10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A Touch of Paradise in Dubai
"My wife and I stayed at the Qamardeen for 4 nights in Feb 08 and were very impressed with this hotel. Spotlessly clean and with very friendly and attentive staff. Service was excellent. We got off to a great start when they allowed us an early check-in at 8.00am (courtesy of a red-eye flight). Check-in and check-out was quick and efficient. The Dubai Mall - the worlds biggest mall - is currently under construction nearby and the area is no good for walking around. Thankfully the windows are double glazed so we could not hear construction noise. Taxis were easy to get and the porters/doormen very friendly and able. Definitely need to take taxis or have a car - at least until the Dubai Mall is finished.
Breakfast is very nice with good atmosphere in the dining room and great omelete bar. A bit pricey though.
Gym is a bit light on for equipment but there are a few cardio machines. Decor of the hotel is fantastic - modern and very clean with an Arabic feel.
Great place for couples, but wouldn't think it would be very child-friendly.
The al-Manzil hotel just down the road has a souk and more restaurants and looks very similar to the Qarmadeen (they are owned by the same hotel chain). Its closer to the Dubai Mall as well, so would be well worth considering.
This hotel is going to be in a fantastic location when the Dubai Mall is completed (early 2009?). Would definitely stay here again and thoroughly recommend it!"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of February 2008
Qamardeen Hotel in Old Town
"Stayed at the Qamardeen Hotel in Old Town Dubai. This hotel has a sister hotel, Al Manzil about 300 meters away. If I had a choice, I would stay at the Al Manzil. Qamardeen is nice, and you can see the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Dubai from some rooms. The double room only has a shower and doesn't give you much privacy. The bed is about 16 inches from the shower and sink area. You get a little bit of privacy with a pull down screen. The hotel is far from everything at the moment. You have to take a taxi everywhere. The hotel is located in a construction zone. The saving grace was the soundproofness of the room. If planning on visiting Dubai, you may want to postpone the trip for a year when at least most of the construction will be finished. The hotel staff tried, but were not very helpful when it came to suggesting places to see or do. Only one restaurant in the hotel and it doesn't offer much of a menu option. Overall, Dubai is great and I plan on going back in a couple of years to see how much the skyline has changed."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of February 2008
"I had the pleasure of staying at Qamardeen in October and what a fabulous hotel.
The service is absolutely 1st class. Food superb and the rooms are very spacious and contemporary.
I have travelled all over the world, and although I think Dubai has been spoilt over the years, this hotel is a little touch of paradise.
Hope to go back"
- Travel date: Sun 13th of January 2008
Great Hotel & Service!!!
"I stayed in Qamardeen Hotel in Dubai for 4 nights (9th - 12th December 2007). The hotel is EXCELLENT!!!! In a very good place, with very good architectural. Rooms are realy big, with very comfortable beds and amazing bathrooms. Room service always in time.
The staff is great, very polite and always with a big smile in their face. They fixed and organized for us, whatever we want to do or to see in Dubai like desert safari, city tour, dinner in restarants in Dubai. We just ask for it and immediatelly they have an answer or a solution for us.
I absolutely recommend Qamardeen to everyone!!
I really beliave that must be a 5* hotel, and not 4*."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of January 2008
"the Qamardeen is really luxurious, the sister property of the Al manzil. compared to the Al Manzil the Qamardeen is more sedate, but equally as beautifull. Contemporary accomodation, clean minimalist design perfect blend of Arabic/modern. the staff are really helpfull especially Denver, and Gearald, the lobby barman.
the pool is beautifull, if not a little unfortunatly placed, almost completely avoiding the sun.
very comfortable beds, amazing bathrooms, plasma screen welcome also.
the breakfast is OK, a bit steep at 75Dh, and not included in the room price, but was sorely lacking pork products, that are staple in other Dubai Hotels.
they had a great cheese and wine night, with a huge buffet and 7 wines
to taste, great value at 100Dh, Thursday and Friday night. I would definatly reccomend this hotel to anyone, although next time i would stay at the Al Manzil, only becuase it has an inner courtyard serving drinks and Shisha, and a great sports bar, with excellent food., also attatched to a lovely high end Souk!
a great hotel, im amazed its only 4* and not 5! great price also!"
- Travel date: Thu 27th of December 2007
"I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. During my stay I was taken ill and had to be taken to hospital. The staff went out of their way to facilitate the provision of medical treatment.
Having been admitted to the hospital the Hotel's General Manager and Service Manager visted me at the hotel.
This level of service evidences the overall commitment of the hotel itself to its guests.
The only negative is that the hotel is in the middle of a massive building site, although that should not distract visitors as the hotel itself is fully complete."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of December 2007
"Stayed here as part of a group booking during the Dubai Sevens rugby tournament. The hotel is very modern but still retains an Arabic feel to it. Although we were here for 4 days we didn't spend a great deal of time in the hotel, which is a shame. The rooms were spacious with funky bathroom set ups although only showers in the room not baths. The breakfast is surberb both on the quality, choice and service. The waiting and cooking staff were always very friendly and attentive, the hotel even started the breakfast service half hour early everyday as we had an early start. The hotel is right in the middle of a building site but it seems Dubai is one big building site. Overall a really good hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of December 2007
Wait on this hotel.....USA visitor
"Just returned from a stay at the Qamardeen Hotel. This was my girlfriend and I's first trip to Dubai. We booked a package trip through an online agency and the Qamardeen was our accomodations. While the hotel itself is beautiful and the staff very, very friendly there were some issues that make me think it is not a 5 star hotel. The rooms are very strange. The shower/tub/sink are an extension of the bed area. Glass surrounds that area with no door between it and the bed. There are only shades that can be pulled down to cover the tub area. This room is DEFINITLY not good if you are with kids or another couple. The toilet is in another area of room with a glazed over glass door. This is your only seperation between being on the toilet and the bedding area. This door definitly doesnt protect against sounds and you can see the shadow of the person and what they are doing while laying on the bed! One pillow and one of the chairs in the bedding area had stains on them.
As far as location I would wait at least 3 years before staying there. The whole area is a construction site as they are building the worlds tallest building and other residential buildings in that area. You MUST take a taxi to and from the hotel if you want to do anything. Taxi's will cost you around $8-$12 US each way to just about anything in Dubai.
During the Sept through Feb months the hotel pool only gets sun from sunrise until about 10am everyday. The rest of the day it is in the shadows making laying out by the pool to catch some rays impossible.
The staff while super friendly dont know anything about what to do or see. They did try very hard to give us accurate information but they lacked the knowledge to give us that information. I was wrongly advised about seeing the camel races, going to the race track and getting in to see the Burj Al Arab (the 7 star hotel). All of this wrong information caused us to have to have back up plans and cost us valuable time in Dubai as we were only there for 3 nights. I would recommend the hotel staff to get out more and become involved in the activties/sights/etc of Dubai so that they can give accurate, thoughtful and correct information about what to see and so.
Lastly for those looking to get into the Burj Al Arab, whether it be to have lunch, drinks, dinner, or just to see the lobby dont go through your hotel concierge. Call the Burj yourself and see what they have. We took an alternate route and booked a Spa treatment by calling them directly. Once inside the lobby we spoke with the hotel concierge at the Burj and they were able to get us into the sky view restuarant on the 27th floor. Its much easier to do when you are face to face with someone rather than over the phone. From being told by our concierge at the Qamardeen on Saturday that there was no way to get into the Burj we spent nearly 8 hours in and around the Burj that very next day by making calls to the Burj ourselves.
Hope this helps!"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of November 2007
"From the moment we stepped into the lobby at Qamardeen we felt relaxed and âon holidayâ. We live in Dubai and thought weâd treat ourselves to a little luxury weekend away. Dubai is one big construction site, but once you step into Qamardeen it is easy to forget this fact. From the outside the building is very Arabic and from the inside Arabic meets contemporary â in style. The hotel has a boutique feel; contemporary dÃ©cor, modern art, feature lighting and very funky piped lounge music. The staff are all welcoming and friendly. Rooms are very comfortable with plenty of space for 2 and all the usual facilities; in room safe, tea & coffee, mini bar â but the big bonus is free internet. The bathrooms are gorgeous; open plan glass surrounds with sandstone tiles (private w/c!) with blinds for privacy and separate shower and bath - and lovely soap! Dinner and breakfast were both excellent with plenty of delicious choices. The pool area is just beautiful â not huge, but very peaceful â even with construction going on! Whilst everything about the hotel was impressive, the most outstanding point is the service. I really must commend Qamardeen on the exceptional staff; friendly, welcoming, helpful and just plain nice!"
- Travel date: Mon 9th of July 2007
Avoid for now
"The Qamardeen is a new hotel that opened up in December 2006. I stayed here in February 07. The hotel itself is nice, modern, with arabesque designs. The swimming pool looks nice and is heated. The staff is friendly. However, the staff is also very inexperienced. Everything takes twice as long as it should, as they struggle to find out how the reservation system and check-in works.Aalso, there is no knowledgeable concierge, the only thing he does is give you a map and a call a taxi.
The problem is, this hotel is in the worst possible location. On all sides it is surrounded by construction sites and cranes. Apart from the noise, this means that there is nothing to do and nowhere you can walk. Absolutely nothing. So you are completely dependent on taxis to get anywhere. Problem is, there are no taxis. everytime you need one they will call one for you and it arrives 20 mins later. Because of the construction, taxis that leave the area cannot turn towards the city and need to take a u-turn that takes 10 mins (no kidding!) So add half an hour to every trip.
There is a restaurant in the hotel but it is always empty, so if you want a bit of atmosphere you will have to go someplace else.
Once the constructon is finished, this might be a nice area to stay. (this district under construction is called 'the Old Town'- only in Dubai can you build an 'old' town!). until then, I would avoid and stay somewhere more accessible."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of February 2007