This is the first time I've written a review about a hotel and I wanted to do so as I thought this was a brilliant hotel. This smallish hotel is partially situated on a residential road that overlooks the business and bustle of Deira, the old part of Dubai. The location is ideal as it has a couple of supermarkets and some local shops and resturants situated within walking distance to the hotel, yet overlooking a busy main road doesn't create a problem in terms of noise levels at night.
The breakfast was a good variety of the usual contenential foods and the hot food changed on a daily basis, so you didn't get bored of eating the same thing always. We were on a bed & breakfast option only, so I can't comment on the dinner, but the resturant always seemed empty whenever I passed by in the evening. Although by Middle Eastern standards, it was relatively early when we would leave to venture out for dinner. There was a good variety of restaurants in Malls and around Dubai city, from fast food like McDonalds (The McArabia burger is yummy!!) to more traditional local food.
Although there is no access to any of Dubai's lovely beaches from this hotel, the rooftop pool was more than enough, and never completly busy. As the hotel was used mainly by business men, there's no need to make a mad dash for the pool chairs at the crack of dawn and lay your towels out, like in most European beachside hotels. There were a couple of occasions when the pool did get busy during the day as I think locals can pay a fee and use the hotel gym/pool facilities, but the staff and hotel manager were very helpful and managed to find extra parasol umbrellas and chairs for the hotel guests.
As it was very hot when we went in April, the poolside staff would offer refresing cold flannels at points in the day to help you cool down, which was nice.
The staff in the hotel and especially on reception are very helpful and will give you advice from local sightseeing options or flag a taxi down in the street for you if all the hotel cabs are in use. Taxi's in Dubai are similar to the New York style cabs. They're all licensed and recognisable with a cream body and various coloured rooftops. They're totally safe to just flag down in the middle of the street and jump in. It's actually cheaper to do this than ask the hotel for a cab, which will cost you slighlty more, about 5 or 10 durhams.
The rooms are clean and homely, with a little kitchen area including some pots and pans if you're tempted to cook. The rest of the standard appliences such as a TV, hairdryer in the bathroom, minibar (non alcholic) etc can be found in the room. Two small bottles of complementary water were left daily, amongst the tea/coffee selection that was also replenished daily.
A couple of things to note - I would advise girls/women to be modest in their choice of outfit for Dubai. Although it is normal to see tourists wearing sleeveless tops, skirts etc. Don't wear something too revealing. Dubai is still a Muslim country and they are quite strict.
Another thing are the beaches. Everyone knows Jumeriah beach. Most of this beach is reserved for people staying at one of the beach front hotels. But there are free sections. Although ladies, be warned, most of the men who go there do so for one reason - to perve very openly on the women. There are women only days, or there is another section of the beach accessably via Jumeriah Beach Park. You pay an entrance fee to the park and have access to the beach. It's advisable to take a towel with you, as there are no sunloungers like in Europe.
Although this hotel wasn't necessarily cheap for us, but it was a very last minute booking and over the Easter bank holiday. I would reccomend this hotel to everyone who want a relaxing holiday and doesn't mind not being situated right on the beach, but with access to the city on your doorstep. I will definitely stay there again next time I'm in Dubai!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rimal Rotana - Dubai Hotel Dubai
- Rimal Rotana Hotel Dubai