I stayed at the InterContinental for one night during a long layover. I wish I could have stayed longer.
The facility is immaculate to the point of almost being impersonal. My room was excellent and was well stocked with everything I needed. I slept great as the bed was comfortable and it was perfectly quiet. My room had both a shower and a bath tub (both oddly in one room off of the bathroom).
All the staff I interacted with were exceptional. I tried to go to a restaurant at the top of the building which ended up being closed. On my way back to the elevator one of the staff who had observed me trying to open locked doors caught up with me and provided other suggestions as to where I could eat. She went out of her way to help me.
While this property does sit on top of a mall (much of which seemed to be shut down when I visited during Ramadan) Festival City seems to be a bit removed from the rest of Dubai. The most happening place was a belgian cafe (ie bar) in the neighboring Crown Plaza Hotel.
The property is a 10 or 15 minute drive from Dubai Airport. The taxi cost something like 50 dhms coming to the hotel and it was maybe half of that going back to the airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by a graceful sailboat, InterContinental Dubai Festival City stands tall amid the business and shopping districts. The hotel is home to 6 dynamic bars and restaurants, including the award-winning Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, has wifi throughout rooms and public areas and its own 18-hole championship golf course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Dubai Festival City Hotel Dubai