Review: Burj al Arab, Dubai (2022)

No one ever visited Burj al Arab and said “I like it, but I wish it was more tacky”. Along with Ritz Paris or The Shining or that place Richard Gere was trafficking Julia Roberts, Burj al Arab is one of the most famous hotels in the world. Although Ritz Paris is known for Diana’s death, Burj al Arab is known for the death of taste.

Yet against all my better judgement, there’s something about this hotel I like. No, it’s not the self-acclaimed 7 stars that are not backed up by reality, at least until they buy an NFT for $5m that gives them a picture of a picture of 7 stars, which I think is reality.

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Getting there

Their concierge team reached out a few days prior to our arrival via WhatsApp to check if we needed anything. It turned into a perfect upsell, as I decided to book their Rolls Royce transfer because they price it right at the point where I thought “why the hell not” and then when I saw how old it was, I thought “that’s why”.

They provided instructions on how to get to their newly opened lounge, which is immediately on your left after you leave Customs. I really didn’t expect much, as I’ve never been to a decent airline arrival lounge, let alone been in a hotel arrival lounge, yet it was absolutely gorgeous. The design felt a bit like the new modernisation of The Berkeley. I wish I took pictures, but I must have been in such a state of shock that Jumeirah had acquired this taste, that I forgot. We were the only guests, so had full access to their snack selection, which is mostly cakes, but that’s basically 95% of my diet anyway. I was really impressed. They were probably less impressed with my 1-year-old daughter, as she smashed one of the glasses during our 10-minute stay. They then walked us to the car for our20-minute journey to the Burj.

Design

They say design is subjective, but when you look at the Burj, is it really? Does anyone really like it? However, in a twist that not even M. Night Shyamalan could see coming, some areas of the Burj al Arab are not hideous. They seem to have blown their entire interior design budget on anything within 200m of a swimming pool and had to hire Rumpelstiltskin to design the rest of the hotel, based on all the gold everywhere, and also the fact that it’s a bit shit and ol’ Rumpel was clearly a bit of a dick. Yet I’m actually rather indifferent to the Burj al Arab, as not all is terrible, and not all is great. It sits right at the point where I’m glad I stayed. So dear reader, come close and let me tell you a story – it’s a story of how I’ve lost my mind.

Disclaimer: I must have been indoctrinated because every single person I spoke to there was deeply proud of working there, so if you go and hate it, just realise I’m saying all of this without free will because I’ve been brainwashed by their positivity.

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There are four swimming pools at the Burj, one on the 18th floor,which also has a jacuzzi, gym, sauna, steam and plunge pool. Plus a squash court, cos why not. Then you have a terrace on the ground floor, which shares as much in common with the interior as I do with Tom Brady. We share some of the same name and that’s where it ends. The terrace is far more modern than the rest of the hotel. When you get down to the ground floor it’s like opening the wardrobe and ending up in Narnia, as it’s an entirely different experience – like you’ve been transported from 1922 into a European resort in 2022. There you’ll find three swimming pools, a bazillion loungers, two restaurants, both of which were superb, and also a Gucci store, in case your avocado on toast clashes with your outfit. It’s also where you’ll have breakfast, which again I must emphasise was brilliant.

The room though is where shit gets wild. Ours, 612, a Panoramic Suite, might on first impression look like someone had a seizure at a car boot sale and picked everything their crazy aunt didn’t want, but on second look…. it’s exactly what you thought on the first look. Yet the design just didn’t bother me. It’s a 200sqm suite, with great views in an iconic building that’s fairly priced and at no point do they do anything that feels like they care about the price. They offer plenty of value here, from children eating free to access to the nearby facilities such as the waterpark, to the full-sized, his and hers Hermes toiletries that definitely are not in my suitcase. The stay list was also extremely generous, with excellent cakes, canapes, fruit, and snacks and they even included enough bottled water to take a waterboarding class.

There’s definitely some oddities, such as how to lower the blinds you use the TV remote or using an app to order room service never worked. My biggest issue is the open planned design so I couldn’t be in the downstairs living room without being conscious of noise travelling upstairs. Excuse me, I didn’t sign-up for an ethics lesson in being considerate. It also feels worn down in places,not least of which are the bathrooms, but how many hotels have a jacuzzi for a bath? That normally means you’re in Vegas, which is Dubai’s big cousin.

The tack level hit the roof when I saw a mirror on said roof of our bed. I’ve always wondered what I looked like naked whilst stuffing myself with room service quality pizza and now that mystery is solved. Somethings are best left unknown.

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Service

You’d think I’d actively want to kick a hotel with 7 self-awarded stars, but really, let them have it. Not because they deserve it, but the joke has been going on for over 20 years now, not once has it been true or funny and yet they persist. Anyone with that level of commitment deserves their accolades.

Ok, I couldn’t help but note down their7 star when I was holding my child in one hand, a bowl of her food in another and no one is helping me open a door, but in fairness to them, they were the most proactive hotel during this trip. Although their WhatsApp interaction wasn’t the greatest, as you’re just dealing with some central figure that passes on messages like “certainly” and then you’ve gotta wait and see if they happen. You’re much better just picking up the phone.

I cannot fault their thoroughness though, like how they took 90 minutes to clean our room as they change all the sheets, including our daughter’s cot. Absolute overkill and we told them not to do it, but once again they’re committed.

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The Good

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  • Everyone working here has a strong desire to please
  • Terrace
  • Spa

The Bad

  • Friends came to visit us and one became quite ill after a meal, but he’s not reviewing this so I get the final say. We very much enjoyed Sal restaurant.

The Luxurious

  • When said friends came to visit, we needed to let security know they were coming, then they needed to bring their passports just to get in. Totally boss.
  • It’s the Burj. Tell your grandkids about it one day.

Conclusion

You were expecting an angry review, weren’t you? I couldn’t possibly like a gaudy property that looks like it was designed by a committee for the blind.

I didn’t have time to truly review this hotel, as there are many more restaurants we didn’t get a chance to visit, notably as two of them don’t allow children. They also offer tours, which we were tempted to do, until they said it was 90 minutes long. I would have struggled, but my spawn definitely wouldn’t have tolerated it.

Look,I’m not telling you to quit everything you’re doing right this second to go to the Burj al Arab, so don’tshut down your business or unplug your grandma from the ventilator machine and rush out to get here, but take it for what it is and it’s a worthwhile experience.

It’s not the best hotel in Dubai, that’s still the Bulgari, but it has a lot to offer and is worth a visit – just as long as you’re ok covering your eyes in some areas.

Room type: Panoramic SuiteDuration: 3 May > 5th May, 2022

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FAQs

Review: Burj al Arab, Dubai? ›

Is staying at Burj Al Arab worth it? ›

Burj Al Arab gives you a feeling of a King and a Queen. Let us tell you! There is nothing like this we experienced before! It's not simply a luxurious, top-tier hotel but also a top-notch, exclusive experience that drives the hospitality industry forward.

What is so good about Burj Al Arab? ›

The Burj Al Arab is highly regarded as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, and for good reason. Comprising 28 double-storey floors with 202 suites, nine restaurants, a spa, kids' club, private beach, three swimming pools and a helipad, you can expect a stay that well exceeds its five-star reputation.

Which is better Burj Al Arab or Burj Khalifa? ›

Both are rated highly by writers. Overall, Burj Al Arab ranks slightly better than Burj Khalifa. Burj Al Arab comes in at #3 in Dubai with approval from 5 sources including Lonely Planet, Atlas Obscura and Fodor's.

Is the Burj Al Arab a 7 star hotel? ›

The Burj Al Arab is a five-star hotel, the highest official ranking. While the hotel is sometimes erroneously described as "the world's only 'seven-star' hotel", the hotel management claims never to have done that themselves.

What is the dress code for Burj Al Arab? ›

Burj Al Arab is the original home of luxury - Dress to impress! Smart/casual attire. Tailored shorts are allowed. No beachwear.

Is food free in Burj Al Arab? ›

The dinner buffet in the Burj al Arab in the Al Iwan restaurant costs 255 US dollar and includes a private transfer to the Burj Al Arab hotel. When booking you have the choice of various times between 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Can a normal person visit Burj Al Arab? ›

The Burj al Arab is a private resort, and it's closed to non-guests. However, you can visit if you have a dining reservation at one of the restaurants. Afternoon tea is the cheapest way to visit the Burj al Arab. Sky Tea is the only one served in the SkyView Lounge.

How much does food cost in Burj Al Arab? ›

The average Burj al Arab dinner price is around AED 800 per person, excluding drinks. The tasting menu at Al Mahara Restaurant starts at AED 795, while at Al Muntaha Restaurant it starts at AED 1000 per person.

Do you have to pay to visit Burj Al Arab? ›

Entry Ticket for Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Afternoon tea at Skyview Bar in the Burj Al Arab in Dubai costs about AED 650 (INR 12,300) per person. Additional Burj Al Arab entrance fee is applicable to AED 100 (INR 1900) per person for a window table where guests can enjoy the views of major attractions in Dubai.

How much is it to spend a night in the Burj Al Arab? ›

Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai, Dubai Start From AED 8096 per night - Price, Address & Reviews.

How much does a day in Burj Al Arab cost? ›

Burj Al-Arab rooms can cost anywhere between INR 99,046 to INR 2,07,281 per night depending on the category of the room and the amenities and services you choose.

How much does it cost to spend a night in Burj Al Arab? ›

The Burj is famous for its striking sail-shape design, and the lavish suite, which is one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world, has an average price tag of $24,000 a night.

Does Burj Al Arab serve alcohol? ›

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has opened contemporary cocktail bar Gilt on the 27th floor. The new bar features a team of skilled bartenders who create complex drinks by mixologist Thibault Mequignon, Gilt is home to a regularly changing and innovative menu with a strong focus on fresh ingredients.

What is included in Burj Al Arab stay? ›

  • Indulgent daily breakfast.
  • Complimentary Luxury Cabana on The Terrace.
  • Butler service and Hermès amenities.
  • Access Talise Spa, Wild Wadi Waterpark and more.

Is it expensive in Dubai? ›

Visiting Dubai can be as expensive or as cheap as you want and so much depends on your choices. In general, prices in Dubai are comparable to other major cities in the world. Accommodation and tours can be quite expensive, but there is so much choice that you can make it more budget-friendly if you wish.

Can I wear jeans in Burj Al Arab? ›

The Burj Al Arab website specifies a smart casual dress code: 'Gentlemen are required to wear a collared shirt, full-length trousers or elegant jeans and closed shoes (no trainers or sport shoes). Ladies are required to wear a suit or dress, long or short skirt or dressy slack and top.

Can Tourist wear jeans in Dubai? ›

You can wear dresses, t-shirts, tops, pants, jeans, shorts, or skirts. Any shoes are acceptable as long as you're not barefoot. Make sure you are not wearing anything see-through or revealing.

Should I wear jeans in Dubai? ›

Wearing jeans are allowed in Dubai. A normal jeans can be worn anywhere in Dubai But, wearing skin tight jeans is a bit risky, and it depends on the place that you would like to visit in Dubai. While skin tight jeans may be fine in the night clubs, wearing it in other public places may seem offensive.

What do you wear to the Burj? ›

What to wear: There is no set dress code for visiting the Burj Khalifa observation deck, so you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in, although it is advisable to dress modestly in Dubai. If you want to dine inside the world's tallest restaurant- At. mosphere, formal dress and smart shoes are required.

How much is a cup of coffee at Burj Al Arab? ›

you don't miss it is the most famous and beautifull place at DUBAI. ONLY the prices is too high e.g a cup of coffee there cost 25 euro.

How much does afternoon tea cost at the Burj Al Arab? ›

Even the drinks menu is extensive – the tea menu alone includes over 20 different options. Cost: AED 620 per person. Window seating costs AED 100 extra*. So, if you and your spouse want to book a table by the window, you would pay AED 1340 in total (620+620+100).

Is Dubai strict for tourists? ›

Dubai has strict laws regarding alcohol consumption, dress, sexual conduct, and social behaviors in general that are important for visitors to take note of.

What is the best time to visit Burj Al Arab? ›

It is lit up at night and there are good views of it from Madinat Jumeirah. If you mean Burj Khalifa then you can book tickets to go to the observation deck and the best time to go is probably late morning when there are fewer crowds and the tickets are cheaper.

Is it free to go up the Burj? ›

The entry fee for Burj Khalifa is around Rs 5970.64 per person. While, for general admission, children below the age of 12 years are charged the price of Rs 3222.25 and adults are charged the cost of Rs 3980.42 at the top level and Rs 9951.06 at the top sky level.

How much money do you need in Dubai per day? ›

You should plan to spend around AED729 ($198) per day on your vacation in Dubai, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, AED164 ($45) on meals for one day and AED38 ($10) on local transportation.

How much is a cup of coffee in Dubai? ›

2018 Price of Coffee Worldwide
Doha$6.40
Copenhagen$6.24
Dubai$5.70
Zurich$4.98
Beijing$4.42
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How much is a burger meal in Dubai? ›

Prices in restaurants in Dubai.
Meal in a cheap restaurant40 AED (20-75)11 USD (5.40-20)
Cappuccino (regular)19 AED (10.00-30)5.20 USD (2.70-8.20)
Espresso Coffee13 AED (7.00-21)3.70 USD (1.90-5.70)
Cheeseburger (fastfood)9.00 AED (7.50-11)2.50 USD (2.00-2.90)
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Is beach near by Burj Al Arab free? ›

Burj Al Arab Beach Overview

This is a free public beach situated near Burj Al Arab. Visit the beach for its clear blue waters, unending coastline, uninterrupted views of the Burj Al Arab and water activities like swimming and snorkeling.

How long is tour of Burj Al Arab? ›

The tour takes 1.5 hours on average. Visitors are not allowed to bring food and beverages with them. Tour ticket enables access to the 25 th floor and inside Burj Arab only. Be advised to arrive 15 minutes earlier to take your ticket and have a valid photo ID with you.

How long can you stay at Burj Al Arab? ›

There is no time limit. Once you are there on top you can stay as long as you want. 2.

How much is a meal in the Burj Khalifa? ›

700 AED per person for normal seat (17.30 – 02.00). Meal Value: 300 AED p.p. 800 AED per person for seat at the window (17.30 – 02.00).

Is it better to visit Burj Khalifa at night or day? ›

If you're looking for the best view, sunset time, between 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM would be the best option. However, if you're looking to visit with the least crowds, early mornings around 10:00 AM and evenings before closing, are the best time to visit Burj Khalifa.

Why Burj Al Arab is only 7-star hotel in the world? ›

The high level of service, the luxury and prestige of its rooms, the fine materials of its fittings and its excellent restaurants have earned the Burj Al Arab the title of “7-star hotel” that has made it famous in the world.

How much is food in Dubai for a day? ›

The average cost of food in Dubai is around $40 per day. This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, you can easily find meals for less than $10 per day if you are on a budget.

How much is the 7 star hotel in Dubai? ›

The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, standing at 1,053 feet tall, is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and was once described as the “world's only seven-star hotel.”

How many 7 star hotels are there in the world? ›

Burj Al Arab Dubai

It's dubbed the world's only official 7-star hotel, so naturally, it's the first place you want to book if you're looking to be blown away by over-the-top luxury.

What does Burj Al Arab offer? ›

Burj Al Arab OfferJumeirah Breaks

20% off our Jumeirah Flexible Rate. Indulgent daily breakfast. Complimentary stay for two children ages 11 and below, staying in the same suite. World-class butler service.

Is it worth to go to 148 floor of Burj Khalifa? ›

Amazing views and much more relaxed tour at the 148th floor, expensive but worth it. Burj Khalifa Level 124 'At the Top' Entrance...

How much does it cost to stay one night at Burj Al Arab? ›

How much is Burj Al Arab per night? Burj Al-Arab rooms can cost anywhere between INR 99,046 to INR 2,07,281 per night depending on the category of the room and the amenities and services you choose.

What is Burj Khalifa entry fee? ›

Burj Khalifa Ticket Prices in 2021
Burj Khalifa PricePrime Time PriceNon-prime Time Price
At the Top Sky Infant (Below 4 years)FreeFree
At the Top Sky Child (4-12 years)AED 459AED 359
At the Top Sky Adult (12 years+)AED 459AED 359
At the Top Adult (12 years+)AED 224AED 149
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How much does it cost to have a dinner at Burj Khalifa? ›

700 AED per person for normal seat (17.30 – 02.00). Meal Value: 300 AED p.p. 800 AED per person for seat at the window (17.30 – 02.00).

Is entry to Burj Al Arab free? ›

Entry Ticket for Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Afternoon tea at Skyview Bar in the Burj Al Arab in Dubai costs about AED 650 (INR 12,300) per person. Additional Burj Al Arab entrance fee is applicable to AED 100 (INR 1900) per person for a window table where guests can enjoy the views of major attractions in Dubai.

Is there any entry fee for Burj Al Arab? ›

TICKETS AND TIMINGS

Tickets: AED 249 per adult | AED 99 per kid.

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