Burj Al Arab

NOTE: I stayed in Burj Al Arab in 2009, before my project started. It was one of the reasons I got a passion for great hotels, and this is what I wrote back in 2009:

This world famous hotel was on my must do list for five years, but finally – as a 21-year-old I managed to stay here. It was better than expected and an experience I will never forget. I arrived at Dubai International Airport very excited and couldn’t wait for my arrival. I got a ride with a local expat I met on the flight. My name noted at the security check and told to the front desk to create a great first impression at check-in.

I received a warm welcome by name before a welcome drink and local snacks followed by an escort to my suite by my personal butler.

My Suite
I stayed in a 170 Sqm One Bedroom Deluxe Suite.with a lower and upper level. On the lower level, you will find the living room with large lounge, dining table for four, private bar counter and a small toilet. At the upper level, you will find a dressing room, bedroom with king size bed and an impressive bathroom with large jacuzzi. All in a classical gold design. The only thing I didn’t like about the room categories was the fact that you can’t get a non-smoking room. Smoking is allowed in all public areas including all rooms.

The Service
The service is some of the best I’ve seen so far. It’s a big hotel, but with personalised service because of the butler service that works very well. The staff is top professional and well-trained.

The place itself
The building is world-famous, and it’s easy to see why. Beautifully designed with a unique design.

To sum up, Burj Al Arab certainly delivers a fantastic experience on many levels. It’s an iconic building and one of the world’s most famous hotels. I usually don’t like big hotels, but this is an exception where close to everything is “over the top”. The high rates are too expensive for what you get, but it’s one of a kind hotel and a “Once in a lifetime experience” for many.

My opinion: Fantastic experience.