Wanted a nice hotel on the beach after two months of hostels in Iran. Being a SPG-member I usually end up at a Starwood-property which is really a habit I must end. The good thing, bizarrely enough, was the price. It was very expensive but nevertheless it was a lot cheaper than the other beach side hotels on Jumeirah beach.
The hotel is quite old and it shows. Just looking from the outside you can tell as the hotel is about a third of the size of hotels nearby. I guess Starwood will make it up by opening the grand new Westin further down the beach.
The room was spacious enough but the bathroom needed some renovations.
Service was semi-professional but lacked enthusiasm and the welcome was far from as friendly as in a cheap hostel in Iran. Late checkout was very problematic. I asked late in the night and they told me no. Still they managed to call me up at 9am to tell me the exact same thing. Great way to wake up when hangover..
I am 99% sure I forgot my mobile phone charger in the room but when calling the next day housekeeping said they had not found it. I am very sceptical.
The beach was nice though and almost made it worth the stay.
Will not recommend this hotel and will not stay there on my next visit to Dubai.