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Abidos Hotel Apartment - Al Barsha
Ranked #238 of 554 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 May 2014

This is a great little hotel, don't be put off by reviews that the hotel is getting old looking, yes some bits are worn but this is more than made up by the huge size of the rooms. We went with my brother and a little toddler to visit family and the rooms were fab. We were in a 2 bed apartment, each had en suite and an extra toilet! Fully equipped kitchen, hob, microwave, large fridge and although there was only four of everything, the staff are so helpful and eager to please, that they just brought us extra cups etc.

I would recommend that you ask for a room as high up as possible, this is Al Barsha, so there is traffic everywhere and the higher up you are the less noise you will hear! The location of the hotel is great, with all the main sites just about 5 minutes away and its very easy to get cabs - all of which are regulated so most cabs cost us just £3. There is a great little supermarket just opposite the hotel and an even larger one just 4 minutes from the hotel called Lulus'. If you are worried about taxis finding the hotel, which is hard as they changed their name. You just tell the drive its near Lulu's in Al Barsha and they know where to head to, then its a simple left at the lights rather than turning right for Lulu's!

This is a great value, nice little hotel, which if you are on a budget, you will be very happy you chose it, so book it! PS we found better prices by booking direct with them!

Room Tip: Book as high up as possible to avoid the noise of the traffic.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We had friends along and I totally missed taking photos of the interior out here.
The apartments are centrally located in Al Barsha and only 5 minutes away from the Mall of the Emirates. The one we had was generously appointed with 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. The living room area was large featuring a flat-screen satellite TV and air-conditioning.

Free on-site car parking available.

It features a gym, a rooftop pool and free Wi-Fi in all areas. All three facilities are highly appreciated.

BREAKFAST: We had breakfast only the first morning but it was not what we expected so the next morning we chose to have it somewhere outside. It costs 50 Aed per person by the way!
In all, the stay was ok and the apartment was fully and well equipped I can say. Good value for money and very functional.

TIP: Ideal for a short stay for those who come to Dubai to work, until they find a permanent house.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank greekcypriot2009
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Handy for the Metro and the Mall of the Emirates a few restaurants nearby. The hotel doesn't have a bar and the restaurants nearby are not licenced. We stayed for there for three days enroute to Auckland. We ate dinner in the hotel one evening but there was only the two of us in. Not much atmosphere. Plus the food was below average.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Anne T
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

This apartment is located at quiet place, just 10 mins to the Mall of Emirates by walk. Most of the taxi driver know how to go there, 30 minutes could be reached there from the airport. There is a mini local supermarket opposite the apartment, but also there is a largest supermarket in the Mall.

Staff are friendly and helpful, especially the security guard in front of the entrance, he's really nice and help us on everything we need.

We stayed at 2 bedroom for 3 nights, big room with a spacious living room, air condition is great! They provide free wifi but the speed is only 256kps, you could pay to get a faster plan but not cheap.

However, there are some place need to be improved in the room, sofa is made of fabric, i am not sure whether they would clean regular, me and my friends felt itchy when sitting on it.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Kahom Y
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We have arrived at the hotel at about midnight(no problem for taxi driver - lady taxi from airport), check in was very quick.
Very strange was that about 8 in the morning there was a ring to door bell from room cleaning service - if he must clean room ?? ( we were there only few hours )
The apartment was very large and completely suits us , since we were traveling with an infant . Sofa in the living area was too soft , but the bed in the bedroom was great .
The bathroom and toilet - all worked well, the problem was just the odor of cigarettes in these rooms, several times during our stay . Air conditioning we did not apply but it was working. The total value - higher standard accommodation .
Breakfast tasted us , every day there was a small change in the buffet menu. There was nice stuff. especially a young man from the Philippines - he was really nice to us and our baby.
Still, returned to the room service - the room we did clean every two days , we did not need more often , job well done , and with small tip it is better:) (only small personal problem for me, what is small tip, and what is big, in different countries, but that is only retoric question...)
Room was on 9th floors, 4 lifts worked well , we had no problem with them.
Rooftop pool was small , the same area with sun beds, but could understand it , at full occupancy it is certainly no chance to have a good place , but for the refreshment is it enough.
At the end of our stay there was a little negative surprise at the reception - wishing charge about 20 € per towel, a bit colored from hair from my wife , but after mutual discussion they resigned from intentions .
Hotel location is excellent, close to Mall of Emirates, which is connected to the metro.
Except for minor deficiencies, hotel is recommended at any time and we will return here with no problem.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank MirosIav
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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
Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

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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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
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Ranked #238 of 554 Hotels in Dubai
Price Range: £51 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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