The Savoy Central Hotel was the first large hotel chain we had stayed in since we commenced our travels. Positioned down town in Bur Dubai or what we labelled as ‘upmarket India’, the Savoy is a short drive to major shopping malls, the Jumeirah Beach and about 20 minutes from Dubai International airport.
At the time of our stay, the hotel was mid-way through a renovation, although it had no impact on our experience. The reception was bright, fresh and shiny! Not to my taste, but you can see how it would appeal to many families and business people travelling to the area. The staff were all primed and ready to check us in, greeting us with fresh smiles.
On check in, Jack was given a wrapped present which he was delighted with – clearly a family friendly hotel. When we arrived in our freshly renovated room we up wrapped it to find a pretty, pink doll. Clearly they had mistaken Jack for a girl (not the first time), but they gladly swapped it for a ‘boy’ gift of a toy Jeep.
The room was spacious with a reasonable sized bathroom, a kitchenette and breakfast bench, a comfortable lounge area, a desk, two double beds and a wardrobe. It was well designed, not cramped and felt homely.
The bathroom didn’t appear to have been renovated, but was clean and simply presented. Later when using the shower, we discovered it was impossible not to get water everywhere so perhaps they should have redesigned the bathroom while they were at it!
The kitchen was fitted out with all the utensils and home wares required for our stay and complimentary water was provided. There is a nearby convenience store and a supermarket just up the street for any supplies needed.
The beds were super comfortable with fresh, thick, white cotton sheets! Enough pillows to suit every sleeper and the two beds allowed us to spread out.
The Wi-Fi was fast, air-conditioning was effective and quiet and there were every robes! The hotel also had a pool on the rooftop, which Chris was busting to get into. Upon inspection though, it was so bright and hot with no shade, he could hardly see the pool, let alone stand staying up there for a swim. Some shade and perhaps a better choice of tile than the soft cream would be an improvement!
Breakfast was served in the light filled and pleasant restaurant on the ground floor. Cooked eggs to order were on offer as well as a spread of continental and Indian cuisine. An extensive room service menu was available at a reasonable price and all meals were generous in size.
Upon checking out, the staff gave Jack another toy to add to his collection, giving his seal of approval. Although void of any personality or uniqueness, the Savoy Central Hotel is a good budget accommodation option for those wanting to explore Dubai.
Savoy Central Hotel
Al Rolla Road
+971 4 393 8000