Thursday, October 20, 2011

HOTEL CHECK DUBAI, part 2, The Ritz-Carlton

Serene in the heart of the Dubai Marina, The Ritz-Carlton is a more intimate resort with only 138 rooms. Amidst its landscaped gardens, the hotel feels quiet and calm in a warm and positive way. The sandy beach and clear water are beautiful - possibly the nicest beach feeling in Dubai.

We arrived into a splendid lobby that is very classic and traditional. A harpist and violinist added to the sense of harmony, even at midday.

The rooms are traditional five star, with nice classic bathrooms.

Floors 5 & 6 are the club floors.

The Deluxe rooms on the club floors are the same as the other deluxe rooms. The only differences are:

• Access to club lounge
• Nespresso machine
• DVD player

The room categories are:

• Deluxe Room
• Deluxe Room Club Floor
• Executive Suite
• Club Suite (Executive suite on the club floor)
• On top of that they have 2 premium suites.

Four dining options include Italian and a Bedouin tent by the Gulf serving Arabic cuisine. There is also a Spa with sauna, steam room, hair and beauty salon, gym, four tennis courts, two squash courts, kid's club, and of course the pool area with three swimming pools including a swim-up bar and a children's pool.

Who should stay?
We recommend the Ritz-Carlton to couples and families who want a quieter and smaller resort, really nice beach and good outdoor pool area. The facilities are 5 star - not Dubai-style "six star" yet, but things will change with an ongoing construction project.

On the water just by the JBR Walk which is a fantastic location. When you walk straight out of the hotel, in front of you are many restaurants, cafes, shops and so on. This is a big advantage for most holiday-makers.

You should know
The hotel is constructing another wing so the hotel will go from 138 rooms to 301 rooms. The other wing will be completed June 2012. Once it is completed all the old rooms will be refurbished bringing up the deluxe standard of the hotel.

Though construction is going on, it does not seem like a problem. The heavy work is already done and there is not much noise or disturbance at all. The construction area is walled off.

We really like the location of this hotel. It is a big advantage to be able to step out of the door and have all the dining and other options. The beach is nice and the hotel is very traditional and classic. A solid product which will be truly great once the new wing is ready in June 2012.

Note: In usual blog style, our images are our own informal mobile phone snapshots taken during our visit.

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