The Al Manzil sits just over the road from the enormous Dubai Mall and the equally oversized Burj Khalifa, in the ‘Old Town’ area (which, despite its name, opened just a couple of years ago). The closest beach is a 10-15 minute taxi ride away, as is the main business district. A ride to the airport will take around 20 minutes.
Despite the Arabic designs that flow throughout the hotel lobby and exterior, the rooms have been kept firmly contemporary, with only the odd ornate lampshade offering a hat-tip to tradition. Warm shades are offset with smart furnishings, including an unusual bathroom design that sees the tub set in a glass box almost in the centre of the room. While rather cool, this could be a rather embarrassing feature should you be travelling with someone you'd rather not see sans clothing (or vice versa).
The lobby area mixes Arabia and modern in its theme, with intricate wooden designs and a cool-looking lounge affair furnished in comfy sofas. On the ground floor, there are a few shops casually scattered around, including – very handily – a well-stocked supermarket. Outside there are some cool winding alleyways between buildings and various courtyards, crafted with traditional-style arches and lattices, and a couple of cafés, often scented by the smell of flavoured shishas by evening.
Eating and drinking
The oddly-named Nezesaussi is a popular sports-themed bar on the ground floor that has some good food options that go beyond the normal pub grub fare. There are a couple of other outlets within the hotel, but you’re best off making the two-minute trek across the road to Souk al-Bahar a charming Arabian-style shopping and dining centre which has some of Dubai’s best restaurants, and some great views of one rather big tower.
There’s a nicely-sized temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool surrounded by comfortable loungers, plus a fitness centre. However, there’s a much better-equiped private fitness centre called Al Hayya Club just next door, which the reception can give you a pass for if you ask.
Generally excellent throughout, with a very friendly and helpful concierge.
Who stays there
It's location and price makes it popular with both Western and Asian tourists who might want to stay near the Burj Khalifa without paying the usual 5-star rates. Business travellers also make up a sizeable portion of the hotel's guests.
When not included in the room rate, breakfast costs 95 dirhams extra for two. You can get discounts for longer stays - a second night can be booked at a 10 per cent discount, while every night after receives a 15 per cent discount.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Excellent location
- Great value
- Far from beach