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Crowne Plaza Dubai hotel leaves IHG

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The Crowne Plaza Dubai hotel is leaving IHG today.

The reason I mention it is that this hotel, on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite Emirates Towers, is one of the old Dubai stalwarts, predating most of the recent development.

The website photographs give the impression that it is underinvested, and the building itself is now ancient by Dubai standards (it opened in 1994 – image above).

Crowne Plaza Dubai leaves IHG

I think it is going to be rebranded as Millennium Plaza, with the original Millennium Plaza hotel nearby recently rebranded as Tower Plaza. Neither of these has any links to IHG or Crowne Plaza.

The far superior Crowne Plaza Festival City remains, linked to the adjacent InterContinental.

IHG is still struggling in Dubai. The new voco, now in soft opening, has finally given it a property with a bit of beach. That said, the voco website says:

“Due to the bars and beach clubs nearby, you can expect some noise in certain rooms. If you are a light sleeper, we suggest you use the ear plugs.”

….. which is not really what you expect to see.


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Comments (38)

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  • Aston100 says:

    I’ve stayed at that CP a number of times back before Dubai became a destination for westerners.
    Fond memories.
    Can’t believe how much Sheikh Zayed road has changed since my first visit.

    • Rob says:

      I stayed at the Hyatt Regency on the creek on my first trip back in 1997!

      • Chabuddy Geezy says:

        I have a colleague who grew up in Dubai, he remembers Sheikh Zayed Road being a dusty two lane road back in the late 70s.

        • Sarah says:

          I lived as a child in Dubai in the late 1970’s and early 80’s and it was a completely different place (and an awful lot nicer). We used to go ice skating at they Hyatt Regency and to the revolving restaurant. Jumeirah Beach was just a beach and SZR was nothing like it is today, I remember the World Trade Center being built, it was the only ‘skyscraper’ back then and now looks like a piddly little thing amongst all the high rises today. We used to go for weekends away at the Jebel Ali hotel, which was a long way out of town in those days, now it’s built up the entire way. Every time I go back to Dubai it seems they’ve found ways to ruin it just a little bit more

  • Irons80 says:

    They have 20+ options in Dubai – how is that weak?
    IC, Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, HIE, voco are all represented… all that’s missing are Kimpton and Regent…
    On a random date (29APR-2MAY) CP Dubai Appts are still showing as available to book
    CP Dubai is still showing to book for 6-7MAR (with option to add bonus points)

    • Rob says:

      They have zero hotels which are good leisure redemptions and it is undermining IHG One Rewards.

      I mean …. there are probably 100 Dubai hotels now with a beach. IHG doesn’t run 99 of those and the one it does run requires ear plugs.

      • Irons80 says:

        They don’t just exist for leisure…
        We thoroughly enjoyed our leisure stay at the IC Marina…
        Not every holiday needs a beach – we didn’t visit one at all during our trip

        • Rob says:

          I’ve done about 15 nights at Festival City over the years. However, Waldorf The Palm drives stays to Hilton hotels – to get points for a future redemption – in a way which none of the IHG hotels ever will. Same goes for the Park Hyatt and the multiple Bonvoy beach resorts.

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