Scoring a Suite at Hilton Sharjah
A fter spending my first night at the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi and then spending the day in Dubai at Burj Khalifa, I drove northeast to Sharjah to stay overnight at the Hilton Sharjah before driving the next day to Fujairah.
Upon checking in at the front desk, I was surprised to learn when the keys were handed to me that I was upgraded to a suite, which was definitely very nice.
The entrance to the suite has its own vestibule.
The bed was rather comfortable. I slept well in it. Two complimentary bottles of water awaited me on the nightstand on the far side of the bed.
A desk and couch were also in the bedroom portion of the suite…
…as was a flat-screen television and dresser with a built-in stand on which luggage can be placed. The snacks were not free of charge, as they are located above the area where a minibar is located.
In addition to two robes, a safe, slippers, two drawers and an extra pillow, an iron and ironing board are located behind the door of the closet on the right in the photograph on the left.
The entrance to the guest bathroom is located on the right side of this hallway within the suite.
A dining table with six chairs was available in a separate room of the suite.
Off to the right of the dining room is one of two entrances to a small kitchen area…
…in which there was a sink, an ice bucket, everything you need to prepare two cups of coffee, a refrigerator, drawers and cabinets, and two more complimentary bottles of water.
The main bathroom was nice; but it was nothing special.
The main bathroom is equipped with a bidet and a telephone.
The bidet had its own towel and bar of soap.
There were plenty of amenities supplied in the main bathroom — including soap, a deluxe dental kit, a deluxe comb, a deluxe grooming kit, a deluxe shower cap, a shaving kit, and two tubes or bottles each of shampoo, body lotion, conditioner and body cleanser.
The small kitchen can be seen in the mirror of the guest bathroom if both doors are open.
This view of Al Noor Mosque — which is bathed in light at night — was not from the suite; but rather from near the entrance of Hilton Sharjah.
Open the drapes to the room and you will see plenty of tall buildings in Sharjah…
…with more buildings under construction.
The swimming pool of the hotel is shown on the lower left corner of the above photograph.
The skies were often rather overcast due to humidity.
Although not as eclectic in design as in Bahrain or Dubai, the architecture is still interesting.
Many of the buildings are built within the past few years.
The Executive Lounge
I arrived at the hotel property too late to enjoy the offerings of the executive lounge for the evening; but I did partake in breakfast.
On the left is the area where you can relax and also where the entrance to the executive lounge is located; while on the right is where the assorted breads and pastries are located.
There were also hot food items and beverages — including water, soda and juice — available.
I did not eat the Chicken Mortadella; but I did enjoy copious helpings of the smoked salmon and smoked mackerel, as I enjoy smoked fish.
Scrambled eggs, beef bacon, and chicken sausage — remember, the food is typically Halal in the United Arab Emirates, so you will not find pork products — was available.
I did enjoy views of the corniche and Khalid Lagoon from the executive lounge — the same lake in which the Sharjah Fountain is located. Please accept my apologies, as the angle of the sun in the morning rendered taking photographs of some of the views virtually impossible; so there really is no giant wooden table with a flower on the shore of the lake.
On the far side of Khalid Lagoon is the Al Majaz Waterfront on the upper left half of the photograph above — and if you look really carefully, you can see where Sharjah Fountain is located in the water.
This open-air amphitheater — which hosts events of art and culture — was opened on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at a cost of approximately 140 million United Arab Emirates dirham; and is located on Al Majaz Island in Khalid Lagoon.
The suite offers an overall view facing north of the corniche, Al Majaz Amphitheater on Al Majaz Island, and Khalid Lagoon. In the background is Flag Island; and the Persian Gulf is located beyond the furthest buildings in the background.
Hilton Sharjah has two restaurants, two lobby lounges and a terrace by the swimming pool — none of which I patronized, as I was only there for one night and not even for 24 hours. Smoking rooms are available on floors 4 through 7. I also did not use the fitness room which is available to guests of the hotel.
I drove a rental car to the hotel property from Dubai; and the hotel property is located within one mile of Emirates E11 Highway, which passes through Dubai southward to Abu Dhabi. There was no charge for parking the car overnight.
Members of the staff at the hotel property were nice, friendly, helpful and accommodating.
The suite itself was nice — as was my stay, which I enjoyed and was able to relax — but although I had no complaints, there was nothing particularly extraordinary about my stay other than scoring a suite; and for some reason, the hotel property itself seems to be rather dated. None of those comments are meant to be negative; rather, they are simply observations pertaining to my experience…
…but for the 361.80 United Arab Emirates dirham I paid for the room — which included taxes and service charges of 30.15 dirham each — I received significant value for the approximately $100.00 in total which I paid for this suite; and I would stay at this hotel property again if I returned to Sharjah.
I recommend staying at this hotel property.
Corniche Road, Al Majaz 3
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
All photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.