On a return journey from Ras al Khaimah, I made a last second decision to stay over in Sharjah than to drive on to Jumeirah, Dubai.
As the title suggests, 'it's nothing too exciting' and wouldn't hesitate to rate the Sharjah Palace Hotel nothing more than a good 3* hotel.
It's not situated in the best of surroundings and access to the hotel, although well signposted, isn't easy. If you miss a turning then a 5 mile convoluted round-trip becomes applicable.
Parking is poor - I resorted to park on derelict land adjacent to the hotel; the next day my car was covered in sand. The Sharjah Expo Centre is nearby but it's not walking distance as some might have you believe. Al Ta'waun Street is a major 6 lane route - so crossing it on foot is a bit risky.
The service industry is trying hard in the Emirates to meet and exceed customer satisfaction. In my case it wasn't the best of experiences. It took 4 members of reception staff to check me in. I provided three different cards to settle payment but the credit card terminal rejected each one. In reply they blamed the card / card issuer. In fact their terminal was faulty. I have retained all 3 receipts which state 'No Carrier'. No apology received. 25 mins later I was allocated a room and made the payment on departure.
A buffet breakfast is provided to all guests but proved to be a sombre occasion. No acknowledgement or greetings from staff, dining area was dire and breakfast was fairly basic. I returned for more coffee and they'd closed the buffet without warning.
Concierge staff were attentive and helpful. The deluxe room was comfortable, requires more lighting and there's plenty of sockets to charge phones and tablets. During check-in and out I noticed this hotel was more occupied by 'locals' than travellers or foreigners.
In short, it's great for a nights sleep nothing more.
If you're not driving, this hotel isn't ideal.
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