To the back of the Burjuman Mall in the Bur Dubai part of town, is where you will find the secluded Burjuman Arjaan Hotel by Rotana. Just at the Khalid bin Al Waleed metro stop, the hotel is very conveniently located for guests wanting to visit the sites around the new city centre (Bur Dubai) as well as the original centre, the Creek and Deira areas. The hotel itself, much like the other hotels of the same chain, is modern and although it is frill-free, the hotel is attractive and is one of the most popular, especially with long-term guests as the hotel comprises of suites as opposed to traditional rooms. The staff is friendly and despite a lack in that holiday atmosphere you are more likely to find close to the beach, it is a good all-rounder for all kinds of clientele, from large groups to families to couples.
The hotel is ideally located just behind a small shopping centre, the Burjuman Mall. Not a great shopping option when you are in Dubai, but practical nonetheless if you don't want to travel far to get a change of scene. The hotel close to the Khalid bin Al Waleed metro - the line goes all the wall to Deira, the creek (north) and all the way down to Jumeirah (south). The area is also close to the new Dubai city centre, Bur Dubai, where you will find the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. The airport is about 15 minutes' drive away and the nearest beach, about 25 minutes away.
Rotana is one of the largest hotel chains in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa region), with over 70 properties in 26 different cities. In Dubai alone, the portfolio counts 13 hotels to date.
No alcohol is sale at this hotel.
The extra contemporary lobby, with its retro spinning armchairs and wooden oak benches compliment the glass façade nicely to give the hotel a fresh and bright atmosphere that has been successfully brought into the rooms. There is more of a residential feel here as strangely, there were no queues of guests with endless reams of questions at reception. Open in 2007, the hotel has been well maintained and looks fairly fresh for its age in such a popular destination. In terms of facilities there is an outdoor pool, an enormous gym (open 24 hours) with its own outdoor pool, a restaurant, and direct access to the mall (and to the metro station). The main bulk of the hotel's clientele is made up of mainly families from the Gulf Council Corporation (the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia). The hotel is ideal for gym fiends as there are few gyms that outsize the one at the Burjuman Arjaan! There is wireless internet throughout the hotel, but this comes at a charge.
The rooms can be found on the 7th to the 24th floors. In total there are 158 suites divided up into classic one bedroom suites, deluxe one bedroom suites, premium one bedroom suites, three-bedroom townhouses and a four-bedroom penthouse. All the rooms are decorated to a similar style - contemporary with hardwood floors and lots of modular furniture. There are no designer pieces here, unlike at some of the city's uber-luxe hotels, but it does the job! Our favourite room was one of the all-glass corner rooms with floor to ceiling windows. A real pleasure for watching life going by in Dubai, the views here are not the best, but give good insight to the emirate's layout. The already spacious rooms appear even larger due to the floor to ceiling windows. All the suites are fitted with a full kitchen as well as all the appliances you would expect to find in a family home like a washer and dryer. The hotel is ideal for families and large groups who like to be able to be completely independent on holiday by being able to cook their own meals when they want. The rooms on the whole are extremely pleasant, all with double beds and interesting personal touches in the décor. All have iPod docking stations, large flat-screen televisions, complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities and an in-room safe. The bathrooms all over bath tubs and are stocked with Rotana own-brand toiletries. Some rooms have large terraces, which are perfect for having breakfast outside in the cooler months (December-April).
The restaurant is located downstairs on a corridor that leads to the mall, so it doesn't look like it's part of the hotel. The room is well decorated, in cheerful tones and a similar contemporary style but it doesn't have any windows, which gives it a bit of a grim atmosphere. All three meals are served here and in a buffet style. The chefs are from all over the world, meaning that speciality dishes (from East and South Asia) usually taste the best. The buffet comprises of a range of international cuisine. There is no alcohol on sale here. Guests are advised to consume alcohol off the premises. For guests not wanting to bother going downstairs to the main restaurant, the hotel offers 24-hour room-service (see the menu in the room).
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