Emaar Boulevard, The Old Town, Downtown;
Phone # 04-428-5888; 04-428-5999;
Al manzil is an outstanding four-star deluxe hotel without fanfare or ostentation. It’s refreshingly contemporary – modern Arabic in style – in a lively, vibrant location, and exquisite attention has been paid to detail. The staff are kind and helpful, and the moment you walk in you are aware of a really easy, laid-back, gentle charm. It is linked by an underground souk, which has a supermarket and various decent shops, to its sister hotel Qamardeen, equally as fabulous, but maybe more business oriented. The good thing is that you can use the facilities of both hotels and cross-charge.
Al Manzil Hotel considers itself primarily a business hotel too, but we think it would make an ideal family hotel, as it is a five-minute walk to The Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar and the Burj Khalifa, and has a great pool, lovely restaurants and a free shuttle bus to the best beach park in Dubai.
The temperature-controlled swimming pool on the first floor is delightful, with stylish sunloungers, tables and parasols. The gym, while not huge, is spacious and airy.
Bedrooms have just the right mix of elegance, comfort and functionality – king-size beds with funky, stripy covers, cool yellow walls and chic white armchairs. The bathroom is open plan – enclosed in glass, so not much privacy when performing your ablutions. The flat-panel TV swivels, so you can watch it from anywhere in the room. The Burj-view rooms have (obviously) superb views of the Burj Khalifa, while pool-view rooms look over the inner courtyard pool. The suites have big oval baths and a walk-in shower with huge rain forest showerhead, and the toilet has a floor-to-ceiling window, so you definitely get a room with a view.
Breakfast (Continental, AED 85; full, AED 95) can be eaten in the Conservatory Restaurant or the Courtyard. The restaurants are elegant and sophisticated, and the bar, with four screens on the walls and ten screens around the central bar area, is the sports lover’s dream come true.
Cost AED 2,150
Number of rooms 197 rooms, plus 8 suites
Room sq m 33.4
Conference facilities Yes
Beach access No
Exercise facilities Yes
Licensed bar Yes
On-site dining International, Arabic cuisine and shisha, South African and Australian pub, cafe snacks
Extra amenities Minibar, 24-hour room service, mineral water, tea/coffee facilities, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, iron on request, newspapers
Business amenities Business centre, business lounge, complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi in public areas
Shuttle buses To Dubai Mall, Jumeirah Beach Park
Wheelchair facilities Yes