Overall, the hotel has a good range of facilities for the price of the rooms and it has a pleasant atmosphere. The smallest of the two Citymax properties in the city with 378 rooms still makes it a big hotel by Dubai standards. There is one restaurant onsite, a deli, bar and a couple of computers for guest use. The hotel bar is the highlight of the hotel; attractive in its decor and with live music shows on most nights, as well as other events, a few drinks here is a pleasant way to spend an evening during a weekend break, especially if you are on a budget. The bar tenders are friendly and there is a varied range of alcohol on offer, so guests shouldn't feel at a loss. The second bar-lounge area to the right as you come in through the main entrance is undergoing a much-needed renovation. A complete contrast to the rest of the hotel, walking into this area is like walking into a time-warp! Despite its heavy chequered brown and orange carpet and chipped furniture, the bar is popular with sports adepts and smokers as games are always shown here and the bar also doubles up as a smoking parlour. There is also a small section in the deli where guests can buy travel essentials. The hotel has fifteen floors in total with a small roof-top pool. The advantage here in comparison to other hotels is that the area is a lot quieter than the buzzing city centre or JBR area. Also, due to their not being any buildings on either of the hotel yet, sunshine hours on the terrace last a lot longer (due to the absence of shade from neighbouring buildings), which cannot be taken for granted in a city as built-up as Dubai. For guests needing a quick sugar hit, there are vending machines on all floors. For exercise fiends, there is a fair-sized and well-equipped gym open 24 hours and free for guests to use. You get what you pay for, but the advantage here is that the rooms might be basic, but they are far from being dark and dingy. Travellers can be sure that the rooms are clean, which can't be said for all of Dubai's low-key budget hotels. Opened in 2010, the hotel is fairly new, which is why it surprised us to see that the lobby could already do with a bit of a makeover - shabby rugs and tattered furniture. Something else we liked is that despite the hotel's contemporary atmosphere, the simple pop-art paintings hanging all over the hotel of camels and other desert scenes recall the hotel's surroundings, which contributes to making guests feel like they are in Dubai, unlike many other hotels, where you could literally be anywhere in the world.