The idea behind my UAE trip was to complete an international trip on a tight budget. I was looking for budget-friendly accommodation and found Comfort Inn hotel to be a perfect choice. Another thing I wanted to experience was a stay in some costlier hotel to see how they differ from budget-hotels. This is what let me to book my stay with J5 Rimal Hotel Apartments.
If I had to finish this review in one word, I would say – Perfect. But I would be more than happy to pen-down a detailed review for this hotel which met my expectations in return of the amount of money I paid.
While booking hotels for my trip, I was looking for hotels that had a metro or bus station nearby as I wanted to avoid taxi costs. I also wanted to make sure my hotels had places for shopping and dining in close distance.
The location of J5 Rimal Hotel Apartments was perfect in this sense. The hotel is just about 4.5 KMs from Dubai International Airport. The nearest metro station is Al Rigga metro station – which is less than a kilometer away and easily reached on foot. Al Bakhit Centre is the nearest bus stop, also easily reached on foot within minutes.
The Al Rigga road nearby is full of places for dining. You can find everything from local food to international cuisine, fast food and sweets in multi-cuisine restaurants, cafes and famous joints like Subway, KFC, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks etc. The best places to dine are within the range of just 2 KMs and can be easily reached on foot.
Places for shopping as well as money exchange and tourism services are also well within the reach. The Al Rigga mosque is the nearest place of worship and Gargash mosque is also nearby.
J5 Rimal Hotel had a friendly staff. While checking-in, I noticed a lady being explained about some activities and places by two staff members who were more than happy to answer the lady’s question – a lot of them, in fact.
I also noticed the diversity of the staff which included members from UAE itself as well as India, Philippines and Pakistan. The staff was nicely trained, soft spoken and knew many languages including Arabic, English, Hindi, French, Filipino among others.
While my overall interaction with the staff was nice, I did have one experience I didn’t like. I called the reception to know whether I had a call from someone while I was out as I was expecting a call from my Dubai Creek event organizer. I was told by the person that he will check and call me back.
Surprisingly no one called me back and after 20 minutes, I went downstairs to wait for the organizer to pick me up. Upon asking who picked my phone and told me to call back (and never did), no one was ready to take the responsibility. Each one of them kept asking each other who picked up the phone and later came up to a conclusion that no one from the staff present there did!
I was left to assume I just called the reception in my dreams and this never happened. This is a small thing and I didn’t intend to make a fuss out of it. But what surprised me was the unprofessionalism of the person, who was present there (I know he was) but wouldn’t take responsibility for what happened.
The staff apologized for this and I didn’t take this incident as a negative one either. Things happen, I said!
Room and Facilities
I booked a Classic Studio King room and requested it to be a non-smoking room. The room allotted to me was on a non-smoking floor.
The room was really well-made and I found the lighting as well as the ambiance of the room pleasant. My room had a single bed with side tables, two chairs with a center table, a desk and a nice wardrobe.
A kitchenette was also present which included a stove and a coffee/tea maker. Two small water bottles (500 ml), some coffee and tea bags, white and brown sugar etc was given complimentary. A minibar was also present (chargeable).
The air-conditioning system was in perfect condition. Other facilities included hairdryer, iron with iron pad, fire extinguisher, television etc.
Bath gel, shampoo and conditioner were present in the bathroom, which was nicely cleaned. Both cold and hot water was available in taps as well as in shower.
I found a copy of holy Quran in a drawer as well as a prayer mat.
My stay included breakfast buffet – a combination of Arabic and European dishes. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast in terms of options, quality and taste.
Not to forget the nasty door magnet near the entry. It hurt me many times – leaving the smallest finger (pinky?) of my left leg in pain.
The rooftop pool was a nice place to relax. Also present was a gym, steam room and sauna. Activities like Zumba dance took place regularly for guests.
A high-speed WiFi connection was available in all areas including my room, lobby and pool.
I found noticeable cleanliness in every part of J5 Rimal Hotel Apartments. Room, bathroom, lobbies and pool everything was kept nicely cleaned -leaving me nothing to complain about.
Checking-in and Checking Out
The check-in process was smooth and quick. I reached before the check-in time of 14:00 and showed the booking voucher on my phone. After confirming my booking, I was allotted a room in about 10 minutes.
The checkout process was even smoother. I paid for my phone call and I was done within moment. That’s it. It goes same with almost every other hotel as well, unless you have been charged more than you were expecting or for something you didn’t use (like consumption from minibar).
J5 Rimal Hotel Apartments: Overall Impression
My stay with J5 Rimal Hotel was amazing. A friendly staff, clean room, fantastic breakfast and everything else was just as I expected.
For an amount slightly higher than a three-star hotel, my stay at J5 Rimal – a four-star hotel, was close to a five-star hotel. I would recommend J5 Rimal Hotel Apartments as one of the best places to stay during your trip to Dubai.
You could get the best rates on J5 Rimal by booking in advance. If you don’t mind spending money for a pleasant experience, J5 Rimal Hotel Apartments will be a wonderful choice for you.