bps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 571 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2594 times:
Coming back from Germany in June I will have a 10 hours 45 minutes layover in DXB (23:40-10:25) before continuing on to BNE. I'll be flying EK business class and Emirates have booked me in to the Le Meridien near the airport. Am also QF Platinum so wil have access to the EK First Class Lounge.
Would you suggest I go to the hotel to get some sleep or would you spend the night in the lounge ? Assume the EK First Class Lounge will be fairly decent. Am not so much concerned about sleeping as I need to try to get a good rest on the long flight to BNE.
workwings From United States of America, joined May 2010, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
Well, I don't know the First Class lounge in DXB but have spent many hours in the Business Lounge which is enormous and extremely comfortable. It has a variety of areas: places to sit and watch planes or people, places to read, places to work, places to dose; several eating areas with breakfast, lunch and dinner foods 24/7; areas to walk around. There are showers and I believe a spa where you can get a massage. I would assume the First Lounge is better and if not you can slum it in the Business Lounge. The terminal is also entertaining and quite lively in the early morning hours. Deciding whether or not to go to the hotel or stay in the lounge depends on how you want to pace yourself and deal with the time changes -- if you want to stay awake in order to sleep better on the plane, or sleep during the stopover. Have fun whichever way.
bps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2532 times:
I'll see how I feel after arrival in Dubai. My other idea was to enjoy a few drinks on the A380 coming from Munich and getting a good rest in Le Meridien. Any body have an idea how long it takes from the airport to the hotel ?
Quokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
The hotel isn't all that far so it only takes about ten-fifteen minutes depending on traffic. There may be a queue at immigration but if you are travelling in First or Business EK should give you a pass for the priority lanes. (At least they did the last time I had a long transfer but you may need to ask the cabin crew if it doesn't come automatically.) The hotel is comfortable enough and a bed is going to be more relaxing than trying to rest on a chair in the Lounges in DXB. Besides, you will be able to freshen up without worrying about whether a shower is available for use.
Staying at the airport for ten hours could become tiring because even the most enthusiastic lounge lizard may need a bit more stimulation than watching the comings and goings of other passengers. Besides, there is only so much food and drink you can take in to help time pass. While there are huge duty-free shopping areas you will not need a lot of time to scan the offers. The other thing is that the terminals at DXB are not really the best for spotting. There is a lot of glass but it is decorated and there is a lot of other visual barriers that make it difficult to get decent shots of the aircraft.
The pick up time for the transfer from the hotel to the airport will be advised to you and you should still have plenty of time to sample shopping and the lounges before boarding. So you may as well get the best of both worlds: a bed and the lounge.