Last weekend, we took a short trip to Dubai to meet Anes’s mom and to generally chill out. It’s always a pleasure to visit that city because there is just so much to do, entertainment wise. Plus with tons of family and friends living there we always have great people to catch up with.
We generally look for a place that is centrally located with close access to metro stations, since that is the cheapest mode of transportation around the city and easiest with a toddler on a stroller. So this time we stayed in Auris Plaza located a few meters away from Mall Of the Emirates. Other than being a gorgeous hotel, which I will elaborate on later, the effortless access to our favorite mall and a metro station made life extremely easy this trip. There were also two grocery stores a few steps away from the hotel for emergency purchases all families with babies have to make on every trip. Think: Diapers, Wipes, Baby Food and so on.
Auris Plaza, part of the Auris Group of Hotels in the Middle East, is their five star brand. With 14 floors and about 337 rooms and suites, this hotel oozed of warm hospitality and grandeur. We checked in after midnight, and the kind gentleman at the reception – Atef – was there to welcome us into our one bedroom suite on the thirteenth floor. And oh my God, the space they reserved for us was just epic. *Insert jumping on the bed in excitement emoji here*
Needless to say our tastefully decorated suite was huge and by morning it was flooded with sunlight – a feature I love (and always ask for) in hotel rooms! It had one full bathroom and another smaller – but still fairly big – washroom attached to the lounge. I am obsessed with details so the checkered tiles and vessel sinks the bathroom sported stole the show for me. Also the fact that we had two restrooms (between two adults) on a short vacation is something I would like to highlight. Super fancy.
With a really hyper toddler on us we always need space in our room when traveling so when we were upgraded to the one bedroom suite, we were only thankful – rather, delighted! It meant extra room for us, especially for Minha who loves to run around. As well as a chance for us to comfortably lounge and watch television while she slept in the bedroom rather than having to talk over hushed tones. The lounge in its royal purple hues was spacious and comfortable. We had a nice dining table for our meals and a set of couches that hosted a number of guests in the forty eight hours that we were in town. So if you book a suite, you always have space to throw a small party. Which is what you definitely want to do with so many friends in town!
One corner of our bedroom hosted a small tea/coffee station with a proper Nespresso machine and a variety of flavored teas and coffee! Anes, being the caffeine addict in the family was mostly found wandering around this area. They refilled our station each time we requested them to and every time we called housekeeping to do up our room. Like I said, the staff was just super nice. Their engineer even came in to check my cell phone when that unfaithful piece of technology died on me (as it does on every vacation). And the doormen were so cute they were standing with umbrellas the day it rained to personally escort each and every guest entering the hotel inside without them getting drenched.
Staying in the suite meant we had access to the executive lounge, on the same floor. So we could opt for breakfast each day there or in the restaurant downstairs – we tried both! Downstairs at the restaurant – accessible for all rooms there was a live station – the only thing we did not have upstairs in the executive lounge. The executive lounge on the other hand had exclusivity and fewer people which suited us with Minha. I have to say it was a great spread!
Other than the usual cereals, fruits, fresh omelettes and hot dishes (like pasta, stir fried rice etc) we also had the most phenomenal baked items. I must confess I had four chocolate chip muffins in one go. Because they were that good. In my defense, they were mini ones.
Again – there was a variety of coffees to choose from and fresh juices too. We also ordered room service the first night and absolutely loved the chicken wrap and club sandwich we ordered. The food was overall great in taste and portion size! They also have a shisha lounge downstairs for those interested!
The had a fabulous pool on the roof top overlooking the city. Sadly it was too cold for us to use it since the temperature dropped in Dubai the day we landed. And a gorgeous spa that we had no time for either. But the menu was tempting and decent prices considering it is orchestrated by trained professionals in a five star hotel.
Here’s a quick round up:
Name: Auris Plaza Hotel
Location: Behind Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha
Distance from Airport: Approximately 25 minutes
Distance from Nearest Metro: 8-10 mins on foot i.e. Mall of Emirates Metro Station
Price Range: Classic rooms starting from $120 (you will often find promo codes and deals on their website)
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What I loved: Proximity to the metro station and mall. Central location. Warm, attentive staff. Great food. Extremely comfortably suite.
This post is in collaboration with Auris Plaza Hotel but as always, opinions are 100% honest and entirely my own because my work ethics are not up for sale. Images are my own except for those linked to the website.