Advantages Great location, handy kitchen, various pools
When we decided to spend Christmas in Dubai, I spent a few evenings online looking at possible places to stay. It worked out cheaper to book flights and accommodation separately, and thus we had a completely free choice of any of the vast number of hotels in the city. We decided that an apartment or suite of some kind might be useful, allowing us the freedom to prepare some meals ourselves rather than eating out 3 times a day, and the Golden Sands complex ended up being our choice.
We arrived late thanks to cancelled flights, a change of airline, closed runways and all sorts of other winter travel catastrophes. We should have arrived at midnight, but it was gone 5am when the taxi dropped us off. However, the place was far from dead, with two members of staff on reception and others milling around near the concierge area. I had emailed them in advance to let them know we would be a late arrival anyway, though they still seemed a little confused that we were arriving the next day (though by no means a whole day late). However, they had our reservation which was all that really mattered, and after doing the usual photocopy-the-passports thing, and asking for a credit card security deposit of 300 DHS (about £50) we were on our way. A porter appeared and took our bags but then let one fall over with a bang - we only had two, both wheelie suitcases with obvious handles, so this was perturbing. When the lift arrived we took our bags back off him and wheeled them in ourselves, thus reducing the need to make small talk and/or dig out a tip.We had booked a studio apartment and were assigned one on the top (7th) floor with a view of the pool. My first impressions were that it was much better than I'd expected for the money - just under £50 per night. We had twin beds as requested, neatly tucked away in one corner. We also had two extremely comfortable, plump sofas in the "living" area, facing a large television with good reception on 40+ channels.
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Located on Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, Golden Sands is a large hotel apartment offering fully contained apartments and outdoor pools. It is just...
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