Review: I return to the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah hotel

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This is an update on the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah following my brief return visit.

I was in Dubai for 36 hours this week, a trip which was heavily disrupted by the Curve / Amex news breaking.  I will run a few lounge and flight reviews next week, but as Saturday is always a quiet day on HFP I thought I’d do a couple of hotel updates too.

My schedule had me landing at 11.30pm and leaving at 9.30am 34 hours later.  This wasn’t great from a hotel point of view as I would need to pay for two nights without getting much benefit from it.

After much prevarication, I decided to do one night at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah for 80,000 Hilton Honors points, try to get a late check-out to allow me to enjoy the resort and then spend the final evening somewhere cheaper.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

The Waldorf Astoria had three things going for it:

I have stayed there before, so I wouldn’t be wasting my (very limited) time finding my way around

I would get free breakfast as a Hilton Honors Diamond

As a Diamond I am due some sort of late check-out, although it is not guaranteed.  As it happened, my request for 3pm was met without any trouble.  I could possibly have got later but I didn’t want to risk getting caught in the evening traffic.

My full 2018 review of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is here, so I won’t repeat myself.  If you want to see pictures of the pool etc then go the review from last February.  In general, it has a decent beach (but with buildings fairly close to you across the water), decent restaurants and very high quality rooms.

What was different this time is that I was given a h-u-g-e suite on the first floor.  This had the added advantage of being in the centre of the building and not stuck out in one of the wings like last time:

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah review


Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah review

plus a bathroom:

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah review

with a shower which could take six people happily:

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah review

It was just a shame I was leaving 15 hours after checking in.  My only gripe was the coffee machine, which was the cheapest possible Nespresso domestic version.  The hotel didn’t give you genuine Nespresso capsules either.  It was a weird bit of penny pinching given that the room was full of Ferragamo toiletries, fruit and a special delivery of free red velvet cupcakes!

The staff were very pleasant and on the ball and I felt they had upped their game.  Unlike last year my room was not full of marketing material for property developments being undertaken by the hotel owner.  The only problem I have, apart from the long drive to get off The Palm, is that the desalination plant and electricity substation next door are not exactly attractive.  The beach also faces buildings on the other side of The Palm, not open water.

It’s not Madinat Jumeirah, by a long way, but it remains a classy beach resort and a good use of Hilton Honors points.

At 3pm I jumped in an Uber and headed over to Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights which was a) fairly new, b) cheap on points and c) by the airport.  Part 2 of this hotel update – click here – reviews the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.  If you are reading this by email, scroll down.

For my full 2018 review of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, click here.  The official hotel website is here.

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    • Calm down and have a drink Triprep, we get the message you’re bored today.

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        Once you’ve checked into a hotel, refer to each other and “husband” and “wife” rather than saying “my boyfriend” or “my fiance.” This could help prevent potential problems.Keep in mind that if you’re stopped by the police because you’re holding hands and you’re not married, you might run into trouble. If you’re staying at a hotel with a lot of Muslim visitors, it’s always possible for them to alert the authorities about inappropriate behavior. If the police then discover you’re not married, you might be in legal trouble.

  1. Rob, I’m not applying to be your sub-editor but…

    «My only gripe was the coffee machine…»
    and in the next para:

    «My only gripe, apart from the long drive to get off The Palm, is that the desalination plant and electricity substation next door are not exactly attractive…»

    So, at least three different gripes in total! 🙂

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