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Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed 6 March 2007

Just come back from 4 nights here, location excellent for seeing the city, staff very friendly and helpful, room was good size and quiet - the mosque was more 'backgound' than alarm clock. But the travel advisor in the lobby is to be used with caution, he charges different rates if he thinks he can get away with it and some trips really over the top - book meals at Burj al Arab indepently at half his price.

Stayed: March 2007
8  Thank ZJ6
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Reviewed 28 February 2007

I decided upon a stop over on the way back from business in Singapore, well if you’re in Dubai you might as well take a look see. Seeing as it was a single night and I wanted to take a look around I thought that the Arabian Courtyard looked to be in the perfect area for my needs. Having read some of the other reviews on this site I was a little dubious but booked anyway, what had I got to loose staying only one night?

I cant say what the place would be like for a long stay but if you’re doing a stop over or a short stay and want to take a quick look around as I did, the Arabian Courtyard it spot on. The location is excellent, the museum is across the road, which is also a stop for the site seeing tour bus which takes in a number of souks and all the big hotels. The rooms are clean, tidy and well appointed. As for the staff I have nothing but praise for there level of service. I only got to try the Mexican restaurant but I would recommend it and the bar serves Guinness which is welcome after two weeks of tiger beer!

This is a good four star hotel in a great location. Nuff said.

Stayed: February 2007
7  Thank Sewage68
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Reviewed 23 February 2007

ok after reading mixed reviews,i decided to give the courtyard a shot,a nice hotel in the centre of bur dubai

stayed in the executive floor is when the issues arose

noisy,breakfast was terrible,the lounge was like a mortuary and not one bit welcoming,not the staff but the whole feel of the lounge,just too drary and dark for my liking,as we had access to complimentary drinks,we didnt use once as i found it depressing to go in there and this is what i said in my comments card and after speaking to many other guests,this was their impression also

there was a girl working in the lounge,Malinda and she was excellent and had a smile everytime you passed or used the net,she was the best thing that the lounge had to offer

for the net there is a charge of 20 dirham for 30 mins and 30 dirham for one hour,but this was so slow,it wasnt funny,i found the executive floor to be a bit of a joke really but heard nothing back from the manager.maybe in time i might get a response

the hotel is nice and has some great bars and restaurants but the one recommendation i would have is if you go there..dont stay in the executive lounge and get a room at the back as you are awake in the morning with prayers and traffic and horns beeping all over the place,not funny if you r looking for some sleep

wud i recommend a normal room in this hotel---YES as its in an excellent spot and clothes,etc are so cheap and the ladies can get stunning dresses made up for a fraction of the price

as for the area and position to the gold souk etc,its great and i will go back but i wud give one bit of advice and dont waste ur money on a executive room,its just a total waste of money,its like a ghost has taken over the spirit of the place and the managers just dont have a clue to perk it up a bit

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank freesharo
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Reviewed 22 February 2007

I stayed at Arabian Courtyard with my wife for 5 nights (10-14/2) after a lot of reading, in which Tripadvisor material was really helpful.
The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Bur Dubai, close to a textile souk and the abra station through which gold & spice souks are in walking distance. Hop-on hop-off bus station is across the museum.
The personnel is very friendly and concierge helpful, even though in some cases english comprehension is relatively poor.
Overall if you are not particularly interested for the beach, you had enough of western-type hotels and like some local colour for your staying in Dubai, seriously consider this hotel.

Stayed: February 2007
3  Thank GERAOU
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Reviewed 21 February 2007

I returned from my week long holiday (which was way too short) from Dubai last week and so I'm feeling seriously depressed to be back in gloomy London! I stayed with my family at the Arabian Courtyard hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I'm not saying it was perfect, but for a 4 star hotel, it does its job and I would go back. The staff (including reception, contrary to what others have said) were very friendly and helpful no matter what requests we had or the time of day/night. Check out the hotel at night when it's all lit up and looks rather magical. We stayed in the standard rooms (with the museum view) which were stylish and comfortable, but my one complaint would be that I noticed that dust gathered quite easily on the surfaces (though I could tell everything was cleaned regularly). The pool is a decent size and gets quite busy during the day when the sun is shining, but for those like me who like to go swimming in the evening (I just like the atmosphere at night), I'd warn you that the cold water really hits you (that's probably why it's less busy then)! They should really make it a heated pool since it's on the roof. The hotel also gives everyone a 10-min complimentary head and neck massage (lovely) at the Zaitoon spa (located inside the hotel) when you check in, which you should definitely make use of. I also got a luxurious facial and the staff there are really nice; they're also open till late so you can fit in getting pampered between all your sightseeing, etc. In general, the hotel has a wonderful atmosphere which is suitable for families, couples, whoever really. Again, contrary to what others have said, it was wonderful to hear the beautiful Azaan (call to prayer) coming from the nearby mosque; you hardly hear this in London nowadays so it was really wonderful to be part of this sense of faith and spirituality. As it is a Muslim country, you will hear the Azaan wherever you are in Dubai (e.g. shopping malls, etc), because it is played out on speakers during prayer time. The hotel provides transport to and from the gorgeous Jumeirah beach which is nice - silly not to make use of that. This hotel is great for anyone who wants to make the most of Dubai because it is in a central location next to the meena bazaar, Dubai museum, beautiful mosques, and other shopping areas. As you can probably tell, I loved everything about Dubai - for me, it was the perfect balance of traditional Islamic culture and Western living - Arabian Courtyard helped to enhance this experience.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled with family
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11  Thank GuestLondon
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