Banyan Tree Terminates Bahrain Resort With Immediate Effect


Now this came as a shocker, I wasn’t expecting the Banyan Tree Bahrain to be shutdown. From this letter it looks like that they really are serious about terminating the contract. I’m not sure what was breached in the contract or what violations led to this but I’m curious about it. This is very sad since we stayed in this hotel twice for GulfRun 4 and GulfRun 5, perfectly close to the track and very good service in that environment. Now looks like Banyan Tree is taking legal action against Al Areen for their breach of contract and actions, click the image above for the full letter that was sent out.

Thanks F for the email

The Address – Burj Dubai

We got a normal room with twin beds for our one night in Dubai, I knew the hotel was nice but I didn’t think it would be this nice. First off there are two Addresses, one is inside Dubai Mall and one is next to Burj Dubai, we stayed at the one next to Burj Dubai because the one inside Dubai Mall is horrible in comparison, same furniture but horrible service. But this hotel was something unexpected, the rooms are big, big bathrooms with an amazing view.

The staff were very nice and efficient, what surprised me was the room service. We ordered a variety of food for breakfast at 10:00 am before heading out and it was up in 20 minutes, everything tasted very good. There is free Wifi available but its extremely slow, I would expect something better from a hotel of this caliber. The lobby area is very nice, but going up to the rooms is a bit confusing and you need a card to get up to the room, and a card to keep the lights up in the room, I tend to get extra cards to put in that slot to keep the lights on. Overall the hotel is very nice, extremely convenient being right next to Dubai Mall, and its only 20 minutes from the airport, we left before our flight in an hour and twenty minutes, when we go there we had 50 minutes before take off and we made it easily to the plane.

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Atlantis Dubai – Don’t Go … Not Just Yet

The Good: (This is Going to Be Short)
It has probably the best aquarium I have seen yet, with a very interesting combination of fishes. The main attraction of this hotel is its aquarium, every person should see if they get the chance. Aquaventure is very entertaining water park, you get a few major slides, the rapids around the whole of aquaventure which you can continually float in with doughnuts.

The Bad:
I think one quote sums up the whole experience. “Its a Las Vegas Hotel without the Las Vegas Service” The hotel really feels like its unfinished, the quality is lacking, and the service is chaotic. You can hear through the walls easily, and it is the same in the shower. The room furniture feels mediocre in comparison to the price you are paying for the room. This is considered the soft opening of the hotel and they were understaffed and opened too much too fast, the official opening is Dec 2008.

And The Ugly:
They weren’t ready for this huge amount of people, in one night 400 people checking in, 800 checking out. Soft opening does not mean 1500 rooms are occupied, only 30% to 50% of the hotel should be in use. There is no familiarity with the staff, they really don’t know you because it is really huge. It is chaotic and they are very disorganized, they are trying to pass this hotel as a luxury hotel but the quality of the rooms feels like it was patched together, some of them have some very nice views but still it isn’t worth the high cost they are charging. I would rather stay at any of the hotels in Jumeirah then stay for a long period at Atlantis.

Hotel services is nothing short of non-existent during that period. Room services would take a minimum of 1.5 hours up to 6 hours, and these are events that took place with us and other people. They are charging HUGE amounts for room service such as 70 KD for some cookies, (melted) ice cream, fruits, and orange juice which was just insane. Internet charges are astronomical and the its wireless, but the wireless signal is very weak. They charge 3.6 KD for 1 hour of use, and 75 KD for 1 week of usage. They are trying to charge the hotel guest everything possible which is insane. You can get the top BMW/Mercedes from any hotel in Jumeriah for 200 AED an hour, but from Atlantis with a driver who isn’t familiar with Dubai you have to pay 375 AED an hour.

This hotel is catering to the masses and not to the individual. It is worth to visit it for a day or two max, not more or you will loose your voice from shouting so much as I did. Even the bellman would take 1 to 2 hours to get to your room. I don’t blame the staff themselves, and I feel sorry for them but every one was extremely frustrated and they weren’t ready for all the hotel guests and opening the hotel to the public.

Then there is the roads on the Palms which lead to Atlantis, there is a security detail closer to the main underwater entrance. Instead being a 10-15 min trip, it is a 45 min to 1 hour and 20 minute trip due to the idiocy of Atlantis and Nakheel security. It was driving me nuts, made it a horrible time to leave or enter the hotel, there is always that delay.

We did enjoy ourselves but it was because of the company and not the hotel. We were extremely flustered from them, and we get into huge arguments with the staff throughout the day and the lack of service was just appalling.

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Alantis Hotel Fire

Now this is an interesting development, this hotel’s open is planned for the 24th of September. There has been a lot of interest regarding this hotel and they just had a fire just in the middle at the central dome. It looks pretty bad but they made an immediate anouncement that the opening will remain on the 24th of September. Now the interesting part is that as of now, the hotel is at 100% occupancy and 40% of the hotel is booked by some Saudi big hitters. 


Link: Timesonline

Link: KhaleejTimes

Atlantis The Palms

Now this has been a long awaited hotel since the anouncement of the Palms being built. A huge hotel on the seaside at the peak of the Palm property. Its going to open on the 24th of September and the hotel is all booked up. If you are unsure about where to stay in Dubai, this is definitely the place to start.There is going to be a huge rush for this hotel after Ramadan and its probably going to be filled for a while, an attraction on its own with the huge water park next to it and dolphin filled pool.

  • Atlantis Room – 45 sqm – 201 KD
  • Imperial Club – 45 sqm on VIP Floor – 262 KD
  • Executive Suite – 101 sqm Corner of Each Tower Wing – 343 KD
  • Terrace Suite – 94 sqm and 30 sqm Balcony – 421 KD
  • Regal Suite – 164 sqm on Floors 4 – 21 – Private Pantry, Living Room, Dining Room – 511 KD

Link: Atlantis

Poseidon Undersea Resort

Now this is interesting, they have finally come up with an undersea resort. It seems that it is located some where close to the Fiji Islands and the number of under water suites are limited. They are inviting adventurers and certain people to come to this resort fro a unique stay. You will stay for two days underwater and the rest will be on the exclusive bangalow, a private twin-engine plane will take you from the Fijian Airport to the Poseidon Mystery Island, where ever that may be. You also have the use of Triton 1000 submarine at your disposal during the stay which is really interesting. It costs upwards of $15’000, I don’t know if that is per day or per week, would be very interesting to check it out.

Link: UnCrate