I am normally a budget traveler, but I was sent to Dubai for a work training and this is where they put me up for the 4 days. I am not complaining.
The hotel is beautiful, with very friendly and helpful staff, a variety of restaurants, a fantastic (HUGE) breakfast buffet (which is included,) a pool and spa, a large and airy atrium where you can sit and have a coffee (there's a coffee bar) and several bar/lounges where you can get a drink and light food. Beds are extremely comfortable, bathrooms have a waterfall shower and a large tub...oh, and a bidet PLUS one of those sprayer-things on the side of the toilet so you can be sure you have that ultra-fresh feeling on your lower bits. ;-)
The place is opulent, but not tacky - everything is in good taste and beautifully decorated. There is personal service; I got greeted by name several times by various staff. Even the TV in my room knew who I was. (Okay, I know that's done with computers, but it was still cool.)
The hotel is a short walk away from the IBN Battuta Mall and a metro station, so you can easily get to downtown Dubai. Metro is easy to navigate, spotlessly clean and cheap.
Not cheap, but for a 5-star hotel, not super-expensive, either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai features a statuesque gateway that is larger than the ‘Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris. The 396-room hotel is located next to Ibn Battuta Mall and Cineplex at the very heart of ‘New Dubai’. Inspired by the travels of the 14th century Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel’s Grand Hall features 88 enormous eastern-style lanterns and it is also the ‘gateway’ to the hotel’s equally iconic six restaurants. The Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel offers a true ‘design and taste journey’ that spans the Near East, Far East, Middle East and Arab-African radius our namesake travelled through in his epic 30-year journey. The hotel has 6 restaurants including a Chinese, Indian and Italian. There is a nightclub and supper club on the property discretely positioned. Our sister property, Oceana Beach Club, is located on the Palm Jumeirah with swimming pools, a lazy river and private beach. We offer complimentary shuttles to and from the Club. ... more less
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