We recently stayed 3 nights as a stop over and chose Desert Palm as we wanted to shy away from the huge hotels that Dubai has become famous for. A lot of the bigger hotels we reviewed seemed to have out dated decor and simply want to impress with size alone; DP offered lovely, modern surrounds without the crowds.
Our room was in the main hotel, above Rare (restaurant) and overlooked the bar area and polo field. The room itself was huge and certainly met our expectations with modern, clean furnishings and importantly a great shower/bath. We did find the location noisy for one night (Friday) as guests were in the bar area until very late however there seemed to be a function on so this may not always be the case. We had no other issues with the room or location.
The hotel location is out of the main centre of Dubai but then so are a lot of hotels. We were surprised with how big and spread out Dubai actually is so be aware of this when booking somewhere. It takes time to get anywhere. One advantage of the DP was the free shuttle service at 1100 and 1700 (one way). And by shuttle they don't mean a mini bus - we were put in a posh Lexus sedan by ourselves which was quite a luxurious bonus. Not to mention a nice way to travel! The shuttle takes you to the Dubai Mall which is a sight to see as well. Taxi's in Dubai are inexpensive so the cost of these to get to back to DP weren't an issue.
We ate breakfast each day by the pool and enjoyed this though as some other reviews have stated, the service isn't fast. We had lunch one day by the pool which was great and throughout the day we received water and smoothies free of charge. Dinner at Rare was nice and not as expensive as we thought. The service was very attentive and the food as nice as you'd get in a decent London restaurant. The bar area overlooking the polo field was a favourite spot of ours to relax and if the polo is on it's even better. Ask when they play so you don't miss a game as it's worth seeing whilst enjoying an ice cold beverage!
The pool is 'small' if you compare it to the maxi-hotels like Atlantis but it was more than adequate and it was never over crowded. In fact the hotel never feels crowded which is a great thing.
Over all we definitely recommend this hotel for a mini-break if you want to relax and not feel like you have to rush or fight to get a good spot by the pool, in the bar etc. It will be our choice again if we return.
Tips on Dubai:
- see the fountain at Dubai Mall in the evening as the day show was quite poor
- if you want to visit Burj Al Arab then you need to book at a restaurant otherwise you wont get past the main gate. We did afternoon tea in the Skybar which is great.
- definitely see the old area on the creek and catch the boats - very cheap and a great way to travel
- be aware that the Souks open in the morning and then again in the late afternoon so between 1200-1600 most are shut
- Dubai Museum is worth a visit and very cheap for a slice of history
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Desert Palm Dubai is a boutique retreat with 38 rooms, suites and private pool villas. Set on a private polo estate the property offers two award winning restaurants - RARE and Epicure, an internationally acclaimed LIME Spa and an inviting bar which overlooks one of the four championship sized polo fields and Dubai skyline beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Palm Hotel Dubai
- Desert Palm Resort And Spa