• Stunning location set on its own island, near the coast of Dubai
  • Opulently decorated rooms with computers, iPads, and interactive TVs
  • Private beach in addition to outdoor and indoor pools
  • Gigantic fitness center overlooking sea
  • Private butler on every floor of hotel
  • Seven on-site restaurants
  • Free access to Wild Wadi Water Park with hotel stay
  • Kids' club with large play area and organized activities
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  • Some have noted inconsistent and disorganized service
  • Atmosphere not for everyone; hotel can feel overwhelming and stuffy
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Bottom Line

Billing itself as the “world’s most luxurious hotel,” Burj Al Arab is a destination unto itself. Situated just off the coast of Dubai on an independent island, visitors can access the grounds by attending high tea in the afternoon or dining in one of seven restaurants. Almost every aspect of the property is meant to evoke extreme decadence, from the butler assigned to each of the 60 floors to the 24k-gold iPads in two-story suites. Some guests have felt the phenomenally expensive prices to be unjustified for the food and the service, which can occasionally be disorganized, though most are happy to shell out for the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Pool
  • Spa

Oyster Hotel Review

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah


One of the most photographed structures in the world, with a towering lobby

Stand and look up while visiting the lobby of the Burj Al Arab -- whose building was designed in the shape of a billowing Arabian Dhow sail -- for a dizzying view of the terraced atrium. The room floors, which overlook the entrance area, have been painted in a jewel-tone color fade for an added element of visual mathematics. Visitors have noted that the lobby, with its multi-level water-fountain wall, double escalator, and lounges on multiple levels, has a cavernous feeling despite the light pouring in from the waterfront-facing windows and thus seems a bit like a hushed corporate lobby. The common area also has a helipad, three aquariums, and the world’s tallest atrium. This unbelievably quiet space is generally only disturbed by guests taking photos. 

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On its own man-made island with a private causeway to the hotel

Situated about 1,000 feet from the coast of Dubai via a short causeway, the hotel, which sits in shallow turquoise waters and is ringed on the gulf side by a private beach, is within walking distance of other complexes of the Jumeirah Group, giving guests plenty of options for leisure and dining. The property is also close to the Wild Wadi Water Park, a seven-minute walk northwest along the footpath lining the causeway. (The hotel runs buggies there as well.) Downtown Dubai is about 15 minutes northeast via car; guests can also arrive there via helicopter or private limo if they so choose. Dubai International Airport is a 25-minute drive northeast. Keep in mind that only guests and those attending one of its eating establishments are allowed at Burj Al Arab.

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Opulently decorated split-level suites with whirlpools, gold-plated iPads, and gargantuan bathrooms

The rooms here are more accurately described as luxury apartments. All are split into two levels, some with double-curved staircases separating one floor from the next, others with elevators. The hotel was built in the ‘90s and the decor throughout the rooms reflect that era’s take on exotic opulence -- namely, carpets, drapes, and wall coverings that could best be described as the Middle East meets Baroque aesthetics. In smaller rooms, a red, white, and blue, slightly nautical theme is reinforced through wall murals. Larger rooms have runner carpets combining leopard print with floral curlicues and ceiling lights recessed behind gilded panels. Bathrooms have marble walls and vanities, ornate gold decorative sconces, mosaic-tiled showers, and rain showerheads. Mirrors abound throughout the rooms, including over beds.  

All suites have iMacs and 24k-gold iPads that serve as direct links to the service concierge, as well as bathrobes and slippers, stocked mini-fridges or bar areas, separate floors for additional guests, seating areas with plush couches, and abundant amounts of throw pillows. Other perks include views of the Persian Gulf through floor-to-ceiling windows, whirlpools, and multiple phones.

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Private beach, two small outdoor pools, and multiple restaurants, among other luxuries

There are a plethora of services and facilities available at Burj Al Arab. Some notable ones include the private, white-sands beach that separates the hotel from the water; two outdoor pools situated on different levels of the building; an extensive fitness center with large windows, wood floors, and several rows of machines; a spa with wet and dry saunas, a whirlpool, and a gigantic lounge area; seven restaurants; and a kids’ club that offers a play area with video games, plush toys, and supervision from early in the morning to relatively late at night. While the property is clearly a super-luxurious space with many features, some guests have occasionally complained that things can feel disorganized, from mistaken drink orders to long waits at tea to undelivered morning newspapers.

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  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

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