This is part 7 of my Dubai Marathon Trip report. This part will focus on the Four Points Sheraton Shekh Zayed Road.
Four Points Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road
This hotel seemed to be somewhat close to the marathon start, although on the opposite side of Sheikh Zayed Road. When I booked it, I thought it would be nothing to walk to the start. That was before I saw Sheikh Zayed Road – once I was on it, I knew that wasn’t the easiest, best way! I was able to take the Metro to the hotel to check-in and it was only one stop to the Financial District and a short 400 yard walk.
This hotel is Category 4 which means it costs 10,000 SPG points for a free night or 4,000 points and $60. The cash rate was at $250, so the cash and points redemption of the 4,000 points and $60 was an excellent choice.
Since I am a SPG Gold Preferred member, I was upgraded from my standard room. Normally, the upgrade would be to a better room in the same category, but I have found my few international SPG hotel stays to be very generous in upgrades to rooms of a different category. It was no different here. They upgraded me to one of their 1 bedroom suites which was very nice!
It was a very nice hotel with excellent accommodations. I just wish I could have spent more time in the hotel. I arrived there late and went to bed before getting up early for the race. I came back for just a quick shower after, so I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to explore the pool, fitness center, the area surrounding the hotel, etc. I do know it was a fantastic redemption with the cash and points as hotels in Dubai are really not that cheap (I did not find anything that was much under $200) and this put me in a really nice hotel with great accommodations for only 4,000 points and $60. There are just a couple of things that I was not thrilled with – 1) As with some of the other hotels I have stayed at in Asia, the only way to keep the electric on in the room was with the key card (it slips in a little slot near the door and the turns on the electric). I wish they would have offered me two key cards as I would have liked to have the air conditioning on a bit when I had to leave (obviously, they try to discourage that). 2) The internet – as a SPG Gold member, I am able to have free internet where they charge for it and was given the free internet here. The problem was that it was only wired internet. My computer did not have an ethernet port and I forgot my mini wireless router, so I was not able to use the internet. I know, shouldn’t be a big problem since I wasn’t there long but this was the first time I was really going to be able to Skype with my family for more than a few minutes and I wasn’t able to do that. Anyway, those may be little things, but they are just the two things that came to my mind. Otherwise, it was a fantastic stay. If I were to return to Dubai, I would definitely stay longer, but probably not here. There are some great SPG hotels located in better tourist areas but for a quick trip, the Four Points Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road hotel was perfect.
To read more about the Cash and Points offering and the SPG card that can get you up to 25,000 Starpoints, check out my previous posts about some of the redemption offerings with the Starwood Preferred Guest program.
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