Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
This is a fantastic hotel. I had read mi...
"This is a fantastic hotel. I had read mixed reviews before going, but I honestly have no idea how anyone could have anything but praise for this hotel. We booked our airport transfers with them via email, and we were so glad we did, as the airport was quite chaotic! The hotel itself is in the City, the beach is about 20-30 mins away via taxi (which are dirt cheap, but the drivers are crazy, and quite often it takes a while to flag one down) As we were in Dubai for a wedding which was near the beach, we didn't really have time to explore the areas around the hotel itself. We used the pool and pool bar a few times, and this was fantastic and a real sun trap. We also ate at the Sherlock Holmes one afternoon, and the food was fab. We often stopped at the Starbucks in the reception on our way in at 3am, and the staff were always friendly and helpful, and remember you. I also had a massage in the spa which was gorgeous, and reasonably priced. When you check in you get a free 10 minute massage coupon, so I would definitely recommend you take this up. The rooms were well decorated and clean (although there were 3 of us in our room so it was a bit overcrowded at times!!) the mini bar well stocked, and the rooms were made up every day. Fantastic air con which was well needed. We were on the front of the hotel and the first day we heard the prayer call from the Mosque over the road at 6am, but after that we must have got used to it. Overall I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyway looking for a lovely hotel right in the centre of the city, with good ameneties and fantastic staff."
- Travel date: 12th May 2008
Great rooms, shame about the service!
"Having read the reviews on Trip Advisor before booking, we felt on balance it was worth a try - we still feel that. The location is great for walking the wind tower area, the creek, the textile souk and getting to the abrah ferries and there is no building work within view of the front facing rooms, unlike the Jumeirah area where it is difficult to avoid. However, on arrival at the hotel at 9am and after forewarning of an early check in from the booking agent, we were shown to a waiting area in reception. Reception staff did not acknolwedge our existence or apologise for the delay on check in. When someone did see us it was suggested we go and take breakfast (not great value for money at 60dhr) and our room would be ready by 10.30. At 10.45 it was suggested we return at 12 noon, and on that return the night manager took pity on us and said our room would be ready in another 45 minutes! We did not necessarily expect to get our room so early, it was more the fact that the staff were so unwelcoming. The reception staff continued to be ambivalent to waiting guests throughout our stay - only one person on duty at check in and out!! No-one asked if we enjoyed our stay. Food service staff were much more friendly and welcoming. Rooms are nicely done and bathroooms although compact have everything you need. Breakfast is okay, but not a very extensive buffet. Pool is small and has no shade, but we did not have time to use it."
- Travel date: 24th September 2006
What a shame...
"What a shame! The Arabian Courtyard seemed to promise us everything we needed from our ten day trip to Dubai, a well rewiewed 4* hotel including breakfast ,at a great price. Arriving at the hotel in the evening we were met by fantastically courteous and welcolming staff, not to mention a refreshing (complementary) drink. The interior of the hotel is lovely, the staff are charming and helpful to a person. Our room was resonable although for a year old slightly more worn than one would expect, the bathroom well equiped but small, however adequate for it's 4*rating. The breakfast and dining facilities are good, the food is well prepared, fresh and varied. The Mexican especially serves decent food, great drinks and is excellent value; 2 can have more than they could possibly eat and some drink for less than a tenner a head. The gym is excellent, the spa facilities are excellent and the lobby and lounge are very comfotable, the problem here is the OUTSIDE!! From the photos the pool area appears to be spacious and well equiped, it is however VERY small, the area surrounding the pool, two bars are unused. The most important part is the location, on the side of the building the pool is now totally overlooked by a construction site, about 15 yards away and towering above it. During our brief stay it meant there were many builders looking into the pool area, creating lots of dust and making huge amonts of noise. Most importantly for us, the new building means by half three most of the pool area is in the shade, not good for a break in the sun! We complained about this and were treated really well, we were moved to the executive floor, not much different, just higher up with a wooden floor! It didn't change the pool however so we left after two nights. The hotel is lovely inside, it does not compare to Dubai's numerous 5* hotels but it is very good value, the staff are faultless and friendly. In conclusion don't stay at the Arabian Courtyard until the move the pool onto the roof!!!"
- Travel date: 5th September 2006
"A lovely hotel in an excellent city location. Service is great with the rooms well kept , comfortable and perfectly clean. We were upgraded to an executive room which gave a view over the fort. The breakfast buffet contained a good selection of well presented and nicely cooked food. The only drawback was the rather small pool which lacked shade. The complimentary massage session was welcome though. Recommended things to do within five minutes walk of the hotel: Visit the museum Take an evening water taxi (with the locals) for half a dirham across the creek to the gold and spice souqs Enjoy a meal at the Bastakiah nights restaurant and wander around the quarter to see the wind towered houses. Also book yourself on a desert tour, fairly touristy but great value for money."
- Travel date: 16th August 2006
"One of the nicest hotels ive stayed at!! the service from the staff at this hotel is better than a 5* hotel. had a few problems with the bathroom as we cheked in at 5am but we rang reception and it was sorted out straight away and were given loads of freebies for the inconvinience. a free massage is complimentary wen cheking in. at the end we brough the staff some chocolates because of their excellent service and they organised a free airport transfer for us. better than any 5* hotel ive stayed at...PRIME location to absolutely everything!! it costs about 20p to get to the gold souk via boat which is about a 5 minute walk away...the shopping centres are close aswell and only costs about Â£7 to get to them by taxi.. the beach is about Â£2 to get to by taxi!!! Highly reccomended..worth every penny!!"
- Travel date: 3rd August 2006
"The Arabian Courtyard Hotel Bur Dubai, We have just returned from 7 nights in this hotel. From the moment we arrived the staff were so friendly and helpful we knew we would enjoy our stay. Dubai is wonderful and our hotel helped us in finding any of the attractions we wanted to visit. They also arranged for our desert safari which was thrilling! We used taxis most of the time as it was very humid, these are very cheap and always available. The only thing we could fault was that we had upgraded our room and the only difference seemed to be that we had a view of the museum, the bathroom too was dissapointing, very small and the first morning our shower didn't work however we reported it to reception and it was repaired instantly. We would reccomend this hotel as it is very central, and as we have said the staff were so friendly."
- Travel date: 21st July 2006
"Stayed here with my hubby for 4 nights in the executive room. Our stay was fantastic. Enjoyed every minute.. The room has a truly arabian feel to it. Breakfast was very nice with a lot to choose from the buffet and omelette made to order if you wanted one. The location was very good, only a few minutes walk to the textile souk and 10 minutes drive to the gold souk if the traffice was not bad. The staff were very helpful and would go to any length to make sure you were very comfortable. Didnt get the chance to have a meal in the Indian Restaurant but most guests who had used the hotel previously recommended it. The swimming pool was small but nice and the sauna was fantastic, shame could not go in with my hubby as men and women were not allowed in at the same time. Had 10 minute complimentary massage by the hotel which added a nice touch to the visit. The staff could not do enough for you. The rooms were nice and cleaned everyday. Shuttle to the beach was available and trips were easily booked by the a rep on the reception. All in all, I would definitely use this hotel time and time again."
- Travel date: 6th July 2006
"We have just returned from the week at the Arabian Courtyard. The hotel is BRILLIANT!! It has got a nice location, the shops are near and the creek is not far aswell. The staff are very nice and helpful and the service is great. We had no trouble at all when we stayed there and everything was perfect. When ever we had to go out shopping or just like a tour, the Arabian Courtyard use to take us. In the future i would definetly come here."
- Travel date: 25th June 2006
Great Hotel Highly Recommended
"Excellent Hotel in a great location next to the museum in the heart of the City. As two travel agents on a well deserved break we would certainly recommend this hotel to our customers. The staff were always polite and helpful and nothing was ever a bother. Breakfast is served until 10am although we didn't make many of them (have you tried the nightlife in Dubai!) typical city centre hotel type breakfast. The rooms are well appointed and very clean and comfortable, if we had one suggestion to make a radio or an mtv music channel would have been a bonus. I have to say the mexican restaurant in the hotel is fantastic, they do buy one get one free main courses on certain nights, the total for both of us including soft drinks was only a tenner and the best mexican ever tasted I can tell ya. Its not the Jumeriah Beach Hotel but if your looking for a good quality 4* city centre hotel look no further, excellent value for money you won't be disappointed"
- Travel date: 2nd June 2006
not a wink of sleep
"I was attending a conference in the Bur Dubai area and chose this hotel for it's location. Unfortunately I got no sleep. The hotel was busy with repair works which for some unexplained reason was done throughout the night. I called the night manager and the reception several times to complain about the horrible noise of drilling and hammering.Each time they apologised and assured me that it will stop but it did NOT. The drilling continued all night. It was enough to make a person go crazy. This hotel seems to care less about peaceful sleep and guest comfort. Rooms were nicely furnished but bathroom was small. Breakfast was pleasant enough but waitresses were surly. I will not be staying at this hotel in the future."
- Travel date: 26th May 2006
Lovely hotel perfect location
"My friend and I have just returned from a 4 night trip to Dubai where, after alot of searching and researching, we stayed at the Arabian Courtyard hotel in Bur Dubai. The hotel is lovely, breakfast was spot on lots of choice, and the location is brill if you want to try and see as much as possible. The hotel provides a free shuttle to the beach but taxis are cheap and there is a pool at the hotel but it was so hot by the pool you may find the beach more comfortable. We didnt eat at the hotel at night but it all looked very reasonable and a good choice. All in all if you are looking for a reasonable priced hotel, with friendly and helpful staff and the option to spend the day on the beach and explore at night then the Arabian Courtyard is perfect. Would stay again."
- Travel date: 25th May 2006
Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa is also called
- Arabian Courtyard Hotel
- courtyard hotel dubai
- arabian courtyard hotel dubai