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“Could do with a refurb!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Abidos Hotel Apartment - Al Barsha

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Abidos Hotel Apartment - Al Barsha
Ranked #219 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Could do with a refurb!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

Our stay at the Abidos hotel/apartment did not get off to the best start, although the hotel is centrally located in Al Barsha and 5minutes away from Mall of the Emirates our taxi driver could not find the hotel and had never heard of it. Turns out it had just changed hands (formerly Corp Executive) **make sure you pick up a hotel business card at reception to give to taxi drivers-it has directions on it**

We then arrived at Reception to be told we had to pay for the accommodation up front even though we had booked through booking.com on a flexible rate. Usually this means you pay on departure and just have to provide a c/c for incidentals and as a guarantee. I explained that this was never indicated to us but he wasn't interested and demanded the money upfront. To cut a long story short we ended up having to give a hefty deposit in £££ before we could go and get our money exchanged into dirhams the next day (this was at 2am not ideal after a 6hr flight!!)

The apartment was a nice size for 2 though bathroom a bit small.however the apartment is in desperate need of an overhaul. The rug for starters should never have been there it was bogging. I was initially wary when we first arrived of how clean the place was (especially after seeing the rug) but hsking came every day and the young man that came was always very pleasant and had a big beaming smile.

We didn't use the kitchen as always eat out in Dubai however I did have to wash some glasses again and it looked like there was not much in the way of cutlery or plates. It was nice to have the fridge and there's a convenience store next to the pizza parlour across the road.

Reception were quite poker faced and always looked busy and uninterested. Doorman however was polite and always helped us get a taxi.

Gym was basic but ok, you need to sign in and out to use the leisure facilities but wasn't always someone on reception.

The pool is ok but nowhere near enough sun loungers for number of guests and they are all squashed together, if you are wanting to use the pool I suggest you get there early (8amish) to get a longer and literally don't move from it if you want to keep it. We even witnessed a fight over one-ridiculous! There is a pool bar/cafe and some covered decking however you are only allowed to sit there if you order something.

The hotel is in a great location (once you find it!) next to the Mall and the Metro is a cheap and effective way rather than forking out for a taxi especially when Dubai traffic is a nightmare.

After our initial shock upon arriving (the photos of the hotel on its website are not a clear guide of what it looks like now, possibly taken when brand new!) the hotel did grow on us and as we were hardly ever in it anyway suited us for what we needed.

However I did feel it is overpriced for what it was and there are other nicer hotels for the same amount if not a little more.

We are going back to Dubai later this year however will not be returning to the Abidos as it is a special occasion and would rather somewhere nicer.

Room Tip: Tbh I think they all need refurbed. However some are nicer as in they have balconies
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Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for three nights for our wedding anniversary. Rooms are very spacious and could not fault anything about them. All the staff are very friendly. The only negative I had was I slipped over when getting out of he swimming pool and cut my arm.. So be careful as the floor is slippy...
Would recommend.....only other problem was it appears that none of the taxi drivers know where this hotel is....

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

Hotel was very good, rooms are nice, cleaning service is great. Security guards, cleaners, and restaurant people are very friendly but receptionist are rude, not so helpful and need training in cust service.

Room Tip: This was my second trip in one year and despite rooms are nice and location is good, I'll never...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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San Diego, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

I just returned home from a family vacation in Dubai with a 7 night stay at Abidos Hotel Al Barsha. Overall, this is a great place to stay for a family vacation.
Pros:
1. Large room is great. Nice to have 2 bathrooms, kitchen, washing machine, and separate bedroom and living room. Great to have a kitchen since there is a small market across the street and the giant LuLu Hypermarket within a 5 minute walk (lots of prepared hot food to bring back to the hotel if you are tired of eating out).
2. Great convenient location. Really nice to be so close to the Mall of the Emirates (Ski Dubai, many restaurants, metro station). Lots of restaurants and mini markets within walking distance of the hotel. Easy to get a taxi any time in front of the hotel...never more than a 1 minute wait for a taxi. Short taxi ride to the marina, palm island, Wild Wadi waterpark, Burj Kalifa, etc. Area felt very safe.
3. Friendly and helpful staff. Front desk staff, porters, housekeeping, and restaurant staff always were polite and went out of their way to help us.
4. Price. Great value for price paid. Because this hotel isn't in the heart of the marina, the beach area, or downtown, it is less expensive.

Cons:
1. Hotel rooms are a bit dated...could use some updating. That being said, if you want to stay at the Burj Al Arab or Atlantis Palm, be prepared to pay 5x as much as the Abidos. Great value for the price here.
2. Loud construction next door beginning at around 6 am. Not a huge deal considering that this hotel is located in the city (not a beach resort) and I wasn't expecting silence. I did get up every morning at around 6 to close the bedroom window but the closed window provided enough sound insulation for me to go back to sleep for another hour or two.

Overall, great place to stay for a family vacation.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

I stayed in these apartments for one week with my mother and brother. We stayed in one of the large apartment on the top floor.
The apartment was spacious and very very clean. The room was cleaned every single day and when I asked for more towels the staff were more than happy to oblige.
There is a pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna and steam room on the top floor.
The apartments are very close to mall of Emirates ( walking distance) and there is a supermarket just across the road which came in very handy.
I was extremely pleased with my stay and I will definitely be returning!!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

This hotel is absolutely awful, I am currently staying here and the staff are unhelpful and not professional. The pictures of the hotel on the website is the hotel but when it was new, everything is old and has aged and needs a revamp. The staff here are inconsiderate and give you one word answers. The front desk staff need more training on manners. The only things that are average is the rooms and breakfast. Avoid if possible, if you're expecting a modern pleasant stay, book elsewhere.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Mauritius
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

First time to this family hotel in Dubai. Nice first impression with a spacious room and well equipped with all ammenities required. Well located approx. 8 mins walk to Emirates mall with a lot of restaurants and food courts for nice food. There is a supermarket just on the other side of the road which opens from 07 am to 1 am daily. A little far from the city centre. The front desk personnel I found were quite cold and not very friendly.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Uttesh
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Property: Abidos Hotel Apartment - Al Barsha
Address: Al Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #219 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Abidos Hotel Apartment - Al Barsha 4*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located within walking distance to the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai and the Metro. The hotel offers 142 fully furnished spacious one and two bedroom apartments ideally suited for both corporate clients and discerning leisure guests. ... more   less 
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