I stayed at this apartment complex in early February 2012 for 7 nights.
I arrived early due to flight timings so was asked to wait in the foyer until my room was available (3 hours or so) but the staff were happy to secure my luggage until the room was free and so I decided to go take a walk to the nearby shop to get some things in for the room (bread, milk etc). On returning 20 minutes later I found my luggage still beside the reception desk but with a label on it with my name - not the security I was expecting!
I actually got my room after only another hour of waiting and still before the normal 2pm time so that was good. The room was very spacious and had a huge bed. There was a shower, not bath, and the kitchenette area was well designed with adequate worktop space for food preparation. There was sufficient pots, pans, crockery and utensils available for 4 people. In addition there was a microwave, fridge, electric hob and a washer/dryer. The in-room safe was large enough for a laptop to be secured. Wired internet (free) is available and is surprisingly fast and far better than I have found in other hotels in Dubai. The TV shows some English language channels including BBC World news and Fox Movies.
I took a tour of the building facilities to see if it matched the brochure. There is a small pool which is next to a restaurant and the gym. All 3 are on the 1st floor with the pool being outside on a sun terrace. There are 7 floors in total which does affect the amount of hours the sun can reach that area but even in February it was fine from about 9am - 3pm.
The gym is well stocked with modern machinery including 3 treadmills, 2 rowers, a bike, plenty of loose weights and a couple of weight machines. There is plenty of water available but you will need to take your own towel.
The restaurant serves breakfast, a daily BBQ by the pool, and an evening all-you-can-eat buffet from 6:30pm - 10pm (AED 69 pp)
The only complaint I have for the room is that the dryer function of the washing machine did not work and when I complained to the Housekeeping they sent an engineer to my room who twiddled some knobs, pushed some buttons, opened and closed the door and declared it perfectly serviceable. I disagreed as I had run 3 cycles and I still had wet clothes in there. He went away and came back 15 minutes later with a replacement machine. This impressed me until a fellow guest at the hotel came along to my room and asked the mechanic where his washing machine had gone from his room (next door!). End result was I got my clothes dried eventually and my neighbour got a new machine and a bowl of fruit.
Overall, the Golden Sands 3 was a perfectly adequate apartment with daily room cleaning and towel exchange. Facilities are good, if slightly dated in places, but still good value. The location is very handy for the shops, restaurants, and entertainment with a decent sized supermarket (Spinney's) within a 5 minute walk and 3 English-themed sports bars within 10 minutes. The Metro is also 5 minutes walk to get you to the main Malls.
Be aware that there are Golden Sands 1 - 10 and this review is only for Golden Sands 3. I have also stayed at Golden Sands 5 during this trip and a separate review is available for that. I'm writing this review in my room at GS 5 and will save you the trouble by saying already that GS 3 rooms are better than GS 5 but not by much. Both buildings share the same pool/restaurant/gym facilities.
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