Dubai Hotels

Burj Al-Arab

Pros

  • Incredible architectural elements
  • Luxurious, expansive suites
  • Very private

Cons

  • Room rates are sky-high

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

The style icon that put Dubai on the tourist map, the Burj Al-Arab has to be one of the most famous hotels in the world, and its graceful lines have been featured in numerous design magazines. The press has christened it the world's first 7-star property, though that accolade is played down by its owners, Jumeirah Hotels. The decor throughout is sumptuous Arabian with deep pile carpets and acres of gold plate. The suites-only property has set new standards of service in the region. There's a check-in desk on each floor and every suite has a butler for personal service. You can also book helicopter transfer or arrange a Rolls-Royce to pick you up from the airport. The hotel prides itself on its ability to satisfy even the pickiest guest, and so has many services in addition to its standard leisure programs. The public can't gain access to the hotel (except with a restaurant or bar reservation) because it sits on a man-made islet just offshore, so you'll have a ton of privacy, but you'll be paying for the privilege.

Hotel Information

Address:

Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Phone:

4-301–7777

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 202 rooms
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 10/27/2015

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Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating

Jun 11, 2015

All-too-Brief Dubai Business Travel Stay

Earlier this week (7-9 June, '15) had the honour of an abbreviated business travel stay at this rather unique (even by Dubai standards) hotel. Abbreviated, in the sense of being obliged to leave Dubai a day early for meetings in London (and from where I am writing this review, before travelling to Scotland this weekend for family reunion). As with my earlier Dubai business trips, arrival was seamless via Singapore Airlines, non-stop service (SQ494,

business class) from our home of SIN. My Burj lodging was an upgrade to a "Panoramic One-Bedroom Suite", a truly lovely setting. Service and dining, no complaints. Somewhat ironically, a portion of Monday, 8 June was spent in meetings at one of the Burj's Dubai rivals, the Four Seasons, another magnificent property I've stayed at in the past for Dubai meetings (and am presently scheduled to stay at the FS, Toronto next week for additional meetings). My early departure from the Burj on 9 June was handled with aplomb, with subsequent DXB-LHR non-stop flight via the now-familiar Emirates, EK3 business class. I remain fascinated by Dubai as a business travel destination (scheduled to return for meetings this December); that said, so very thankful to call Singapore home for family, work and residence. My brief Burj business stay was most satisfactory; beautiful Burj times to you.

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