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Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed 3 December 2007

Our second stay at the Arabian Courtyard.

Our travel agent booked us an 'executive room' which was pretty much the same as the 'none executive room' we stayed in last year but perfectly adequate and comfortable.

As we had a night flight from BKK we arrived at the hotel at 8.00 a.m. and much to our relief and pleasure they had a room and allowed us to check in immediately.

The exec rooms have their own lounge where breakfast is served - a nice idea - but as the food has to be transported from the main restaurant it is only lukewarm. Better to go to the main restaurant where the choice is better and the food is hot.

The staff are very helpful, maid service is good and the concierge excellent.

The hotel is very well situated for the city - a 5/10 minute stroll to the abbra station and a ride across the creek to the gold souk. If you want the best jewellery prices you really have to bargain hard. They will come down to around 75 - 80% of the ticket price. We bought a bangle priced at 42.000 AED for 9500 AED. If you dont get what you consider to be the right price - walk away there are scores of shops so competition is fierce.

We visited Jumeriah Beach for the first time on the Hotel bus - this drops off at a park adjaecent to the beach. We stayed for a while and then caught a taxi to the Medina Souk (very expensive) but worth a visit.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel (if there is such a thing in Dubai !!) away from the Beach the Arabian Courtyard will do the job - not pure luxury but more than adequate.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Get-away-go
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Reviewed 3 December 2007

We found this hotel from reading the Dubai forums on tripadvisor and were delighted when it was just as reviewed.

The location could not be beaten. We went to the Burj and far preferred the side of town the AC was in. You literally walk out the door and no matter what direction you turn you will find something interesting to see and do, in authentic Dubai.

The Indian restaurant was fantastic and we enjoyed the live band - it added to the ambience. The Mexican restaurant was excellent - the staff were terrific and the food was cheap but delicious, attested to by the queues of customers wanting to book tables.

The hotel is not luxurious by Dubai standards, but it is clean and well run and of an equivalent four star standard back in the UK. It is the location which makes this, for me, a perfect choice for visiting Dubai, if you want to actually immerse yourself in the real Dubai and all that entails. The souqs and Creek are all within walking distance. Karama about ten minutes by taxi. The musuem and mosque are accross the road etc. If you do go to the other end we found taxis very cheap and the traffic wasn't bad at all - it took us 25 minutes to get to and from the Burj.

All in all we found this hotel to be an excellent choice and we will defintely return.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank juliemaie
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Reviewed 1 December 2007

we have just returned from dubai,staying at the arabian courtyard.We arrived at 12 lunchtime,room wasnt yet ready so went to eat in sherlock holmes all i can say about the food in there is that it was dire.The chinese was nice and service good.The evening we went into the indian they had a live indian band nut it was so noisy,you couldnt hear what the waiter was saying,other than that the food was good.We went for a massage while there,we had the one that lasts for 2hours and 10 minutes,foot scrub,facial and body massage that was worth every penny.We also enjoyed the free 10 minute massage you get.The rooms were good and housekeeping brilliant.The pool area was a bit of a dissappointment but we managed to get a sunbed every day.The pool guy was a bit funny when we asked for 2 towels each but at every hotel weve stayed in theyve always put 2 on for you.Didnt think much of the pool menu either,you couldnt have cranberry juice but if you went into sherlocks you could.Anyway mixed reviews on this hotel but we would stay again for the location,much better than the other side of the creek.also before we left uk i emailed them and asked if they could lay a suprise on for our sons 30th,he recieved a beautiful cake nicely decorated and a bottle of wine.Breakfast staff also brilliant

4  Thank roadtrippersx2
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Reviewed 29 November 2007

Grat Hotel close to the Old Town and right next door to the Museum we were well looked after . Away from the building and beach area but easy to get everywhere close to the Canal very safe .

Stayed: April 2006
2  Thank DeniseHampshireUK
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Reviewed 20 November 2007

Just back from a fantastic 6 day break to Dubai, was a little unsure at first when booking hotel as it was away from beaches etc but location was actually superb. Located in the Bur Dubai (Old Dubai) area with a short boat ride for the Gold and Spice Souks (boat cost 15p a trip and was really great way to travel).

The staff were great we arranged a pick up from the Airport costing 60D's and were met by a respresentative from the hotel and transported in their luxury car. Room free on arrival and again staff very friendly and courterous.

There is a free daily transport to the beach leaving at 9.45 and returning 1.45 which is enough time to enjoy the beach and also have time in the afternoon for sight seeing. The hotel also provides a beach pack so no sandy towels.

Breakfast was good and restaurants were pleasent esp the Thai restaurant out on the terrace. Only minor niggle was the pool was small and a little cold.

All in all a great location at aresonable price for Dubai!!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Dewy25
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