Dubai & Mauritius 2014: Grosvenor House Dubai

This was our second trip to the UAE after visiting Abu Dhabi last year (St. Regis and Park Hyatt reviews), and we were much more looking forward to our Dubai trip since we found Abu Dhabi a little boring.

Despite our early arrival, the hotel gladly checked us in to our pre-upgraded room.  The room featured a separate bedroom and living room which is always nice–I really don’t like the word “junior suite” because it’s a contradiction (discussion for another day).

Bedroom

Bedroom

Living Room

Living Room

There was also a small kitchen/bar area and breakfast nook-type space off of the living room:

Breakfast Nook

Breakfast Nook

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Bali Trip 2013: Fairmont Singapore

Bali & Singapore 2013:
Preview & Cost
Dulles Airport
Lufthansa First Class IAD-FRA
Frankfurt Airport
Thai Airways First Class FRA-BKK
Bangkok Airport
St. Regis Bali
Qatar Business Class DPS-SIN

Fairmont Singapore Hotel

We're here!

We’re here!

OK… so I actually had a full report/review of this hotel done  a month ago, but I thought it might not have quite been fair.  Having just come from the St. Regis Bali where everything was absolutely perfect, I thought that I might’ve overanalyzed the stay and/or maybe noticed service imperfections that I would’ve otherwise ignored.  So I decided to wait a bit before publishing anything…

Having said that, looking back, I’m still really disappointed in the stay and still think we made the right decision to move to the St. Regis for our last night.  The Fairmont positions themselves as a luxury chain and the Singapore hotel in particular has really good Tripadvisor ratings.  But there was just too much that bothered me about this property–particularly given the normal price point.

We arrived pretty late–around 2AM after a ~20 minute ride from the airport, and a bellman greeted our taxi with reasonable speed given the late hour.  He was not there in time to open the door for us, but a bellman did do so every other time we returned to a hotel in a taxi, so it was most likely due to the time.  Our luggage was loaded onto a cart and we were shown into the lobby where 1 out of 2 staffed desks were occupied, so we stepped up to the open desk where the agent checked us in  expeditiously and assigned us a room on the 12th floor.

During the day (obviously)

During the day (obviously)

One more

One more

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