Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
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In the busy Deira district, this hotel has great views of the Dubai Creek and is a gem, not just because of its location in this older ‘more real’ neighbourhood of Dubai, but also because of the number of restaurants and bars onsite (16!). Al Mansour Dhow, in particular, is a must-try for its kitsch factor because you’ll be eating on a a traditional boat. Standard rooms are pleasant enough, but you'll have to pay for an international buffet breakfast, priced at Dhs99 per person. You may as well book a Royal Club room where they throw in complimentary airport transfers, breakfast, snacks and soft drinks throughout the day, as well as cocktails during happy hour from 6pm-8pm. If you still choose to go for a standard room, resist the temptation to have the hotel arrange pick-up as they’ll charge you Dhs100 one-way for a trip from the airport, that’ll cost no more than Dhs50 in a taxi.
• The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool with a large sundeck area overlooking the Creek, a tennis court, two squash courts, and two gymnasiums (one just for women). As part of the E@syConnect Service concept, Radisson Blu hotels offer all guests free internet access throughout the hotel.
• The Radisson Dubai Creek has excellent restaurants and bars, so you’re spoilt for choice: from the Palm Grill steakhouse to chowing down at the Yum noodle bar or going for dim sum – you’ll find it all here. Other outlets onsite include The China Club, Minato, La Moda, Shabestan, Fish Market, Sumibiya, Up on the 10th, Marbles Lobby Bar, The Pub, Ku-Bu, Boulvar and finally, Boulevard Gourmet.
• It’s close to the spice, gold and textile souks, Deira City Centre, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Dubai Creek Park.
• Dubai is one of the cheapest places in the world to buy the spice saffron – head to the spice souk nearby, but remember to haggle!By Time Out Dubai staff
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