8 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great for business rubbish for leisure
"The Al Manzil was nicely decorated having just had a make over - the staff were great and helpful.
Rooms were nice though the bath in the bedroom was a bit odd.
As it is situated in an area that wont be complete till next year getting a taxi means having to order one or pray someone is being dropped off at the time you want to go out.
Its nicely situated between Dubai and Jumeirah so taxi fares are reasonable for Emirates Mall and City Centre.
Nice sheeshah bar in the evening that seems to be a local hotspot."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of December 2007
Excellent 4 Star Hotel
"The Staff was wonderful and the services was excellent. Yes I admit the location is really not in the City center however I dint really have to travel much and spent most of my time at the hotel. The Facilities are good and Internet is free everywhere in the hotel and in the rooms. The rooms are nice and since I had requested for a higher Floor I got the room at the 8th Floor which had a Beautiful View Of the old town residential area ( I have posted a few pics and you can have a look at them ). Well the foodâ¦Hmmmm The food was not bad, but I guess they can make improvements. I should say the Snacks & Desserts Were really good!
Among the 4 Star Hotels I have stayed In Dubai , This is the best & Also much better than some 5 star hotels that I have stayed in Dubai!"
- Travel date: Sun 18th of November 2007
"From the moment we arrived we were very impressed, the hotel is beautifully designed, with really great rooms (the ability to turn the television round to watch it in the bath located in the centre of the room was definitely a novelty). The staff were extremely helpful - and the buffet breakfast amazing. We also had dinner in the Sports Bar which was extremely good value. Location wise, the hotel isn't the most central - however, the taxis are so cheap we didn't feel it mattered. Once all the building work (which you are not aware of once inside) has been completed around the hotel, it will be a 5* hotel with prices to match, so take advantage now."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of November 2007
"We stayed two nights (wished it had been a bit more!) in this gorgeous hotel and it was a delight. The staff were superb in all senses: warm, professional and ready to help at any point. We had our 4 year daughter with us and they were very attentive with her and her needs. Breakfast buffet is fabulous. It is true that it is not so close to the center, but Dubai is pretty spread out, so perhaps it's good to stay one/two nights in Deira and then move out to this hotel. There is a free shuttle service to the beach and to two of the most important malls (Ibn Batuta and Emirates) if you are planning to do some shopping, which is what one does in Dubai (not much more to do after you've seen museums/Gold souk and the like) don't hesitate to enjoy this little jewel of hotel.
We got a very good deal booking through [--] Enjoy
- Travel date: Sat 8th of September 2007
"hFirstly get the construction out of the way, leaving SZR at exit 51 and taking the construction road toward the Burj Dubai, through roads with new builds either side. Not your cup of tea? Ignor it as it is worth the wait.
Greeted with a cool drink and frozen hand towel upon registration just comenced what was an idillic week. The reception is peaceful and cool, with staff who are pleasant and appear very genuine. The room was Ab Fab. A bath took centre stage so take your bubble bath and loofa. Views of the Burj Dubai that are second to none.
The pool is quiet and although there is a great deal of construction in the area, it was not intrusive.
Buffet breakfast is well worth the 70 or so dhs and the evening buffet was excellent the nights that we used it.
Booked through hotels.com the hotel was more than affordable, however, this will not last. Once the srea is completed, the tarrif will be at least four times what I paid, so get in while you can.
I cannot praise the staff or this hotel enough. Look beyond the construction and go get a unique view of the emerging Burj Dubai."
- Travel date: Fri 10th of August 2007
"I stayed here for just over a week and wasn't dissapointed. The rooms were modern, clean and had everything you could want. I liked the arabic designs throughout the hotel and the staff were always very helpful. The pool isn't large but certainly big enough to swim. They also have a nice gym and good food restaurants. There is a sports bar and a nice terrace to sit out in in the evenings.
The hotel is dead opposite the Burj Dubai, which you can see from the plane, and although there is construction going on as they complete the "old town" it won't disturb you. Good location for Sheik Zayed road and there is a daily shuttle to the beach, malls etc.
Good location for business meetings, all in all very pleasant stay."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of August 2007
"I spent five nights at the Al Manzil, and am now completely spoiled. The building is beautiful, rooms are very comfortable and spotless, and the service is the best I can remember at any hotel. The courtyard/bar is perfect, a great place to hang out. Drinks are expensive, but that's the case with just about every hotel bar on the planet. And this level of service for around $130 USD a night is an absolute steal in my opinion.
Of course, the big drawback is the massive construction site around the hotel that stretches as far as the eye can see in every direction. I wasn't bothered by noise, but you can't really leave the hotel at all without a taxi. Now, Dubai is by no means a walkable city, so I suppose that's fairly common, but it would have been nice to be able to walk somewhere. On the bright side, taxis are fairly cheap in Dubai.
Of course, when all the construction is finished, Al Manzil will have a fantastic location right between the world's tallest building and the largest shopping mall outside of North America. I'm sure that the rates will go through the roof, and justifiably so. But for now, it's a terrific bargain if you're willing to put up with a slightly inconvenient location."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of July 2007
Relax in the courtyard
"I used the reviews in Trip Advisor when choosing this hotel and was not disappointed. Rooms are superb if you like a modern layout. On arrival a cold apple juice and ice-cold towel is accompanied by an Arabic coffee. Nice touch. Pool and fitness centre are clean and pleasant. The bar is lively and the food (S.African influence) is very good. The burger was my best ever. People obviously come from miles around for an evening at this bar or in the courtyard. With a mass of shisha pipes, lush plants, gentle fountains, chill-out music and wonerful staff, this is the place to wind down and spend a few hours. The atmosphere is just right.
The staff are so accommodating and genuinely friendly. The only drawback, common to Dubai, is that you can't go for a stroll out of the hotel as it is surrounded by a seriously large building site. One day, when the mall and the tower are complete, this hotel will be out of reach of normal mortals..."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of June 2007