The Harbour Hotel and Residence-Dubai

I recently stayed at the Harbour Hotel and Residence in the Dubai Marina district. (July16, 2009). I was given an upgrade room, a two-bedroom suite marina view which was very helpful since I have friends coming over for my birthday. Upon check-in, I was given a welcome drink and a pack of Arabian sweets and cold towel. When I entered the room again there was a "plate" of complimentary sweets and a small box of chocolate. At about 7pm, the door bell rang and I was surprised to receive a complimentary mini cake for my birthday!

Suite 3106: It’s an apartment type suite with a spacious living room with 42-inch lcd t.v and a book shelf with interesting books! There was a well equipped kitchen too, with all the cutlery, utensils, a microwave oven, bread toaster, coffee maker, big ref, dish washer and cooker very good if you’re up for a long stay in Dubai. Washing machine and ironing set are also available. You’ll also not run out of comfort rooms as there are many. 1 toilet next to the kitchen, another one before the rooms, a full toilet and bath with bath tub in each bed room complete with l’occitane toiletries. One bedroom has a king size bed and 42 inches lcd cabled t.v, and the other a twin room (without tv). There was also a balcony with the beautiful marina view but it was just too humid outside so we were not really able to stay much in the balcony. The aircon was well controlled inside so you will not feel too cold nor hot. The next morning when we woke up, there was English newspaper for us (Gulf News). Another thing I liked at the Harbour, is that there is a mini store on the 2nd floor so if you are cooking and suddenly remember you don’t have onions, you can just go down and buy, another good thing is that the price is the same as when you buy it in the nearby spinneys without walking under the scorching hot sun outside. It is so convenient! There is also a swimming pool on the HC level, same floor as the timeless spa where massage is offered. At night, you can walk along the marina where a host of cafes and bars are lined along the street. You will also see yachts parked and dhow cruise activities are present. If you are a tourist, the hotel offers free shuttle bus service to wild wadi and emirates mall plus a voucher to access an upscale private beach resort, le royal meridian beach resort and spa on a first come first serve basis. On the down side, since marina area is still “young” and being further developed you will see constructions going on everywhere. The lift was a disappointment too as it comes so slow!
When taking a taxi to the hotel, be sure to stress that you are going to Harbour hotel as it sounds like the nearby hotel Habtoor. This hotel is very highly recommended for families or group that plans to stay in dubai for a week or more. Taxi’s are just readily available outside the hotel. Public bus is also accessible at 2 dhs you will reach al ghubaiba bus station in 40 minutes with x25 bus and then take another bus # 402 to the airport at another 2 dhs for 20minutes, otherwise a taxi costs about 75dhs and 30 minutes of travel time (note that taxi from airport starts at dhs25)

-----------------------------------------------------------Living Room

-------------------------------------------------------Twin Room

------------------------------------------------------L'Occitane soap

----------------------------------i love the L'Occitane Products in all the Bathrooms
----------------------------------Hall leading to Timeless Spa and Health Club

-----------------------------------------The Small Swimming Pool on the 5th Floor

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