We needed an affordable accommodation near the SM Mall of Asia last February because it was near the Vikings Venue where we held our daughter’s 18th birthday dinner celebration.
There were other hotels in the vicinity but I needed an apartment with several bedrooms to accommodate my other relatives for the night. It was Copacabana Hotel that got my attention from Booking.com because they offered many room options, including 3 bedroom apartment.
I booked 2 nights in this property (Feb. 12-13). The first night was for a double bedroom and the 2nd night was for 3-bedroom apartment. Both of the rooms were clean and spacious but my husband and I (even our guests) enjoyed the super spacious 3-bedroom apartment that also has a maid’s quarter so it was practically a 4-bedroom apartment, good for more than 10 persons!
2-bedroom (I booked using different booking site)
Here are some photos of the 2-bedroom unit in Copacabana. They are spacious, clean, well-lit, good working air-conditioning unit and large vanity area with sink.
The only thing I find a bit uncomfortable and unhygienic is that there is no wash basin in the bathroom. I had to either use the shower area to wash my hands after using the commode or go to the sink in the vanity area. We were allowed to check in early than usual because the room was already available and that is a plus!
Also, reaching our room in the 11th floor was part lift and part stairs as the lift was only until the 10th floor.
All in all, the room was okay for us. The beds are comfortable. The room is properly lit. The air-con works perfectly. It may need upgrading in terms of technology. It still uses an old type of TV rather than flat screen units.
3-bedroom (with a 4th room for maid’s quarter, I booked using Booking.com)
We had a very wonderful experience in this bedroom type. For one, it is very, very spacious that you can practically ride a bike inside. It is well-lit. The air-con units work perfectly and could even get cold at night. There is a living room area, long dining table for the whole family, 3 bedrooms plus a maid’s quarter, 3 complete bathrooms (1 shared between the 2 rooms), and a fully functioning kitchen area with gas range and other appliances.
We even had a situation towards check-out when I asked my relatives to count the set of towels because I didn’t want to be charged unnecessarily. There were several staff who came to check and re-count and eventually, I was not charged because I seriously didn’t know what happened as we were all busy preparing for our daughter’s 18th birthday party the night before. They were all polite and so professional dealing with the situation. I was never made to feel uncomfortable and I give my commendations to all of the management and staff of Copacabana for running a great hotel with courteous and professional staff.
The living room and dining area
The master bedroom
The 2nd room (similar to the 3rd bedroom)
The maid’s room with attached bathroom
The best part of our stay!
The highlight of the whole stay was the management team’s thoughtfulness. I actually requested from Booking.com if the hotel can provide a surprise birthday cake gift for my daughter as we were there to celebrate her special day. We were pleasantly surprised to see the yummy, chocolate cupcake with a birthday greeting for our daughter in the receiving area. We were all smiling from ear to ear and really appreciate the gesture. Our daughter loved the surprise and the cupcake!
Nearby attractions/places of interest:
Nearby restaurants and casinos
3 bedroom apartment via Booking.com = AED 764 for 1 night
I think this is reasonable considering the number of rooms in 1 unit. I computed the cost of booking separate rooms for 10 adults with 2 small kids to be more expensive than paying for this whole unit. At least with the rate, I only had to pay 1 deposit for the entire unit.
Airport Shuttle (surcharge)
24-Hour Front Desk
My recommendation: 5 out of 5
My family and I are impressed with the way they handled our special request and when they were searching for the towels that were not in the unit. We were treated with respect. We felt comfortable and very welcomed in their property. The whole staff were courteous and very professional.
The 3-bedroom unit is perfect for a big group of people like my family. I highly recommend this place for everyone. The check out is at 12:00 noon compared to other hotels that is only until 11:00. The property also allows pets. Please check the hotel before you book for any changes on their pet policy.
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I personally booked and paid for this stay. I was not compensated by the property in any way to write this review.
(All photos are my personal property. Pls. do not use without my permission.)