I've had a few upgrades in my time but never one like this - from a studio sea view to a 4 bed apartment with sea view (2706). I actually managed to get lost once! The decor is lovely - fresh, clean and stylish. The master bedroom has an ensuite, the second (king) has a bathroom shared with the twin, there is a separate cloakroom, and the fourth (a bit of a boxroom, great for a teen) has a wetroom. And I got all this because I wanted the (newer) Residences and the cheaper than the sister Hotel rates!
The kitchen was large and well equipped although it would be nice if the hotel could provide a few basics like a couple of dishwasher tabs and/or some washing up liquid. The hotel is just over the road (The Walk) from the Hilton hotel and shares facilities - including the beach club which has plenty of umbrellas and loungers on the beach and beachtowels/changing rooms etc. This is important - not all the hotels have this and it is policed. A gentleman who tried parking himself on a lounger was asked where his towel was (you have to give your room no to get one) and was told to go and check in at the beach club. He did not return.
The beach here is good with a gentle shelf, good swimmable area and soft sand. It does get very hot so after about 11 it is too hot to sit out (IMO). Mornings are best here. Loads of activities too so it can be quite noisy, but good fun.
Back in the apartment the aircon was excellent which has not always been my experience in Dubai – it was easy to set and get rooms cool, although it’s also easy to set higher if preferred. My third bedroom(!) - the twin - was set at 24C where I left it - too warm for me - but handy for airing clothes after a spin in the washing machine.
Although my intention was to get a room with kitchen facilities and there is a good supermarket just behind the hotel, I didn't use it much in the end, except for breakfast which is really useful, as I ate out – there is a great choice of restaurants on the doorstep. There is a Tim Horton coffee shop next to the hotel where you can pick up coffees and pastries which along with some fruit and yogurt from the supermarket makes for a nice cheap breakfast. Save your cash and spend it on dinner. (One huge advantage of the Walk is that there are tons of cafes and restaurants within a five to ten minute walk in either direction - not to be underestimated in a city which is generally not pedestrian friendly and where you can feel a bit deserted, so to speak. ). I had worried that there might be noise from traffic and people – it’s very lively in the evenings – but I heard nothing in my room. One advantage of the hotter weather (it was 38-40C whilst there) is that the bling boys keep their windows shut and aircon on, so you don’t get Ferrari sound systems blaring out. They can’t race up and down the Walk either btw – the traffic moves at a sedate crawl most of the evening.
There is a restaurant on site where I had one buffet dinner – fairly pricey but good food and had I been hungrier would have been better value.
Finally the staff, in a city where friendly, high standards of service are the norm, were outstanding. Always ready with a friendly greeting, call the lift (which can be a bit slow given the number of people, but isn’t as bad as some posters have made out), arrange transport, chase up an excursion booking, or even get the hot water working (I had none on arrival). When I arrived too early to check in they offered to - and did -phone me when my room was ready about an hour later. The taxi driver dropped me at the Hotel despite my instructions - the Residences are literally on the opposite side of the walk - I think drivers don't like dropping off here as there isn't a good parking space, although traffic can get round them, but if this happens no worries - the porters will greet you, and walk you over, carrying your luggage for you in no time.
The only wrinkle in the whole stay was not getting hot water the first night and as others have said the water pressure in the shower is a little weak, but not impossible.
I would love to go back, My only worry is that nothing can live up to that upgrade and I really cannot justify what it normally costs (I checked of course…)
Thanks to all the staff there, they really are an asset to the Hilton brand. For the rates the studios normally cost and the location, this must be the best deal right by the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy an extended stay at Hilton Dubai The Walk, located on 'The Walk,' a bustling promenade area featuring the beach mall full of boutiques, restaurants and cinemas in the heart of Jumeirah Beach. Accommodation options include contemporary studios, duplex lofts and spacious two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments. This Dubai hotel is within walking distance of Dubai Marina cafes, boutiques and entertainment venues, and within easy reach of downtown Dubai. Hilton Dubai The Walk is linked via footbridge to the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, sharing a wide range of facilities and services. Guests can enjoy access to a variety of onsite restaurants and bars, luxurious spa services, a private sandy beach and watersport facilities. Guests in Dubai on business can avoid long commutes, as the city's major corporate hubs are only ten minutes away. Nearby attractions include two of Dubai's premier golf courses and some of the best shopping in the world - the Mall of the Emirates, home to the largest indoor ski area, the Marina Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall. Complimentary WiFi is available in public areas. ... more less
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