The hotel is sat just next to the Mall of the Emirates, one of the biggest temples to consumerism on the planet (and one that comes with its own indoor ski centre, naturally). It’s just a short walk to a metro stop, which hooks you up to various parts of Dubai (including the airport) via a state-of-the-art monorail. Lying off the city’s backbone, the Sheikh Zayed Road, the hotel is within an easy taxi journey to most sights and attractions. The nearest beach is a five-minute journey away. The airport is about 20 minutes away.
The rooms are nicely sized, with white walls and a warm orangey shade across the carpet, curtains and bed linen. A few cool white armchairs and dark wooden tables and lamps add to the contemporary feel. The views aren't incredible (the Al Barsha area isn't known for its outstanding natural beauty), so you won't be upset with the lack of a balcony.
There a couple of comfortable seats scattered in the lobby, which is the usual marble and wood affair.
Eating and drinking
The hotel manages to squeeze in 10 drinking and dining options into its diminutive frame, many of which have become popular night time hangouts for Western expats. Under the watching gaze of a vast Buddha, The Golden Buddha serves some fine Thai food on the ground floor. Meanwhile, the Indian cuisine at Gharana comes with some live entertainment as a side dish. Further up the hotel, there’s a lively sports bar called The Q, kitted out with vast screens and sofas around a circular bar.
There’s a reasonably sized rooftop pool with views of the Mall of the Emirates, plus sauna and small gym.
Friendly and helpful.
Who stays there
It's popular with Western tourists travelling on a budget, or those who might want easy access to the Mall of the Emirates without wanting to splash out on its adjoining Kempinski Hotel.
- Backpackers / Students
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Excellent value
- Limited amenities