Friday, November 24, 2017

Spotlight

You may remember last summer we stayed at the Grand Millennium in Abu Dhabi and it was absolutely wonderful, there is a link to that article here.

Yesterday we checked into the Grand Millennium in Tecom, Dubai.  This isn't the first time we have used the Grand Millennium, we watched it being built and have been regular visitors to the hotel for events, my husband hosts seminars for his Company there.  I have attended regular networking events there as well.  Today however I realised that the hotel is a 5 star hotel, I had honestly assumed that the hotel had a 4 star accreditation as that is how it has alway felt to me.

We checked into the hotel yesterday, all very straightforward, then headed up to the pool area which is on the 18th floor, excellent view over to Palm Island it has to be said.  We ordered lunch, my husband ordered his regular hotel lunch favourite of fish and chips, when it arrived it looked like a kids meal, three pieces of fish with frozen chips, I am guessing the fish was frozen too. When you see a menu offering fish and chips you expect a fish as opposed to fish bits? I have to say my prawn and tuna salad was very nice though.   The price tag of 60 dhs for the fish and chips was in my opinion over priced for what was served.

Later in the afternoon we ordered two desserts, both arrived promptly, both weren't what they said on the menu. I questioned this and was told the Chef didn't have a copy of the menu hence some bits were missing?  We were given two bowls of complimentary ice cream instead, a welcome cooler in this weather.

We had dinner in Atrium, we felt rather special we were the only diners in the entire restaurant.  As Club Grand Members we were availing a 400 dhs dining certificate, otherwise we would have probably chosen to dine in Dante (Italian).  Mitten had chicken nuggets and chips (frozen ones), to be honest her meal was better than the fish and chips at lunch time.  My husband opted for the lamb curry which he said was superb.  I had steak and surprise surprise frozen chips, at a hefty 120 dhs for the meal I was rather hoping that they might have managed to peel a potato. It was at this point I realised why the Atrium restaurant was empty and the other outlets bustling.

Mitten opted for a creme brulee, we had had the same at lunch time at the pool which was absolutely fabulous, however the one that evening was entirely different, wrong consistency etc.

The hotel in my opinion is a business hotel, don't get me wrong whilst it is not marketed as a family destination families are made more than welcome.  The rooms have a business feel to them, the toiletries are Aigner Leather which is a male range of toiletries. There is nothing feminine about the hotel at all, it is all rather overly structured, it's counterpart in Abu Dhabi is the exact opposite.

I have stayed at various 5 star hotels in the region and you expect a certain standard, the Millennium Al Barsha doesn't meet that standard. Nice enough hotel, but who wants to have their hotel described as nice ....

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