We were traveling to the Seychelles and had a 6 hour layover in Dubai. We considered utilizing a lounge, but our Travel Agent suggested the Dubai International Hotel at the airport. We are so glad for this suggestion. This hotel provides great value. My wife was initially not sure if it was necessary. However, after the 14 hour flight from New York to Dubai, she was very grateful for this hotel reservation.
Upon our arrival, we were met by a hotel representative and escorted through a special security area and then checked in; we even exchanged dollars for dirham and were then escorted to our room--all within 15 minutes. We were not required to go through customs or immigration since we were not leaving the secure area of the airport.
The rooms are comfortable and the bathrooms provide everything you need to prepare for the next leg of your journey: mouthwash, toothbrush, toothpaste, combs, shaving kits, robes, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, etc.
Remember, you will not have access to your checked luggage, just the carry on. This is actually a great convenience; a couple of items we did not need to think about. When we checked out we only had a short 10 minute walk to our gate from the hotel. We did not have to go through any additional security, customs or immigration.
Depending on how long your lay over is, there are a number of restaurants which are an easy walk from the hotel.
We very much enjoyed this hotel and look forward to using this hotel as a lay over during a planned trip to Morocco in 2013.
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