Eid al-Fitr was an interesting time to visit the Conrad Dubai. Ignorant of the timing of our quick stopover, Drew and I hopped into a cab on the evening of Eid al-Fitr and headed toward the Burj just a few minutes away. When the cab driver dropped us off at the already-crowded Dubai Mall he made a quick comment that getting a cab back might be difficult “because of the fireworks”. This tipped us off that we were not going to be doing the leisurely downtown site-seeing we’d expected.
Over the next hour the mall went from “Christmas-Eve Busy” to “Black-Friday Busy” with traffic control officers separating the crowd into women, children and families, and single men. We caught a nice light show at the fountains outside of the Burj, but the crowds started getting even more overwhelming so we spent the next hour trying to go back to our hotel. There were hundreds of people standing in a single-file line to simply enter the metro so we gave up on that instantly and instead joined the dozens of others dashing across lanes of traffic to make it to a part of town where we could get a cab. (Sidenote: this is when I noticed there were no other women in sight – not even amongst the several-hundred folks waiting in line for the metro.) After maybe half an hour of this, we managed to find a cab. It felt hectic, but when Drew caught a glimpse of someone’s footage the next day, he said the fireworks show would have been worth weathering the crowds. I for one was satisfied to spend the rest of the evening in the beautiful Conrad Dubai instead.
Conrad Dubai: Bottom Line Review
The Conrad Dubai felt extremely luxurious. We had a great view of the Museum of the Future right from our room and great food in both the lounge and at the breakfast buffet. I should disclaimer that I can’t speak to how this hotel compares to other premium hotels since this was my first time in Dubai. But for our stopover, it was perfect.
- Points Price: Typically ~70,000 per night for a standard room, but as low as 39,000 points per night during off-peak (hot) season.
- Location: Great location – walking distance from the Museum of the Future.
- On-Site Dining: I have the bad habit of using lounge access to help mitigate dining costs…so aside from the breakfast buffet in Ballaro included with our Diamond status, we didn’t try any of these restaurants. (For what it’s worth, the food in the lounge was delicious and had plenty of variety.)
- Anása – greek restaurant
- Ballaró – international cuisine with a buffet and à la carte menu. This is where we had breakfast. There was a lot of variety with local dishes, Indian dishes, and western dishes.
- Bliss 6 – pool bar and cafe
- Cave – wine bar
- Isla – lobby cafe (coffee, pastries, and sandwiches)
- Kimpo – Korean bar and restaurant
- Bedroom: We stayed in the King Executive Room – City View and it was great.
- Service: Excellent.
- Resort fee: None
- Parking: Free parking
- Club Lounge: The club lounge is comfortable and spacious with a view of the sea (not as nice as the city view). There are afternoon snacks as well as warm dishes, desserts, and salads in the evening. For us it was plenty for a full meal.
- Hilton Elite Benefits: As Diamond members, we got a room upgrade (from a standard king room to the King Executive Room), free breakfast at Ballaro, and club lounge access. We also got a little welcome gift of dates.
- Would I stay again? I know there are plenty of fabulous points hotels in Dubai, but I would definitely stay again!
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