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September 3, 2013 / oneworld82

A Great Hotel: Grand Hyatt Dubai

I have been to Dubai many times. I like the place. I wouldn’t mind moving here. I like the Middle East, to me it’s very fascinating. And what I like most of Dubai is its hotels. I have had the luck to stay at both the Ritz-Carltons, the InterContinental Festival City, the Sheraton Deira among the others. I love the luxury and the service you get here – it’s just ridiculous and unthinkable in the West. This time I decided to give the Grand Hyatt a try. The main reason for this choice was the location, since the hotel is pretty close to the airport. The fact that it’s an acclaimed 5 star hotel helped as well.

The cab ride took about five minutes.

Here we go!

Here we go!

Lobby

Lobby

The Grand Hyatt is certainly a big hotel, with big swimming pools and 14 restaurants. Once arrived a porter took care of my luggage while I checked in. The lobby of the hotel is large, with marble floors and high ceilings. It definitely looks grand. I received a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room – an always welcome surprise. The staff at the front desk was very nice, and both the check-in women working were from Greece. They were talkative and affable. I was on the 9th floor, on the back side of the hotel.

Elevator

Elevator

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Room hall

Room hall

The room was large and very nice indeed. This is a real 5 stars hotel – marble in the bathroom, granite counters, deep-soaking bathtub, large shower, toilet and bidet. The bed – king size – was very comfortable; the living area of the room was great. The floor-to-ceiling windows offered a great view of the nothingness beyond Dubai (after all, we are in the desert).

Room

Room

King bed - very comfortable

King bed – very comfortable

Like I mentioned, the bathroom was large, stylish – in line with any good Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons restroom. I found the bathtub a bit narrow, although the finishing and the mosaic on the wall were outstanding. As an Italian, I love bidets – and this room had one! Enough talking, some pictures.

Robe

Robe

Tub - Deep soaking

Tub – Deep soaking

Sinks

Sinks

Shower

Shower

Toilet and bidet!

Toilet and bidet!

Feeling jet-lagged (and very guilty) I headed to the gym for a quick workout – the gym had everything you can desire. Too bad that the spa was closed at this ungodly hour – I would really have liked to check it out.

Well-stocked gym

Well-stocked gym

So many cardio machines!

So many cardio machines!

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What I liked of the gym is that an elevator brings guests from the floors directly into the gym – without needing to go through the common areas of the hotel. I really liked that, as I usually do not like walking all sweaty among well-dressed and well-polished guests! Nonetheless, I took some pics of the ground level, where the restaurants are located. This area is very nicely landscaped to resemble a forest of sort. Well done Hyatt!

Common ares

Common ares

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Once back to the room, I took a nice bath and managed to sleep for about 3 hours. Once up (my wake up call was timely) I made some coffee (by the way, the minibar was very well-stocked) and got ready for my limo to Abu Dhabi.

Morning view from room

Morning view from room

Coffee and tea amenities

Coffee and tea amenities

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

The ride to Abu Dhabi – on a very comfortable and luxurious van – lasted about a hour. In no time I was ready for the next chapter of this adventure.

On my way to Abu Dhabi... Dubai Marina

On my way to Abu Dhabi… Dubai Marina

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Overall, the Grand Hyatt Dubai is a very good hotel, on par with other 5 stars in town. I enjoyed my short stay very much and I would definitely give this hotel another go on my next trip to the city. If I were looking for a beach or R&R holiday, though, I would chose a hotel near Dubai Marina, as the beach there is in my opinion a huge benefit to any property. Au revoir, Dubai.

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