The Hilton Dubai Jumeirah is not, as the name could well suggest, in the area known as Jumeirah, which is about 15 minutes drive up the coast. Its actual location is in the Dubai Marina, an area of mainly residential high-rises that have spread inland. The hotel is just off The Walk, a sand-coloured promenade littered with cafés and restaurants and something of a catwalk at times. The Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah are about 10 minutes taxi drive away, while the Burj Khalifa will take about 20 minutes. The airport is about 30 minutes drive away.
The rooms are slightly old-fashioned, with beige walls and light-wood furnishing offset by a somewhat dated blue carpet. Each comes with a balcony offering views over The Walk promenade and nearby towers, although you can upgrade to a Deluxe Room Plus with full or partial sea views.
Much like the rooms, the main public areas, including the lobby, are slightly dated.
Eating and drinking
For a slice of Italian sophistication, BiCE – the local outpost of the international brand – is considered Dubai’s best. Aside from a preposterous array of olive oils, there’s a menu that goes way beyond pasta and pizza, and all served in a rather grand interior. Dubai’s tango fans head to Pachanga, the hotel’s Latin America eatery, where a variety of meat and seafood is followed by vibrant floor show (including free dance lessons on Wednesdays). The Hilton Dubai Jumeirah also has several decent bars.
Naturally, the hotel has its own private stretch of well-kept sand, laid out with sunbeds and parasols and with attendants at hand to distribute towels and water. Should the waters of the Gulf be a little too warm, there’s a moderately-sized outdoor pool closer to the hotel. There’s also a well-stocked fitness centre and health club, plus spa.
Generally excellent, although it's worth getting up early to secure a sunbed so as to avoid any arguments later in the day when they've all gone.
Who stays there
The hotel is mainly popular with Western tourists, although at weekends many local residents pay to use the hotel's private beach.
A Deluxe Room with sea-views can sleep two adults and one child. If breakfast isn't included in the room rate, it costs184 dirhams extra for two.
- Families with teenagers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Good restaurants
- Quite dated