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Golden Tulip Al Jazira
Ranked #91 of 129 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Edmonton, Canada
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276 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“In the middle of nowhere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

I found this hotel to be very secluded and empty.
The highlight is their pool, which is decent. But thats about it.
their rooms are average, nothing special. The breakfast was average as well.
There is no WiFi service, and they have a couple of really slow computers for internet usage.

Their service is not he best either.
The only thing that was good was their maintenance guys who help me retrieve my wife's locket that fell down the sink.

final verdict... ehhhhh

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2012

We were a family 2 adults , 1 kid and 1 infant , going there to relax as an out of city destination
Things needs to improve are
- there is a bad smell from the bathroom
- we had a child Trolley where you need to carry it when moving in the hotel as always there is a stairs with no slopes area
- the beach is away , around 6 k.m. From the main hotel , but it is nice beach
- in the beach area , we were told that children are not allowed to have towels !!!! Which is disappointing , so we got 2 only while we need 4.
- Delma restaurant which is in the beach area , takes long time to deliver the food. Around 45 minutes.
- the room AC was not working probably

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

We stayed for one night as a getaway from Dubai and had a nice trip. The swimming pool was large, staff were helpful, room was clean and fresh and large enough for a double bed a single bed and a baby cot. They had a little play house by the pool which our kids loved - it meant we lounged in the pool while they played! Food was decent although if you go to the cafe run by blue marlin you will pay twice as much. There was some music but so noisy to spoil the place and with the black out shutters in the bedroom, it really was minimal and our kids managed to sleep well! If you want to go to th beach you have to get a shuttle bus and you are taken to their bungalow complex. Overall, I'd go back.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2012 via mobile

If you want a very secluded hotel for a resting weekend without the distractions of modern day life, then his is the place. Breakfast selection is wry limited. Hotel rooms are old but functional. Can certainly use a big remodeling. Staff is helpful but could not give directions/did not know the area well enough. The really nice touch is that we found a fruit basket waiting for us, this was really nice.

  • Stayed May 2012
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dubai
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Booked a weekend getaway to this resort....turned out to not be a resort at all. The beach is nowhere nearby, you have to take a shuttle. It is weirdly connected to a club or another hotel or something like that, so the pool is shared and full of unattended kids. The staff is not interested in helping you at all because they don't know which hotel you are with. An outdoor club is there with awful pounding music that starts in the afternoon and ends in the early morning hours. Even in the hotel with all windows closed our room was shaking. We couldn't sleep until 2am....and no television channels whatsoever, unless you really want to watch Jeopardy in Arabic. We were told we were not allowed in the club area of the hotel/resort/whatever it is since our hotel does not have an agreement with their hotel...even though the two places are attached and it's hard to tell who owns what!!! Food was icky, with unattended Arab kids running around the dishes and licking everything within reach...with maids trailing behind them and parents out of sight. Nothing within miles, boring. Rooms had stains on the walls. Misrepresented as a resort when in fact it's just a one-star party place for bored Abu Dhabi residents.

Room Tip: all rooms are noisy....can't escape the techno music shaking the entire area.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Saudi Arabia
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108 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2011

We had pre-purchased a package with the hotel for a night's stay for two adults, two children, buffet breakfast & late check out of 1pm BEFORE we read the reviews on TripAdvisor, so I was very wary upon reading the negative reviews about what our stay would be like. We were pleasantly surprised and had a good time :)

Check in was easy and when we asked if there was any bands playing that night, we were told there was a live band playing until 3am...so we promptly requested a room that was on the other side of the venue where the band was playing and heard no noise whatsoever while we were sleeping :) The room was comfy and spacious, the bathroom was large and clean. Slept soundly at night.

The resort pool was lovely, spent a lot of time there. My only complaint was that people could smoke at the pool bar which was annoying because we wanted to enjoy a few fruit juices with our children at the bar too, but had to smell people's ciggie smoke. The buffet breakfast was sufficient but nothing wow'ish (have seen better). Staff was friendly, and the ambience of the hotel was nice. We asked for a later check out time of 2pm, and got it which was awesome =)

My only major complaint about the hotel was that there was no warning that on the satellite TV which they provide in the room, there are some that are adult channels. This came as a shock to us when we were flipping through the channels trying to find some cartoons for our children (aged 4 and 6) and all of a sudden some erotic images are displayed on the screen. We quickly pressed the next channel, and it was another adult channel...next...ANOTHER adult channel. Some of the images were fairly suggestive but some were borderline pornographic. We quickly closed the kids eyes until we found something that was kidfriendly. I dont think they realised what it was all about, but thats not the point. So yeah, thats my biggest complaint. Especially since its suppose to be a family-friendly resort.

But an overall good experience. Nothing wow'ish but worth the money we paid :)

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2011

We'd heard the (bad) local reputation of this place but decided to book anyway as we were competing in the triathlon based there early next morning. Phone booking 2 weeks before was no problem, but then just before we were due to leave our house to travel there, they phoned to say that since we had not phoned to confirm the room, it had been cancelled. No mention on their website OR during the phone booking to say we had to confirm. After an irate call to them asking to speak to the Manager, they suddenly found a room for us.
During check-in, the receptionist recognised our name and said she'd tried "hundreds of times" to call us for confirmation, almost accusing us of not answering her calls....which she never made.
Got to our room to find it had 2 single beds instead of the 1 double we'd booked, there was a strong smell of....something. Not sure what it was, damp or cleaning materials, but there was a also a steady water leak from the bathroom ceiling. The walls and doors appreared to be paper-thin so we could hear every noise from guests either side of us.
Despite being assured during the booking that there was no nightclub party on that night (see earlier posts), we were kept awake most of the night by a party. It finished around 5am, and as we stood outside Reception at 6.30am for our triathlon briefing we saw the procession of prostitutes getting into their transport. During our event, the female competitors were ogled at by the rather creepy 'security' staff at the gate which my wife felt very uncomfortable with.
Not a pleasant experience. It has the location and potential to be a first class resort hotel but is actually more of a tired, tacky motel catering for weekend party animals and their 'friends' rather than discerning holidaymakers. Avoid this place if you are genuinely looking for a 4* hotel!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Golden Tulip Al Jazira

Property: Golden Tulip Al Jazira
Address: 11 Ghantoot exit 399 | PO Box 26268, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#48 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#74 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Tulip Al Jazira 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a stunning location on its own island within the clear blue waters of a 7-kilometer long, calm, sea channel at Ghantoot beside the famous Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club. Ideally located 40 minutes drive from Dubai Airport and 40 minutes away from Abu Dhabi Airport and very close to Jebel Ali, Ibn Battuta Mall and Dubai Marina. A 4 star hotel Golden Tulip Al Jazira sits in picturesque, tranquil surroundings within the marina offering panoramic views over the waters of the Arabian Gulf from every part of the resort. A private resort, where all 84 rooms and suites are equipped with balcony providing a choice of views over the pool or garden ... more   less 
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