Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek

, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek

, Dubai
Bani Yas St - Dubai - 476 - United Arab Emirates 4-222-7171
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Great base!

from VicNorthWales
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Intercontinental Dubai from the 15th April to 22nd April 2006 as part of our two centre holiday. On checking into the hotel, the service and greeting was great, we were given an upgrade through being premier card owners, which took us into a 'deluxe room.' Neither my boyfriend or I are smokers, and therefore specifically requested at reception a non smoking room. On entering the room there was a strong smell of smoke, and an ash tray on the balcony which hadn`t been emptied, not really a good start, but the room WAS lovely once we resolved that!
Room service 'instant call' was excellent, very efficient and requests were taken care of momentarily.
We ate at a couple of the hotel's 11 restaurants, Yum and the fantastic Palm Grill. My boyfriend and I are really big fans of steak, and I have to say that the meal and steak at the Palm Grill was the best we`ve ever had, 10/10 on the food and setting, especially when the jazz pianist/singer is around! DEFFINATELY worth a visit.

Overall the hotel is in a great location in the old part of Dubai, close to allot of the tourist attractions, eventhough to get to any of the highlights of Dubai no matter what distance, taxi`s are so cheap and are ALWAYS available outside the hotel. Whilst we were in Dubai we visited lots of other Hotel`s which, eventhough we were happy with the Intercontinental, the competition nearer Jumeirah, is just out of this world!! (You must try the Mina a`Salam for Friday Brunch - what an experience!)

To conclude, great hotel, great location, great for first time visitors to Dubai to get the feel of the place, but when you see what is on offer hotel wise else where in Dubai, you may opt to go somewhere else on another visit!

Loved the InterContinental

from gypsymum
My friend and I recently had a three night stopover in Dubai staying at the InterContinental. Our room was lovely with a balcony view to Dubai Creek in one direction and the hotel pool in the other direction. We had two single beds in our room and, the beds and pillows were nothing short of magical. We found the hotel staff to be courteous, helpful and pleasant. There were plenty of choices for breakfast in both the Lobby and up on the 10th floor. We dined in the hotel restaurants and the meals were superb and we felt reasonably priced. The Taxi's were always at the front of the hotel so getting around wasn't a problem, we either walked or took a taxi. We found the heated pool very therapeutic after a hectic day shopping. On our last night we met up with a friend from Sharjah, so we took the InterContinental dhow dinner cruise, an enjoyable night only marred by mediocre service towards us (three females)and, when we asked for coffee - we were given one cup (for 3 of us). Also, the smell of sewage coming up from the dhow/water as we docked.

Great Location,average hotel.

from 7msd
The competition is so strong that the location is the one real stand out positive here.Overlooking the creek in a better position than the Hilton (but still the wrong side of the busy road which is cleverly not shown on the website photos of either hotel) but not right on the creek as the Sheraton is.It is a stroll to the gold souk,spice souk & the river boat landing across to Bur Dubai.The very dated exterior does not reflect the efforts made inside.The restaurant choices are good,the lobby bar is entertaining in many senses.We had a standard room on a corporate rate,it was well sized & decorated if a little dark.The sleeper beds at this chain are amazingly comfortable, the bathroom was a little tired but on the whole value for money.The pool area is good except for the constant drone of the central air-conditioning units nearby.In summary if you want to wander round & experience the wharfside & the souks this is an excellent choice. The rack rate is way too high given the alternatives but with a decent deal this is highly recommended if you want to actually see central Dubai for a 3/4 night break.

Should give it a miss

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the intercontinental in Dubai for 4 days in Feb 06. I paid about $500 for what they called a suite (which was a slightly larger room,good bathroom though).The standard rooms are small and the bathroom facilities are even smaller.The location as far as the views are concerned is great but taxi's are not easily avalible and this being a 5 star hotel there is no system of arranging taxi's for the guests(which by the way is done in all 5 star hotels in dubai).Also the pool is o.k at best and there is a very ordinary health club as well. I would recommed this hotel for business people who have to stay in that part of dubai as getting in and out during the day is a nightmare.The resturaunts in the hotel are fine though no tea or coffee faciliites in the rooms (also standard these days).Staff was polite so no complains there.For $500 Grand Hyatt is better fr a city hotel.(extremely costly internet also).

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from LondonJetsetter

I stayed at the InterConti Dubai on 6-8 Jan 2005.

The hotel location is fantastic for a first time visit to Dubai and proximity for a number of attractions. I had some concerns about getting around town - but the taxis are VERY good value.

The hotel is 30 years old, and this is evident in the bedroom and particularly the bathroom sizes. Normally hotels of this standard would have seperate bath and showers in the rooms, but this was a 1970's "Holiday Inn" style bathroom. The in-room decor was recently refurbished. There is a massive selection of TV channels (probably the biggest I've experienced) - perhaps over 50 channels. Due to a cunning architechural design, each room does have a Creek View, also - each room has a small balcony with wooden furniture.

Non-smoking rooms... smoking seems to be very popular in Dubai and this hotel, strangely, has no distinct non-smoking floor - rather pockets of non-smoking rooms indispersed with smoking rooms! This affected me when I woke up and other rooms' cigarette smoke was evident in my room (either through the common ducted aircon system), or coming in under the room door. Also, on booking in they don't offer a smoking/non-smoking choice - so request it if it's important to you.

Overzealous Staff... you may want to make use of the "do not disturb" sign, if you spent any amount of time in the room, you are likely to be disturbed at regular intervals by a stream of staff all undertaking a specific activity (mini-bar check, turn down, etc) which seemed a bit much - I don't know why they can't do it all in one go!

Internet access... common with many other Intercontinental properties, this hotel uses the WorldConnect devices in the rooms to facilitate power and network access. It seems some of these cables have been worn out - and this can, intermittently, affect reliable internet access. I reported a problem and a duty manager had to loan me a Cat5 Network cable to overcome the problem. Otherwise access is fast.

Restaurants... there are a large number of restaurants onsite. I can thorougly recommend "Yum!" - the noodle bar... possibly some of the best Thai food I've had. Ever.

Pool... another great advantage. The pool is on the 1st floor, is open until 10pm, is big and deep (deep end is 2.7m!!) and the water is warmed (to 28deg).

Concierge Desk... very well done. Great advice and booking service for tours, shopping, transport advice. Also, you can book tours and add them to your room bill.

Fantastic Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Intercontinental sits alongside the creek in the Deira district of Dubai, close to the original gold souk. The hotel, although built in the 1970s, has recently been thoroughly refurbished. As the hotel is predominantly occupied by business travellers rather than holidaymakers the pool area, gym and tennis courts are always very quiet. The hotel's restaurants are all excellent and routinely win or are highly placed in Dubai's "Eating out in the Emirates" awards. My particular favourite is Shabestan, the Persian restaurant, which is ideal for a romantic meal. The restaurant has live music and views across the creek. This hotel would appeal to anyone who wishes to have a luxurious and quiet base from which to explore the older, traditional parts of Dubai whilst avoiding the crowds of tourists who flock towards the new high rise developments at Jumeirah beach.

Top class traditional hotel in great location

from NICK
Ok , it’s a bit traditional in style and there is no black glass and chrome plus its more of a business hotel BUT its comfortable and in a wonderful position overlooking the creek . The pool area is huge for a city hotel with loads of sunbeds , highly recommended , if you want to stay on the creek this is the hotel for you


from Revs
Okay, so it's one of the oldest quality hotels in Dubai, but that doesn't detract from the quality of service you receive, or it's ideal location close to the heart of the city. Staff are attentive at all times and maintain the interior immaculately. Only minutes from Bur Dubai and Deira and the hustle bustle that goes with it, yet far enough away to retain some peace and tranquility if that's what's required. Being on the creek waterfront adds an extra interest, whether it's taking a boat-ride, catching a water-taxi or watching the daily routine of a busy old-time port going about it's business. The standard rooms are a little small but with good facilities, so not really an issue. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and would happily return.

One of the oldest but still one of the best

from Iain00
I have now stayed here on half a dozen occasions, mostly on business but occasionally for leisure as well.

The rooms are not the biggest for a 5 star hotel but don't let that detract from enjoying your stay at what i rate as still the best hotel in Dubai. Upgrade to the exec rooms and the view from the 10th floor breakfast bar are simply awesome.

Most leisure travellers will head for the beach hotels - but if they dont visit the hustle and bustle of Deira and the gold souks then they have missed the whole point of Dubai. Just walking along the creek and seeing all the dhows being loaded and unloaded is what this place is all about. After dark is when the creek comes to life. The hotel is only a 2 minute cab ride from the City Centre mall.

Restaurants at the Intercon are amazing. In fact there are so many that you dont need to leave the hotel to eat all week. The gym is large and a good array of exercise equipment to choose from.

Thoroughly enjoyable

from cubit1
I wholeheartedly agree with previous comment. The Intercontinental is bang on form.
Just had a short holiday there last week (Oct'05) and couldn't fault it. Stayed in the Club level and the staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant.
No, it is not the newest, most modern 'marble palace' in town but it makes up for this with character, and plenty of it. Watching life go by on the Creek from your own balcony is a real plus.
I've tried other hotels in Dubai, but for the right balance of business/holiday the IC beats them all.

Top Local Tips for Dubai

meal deals man of the five star hotels do all you can eat special nights, they are well worth the money and can be found weekly on the timeout dubai website

Don't go to Dubai on a Friday Most shops/museums and everything else is closed on Friday except the shopping malls and restaurants. The museums do open for 2 hours in the afternoons, but not enough time to fit them im.

Ski Dubai and Wild Wadi Two great places to go with kids..for Ski Dubai remember to take your own gloves and hats as they're not provided and it's chilly in there! It's expensive and an hour is probably enough for most people as there are only two runs but good fun and a new experience to ski in the desert! For Wild Wadi - remember sun block and a sun shirt (rashie) if you have one - there isn't much shade when waiting for the rides..and take a towel - you can hire one there but you pay extra. It's another expensive day out - entry is 170 AED per person inc children over 8 years. Go early as it gets really busy and take drinks as there are long queues at the kiosks and it's also quite expensive. Finally - try to arrange transport from the waterpark back to your hotel - the queue for taxis is really long and taxis are infrequent at best.


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  • Address: Bani Yas St - Dubai - 476 - United Arab Emirates
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