A Stylish and Affordable Staycation at Centro Barsha | Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Jun 21, 2017

A Stylish and Affordable Staycation at Centro Barsha

Dubai can sometimes be overwhelming for budget-savvy travelers. With world-famous attractions and lavish hotels scattered all over the city, one can easily label Dubai as an expensive place to visit. But living here for nearly a decade, I have learned that this melting pot is not just for those who have money to burn.

Beyond the fancy lifestyle, Dubai has a string of affordable hotels fit for the new generation of travelers - basically, for those who want to see more, spend less and stay comfortable. Ed and I, being budget-conscious travelers ourselves, can pretty much relate to this!    

Here in the UAE, one of the hotel brands that we adore is Centro. It is an affordable lifestyle hotel brand of Rotana - a trusted name in the hospitality industry. We have stayed in two Centro hotels in Abu Dhabi and one in Sharjah a long time ago, and last weekend, we were in Centro Barsha in Dubai.  

Centro Barsha Hotel Review

The Hotel
Centro Barsha is a contemporary 3-star accommodation in Dubai's Al Barsha district. Just like the other Centro hotels we have been to, it exudes a modern flair. The hotel lobby is sleek and accentuated with stylish pieces..    

Landmarks and Attractions Nearby
Centro Barsha stands in a convenient location. It is in close proximity to these popular Dubai landmarks and attractions:

  • Mall of the Emirates (7-minute walk from the hotel) - one of the best shopping malls in Dubai with a wide variety of retail, entertainment and dining outlets.
  • Ski Dubai - the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, located inside Mall of the Emirates
  • Dubai Metro - a driverless rail network in Dubai with routes to the city's top attractions, business districts and Dubai International Airport. Sharaf DG metro station is within walking distance from Centro Barsha. 
  • Burj Al Arab (5 km away, around 10 minutes by car from the hotel) - the sail-shaped luxury hotel located along the coast of Dubai.
The check-in procedure was speedy. We were nicely assisted at the reception. Although we didn't request, they gave us a room facing away from the mosque as the long prayers observed this Ramadan might wake us up in the wee hours. It was nice of them to specifically think about the comfort of each guest.

affordable business hotel in Dubai
an affordable business hotel in Dubai

checking in at Centro Barsha
checking-in for an overnight stay

Centro Barsha's sleek lobby
Centro Barsha's sleek lobby

The Centro Suite
Centro Barsha has 4 types of accommodation to cater to different travel styles and budget. Ed and I have stayed in the most affordable Centro Room in the past and I can still remember how impressed we were as it is meticulously designed and the compact space was maximized. But for our recent stay, we were surprised to receive a room upgrade. We spent the weekend lazing around the Centro Suite!

The Centro Suite is a 44-square metre accommodation with a sophisticated living room, a functional kitchenette, a bedroom with a queen size bed, and a spacious private bathroom. It is well-appointed and aesthetically pleasing.

Centro Suite living room and kitchenette
Centro Suite living room and kitchenette

complimentary fruits in Centro Barsha suite
complimentary fruits 

Centro Barsha kitchenette
well-equipped kitchenette | cutlery is available upon request

Ed and Lady in Centro Barsha
quality time at our "home" for the weekend

Extra Amenities
Centro Suite offers more than just our basic hotel needs. These additional amenities were provided for utmost comfort:

  • multi-channel 32-inch LCD TV in the living room and bedroom
  • fast and free WiFi internet access
  • microwave
  • complimentary bottled water, and tea/coffee making facility
  • minibar
  • safety deposit box
  • toiletries: shampoo/conditioner, body wash, dental kit, vegetable soap
  • bedroom slippers
  • daily housekeeping
  • laundry and dry cleaning service

tourist must haves in Centro Barsha
tourist must-haves: a Dubai map for sightseeing and a cozy bed to sleep on at night 

I don't mind wasting my precious time in this comfy bed!

bathroom toiletries
Good quality bathroom toiletries are provided. 

Centro Barsha room amenities
fresh and clean towels | bedroom slippers

Hotel Facilities
Outside the Centro Suite aka our Staycation Haven, are leisure facilities for hotel guests. Day visit passes are also available for a nominal fee.

  • Fully equipped gymnasium - open 24 hours. It is secured and can only be accessed using the room key card. 
  • Swimming Pool - a rooftop pool where guests can dip, swim laps, or take swimming lessons
  • Rooftop lounge - beside the swimming pool are sun loungers and couches where guests can relax and enjoy refreshing beverages. (Drinks are not available at daytime during Ramadan).
  • Free shuttle to open beach and Mall of the Emirates - available on schedule every Sunday to Thursday.
Centro Barsha gym
This fitness center is open round-the-clock.

Lady in Centro Barsha
a relaxing dip to start the day

Centro Barsha rooftop pool
The rooftop pool opens early (6:30 AM) and closes late (10:00 PM)!

Dining Options
Centro Barsha has 3 dining outlets serving a wide variety of international cuisine anytime of the day.

  • c.deli - a 24-hour take-away shop selling food, drinks and essential items guests might have forgotten to pack
  • c.mondo - the hotel bar offering a selection of beverages and pub grub 
  • c.taste - the hotel all day dining restaurant serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. A la carte menu is also available. 

Affordable Iftar at Centro Barsha
This Ramadan season, c.taste transforms into an intimate venue for a traditional Iftar. Ramadan juices, Arabic coffee, dates and nuts, are served alongside an excellent array of Arabic and International dishes at a very reasonable price of 99 AED per person.

Arabic Coffee at Centro Barsha's Iftar
Arabic Coffee at Centro Barsha's Iftar

Centro Barsha Ramadan Juices
Ramadan Juices

Arabic and International appetizers
Arabic and International appetizers

Lamb Ouzi
Lamb Ouzi

desserts at Centro Barsha Iftar
And of course, desserts!

Buffet Breakfast
c.taste is also Centro Barsha's breakfast venue. The morning spread includes healthy options, a salad bar, and all the savory breakfast goodies I had in mind... hash browns, turkey bacon, sausage, and whole lot more! Eggs and waffles are cooked upon request at the live-cooking station.

Service at c.taste
Ed and I had a memorable brunch experience at c.taste three years ago; hence, we were no longer surprised with the kind of service that was given to us during Iftar and breakfast. The staff are well-trained and attentive. A server assisted me when I was carrying two plates. They check if we like the food or if we need anything else time and again. And the restaurant manager gladly offered to bring us coffee when he saw that I was already having my dessert. 

salad bar and waffles for breakfast
salad bar and waffles for breakfast

my breakfast plate at Centro Barsha
my breakfast plate at Centro Barsha

Centro Barsha offers the best value for money! The sleek and contemporary ambiance is perfect for both business and budget-savvy travelers. Service is top-notch. Location is convenient for guests who prefer to stay close to the shopping mall and the Dubai Metro.

----- Hotel Info -----
Centro Barsha
Al Barsha 1
Dubai, UAE
Contact # 04 704 0000
Website: www.rotana.com/centrobarsha

----- Location Map -----

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We were invited to stay at Centro Barsha. Opinions in this blog post are my own.

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