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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 54
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

anyone been there?

i really want to go for spring break

thoughts, comments, opinions?

my life will not be complete until I experience it...

oh yeah and for those that do not know what i am talking about...

http://www.burj-al-arab.com


PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Why don't you ask AAplatinumflyer, his uncle stayed there before it was even built. He said it was "decent"


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

Parents have.

According to them: was cool, loved the aquarium, fire-spouts, etc.

On the other hand: overrated, overpriced... practically nothing you couldn't find in LAS, but an experience nonetheless.


User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1531 times:

AirxLiban

Coming home to Lebanon is by far much worth it than going to some way overrated and luxurious hotel.It's just a waste of money & time IMO.

MEA310



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1525 times:

Far too much bling.

Opulence needs to be understated if it isn't to be vulgar. The Burj is anything but understated. I thought the Ritz-Carlton up the road was much nicer.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

My girlfriend and I had dinner in the Al Mahara restaurant a few weeks ago, the food and the service were excellent but it was ridiculous overpriced. The whole hotel is a masterpiece of architecture and interior design but the rate per night is as overpriced as the restaurants are. When I am in Dubai, I stick to the regular hotel chains like Sheraton or Hilton, they are very good and offer a luxurious stay for a good rate per night.

Patrick


User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1457 times:
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It is VERY pricey, for one... but if you've got the cash, why not stay for a couple of days? I hear it is absolutley an amazing experience. Plus, its in Dubai, which is really an awesome city. I've never stayed there, but again, I heard from relatives who have been there/ stayed there that its one of the best hotels in the M.E.

-AA777


User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Although I haven't been to the Burj myself I've spoken about it to a number of colleagues who have stayed there. Most of them found it overly extravegent to the extent that it seems tacky. Jumeirah Beach Resort seems a better place to stay.

User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1409 times:

thanks for the responses

would you say that just visiting it in dubai is 2/3 of the experience in itself?

MEA310 if i were to go i would combine it with a stop in BEY

wishful thinking though about going anytime....i wonder if IATA cardholders get a signficant discount on the $1333 per night.



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User currently offlineAAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

My uncle didnt say there...he stayed at some place near the airport when he traveled there.....I think it was a sheraton...

Anyways a mutual friend of our family has stayed there...as a matter of fact I believe he just got back. He said it is an amazing experience...atleast until you look at your credit card bill. He also said that you feel underdressed as there are people there dressed in suit and tie when it is 100.

[Edited 2004-12-24 20:36:29]

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

He also said that you feel underdressed as there are people there dressed in suit and tie when it is 100.

Who gives a @#*^? If you've paid to stay there, and when you are on a holiday..you can dress however you want to. Who cares if the other people are wearing suits?!

Anyways, this is similar to the other discussion about wearing jeans in First class. Just wear decent clothes.



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1362 times:

"Who gives a @#*^? If you've paid to stay there, and when you are on a holiday..you can dress however you want to. Who cares if the other people are wearing suits?! "

Exactly.

I would love to park half those people in a Motel 6 in Gary Ind or freakin Hammond, would set them straight.


User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1355 times:

Honestly, there are many other beautiful destinations that you could visit. The Red Sea (Egypt) comes to mind... What about Jordan, Seychelles, or the Maldives?


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User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1290 times:

We stayed there in jan 2003 for a few days and it was breathtaking! As a frequent UAE visitor I have to agree that there are much better restaurants and health clubs around but nevertheless the joker of that hotel is the architecture and of course the luxury of the suites! Our suite was located on the upper floors so the view out of was unbelievable nice.
Well, If you have the opportunity to go than just do it you will not regret it  Wink/being sarcastic



Marvin Lee Cooper
User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1288 times:

The cost of one dinner (for 2) + night + breakfast is enough to feed one child during 4.5 years. Good appetite !

User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

I have been in the lobby there and I would have to say that the only thing truly impressive in there was the vaulted ceiling. Though, Luxor in LAS has that too. The main lobby was small and very tackily colored (oranges and reds). I found the nearby Emirates Towers Hotel much more elegant.


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User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

You can't walk in to the hotel just to check it out anymore. You have to pay to get in unless you already have a room registered or a reservation at one of the restaurants. There were too many ne'erdowells from the Ritz roaming around the property I suppose.

G


User currently offlineBmi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

hey
ive stayed at the burj and although its overpriced, the experience was really really nice. i would def stay there again and its an amazing peice of art.

mark


User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1150 times:

it's so tacky that you have to pay $100 just to look around the place!  Big grin wouldn't waste my money, and if your asking how much a night then chances are you shouldn't be staying there!  Big grin


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

I know a fair few people who have been there. My father has stayed there about half a dozen times while on business and says that while it is the most opulent hotel he has ever been too it is the most over the top.....like many Arabian extravagances.

He has been moved up to the Royal suite once and said that was a real one off!

For Spring Break though....perhaps a little OTT




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User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

Okay, so we've described the physical site. What about service? Is it compatible with all the opulence and flash?

[Edited 2005-01-05 14:22:48]

[Edited 2005-01-05 14:23:04]


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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

For right now the Burg al Arab is the only 7 star hotel in the world (another one designed like a mosque is being built in Abu Dhabi). When i was in Dubai in April, we stoped by the hotel and the lowest price per night was somewhere in the thousands of dollars. If you're George W. or Bill Gates, than it is right in your price range. If you are someone of high importance like a King or a diplomat, than sometimes they send a helicopter to the airport to pick you up (there is a helipad on the roof). Anyone else gets a Rolls Royce service to/from DXB. Quite nice i heard. Their was a motercade of maybe 5-6 of the things driving to the hotel when we stopped to take pics.


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User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10590 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

"When I was in Dubai in April, we stoped by the hotel and the lowest price per night was somewhere in the thousands of dollars"

There are package deals where you stay they there 2 nights and then a week in a more normal hotel, for less than 2000 euros incl. flight. Try that in one of the many 1st class hotels in NYC or London.

Otherwise I think this hotel is the epitome of nouveau riches. Tacky in the most perfect way, but fantastic looking from the outside. A friend of my wife stayed there, loved it. He´s African, and loves golden rolex watches, too. He´s not my style-guide, thats for sure.


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