September 2014, 5 nights After spending one night at the InterContinental Residence Suites Festival City, Dubai, to relax we took a taxi to the Holiday Inn Bur Dubai - Embassy District for our five night stay. We arrived after check in time, but our room wasn't ready yet, so we were invited to go to Anwar Restaurant and have something to drink and eat. Since we weren't hungry, we just had juices. The check in was completed by the reception manager. The lobby was extremely busy with a large Indian group arriving at the same time as us. After having been handed over our key cards we went to our room. The bell captain arrived at the same time with our luggage. We had booked an Executive King Bed Room overlooking one of the courtyards. There was just one window, making the room mellow and elegant. It is a great space to represent for business or relax with a family. The room was very large with separate sitting area, including a sofa, chair, coffee table, writing desk and luggage rack. There was also a hallway with a large wardrobe. The bed was large and comfortable with a credenza in front and a flat screen TV, offering thirty five international and regional channels. There was also a minibar containing Coca Cola, Sprite, Johnny Walker Red Label, Chivas Regal and other drinks. The wooden furniture was dark and had beautiful inlays, which continued throughout the room. The upholstery of the sofa and chair was kept in gold tones. The red carpet had a circle of life theme and the artwork, depicting autumn landscapes, integrated well with the color scheme of the room. The bath room was medium in size with bath tub / shower combination, Lauf Pro sink, bidet and toilet. The bath room amenities were by Ecokind. We hadn't had them before, but liked them. As IHG Rewards Club members we also received free breakfast at the Two Guineas Pub, free internet access, free daily newspaper, 2 PM late check out if available - we didn't need it, since we had an early flight back home - and room upgrade, subject to availability. We didn't receive one, because the hotel was fully booked due to the conference taking place, but we enjoyed our room and had consciously chosen it in the first place. A welcome card and gift was waiting for us - in this case a fruit basket. Turn down was done every night and included replenishing of the bottles of water and camel milk chocolates on the bed. Additionally there was a 15% discount at the Anwar Restaurant, the Two Guineas Pub or if using the mini bar and in room dining. Beside the pub and restaurant there is also a cafe and Murjan Pool Bar. The hotel has meeting facilities, a pool and fitness center. We loved taking the bubble lifts, revealing views into the stunning atrium with a lot of gold decoration and Anwar. Every morning we made our way to breakfast. The choice was good with international, Indian and Arabic dishes. The staff was attentive and friendly, remembering where we liked to sit and what drinks we wanted. We were also offered omelettes made to order and a take away breakfast on our last morning was easily arranged, because we had to leave for the airport before breakfast was available. We used in room dining twice. We had Spaghetti Bolognese on each occasion. The portions were huge, so we weren't left hungry for sure. The 15% discount was calculated into the bill I had to sign when our server delivered the pasta. It was 98 AED (ca. 21.05 Euro or 26.70 USD) for two. On one evening we received an invitation to the managers reception. We had already plans, so we couldn't make it. We appreciated the thought, though. The location was ideal and one of the reasons we chose the Holiday Inn. It is just a few minutes’ walk from Bur Juman Shopping Mall and the Metro station with the same name, giving easy access to the city. Check out arrived too soon. It was done fast and correct. We were very happy during our stay. The food was very good, the room was inviting, comfortable and beautifully furnished and the staff couldn't have been more helpful, friendly and efficient. When we are back in Dubai we definitely are going to return to this hotel for a further few nights. Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES! Would we stay again at this hotel in the future? YES!