The Ritz Carlton Dubai Hotel

, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Jumeirah Beach - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Hotel Website | 4-399-4000
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Shame about the cigarettes!

from holly267
Have stayed at the RC many times and love many things about the hotel. In particular, we love the large grassed area for sunbathing, the adults only pool, the buffet breakfast with outdoor seating, the lobby bar with those delicious cakes. The rooms aren't huge but comfortable and nicely furnished, the balconies are very small however.

The building works behind the hotel are noisy, unsightly and cause traffic problems but once inside the hotel or the rooms you shouldn't be bothered, all rooms are sea-facing so you never have to look out onto a construction site!

Now to a large moan! Virtually every visit we have been bothered by the smell of cigarette smoke coming into our room via the air-conditioning unit. Our worst time is in the early hours of the morning when we have been woken up by the stench. Clearly people smoke at all hours and this drifts through the air-con units. The hotel does not provide non-smoking floors. If you request a non-smoking room, you will get a room at the far end of a corridor, next to a smoking room, hence the problem! And we found it a very big problem, probably stopping us from returning!

Ritz-Carlton - a little gem in a concrete jungle!

from SineadDublin_Ireland
I can't say enough about this hotel. We arrived into Dubai after a 10 day tour of India. We wanted luxury & relaxation both of which we got in abundance at this hotel. We stayed at a club level room which was very well appointed, large and even came with its own steam room! The food in the french restaurant was particulary good and the 6 presentations of food in the club bar was always of a high standard. The pools and seafront gardens were excellent with complimentary iced hand towels to keep you cool and strawberries! Access to the beach is easy and it has by far the nicest beach front of all the hotels in the area. The friendliness & service of all the staff in the hotel was second to none. It is one of the smaller hotels in Dubai with top class personal service. I would highly recommend the club level room and all its benefits. There is construction going on around the hotel but we were not affected at all.

Ritz delight

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having stayed in July 2004, we are now going back in July 2005. I would recomend the club level. More cost but virtually all inclusive. Wonderful staff and rooms.
N Jordan, Bonnie Scotland.

An oasis in a construction desert

from serendipit4
Dubai is not a particularly picturesque location. Even when the 25 (at least)syyscrapers are completed along the Jumeirah beach, it will still be a flat and very spread out destination. It can take over 40 minutes to reach particular malls. After the initial disappointment of the location, my wife and I went with the flow. You cannot hear any extraneous noise in the bedrooms and the familiar shudder of construction work , 24/7, actually enhanced the Dubai experience in the sense that this city is seriously booming and has a definite edge to it
So, what is the attraction of staying at Ritz Carlton at present? Well, the service as always at the RC is absolutely impeccable. 2 specific examples spring to mind, Indri, one of the concirges, went into town in her own time and with her own money to purchase another memory stick, to download my photos. Mizannur, one of the housekeeping attendants found a lost diamond earring. The hotel has beautifully maintained gardens and fine pools. You leave the RC with an absolute feel good factor. RC Dubai is one seriously managed hotel. The staff are second to none.
The Club lounge is an excellent deal, although this one has a children's room attached to it, which can make for a less than sophisticated and irritating atmosphere when knocking back the champagne and vodka cocktails! On the plus side it is VERY child friendly.
Our room was pleasant but slightly uninteresting, not the best RC we have stayed in.
We went onto the Burj Al Arab for our final 2 days which better encapsulates the whole Dubai materialistic thrill of the new.
RC will always be our favourite hotel group but stay at the Burj if you can.

very happy customer

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from a most memorable break from this hotel. Before we went I read the previous reviews and must confess was a little bit concerned at the diversity of the comments. I had no need to worry as it was the hotel that made this such a memorable experience.
Dubai in general is in the midst of a massive construction program and as a result is not the best place to go if you want tropical picture postcard beauty, even the beach is not the most stunning I have seen.
Having said that the areas that are finished around the city are very pretty and immaculatley clean.
We stayed in a club room and must say it is more than worth the small extra cost as you get excellent snacky food and unlimited drinks all day in the exclusive club lounge, otherwise alcohol is very expensive everywhere in Dubai.
All the staff at this hotel are a credit to the Ritz Carlton group as they carried out their duties to the highest standards I think I have ever had the pleasure of and allways with a huge smile on their face (chambermaids, gardeners, decorators, pool staff - absolutley everybody).
We has some friends who were staying at the Royal Meridien next door and they came to our hotel for the evening for a fantastic meal at the Splendido restaurant. They were full of enthusiasm for their hotel but when they left us they said that the Ritz Carlton was in a different class.
Yes this hotel is in the middle of a building site (but then again the vast majority of the others are too) but when you are in it and in rooms that all face the sea, laying by the lovely pool that faces the sea you soon forget that (just do not look back at the hotel and you will be fine).
If you do not go you will be missing out on a truly amazing experience.

A gem of an hotel

from corvex
Would agree with all the favourable preceeding comments. We had a club room which we both felt was value for money and the frendly helpfull staff made this visit memorable . When one looks back to the hotel from the beach you can of course see many towers being constructed but at no time did building site noise become audible. Will certainly stay here again when in the region.

What a disappointment

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was dumb struck when we drove to the front of the hotel. The construction going on was massive , so much that one would think the hotel would be obliged to advise clients, at the time of booking , about it. We would have definately moved elsewhere had we been able to but unforunately the 10 day cancellation policy precluded that option.
The room that we were in was at the far corner of the hotel , we had at least a 6 minute walk to reception each time we wanted to go out. Very tired looking hotel . Thank goodness we only booked one night.

a great view of construction

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from Ritz Carlton, Dubai. I am sure when they built this hotel it was in a wonderful location, however every other construction company seems to like the area. To the rear of the hotel at least 10 blocks of over twenty storey appartments are being constructed. As the beach faces the 'wrong way' in order to lay in the sun one has to look at the view of these blocks being cobstructed.

I found the rooms to be tired and dull, and the reception and other areas to be a bit lifeless. I really wouldnt reccomend this hotel unless one was getting a great deal

This is a splnedid hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at this hotel in May 2004. It was probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in because of the elegance of the surroundings, the plushness of the rooms and the outstanding service. It is also a very small hotel in terms of the numbers of rooms at most hotels along Jumeirah beach, which means there is a great feeling of space and tranquility.

It is unfortunate that a review has been left of this hotel by a person who did not stay in the hotel, and I have written this to correct any misunderstanding his review may cause to anyone thinking of booking a room here. None of the bedrooms are anything other than sea facing at the Ritz Carlton and one cannot see any of the constuction work going on behind the hotel whilst enjoying the beach, pool etc. Yes there is a vast amount of construction going on behind the hotel (and in Dubai as a whole) that one sees when driving to approach the hotel, but did it affect our enjoyment of this superb hotel? Not one bit.

A warning about the contruction going on.

from 6andy6
While I did not stay here (I infact stayed at the Hilton Dubai Creek) I am warning all that stay at the beach hotels in this section (Sheraton Jumeriah Beach, Hilton Jumeriah Beach, Oasis Jumeriah, Ritz Carlton, Le Royal Meridan) that as noted on previous reviews of some of these hotels there is a MASSIVE construction zone running about 30-40 metre from the back of most of these hotels. This involves a complete new city and they appear to be building about 20 highrise towers at once just inland from the beach. I am not judging these hotels in themselves , there staff maybe great and decor fantastic (we went to the Hilton and had a drink - nice lobby, prices reasonable and inside the hotel you couldnt hear the construction). But if you were in a room facing inland you would look right into a construction site with all the workers swarming around 30 metres from you window. And yes you can see and here them from the pool area of the Hilton - sound of jackhammers etc (cant comment on the other hotels) even though this pool is facing the beach. To get to these hotels you go down streets filled with construction vehicles and down detours with dirt and sand everywhere -there would be no where to walk to once you were at your hotel (unless it was an adjoining hotel) and a taxi is definately required. Its you choice if you think this affects you but personally when we went down for a day trip my heart just dropped and both my partner and myself both said we would have been crying if we had booked along here (which we nearly did). Having said that in a couple of years time when finished and there are parks and shopping centres, bars and apartments all along here I'm sure it will be nice - but not now. You would have to be blind freddy to think that this would not affect you.

Top Local Tips for Dubai

Shopping Malls Dont bother, you may as well not bother going on holiday if you are going to visit these

Viator We used for transportation services to and from the airport. The drivers were waiting for us when we arrived and got us back on time. The company also met us after we checked in to our hotel and we booked our Desert Safari through them as well.

Construction Don't let the reviews on all the building work put you off visiting this beautiful place. Watching the work being done on the surrounding area is actually extremely interesting. Once inside the hotel you can't see or hear anything of the building work going on outside anyway, it really is not an issue to your holiday.


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  • Address: Jumeirah Beach - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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