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Grand Excelsior Hotel Deira Dubai (old Sheraton)

Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:34 pm

Good morning everyone
just to ask if someone has tryed to spot from the swimming pool of the old Sheraton Deira in Dubai now that the ownership is Grand Excelsior
Once it was tolerated with small camera but now someone know How it work?
thx and regards
Alberto
 
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Re: Grand Excelsior Hotel Deira Dubai (old Sheraton)

Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:52 pm

mxp wrote:
Good morning everyone
just to ask if someone has tryed to spot from the swimming pool of the old Sheraton Deira in Dubai now that the ownership is Grand Excelsior
Once it was tolerated with small camera but now someone know How it work?
thx and regards
Alberto


Alberto, I was there in November with my wife. There are signs all around the pool area saying that the use of cameras, binoculars and telescopes is prohibited. There now seems to be a security guard on duty at all times and they were very keen to enforce these new rules.

Now, depending what you mean by 'spotting', some may get more value for money than others -

From my experience there in November, photography with DSLR type cameras with 'big' lenses is definitely a no-no. Needless to say, anyone taking photos with a phone has no issues at all. It's pretty ludicrous because we saw a father told to stop taking pictures of his two young kids in the pool with his DSLR, while a young lady was videoing planes landing with her phone at the same time.

Several number collectors were using laptops and SBS boxes on the roof and weren't bothered by security at all. The use of small mini-binoculars was ignored or tolerated, but anything that looked like a spotting scope or full-sized binoculars quickly drew the attention of the guards. We did see one guy have his camera confiscated while we were there, so they seem pretty serious about enforcing the rules.

We've stayed at the old Sheraton on many occasions over the years and never had a problem there. I'm afraid under new ownership the standard of the hotel is not as high and it definitely seems to be targetting a more 'down market' clientelle. We paid for an executive floor room only to find when we arrived that the executive lounge has been closed and will be repurposed as a conference facility. I'm sad to say that we will not be staying there again for any future visits.
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Re: Grand Excelsior Hotel Deira Dubai (old Sheraton)

Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:42 pm

Thx so much for the answer. It really a pity it was a nice hotel. Time to try to find out another one
 
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Re: Grand Excelsior Hotel Deira Dubai (old Sheraton)

Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:07 pm

Did you find another hotel? Going in July and looking for somewhere safe to spot and take photos
 
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Re: Grand Excelsior Hotel Deira Dubai (old Sheraton)

Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:07 pm

Ninebob81 wrote:
Going in July and looking for somewhere safe to spot and take photos


Photography in Dubai in July will be very challenging. Harsh light and killer heat haze.
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