Last updated on October 1st, 2016 at 03:55 pm
This post is created in cooperation with Time Grand Plaza Hotel. Get ready for some Dubai love and adventure!
If you’ve been reading Gamintraveler for a while now, you will know that I have a soft spot for the countryside. Hopefully that’s not related to aging (haha!). I was traveling around Russia and the Baltics for 2 months when I got the special invitation to fly and experience the grandeur of Dubai. And I said yes! With the visa complications of visiting the rest of Central Asia — Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and China, I was planning to leave anyway. When the opportunity arise to work with one of the top chains in Dubai, I was very grateful. Today, I’ll take you to first 2 days of exploring the luxury of the Middle Eastern traveler life.
Dubai is known for being fancy and expensive. And if you love grand things, there’s definitely a lot to love in Dubai. It’s considered the 2nd most expensive country in the world, and the most expensive in the Emirates. I would be lying if I say I reject everything fancy. I don’t. Fancy is good, especially if you’ve earned the privilege to enjoy it through your hard work. I was extremely looking forward for my sponsored trip to Dubai since I haven’t visited the country and there is a lot to learn and experience in all the parts of the world.
Ready to travel to Dubai with me? Here goes!
Where is Time Grand Plaza Hotel located?
Time Grand Plaza is located near the airport and is the perfect hotel to stay in if you are traveling for business or pleasure. To be honest, with the Dubai heat, I was more than joyful to know that Time Grand Plaza was very accessible from the airport (It was a whopping 50 degrees the time I visited). If you are coming from Dubai International Airport, you can get to Time Grand Plaza by 2 ways: riding a metro, or taking the taxi.
Quick details about Time Grand Plaza: The hotel has 232 spacious rooms and suites, 2 restaurants and 3 meeting rooms. The hotel has a gym and a rooftop pool area. With its closeness to the airport, it’s definitely one of the top choices to stay at.
Get the full details about Time Grand Plaza’s amenities on their website.
First impressions at Time Grand Plaza Hotel
Solid service definitely means a lot in the travel industry. Let’s face it. After a long flight, all we want is the assurance that we’ll get to our coveted destination fast. And yes, we can all get a pass on jet lag! I was well received by TIME as they picked me up from the airport. 10 to 15 minutes after, and you’ll be in the hotel. A quick look around the area and you’ll see a great number of local restaurants run by Indians. That was a great feeling for me. Knowing that I am around local life easily. The hotel offers shuttle services to different points in the city and if it’s your first time in Dubai, and would love to have someone guiding you in the area, that factor is already solved by Time Grand Plaza for you.
Life in Dubai is highly urban. The skyscrapers and the working people are a daily sight. One warm welcome and a fresh glass of juice after, and I was introduced to the Time Grand tour. Check out the areas of the hotel below.
Eating and going around
Due to the weather during my visit, I stayed a lot in the hotel. The area around the hotel is full of local vibe: Indian businesses and restaurants. If you’d rather stay inside the hotel, which was the case for me, you are still assured to have a wonderful time.
Time Grand offers a complimentary buffet for breakfast. You will find a great selection of food from fruits and yogurts, to breads and pastries. There are breakfast cuisines from Dubai and various Western dishes so you can choose to eat whatever you are feeling for on a particular morning. International cuisine is served at Brio all day, and coffee, tea, and pastries can be ordered at the Courtyard Café. For poolside snacks, Splash Pool Lounge is readily available for you. Alcohol is not served in any of the restaurants of Time Grand Plaza, but the staff and the concierge is always ready to give you all the information you need to make good choices when planning to buy outside the hotel.
I personally loved the egg Russian salad with tartar sauce. For main course, there were a lot of options, meat and fish dishes. And the desserts are definitely delish!
Room service was definitely superb, too. When I had to stay in my room, I was enjoying fruit smoothies a lot! And I also had some local food like chicken biryani! It felt like home, just having shower and enjoying dinner at your convenience!
Personal recommendation: Try their mocha coffee at the Courtyard Cafe. I found a new love for coffee.
Facilities, Services and Staff at Time Grand Plaza Hotel
My favorite area in the hotel was the roof top where you can find the pool, massages services, salon hair-cut, gym, sauna, steam baths and even a place for your children’s entertainment. On a time that you prefer indoors, it’s great to know that there are a lot to see and experience in the hotel.
The pool is quite big and there are many pool chairs for sunbathing, reading or just resting. The Splash Pool Lounge is available if you want to order some food and drinks while staying in the pool area. There is also an area for shisha – if that’s something that you like to try. Locals enjoy it so might as well try to feel the vibe! Lastly, and a personal favorite, is the Jacuzzi. Just go inside and enjoy the warm water with the bubbles. You will be able to get a good sunset from the pool area too.
Planning to have more quiet and relaxation? Get a Swedish massage at their massage room and get some me-time! I had one and enjoyed a great massage with a cup of coffee in the end. The Swedish massage wasn’t too deep but very relaxing, which was so good after weeks of heavy traveling. Definitely a must do!
Take a quick stop at the beauty salon to get the fix or new haircut that you need – essential for relaxation and personal time. Also, to make sure that your daily routines are still accessible, you can take advantage of their gym which is open for 24 hours! Now there’s no excuse to keep fit. And the hotel doesn’t just promote business and me time. If you are traveling with your little ones, the Kids’ Club is open from 9am to 6pm. Whether you are spending time catching up with work or enjoying a quick romantic rendezvous with your partner, the kids are sure to always have plenty to do while making sure that they are also having an amazing time!
All services that you need are easily accessible from the hotel – car service rentals, tours services, even shopping for clothes and jewelery. If you want to know more about the schedule of the facilities, click here. Or you can just book a stay now and experience it yourself!
I stayed in the Time Grand Plaza Deluxe room for my first two days in Dubai and everything was great. For a solo trip, the room was spacious, with plenty space to work or enjoy food when I’m dining in the room. It has perfect space for receiving guests too, in case you want to receive some friends over. There was a dedicated workspace which made the room even better for me. As a blogger and digital nomad, it’s always important for me to have that space where I can work. I had good internet connection the whole time I was working so there was plenty of chances for me to get some real work done during my trip here. If you want to book a room, compare prices and services you have access to, take a look at the website here and browse at your own convenience. 🙂
Going back to Time Grand Plaza Hotel?
The experience was definitely exquisite and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the grandeur and flexibility while staying in Dubai. Perfect when traveling for pleasure or business, for digital nomads who are looking for some break from the adventure and needed a great place to stay while in the midst of a busy city, or even for families who will travel with the kiddos.
For more details about Time Grand Plaza Hotel, check here.
Hope you enjoyed the first part of our 3-part Dubai luxury series. Let us know what you think about it in the comments below! You know we love to hear what you have to say. 🙂
Want to reminisce another luxury trip with us? Rachel and I spent a wonderful time together at The Park Royal Resort in Penang, a getaway we definitely recommend if you are spending some romantic time in Asia! <3 Traveling solo? See my stay in Gallery Park Hotel in Riga for a 5-star experience in Latvia.
Til the next story dearest comrades and wanderlusts! See you in the comments below. 😉