We spent our summer vacation 2019 in the United Arab Emirates. For our time in Dubai we chose Conrad Dubai. In the low season we could book this luxury hotel very cheap. You can find out in our hotel review whether the price is also reflected in the quality and the service.
Arrival and check in
Nach unserem erholsamen Aufenthalt im Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah (our hotel rating) fuhren wir mit unserem Mietwagen nach Dubai. Die Fahrt nach Downtown Dubai dauerte ungefähr 1 1/2 Stunden. Unterwegs trafen wir auf eine Herde von Dromedaren, die auf der Straße verweilen mussten.
The Conrad Dubai is located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai's main multi-lane thoroughfare. We drove our car down a side street directly in front of the hotel lobby. We used the free valet service again and were able to go straight to the lobby to check-in. Our luggage was then brought straight from the car to the hotel room. The World Trade Center metro station is opposite the hotel. This means that you can get to the hotel with public transport without any problems.
Als Hilton-Statusgast hatten wir die Wahl, entweder in der imposanten Lobby oder der Executive Lounge in der 24. Etage einzuchecken. Wir entschieden uns, den Check-in direkt in der Lobby durchzuführen. Die Anmeldung war zügig, unkompliziert und freundlich. Allerdings gab es auch auf meine explizite Nachfrage kein Upgrade in eine Suite und es blieb beim King Deluxe Corner Room, der bereits online sichtbar war.
King Deluxe Corner Room im Conrad Dubai
We were upgraded to a King Deluxe Corner Room on the 34th floor with a view of the city and ocean. The spacious room had an entrance area with a direct view of the surrounding buildings. The hall ran along the large window front. On the right it went through a small dressing area into the bathroom. Unfortunately, this area is quite narrow, especially when the cabinet doors are open.
The bathroom had a large double sink with a huge mirror, a bathtub and a rain shower. The toilet and bidet were in a somewhat separate area. Everything was tiled with light yellow marble and therefore seemed very light-flooded. The highlight was the large window from the bathtub towards the king-size bed. There was also a TV set into the wall by the bathtub.
The main room had a king-size bed and a large TV and two armchairs with a stool. An extra bed was built for our son. Since we had a corner room, two sides of the room were fully glazed and we could enjoy a great view over Dubai. Unfortunately the windows were pretty dirty. We were able to control both the curtains and the light in the room via a control unit on the bedside table.
The mini-bar was housed in a dark chest of drawers that merged into the desk. On the bedside table there was a radio alarm clock that was getting a bit old without a Lightning connector. There were only two German channels on the television: DW and Arte. However, you can connect your iPad / iPhone via AirPlay. The very loud air conditioning was annoying.
Breakfast in the restaurant Ballaro
As status guests we were able to have breakfast in the restaurant free of charge Ballaro walk. This is on the sixth floor of the hotel. The dining room was nicely decorated and there were separate seating areas. I could imagine, however, that it will be quite crowded here in the high season.
The selection at the buffet was enormous. There were several large counters with numerous options from local and international cuisine. We were also enthusiastic about the selection of bread, fresh fruits and sweet pastries. The juices were available in 0.33 bottles with a straw.
Executive Lounge im Conrad Dubai
As a Hilton Honors Diamond guest, we always have access to the Executive Lounge. This is located in Conrad Dubai on the 24th floor and was open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. during our stay. During this period there are free (non-alcoholic) cold and hot drinks and snacks. The lounge offers a great view, plenty of comfortable seating and a pleasant atmosphere. Unfortunately, we found the air conditioning to be quite cool. To be emphasized was the always very friendly and courteous staff.
Breakfast was served in the lounge from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. If the rush in the main restaurant is too big, there is a comfortable alternative. Freshly squeezed juices, coffee specialties and egg dishes, such as eggs Benedict with salmon, were served to us right at the table. Yogurts, bread, rolls and everything else we need for breakfast were available at the buffet.
Almost after breakfast, an afternoon tea was offered from 12 noon. In addition to the drinks, there were small canapés or pastries here until 5 p.m.
Von 18 bis 20 Uhr wurden während der Happy Hour warme Speisen, Salate und verschiedene Desserts serviert. Da in diesem Zeitraum auch Alkohol ausgeschenkt wird, sind Kinder unter zehn Jahren nicht erlaubt. Für uns unverständlich und ein absoluter Minuspunkt für das Conrad Dubai. Selbstverständlich akzeptieren wir, dass die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate ein muslimisch geprägtes Land ist. Aber wenn es an der Poolbar tagsüber Alkohol gibt, verstehen wir diese Doppelmoral nicht. Vielleicht wäre ein abgetrennter Bereich in der Executive Lounge eine Lösung.
Pool & Spa im Conrad Dubai
For a luxury hotel in the business district of Dubai, the Conrad Dubai has a great pool. Nestled in a tropical garden, there are several sun loungers, cabanas and a pool bar. In our estimation, however, the area is a bit too small for the size of the hotel.
In addition to the pool, there is also the Conrad Spa and the 24-hour fitness center on the sixth floor of the hotel. However, we did not visit either.
|Address:||Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates|
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Bewertung des Conrad Dubai
Der Aufenthalt im Conrad Dubai wird uns lange positiv in Erinnerung bleiben. Die Zimmer waren sehr großzügig und ansprechend gestaltet. Ein großes Plus war die Executive Lounge. Die Auswahl an Speisen und Getränken war für ein Hotel in dieser Preisklasse sehr gut und das Personal war äußerst freundlich! Allerdings sind wir immer noch von der “No kids during happy hour”-Regelung stark enttäuscht. Vor allem, da niemand im Hotel in der Lage war, diese zu begründen.