During our recent trip to the UAE, Jave and I divided our four-night hotel stay in Dubai with one night in Abu Dhabi. So during our first two nights, we stayed at Centro Barsha, and during our final two nights, we stayed at a different hotel in Dubai in a different neighborhood in an effort to get a more well-rounded perspective of the city. So consider this review Part I of where to stay in Dubai.
As you can see from the map, the Centro Barsha hotel sits between Deira (known as Old Dubai) and the Dubai Marina. As its name suggests, Centro Barsha is a relatively centrally located hotel that’s part of the Rotana hotel group.
Before booking, I was a bit hesitant because from the pictures of the property grounds on Tripadvisor, I was worried that the hotel would be isolated and far from conveniences like restaurants, transportation and the like. Yet, pictures highlighting the hotel’s contemporary décor along with great reviews put me at ease, and I decided to book it.
Without traffic, Centro Barsha is about 20 minutes from the airport, 26 minutes from Deira, 15 minutes from the Burj Khalifa and downtown Dubai, and about 13 minutes from the Dubai Marina. Although the commute isn’t too bad if you’re getting around via car, when relying on the metro to get to Deira or downtown, the commute tends to feel much longer. Fortunately, Centro Barsha is a just a few blocks from either the Mall of the Emirates metro stop and the Sharaf DG stop, both of which can be accessed on the red line. Although Jave and I used the metro the most once we returned from our one night in Abu Dhabi, in the interest of saving time during the first part of our trip, we found ourselves requesting Uber quite a bit (most Uber drivers will pick you up in a Lexus, by the way).
Centro Barsha is located in a neighborhood that features a good mix of residences and businesses including restaurants, the Mall of the Emirates down the street (also full of restaurants), as well as other hotels.
The rooms at Centro Barsha are nicely decorated, and when checking in, our clerk informed us that he was going to hook us up with a nicer room to ensure our comfort. I love when hotels take the initiative to be extra hospitable, so that was a nice touch.
We had absolutely zero complaints about our room which featured a kitchenette and living room area (the perks of being upgraded).
Throughout our stay, I paid particular attention to the service we received, and the hotel staffers accommodated our needs time and time again. For example, I didn’t bring enough adapters for our electronics, but thankfully, the hotel let us borrow theirs. Also, on the day we checked out, we were running behind schedule, and instead of calling to ask us when we’d be checking out, we received a courtesy call asking if we wanted to extend our stay. If we didn’t already have a pre-paid reservation in Abu Dhabi, we totally would’ve. Another thing I appreciated is the hotel’s lost and found service. Jave accidentally left the desert safari pictures we purchased in our room, but upon realizing his mistake, he called the hotel and they assured him that the pictures would be kept safe until we were able to swing back by and pick them up.
On the down side, free WiFi isn’t included in the rate and it cost us an additional $32. Also, breakfast wasn’t included in the rate which turned out to be fine, but usually, finding a hotel that includes breakfast is very important to me. I honestly think that all hotels need to start providing complimentary WiFi and breakfast, even if it’s continental.
Despite these shortcomings, overall, we enjoyed the peace and quiet that the hotel offered along with the staff’s impeccable service.
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