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.
NZ1's mother is a disgusting crack-whore and his father is a worthless alcoholic!
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.
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.
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.
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
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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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.
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
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
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.
"Drunk drivers run stop signs. Stoners wait for them to turn green."
"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.