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Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
Ranked #139 of 546 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

This hotel is in an older, interesting section of Dubai which gives you more of an Arabian experience than some of the newer hotels. The service is friendly and efficient. There are a variety of good restaurants in the hotel. I would recommend any of them for a good reasonably priced meal. The hotel is clean and well staffed. We would definitely stay there again.
The area around the hotel is great for shopping and site seeing. You can't miss the Dubai museum which is across the street. Its a five minute walk to the Creek which is great for an evening stroll or a ride on one of the many dhows. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This is a great location in the old city. A Walk of about 400 to metro will take you to all you need. I bought a day pass for 16 drm
The hotel will pick up from the airport for 100 drm and there is a complimentary shuttle for drop off. Every day there is a shuttle to the beach, we took the shuttle to the beach and then a taxi to wild wadi.
Hotel is very clean and food is very good. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

If you are a first-time visitor to Dubai or want to be close to all that the 'old' part of Dubai offers (the souks, Dubai Museum, Creek dhow and abra rides, Bastakiya art galleries, bus tours) the Arabian Courtyard is an excellent value and safe hotel to consider -- especially if you have a late/midnight flight out as we did. They kindly store your bags and enable you to take a shower in the pool changing rooms. Plus, if your flight schedule aligns, there a complimentary shuttle to the airport.

The rooms are spacious, yet the bathrooms are tiny. Everything was quite clean with furnishings done in an arabian style. We requested a room with a view and enjoyed the view of the mosque and Dubai Museum. Our king bed was not the most comfortable as it seems the 2 mattresses were pushed together horizontally, rather than vertically. The staff aims to please and is thoughtful, friendly, and efficient. We didn't have time to use the pool or spa, but is nice to have available, as is the complimentary shuttle to the beach. WiFi is free but slow and cumbersome to use with the password.

We did go to 2 of the hotel's multiple restaurants:
1) The Mumtaz Mahal Indian restaurant which had lively music and dance, yet we felt that the food was mediocre.
2) Kan Zaman restaurant, which they provide a complimentary shuttle to; it was an enjoyable walk home along the Creek and through the textile souk. As we had just arrived after nearly 24 hours of travel, this was a nice introduction to old Dubai situated as it is along the Creek and in a traditional arab-style villa. Middle Eastern food, including camel meat, is well-prepared and presented if not extraordinary.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glenelg, Australia
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Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

First time in Dubai and am so pleased with the location of this hotel. The service has been excellent, staff are very friendly, and the quality of food in both the restaurants I've tried has been great (Bastakiya for breakfasts and Sherlock Homes hotel for dinner). Despite the hot weather it has been an easy 3 min walk to the sheikh Mohammed centre for cultural understanding. Right opposite is the Dubai Museum, and just a 5 min walk away you can catch a water taxi to the souks on the opposite side of the creek. They have a very helpful concierge and tour booking service too. Didn't use the pool but it looks like a pleasant area if you need some down time. Also have an open air Chinese/Thai restaurant that looks like it would be a great place to wind down after a long hot day out!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Not swanky or huge or glitzy or built to wow you like the rest of Dubai. This is hotel for location to Creek, water taxi's and every and all traditional souks is #1.
50dirham taxi cost to/from airport, 5 minute walk to large traditional souk Creek, easy water crossing to get you to Gold, Perfume, Spice souks.
There were three of us, we chose the Family room and it was a great choice. Very large, private bedroom for 2, comfy sofa couch for 1.
Breakfast was quite substantial. Pool is suitable to wet down, do a few laps, nothing elaborate, but it cools you off. Free shuttle to public beach.
I've been to Dubai 3 times now, and would stay at this hotel again, as we prefer Old Dubai.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2014

The city location was important and being opposite the museum and souks it is ideal for an evening wander.

The hotel has some authentic style, very different to the glass and marble goliaths that have made Dubai the bling capital of the world.

The doorman will get your taxi's, although they do expect you to wait outside which negates the point of trying to stay cool!

On the whole staff were good, the pool lad was discrete and helpful. Our room was always clean and the chap who did it very polite but the response from room service very poor. (An overnight wait for a hair dryer isn't ideal when you are waiting to go out!)

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nanjing, China
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Rooms are looking a little tired and bathrooms are small, however, if you wish to explore the old part of Dubai this is an ideal hotel. You can walk to the creek, the souks and lots of great little restaurants in the area. Also easy to get a taxi from the hotel. There is a pub, which was quite noisy, but the non smoking area was fine.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
Address: Al Fahidi Street | 19 Street, 32; Al Souq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > The Creek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#81 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#82 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#92 Business Hotel in Dubai
#94 Family Hotel in Dubai
#125 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 173
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, is an Arabian Heritage themed hotel located at the heart of Bur Dubai, in Al Fahidi historical area opposite Dubai Museum. This themed hotel is an ideal location for business & Leisure trips, as it is ideally positioned for sightseeing, shopping and business. The spacious guest rooms are comfortable and decorated in an Arabian style. Rooms come with bottled mineral water and tea and coffee making facilities, guests can enjoy free WiFi in the entire hotel. The hotel offers a wide variety of dining options including the Sherlock Holmes English Pub, Pharaoh Cafe & Restaurant, Chinese Dynasty Restaurant and the Mumtaz Mahal Indian Restaurant, you will have a unique experience through some of the most delicious and mouth-watering recipes from all over the world. Make a tour around the Indian, Mediterranean, Egyptian, Chinese, Thai or International cuisine and become a gourmet with our specialties and signature dishes. The hotel is within walking distance of the Dubai Museum, Meena Bazaar, Al Bastakiya Quarter, Al Fahidi Metro Station and Dubai Creek. Dubai World Trade Centre and the city's famous Sheikh Zayed Road are just 3 km away. ... more   less 
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