Review: Copthorne Airport Hotel, Dubai (Emirates Economy Class Transit Hotel)

Trip to New Zealand & Flying with the King of Sweden on my 100th Flight in Business Class

Earlier this month, I was able to explore New Zealand, thanks to Singelresor. We flew with Emirates to Christchurch where we explored the South Island; then took the ferry boat to North Island and after visiting Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland, flew back home. As I had enough Emirates Skywards miles, I decided to upgrade my flight from Dubai to Stockholm in Business Class where I also had the chance to see King Gustav of Sweden as he was seated in front of me! I've flown 99 times in business class prior to this flight so this flight was actually my 100th time to fly in business class. Here are some reviews of the hotels we stayed at, as well as the top attractions we visited while in New Zealand, the land of the Kiwis!

Review: Radisson Blu Skycity Hotel, Arlanda Airport
Review: Copthorne Airport Hotel Dubai (Emirates Economy Class Transit Hotel)
Review: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Review: Quality Inn Nelson
Review: Ibis Hotel Rotorua
Review: Amora Hotel Auckland
Top Attractions in New Zealand
Review: Emirates Business Class Lounge, Concourse A Dubai Airport (DXB)
Review: Emirates Business Class Lounge, Concourse B, Dubai Airport (DXB)
Review: Emirates Business Class, Dubai to Stockholm

Copthorne Airport Hotel Dubai twin room

Date of stay: March 5-6, 2016
Address: Airport Road, Casablanca Street, Al Garhoud, Dubai PO Box 13018
Nightly rate: Complimentary including breakfast

Twin Room

Copthorne Airport Hotel twin room

Copthorne Airport Hotel flat screen TV, work desk and 2 bottles of mineral water

Copthorne Airport Hotel, Dubai

Copthorne Airport Hotel, closet

Copthorne Airport Hotel bathroom with soap, shampoo, shower gel and shower cap

Copthorne Airport Hotel toilet

Copthorne Airport Hotel shower


View from my room


Emirates like Qatar Airways, offers complimentary transit hotel for connecting passengers in economy class with minimum 8 hours connecting time in Dubai. It was actually my second time to stay in this hotel so I knew more or less what to expect. This time, I got a twin room which is probably the only room available when I checked in. The room was very basic with two single beds, flat screen TV, sofa and the usual bathroom amenities. The breakfast buffet was also complimentary and offered a good selection of food. They also have a café where I bought some snacks around midnight as it is open 24 hours. Of course, the hotel offers complimentary shuttle to and from the airport every 15 minutes. The only thing I would have wished for was a complimentary wifi connection but I was told by the receptionist that it would cost extra. Overall, this transit hotel provided by Emirates to their economy class passengers is a very basic hotel with nice room, good breakfast buffet and friendly staff.

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