For the last two nights of my trip to the Northern United Arab Emirates, I chose to go for two nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront. On the one hand, Sharjah was a great location to reach the places I wanted to visit (including my return to Dubai Airport (DXB)), on the other hand, I have been really curious about this relatively new Hilton group hotel. Here is my hotel review.
DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront – Location
The location of the hotel is excellent. You just need to cross two major roads to reach the beautiful Al Majaz Waterfront, which is a great place for a relaxing evening. On the rear of the hotel, there is the City Centre Sharjah Mall, which also features a Carrefour supermarket for grocery shopping. The area also features a couple of restaurants of all kinds. The connection to E11 Sheikh Zayed Road is good, but very often exposed to traffic jams (especially on the weekend an in early morning hours).
There is a bus stop right at the hotel, but I would in general recommend to have a rental car (or use taxis) when you are in Sharjah. The hotel offers free parking, which is – rather surprisingly – self-parking and no valet service. If you approach the hotel from the Jamal Abdul Nasser St, the entrance to the car park is around the corner behind the hotel. The parking lots are well illuminated and easy to drive, so that there is no issue.
DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront – The Room
I had a two night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront. My original booking was a semi-flex (i.e. three day cancellation period) King Superior Room with Waterfront View. The price for both nights was 901 AED, roughly 220 EUR. I have received a room at the 27th floor, but I don’t feel that I received an upgrade in category this time.
This does not make a big difference anyway – as the room was large and a real beauty. There was a lot of space, I would love to have a proper working desk chair in a place like this, maybe. In addition, I could not switch off the light above the luggage rack (right at the entrance), which has been quite bothering during night time. Apart from these minor things,a really great room.
The bathroom with a separate bathtub (and the shower right in front of the bathtub – something you have rather frequently in the Emirates) was absolutely nice and comfortable as well. The housekeeping was very good as well, no needs to complain here.
Last but not least: the view. Make sure you get a Waterfront View room when you opt for this place in Sharjah. I typically rather prefer room size and room equipment over the view – but this one has been a real breath-taker. Loved the view over Sharjah on nighttime and daytime.
DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront – Breakfast
As a Hilton Honors Diamond member, breakfast is complimentary during my stay. I could just make use of that for one day due to a morning flight to Helsinki on my way back home (and the Sharjah morning traffic, which may give you terrible driving times when you are leaving too late). I am typically an indoors breakfast person and love to have short and convenient distances to the buffet – but the view from the balcony of the restaurant just more or less forced me to enjoy the first bite of the morning outdoors.
The selection of items was good, but not as overwhelming as other places in the United Arab Emirates are offering. The staff did a good job overall, especially as some guest had a rather demanding service attitude during my breakfast time.
DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront – Services
The staff in the hotel was really lovely and very motivated. I had some nice chats with the people of the DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront. WiFi worked out very well, too. One of the most beautiful spots of the hotel is the gym and relax area. I (obviously) just visited the men’s section, but I guess that the women’s part is similar. The gym was rather large and included all necessary services. You also had a nice view of the waterfront when exercising.
The pool area is shared (with the women entrance opposite of the men’s one. The pool is not too wide, which might be problematic when there are many people around. I enjoyed the pool area on my own for a morning swim and absolutely loved the 25 meter beautiful area. You should explicitly state that there is only the pool pictured below, i.e. an indoor facility. The DoubleTree does not feature an additional outdoor pool. The dressing area is really nice as well. If you feel you need an (additional) sweat during your Emirates stay, the steam bath and sauna is the right place for you.
DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront – My View
There have been some very minor issues – but overall, the DoubleTree in Sharjah has been a great stay to me. If you are new to the Emirates and maybe have a lot of attractions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on your bucket list, the traffic Southbound might be an issue for you – but if you want to face North or East or simply want to stay in Sharjah, this hotel is a great option. And it is the first Hilton option in town. A definite Top Pick! to me.
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