though the buzzing duty free was directly below us. The bed was very comfortable and we certainly were not disturbed.
We were tired and the room service menu was very good so we decided to have lunch in the room. However, there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes or fast food joints in the Duty Free.
The hotel doesn't have free WiFi but I took advantage of the 30 minute free use of the net in the business suite.
I didn't use the pool or spa but both looked quite good. The gym is small but well equipped.
The best part was checking out and then heading to the gate (a 3 minute walk) 20 minutes before departure.
Overall, a very pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone transiting in Dubai. If you are travelling on a long haul journey and have a 8-24 hour layover then this hotel is definitely worth it.
Tip: if staying in this hotel then you cannot collect your baggage. Make sure you pack some clothes in a trolley bag or backpack. You won’t need toiletries as they are provided in the room.
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