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Holiday Inn Dubai-Al Barsha

This is a 4 star hotel in Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road PO Box 115443, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Close to transit and Mall of Emirates, clean rooms, great staff, Wi-Fi extra
  • Free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's helpful and attentive staff
  • Many guests enjoyed the hotel's proximity to the Mall of Emirates and public transit
  • The hotel's guest rooms were described as clean and well equipped by several lodgers
  • Some guests found the room rates, bar prices and Wi-Fi to be overpriced
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Nov 3, 2013
Located about a 5-minute walk from Sharaf DG Metro Station 2 and a 4-minute drive from the nearest Highway E11 on-ramp, the Holiday Inn Dubai-Al Barsha is geared towards pedestrian or road travellers who require a hotel with an outdoor pool, on-site dining and easy access to public transit and the highway.

Each of the hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms and suites offers cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-bar, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a bidet, a bathroom scale and a hair dryer. Rooms with a separate bedroom are also available, and the hotel is wheelchair accessible. In-room Wi-Fi is an additional AED 75 per day.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor rooftop pool, a kiddie pool, a bar, a fitness centre, meeting/banquet space, a business centre, laundry services, a barber/beauty shop, a gift shop, packed lunches and free parking. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are offered and pets are not permitted.

On-site dining at Gharana and The Royal Buddha (serving dinner daily) and The Gem Garden, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 

Mall of Emirates offers shopping roughly 12 minutes away on foot, while The Emirates Golf Club can be found 12 minutes away by car. Ski Dubai is about a 6-minute walk from the hotel and Dubai International Airport (DXB) is a 30-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's staff, location and rooms.

Numerous reviewers praised the hotel's staff, characterizing them as attentive, accommodating, friendly and helpful with directions and recommendations. One guest remarked, "The staff were incredibly attentive which made the stay very relaxing. There were always three or four staff at the entrance to help with bags, directions or to sort a taxi for us and they always gave a welcome smile and hello as we came and went. Check-in and check-out were quick and easy".

Many guests were pleased with the hotel's location. They found it close to the Mall of Emirates, Dubai Marina, public transit, restaurants, the airport, Ski Dubai, shopping and a cinema.

The hotel's accommodations were enjoyed by several lodgers. They described their rooms as clean, well equipped, spacious, quiet and modern, with comfortable beds. A few travellers complained about their rooms, however (see below).

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the cost of the hotel, noise transfer and the rooms.

Some guests complained about the cost of the hotel. They found the bar prices and room rates to be overpriced, and felt that the Wi-Fi fee was expensive and should have been included in the daily rate.

Noise disturbances were reported by a few lodgers. They complained of highway noise, noisy in-room air-conditioning units and noise from guests and the cleaning staff in the hallways.

Although the majority of reviewers praised their clean and well-equipped rooms, a few patrons criticized their lodgings. They reported small-sized rooms, cigarette odours in non-smoking rooms and dated decor. guest reviews ranked the hotel #105 of 459 Dubai hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 376 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 8.1 out of 10 from 264 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 4.3 out of 5 with a 94% recommendation rate from 122 reviews.

Guest Reviews

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287.57 AED - 0.00 AED Holiday Inn Dubai-Al Barsha
Out of 390 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.0 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 1
No. of guest comments: 1
Guest Recommended: Yes
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #6 out of 390 hotels in Dubai ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
First experience Hotel in Dubai City,
"Opinion with the hotel: Friendly reception, relax atmosphere. Taxi easily available at the doorstep of the hotel, taxi driver helpful and friendly, charges is metered. Nearby (15 minutes walk) is the Emirate Mall, a huge shopping mall, a good place for shopping and for food. Room is clean and very pleasant, except air conditioning is bit too cold, unable to control very much with the preferred temperature."
Kuo ming from Miri / Sarawak, MY rated Holiday Inn Dubai-Al Barsha 8 out of 10 on December 07, 2010


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Holiday Inn Dubai-Al Barsha

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Karaoke
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Massage
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Bidet
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Executive Floor
  • Luggage Storage
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Cell phone/mobile rental
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Shoe Shine

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