The hotel location is very easy to miss as it is around the back of a small shopping mall off the road. From the outside we were ready to sleep in the car as the surrounding area looked very dodgy even by middle east standards. As you cant get the car around to the entrance we walked our bags from the car park. On check in the staff were okay and there was not too much confusion and they were helpful enough in getting a trolley to get the bags to our rooms. The rooms were big, clean and each has a small living room separate to the bedrooms with comfortable leather sofa and wall mounted plasma TV. A small fridge with two coffee mugs were found but thats about it, no tea, coffee or kettle. The bathroom was modern and the shower fittings were very very good (just remember to turn the water heater). One of our friends checked out the "Spa" but said the door was locked to the apparent sauna and the jacuzzi was not very Inviting.
After a good shower things took a turn for the worst. Once settled in we noticed the hotel had been interior decorated by Ray Charles. The color combinations of red & pink walls, brown doors and other decorations were horrendous.
We then started to notice a very strange noise which was constant all night, the bowing alley upstairs. We asked reception to send up a menu so we could order some food, in 10 minutes a helpful gentleman handed us a laminated menu (all with photos) and waited why we made our decision. The food on the menu is possibly the worst food on planet earth. All processed, deep fried, frozen from the food court downstairs. We ordered the “just pasta” & some chicken which was delivered 20 minutes later in polystyrene containers. The chicken was not eatable and the pasta was a spaghetti with some sort of road kill sauce that we were all very seriously worried about. We ate around the sauce and were happy that we all lived to see another day after the consumption. The staff asked if we wanted to have breakfast in the morning which we avoided due to the fact we had too much to live for.
We ventured down stairs to see if we could get some cheese and cold cuts from the supermarket to fill the gap dinner had left but all of the cheese was process sliced singles so we were defeated once again. We luckily had purchased some supplies in Dubai for the following day so we made do with some bread rolls.
As we had a very early start in the morning for a wadi b run we all went to bed at around 11pm. The beds are the hardest & most uncomfortable I have ever slept on. I have slept on wooden planks and straw filled pillows in Nepal and that was luxury compared to the beds in the Mirage. As we were all very tired we managed to sleep for about 20 minutes until a Arabic woman checked into a room between our two rooms. We could hear every word of her 3hr conversation, her screaming child was crystal clear as was the TV that she had on to drown out her child’s noise. The hotel has saved money on the sound deadening between rooms and due to this we had a total of 2hrs sleep.
At 5am we packede our bags and were happy to leave.
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- Also Known As:
- Mirage Hotel Emirate Of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates