The main incentive to stay at the Fairmont Dubai was because I recently received the Chase Fairmont Visa. The card comes with great perks after a minimum spend. This was my first Fairmont stay but I am familiar with the brand and was looking forward to my stay.
The great thing about a Fairmont property is that you know what you’re gonna get. You have an certain level of expectation which is normally met. Overall I think this is a great hotel and recommend a stay here.
The exterior of the Fairmont Dubai was somewhat bland given that architecturally, Dubai has one of the most impressive skylines in the world. This property is located in the Financial district but it’s not like any financial district I’ve experienced. I can’t identify any characteristics that would identify the area as financial so don’t consider this a negative if you are not on business.
The hotel is steps away from the metro. I recommend using the metro if arriving from the Dubai airport. It took less than 20 minutes from the airport to the hotel and the cost is less than $4 US. Its clean, safe and fast with stops at Dubai and Emirate Malls.
The service at the Fairmont Dubai was outstanding. Luckily (for me) almost everyone speaks English and the staff was very efficient. It was refreshing to check-in and not have to ask for clarification or second guess the product. The clerk was pro-active and left nothing out about aspects of the stay like the room details, possibilities about upgrades or perks with my membership level, food options, advantages to particular room classifications etc. Also I was amazed that everyone that I came in contact with remembered my name during my entire stay. Not sure how they do this but they do.
I recommend making your reservation as early as you can on the Fairmont website. I snagged a special rate that gave me a discount but when I returned to the site a month later the rates had increased at least 30%. When I arrived, as a Fairmont Visa cardholder and member of the Presidents Club I was offered an upgrade to a suite on the gold floor. The loyalty program Presidents Club, is free to join but there are three levels with various benefits depending on your level. Check it out here .
The Gold floor allows complimentary daily afternoon tea and happy hour. You may also select to have breakfast in a dinning room designated for gold floor guests instead of the main level dining area. It was nicer because I received personal service and no crowds.
The Tea Service was outstanding and the menu changed daily. I was not able to make the daily complimentary happy hour. Believe me I really tried!
The suite was spotless with fresh fruit, chocolates, water and free wifi. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to spend much time in the room, pool or restaurants onsite.
The suite was more room than I really needed but it was nice to have extra room to lounge in the afternoon or when I had someone over for a visit. There was a powder room in addition to the main bathroom and this was a nice touch as it allowed me to leave all my junk laid out in the main bathroom.
The interior is tasteful conservative. I assume this is planned to accommodate a business crowd since the location is the financial district. While you will be very happy with the service here you should not expect to be wowed by the interior. My preference is sleek modern and this was pretty far from that. Don’t get me wrong, its a very nice property, just not what I’d consider aesthetically impressive. See official property photos here.
There is not much to occupy your time in the immediate area of the hotel. Although the Beach area seemed very busy and walkable most areas in Dubai seem to rely on car, taxi or metro. Since its steps from the metro its very easy to get to and from the famous malls. I think the train ride is about 15mins and very cheap.
See my Dubai Trip review here