First of all, let me say that reviews like these are highly subjective. They are highly influenced by the reason for one's stay, one's expectations, the attitude of the staff, your attitude, and lots of other factors.
My stay was for just two nights, and my reason for being in Dubai was to go sightseeing. As such, I was not looking for much in a hotel--just a place to store my luggage, use the Internet (which was free), and sleep. The rest of the time I was out and about.
CityMax Bur Dubai was clean, although a little on the small side, but conveniently located near the metro, the Bur Juman Mall, and Al Karama market (the place where you are supposed to be able to purchase real fake designer-brand items!). The price of the room was quite reasonable, and I would definitely stay there again.
One thing to be careful of--those unmarked SUVs that are passed off to tourists as being "hotel taxis." They, of course, have no meters in them. The helpful taxi driver who took me to the Dubai Marina Mall bus station quoted me 35 dirhams, but when I handed him a 100-dirham note at the bus station, he tried to give me 20 dirhams as change, saying he had definitely told me the fare would be 80 dirhams! I refused, and paid him 50 dirhams, which I thought was fair.
As in all of your travels, be wise, a little skeptical, and wary of "good" deals.
One final comment regarding "your attitude": a smile (to the front desk staff as you check in) goes a long way! Remember, they are on their feet for many hours at a time, sometimes dealing with less-than-amicable hotel guests, so you may just get special treatment by being courteous :).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smaller travel budgets shouldn't mean less comfort. At Citymax Hotels, part of the hospitality division of the Landmark Group, we offer 4 star quality comforts, at 3 star rates; in Dubai and Sharjah. Our well-appointed rooms, extensive in-house dining & entertainment facilities and strategic location of the hotel make it convenient for both the business traveler and holiday maker. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citymax Bur Dubai Hotel Dubai