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the price of the room or that wifi wasn’t free all over the hotel. It was AED 25 for one hour or AED 100 for a day. I mean, it’s 2014! Evaluation: Good (not excellent because of the internet).
ROOM 2213 The room was at the end of a carpeted corridor. Very quiet and smelt fresh and new. I hardly came across any other guest in the corridors throughout the duration of my stay. The room was very spacious with a floor to ceiling window facing the main entrance, a mirrored wall on the left and the bed on the right. As you enter there is the huge bathroom on your right with separate showers, a stand alone bathtub, 2 large vanities. It must have been half of the size of the room, it was extremely roomy and you could really walk around in it! Roomy bathrooms always add to the luxurious appeal. Amenities were from Aromatherapy Associates.
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Getting back to the room. Facing the bathroom, were the closets and luggage storage area. Once you cross that you enter into the room. By the mirrored wall was a large multipurpose table which had the cable connections etc. Beside this was a flat screen tv and two arm chairs with a side table right by the window. The view isn’t much being beside currently ongoing construction work, a few years down the line, views might improve. So in summary, very comfortable rooms with all the amenities, tea, coffee, well-stocked mini bar, safe deposit locker. Everything you might need. Except, the internet! I was quite surprised to find out that Internet wasn’t included in
I had reserved a treatment at the spa for around 5pm. I was promptly reminded by 4.50pm that I should be in the steam room by five if my treatment was to begin on time. I went to the elevator and surprisingly my access card wasn’t working inside the elevator. Hence I couldn’t press the desired floor button! I got out at a level the elevator stopped on and found another worried guest in the same predicament as me! Her access card wasn’t working inside the elevators and hence she also couldn’t access her desired floor. Anyway, luckily my card worked once to get my fellow guest to her floor but then I was still stuck. I tried using the phone on the level I was on to call reception for help. Unfortunately no one answered the phone. I tried my luck again in the elevator and finally it worked. I reached the Spa about 10 minutes late. The reception informed me that I was late for my appointment and that I should have been here at least 15-20 minutes before my appointment start time. I wasn’t informed about this at the time of booking the appointment. Without wasting any more time, I was ushered inside the very airy and spacious long winding corridors of the spa area. Each steam room had glass doors yet was completely private. My therapist arrived soon enough. I was informed of the many steps involved in the spa treatment and that we would be having to change rooms after the requisite amount of time in the steam room was done. The spa treatment was the Turkish Hammam, which involves spending about 10-15 minutes inside the steam room followed by a soap application and then a thorough body scrubbing then a cleanse and finally the application of a body oil. The treatment was very smooth under the experienced hands of the Thai therapist. She was also having a busy day and had many more services to get done before her day’s work was over. This was definitely a very popular hotel amongst guests within the country and from the region. The therapist was mentioning how ladies from Saudi Arabia and Qatar come frequently to this spa and sometimes just for the spa! Evaluation: Excellent.
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