Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
We had reserved two nights at the Conrad Dubai. Main reason being we had another free night certificate that we needed to burn and we wanted to spend more than a day in Dubai instead of just a several hour stopover.
Upon entrance the lobby was very large with enormous ceilings. The front desk was straight ahead after some large seating areas on the side and a floral arrangement in the middle.
There was quite the wait to checkin. All four agents were busy and there were a few especially difficult guests at the counter that took a very long time!! Besides that there were the people/guests that instead of lining up behind me thought it was the process to get right behind one of the checkin guests. After a while I would let them know that line started behind me and eventually there about four guests behind me before it was our turn.
The front desk agent apologized for the wait and I let him know its not his fault and it wasn’t a problem. He was courteous and professional and upgraded us to a King Deluxe Suite I believe.
King Deluxe Suite
We arrived to our room and I could tell it would be nice as it was a back corner room with no doors immediately next to it. We walked in and found quite the spacious accommodation!
There was a very comfy bed flanked by nightstands and the room also had two chairs. Off to the side was a vanity area and below the wall mounted TV was a dresser for storage.
Just off the bedroom was a hallway that led to the bathroom. Suprisingly there was no separate bathtub, just a shower. In a suite I generally expect a tub but not a big deal. Baby would have to shower with mom or dad to get clean.
The shower was nice and had good water pressure and temperature control. We called housekeeping for Shanghai Tang shower amenities shortly after being in the room. There was a water closet area and aside that sat a bidet.
The suite also had a control pad tablet that housed all the room commands for the lights and shades and whatnot.
Just off the bathroom was a fair sized closet that fit our stuff fine.
Upon entrance to the room there is an open foyer of sorts.
Just off the foyer is the living are of the suite. It was large consisting of a dining table with four chairs and another separate seating area with couches in front of the TV.
Everything was nicely appointed and put together. Not much noticeable wear or tear.
Upon entrance and straight ahead down a hall was another half bathroom. It seemed sort of secluded and out of the way (I forgot to take a photo of it but I did include a snippet of the bathroom in my video walk through).
FULL ROOM WALKTHROUGH BELOW:
Not long after checking in did we decide to head the elevators to check out the Executive Lounge!
The Executive Lounge was several floors below us (I forgot our floor number!) but it didnt take long to arrive.
We waltzed right in to check it out. It wasn’t very populated around 2-3pm as they just have complimentary beverages and small snacks. However for breakfast and dinner they go all out with some fairly nice warm dishes along with complimentary beer and wine.
The only time it was crowded was for the dinner hours were it was about 75% full in my estimation.
There was some decent views of the town from the lounge except that the windows were quite dirty. However its a nice spot to watch a sunset.
Food and Beverage
Our first night day we decided to just order some room service. That seemed to be a theme on this trip, that on our first day in a new city we just ordered room service at the hotel.
I had the Arabian Platter, wow it was good! My wife went with a much safer wrap of some sort with fries.
Service was very good and everything was presented nicely and placed on our table to our liking. This was the extent of our food at the resort outside of the executive lounge.
I decided just to take a peek at the outdoor pool at the Conrad Dubai. I didnt actually spend any time here but just wanted to see what it was all about.
Its not a typical hotel pool. They tried to turn it into a bit of a beach club vibe. There were a decent amount of people hanging out in the sun loungers and a few in the pool. The music was going pretty hard and there was a bar area with a nearby lounge for people looking just for drinks and conversation.
It looked inviting if you were in a party mood but not really relaxing to me. Its a very nice spot though if your looking to try to beat the Dubai heat!
We decided to burn a free night certificate here that was to expire in a few months. We also needed to book another night as our flight departed at 2:45am. I wanted to make sure to have a room so that we can sleep until midnight and then depart for the airport.
The first night we paid a cash rate of around $160. After our room service and taxes the bill was around $225.
Our second night was complimentary with the free night certificate (or $95 which is the annual fee on the Hilton Reserve card). Rooms were also available on points but I didn’t want to burn 70,000 points for a $160/night room.
Overall we found this to be a nice hotel, much like our Conrad stays in other cities. It seems in general Conrad’s tend to be an above average value in my opinion, whether with points or cash the value proposition is nice. I find them nicer than most Westin’s and in line with some low end Ritz-Carlton properties.
Have you stayed at the Conrad Dubai? What were your thoughts? Let me know if you have any questions.