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J5 Rimal
Ranked #25 of 542 Hotels in Dubai
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“Great”
Reviewed 7 May 2009

stayed at Rimal for 5 nights, the staff cannot do enough for you. Studio room with kitchnet, and supermarket across the road. Excellent breakfast. Reason for recommendation is that it is close to the city centre and about 20mins to Jumeriah beach. summing pool on the roof which was always empty.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2009

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel is very nice and modern looking. Everything is very small scale but is ideal for the visitor who isn't planning on spending a lot of time indoors.
The choice of Breakfast was wonderful, this was included in our package. We had dinner there when we arrived. This was nice. Nothing special but tasty.
Be careful which map you use to navigate your way back to the hotel. We had a small pop out tourist map which has this hotel marked, except it's in the wrong position. We spent an hour trying to work out why we couldn't find our way (especially as both of us make maps for a living!).
We were here on our Honeymoon. We decided to stop and see a little of Dubai on our way to the Maldives. We booked with Virgin Holidays. Despite the problems people have had with transfers to and from the hotel, we had a trouble free time.
We didn't use many of the facilities on offer but we did swim in the pool each night. The view from the roof isn't particularly good but in Dubai you really have to spend a lot of money to get into the fancy places. It depends what kind of budget you have.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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London, England
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Reviewed 10 April 2009

First trip to Dubai with the family. The hotel staff were extremely polite, helpful and friendly. We received an inpeccable service at all times. We arrived on an early flight, and they were kind enough to allow us an early check-in, plus we were upgraded to a nice family suite on the first floor. It is worth mentioning Mr Shadi and Mr Rehman at reception because they were always very helpful.

Nice, neat and spaceous rooms. The kitchenet was also handy for us as we wanted to have that option to cook. Mr Ibrahim was also very helpful. Very wide selection of hot and cold foods at breakfast.

Very well equipped gym. Pool on the roof was very handy too.

Distance to Diera around 30 mins in no traffic. Most taxi's use their meters which they set at 3 Dirhams on start of journey. The hotel will assist with cabs, directions, tourist attraction bookings etc at any time.

Wireless Internet access available from rooms but not free, you have to obtain a prepaid card (or added to your account). There is also the option to use the business centre in the reception.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 20 March 2009

This is the hotel I always stay at during my visits to Dubai. It is reasonably priced and is situated in Deira, at the heart of Dubai. The rooms are clean, staff friendly and the breakfast offeriing is good too. Just one point to mention. If you're a non smoker then always request one otherwise you will normally be goven a smoking room.....

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 18 March 2009

clean , Quite , modern and well located .
it is my hotel for the future , that for sure .

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
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Southern Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2009

We arrived on a morning flight and had no problems getting an early check in. The staff were all extremely helpful and friendly and went out of their way to make sure that we were happy guests.

The room was clean and spacious with a good firm comfortable bed. My only complaint about the room would be that it was quite difficult to control the temperature of the air conditioning and at times I had to resort to opening the window to warm myself up.

There was plenty of food to choose from at breakfast and service was good, even at busy times. I had room service one evening and was really impressed with the quality of the food. If you want a nearby alternative, I would recommend the reasonably priced Thai restaurant at The Grand Moov, which is virtually next door. You can also have a beer there, or at the Holiday Inn which is also very close by. There is a supermarket opposite the hotel, which is really handy.

I was at this hotel for business reasons and although the hotel isn't perfectly located from a tourist point of view, I had no problem getting taxis from the main road and even walked to the souks one evening (45min brisk walk). A taxi ride to Al Mamzar beach park only took ten minutes and it was a really pleasant place to chill out. Going in the opposite direction, a taxi ride to Jameirah costs about 40AED.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 January 2009

Booked through asiarooms and was much cheaper than expedia.

Service
The initial experience of the hotel customer service was not so good as there was a dispute with the triple bed booking we made. We were told we would have to pay for the extra bed. I explained that this was included in the asiaroom bookings and it was stated on the voucher. A few checks were made by the receptionist and subsequently an extra fold up bed was made available at no charge and earlly checkin at 12.30 was provided. Subsequent interactions showed the staff to be courteous and the bellman was extremely helpful and suggested things to do in Dubai

Room Facilities
We couldnt have asked for better rooms, they were spacious, modern, very clean and comfortable. The small kitchen could be useful for guests with children, some cutlery is provided.

Breakfast Facilities
The breakfast is adequate with a selection of hot and cold foods including quite a choice of cereals and breads and pastries. More choice of fruit could have been provided. The breakfast area however can get crowded and can be difficult to get a table especially for groups of 4+ towards the end of the breakfast time (9.30-10.30)

Location
Dubai in is not a walkable city and at any hotel a taxi would be needed to visit one or more sites, especially from rimal rotana which is not near to any sights (as other reviews have highlighted). But the taxi rides are short 10/15min. Many taxis drivers did not know where the hotel was located despite having it on the map on the back of hotel card so check before you get in the car. The closest place we could walk was approx 30mins away - the dubai creek, this is a nice area for a walk and a boat trip. If i return to dubai I would stay at a hotel near here or bur dubai as then the gold souk, meena bazaar are walking distance or a water taxi away. Jumeirah would still be at a distance and in any case there are better beach destinations.
There are a number of local and global eateries about 20min walk on al rigga road.. nandos, starbucks, pizzahut, and dominos (right across the road from hotel). There are also a few shopping malls but we did not visit these

Additional Notes:
Hotel does not serve alcohol. Pool area is more for a dip rather than a swim as very small.
There is a metro system due to open in dubai sept 2009, this could provide much needed transport facilities to get around and avoid traffic and waiting for taxis. Hotel safari tour was good value but also had a large group of jeeps, ask around if looking for something with a smaller group. Currently a high intensity of construction near the beach so views are not spectacular and the public beach has no local amenities in terms of restaurants/restrooms apart from a park that most days is only open to ladies

  • Liked — bright, spacious and clean
  • Disliked — location - not nice area to walk in and sights a taxi ride away
  • Stayed December 2008
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Additional Information about J5 Rimal

Property: J5 Rimal
Address: Al Muraqqabat Road | 22c Street, Dubai 27070, United Arab Emirates (Formerly Rimal Rotana)
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 Best Value Hotel in Dubai
#24 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#89 Business Hotel in Dubai
#117 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#118 Family Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — J5 Rimal 4*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located on Al Muraqqabat Street in Deira, J5 RIMAL provides an ideal base to discover Dubai whether you are traveling for business or leisure. Dubai International Airport (DXB) is located just 5km away and some of the city's most familiar addresses like the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai International Financial Centre and Downtown Dubai with the legendary Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountains all just 10km away. Al Rigga Metro Station located less than 600m walking distance from the property allows guests the freedom to begin exploring the city that is right at their doorstep the moment they arrive. Effortlessly combining the freedom and flexibility of apartment style accommodation within a hotel with all the guest services you would expect, J5 RIMAL delivers lavish comfort and space with discreet yet attentive service in equal measures. Arranged over 7 floors each of the 97 studios and 26 one and two-bedroom suites provide cleverly configured spaces to create home from home accommodation solutions for guests visiting the city for extended stays either alone or with friends and family. J5 RIMAL also offers greater flexibility and comfort for business stays in the city. With more space to work and relax, they offer the perfect solution for business visitors on temporary projects and contracts or as a relocation base. An abundance of natural light filling the lobby and public areas creates inviting and warm spaces to meet for coffee or dine at the inviting J5 Cafe, while the rooftop swimming pool, fully equipped gymnasium, sauna and steam room offer more opportunities to rejuvenate. Flexible meeting space for up to 35 guests also makes J5 RIMAL an ideal venue for small residential meetings ... more   less 
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