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Big Flaw In Rooms At World’s Most Expensive Hotel


Big flaw in the Emirates palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi

It is the world’s most expensive hotel built by the Abu Dhabi government. Rooms at the seven-star Emirates Palace Hotel come with their own butler and bath concierge. They also come with an unwanted bonus – sound problems.

The planners forgot to soundproof the walls, reported the Daily Record. So, after the bath concierge runs your tub and fills it with scented oil and flowers, you could sink in, sit back, and listen to the conversations in the neighbouring rooms.

The Emirates Palace Hotel has 20 restaurants, a theme park and a 1.6km long private beach. The hotel even has 65,000 sq ft of gold leaf on the walls, ceilings, plinths and even on the soap dishes in guest’s rooms. But guests forking out US$8000 a night have complained that they can hear every whisper from the room next door.

The management is now in a panic because advance guests have reported that they could clearly hear their neighbours. A travel writer who stayed there said: “After spending all that money, it is a shame they didn’t think to soundproof the place as well.”

“How on earth can they have spent billions on a hotel and have overlooked something so fundamental?”

In the main atrium, staff members use golf carts to get around. Looking up, you will see the largest dome in the world, finished with 20kg of solid gold. Every wing has its own swimming pools, complete with what is termed leisure patrols – staff members who offer foot massages, complimentary drinks and sunscreen.

The Emirates Palace Hotel, which costs a staggering US$2 billion to build, also boasts its 20 luxirous restaurants where every desert is laced with edible pure gold leaf to aid digestion.

* Personally I’m not very sure about this statement, maybe you would like to check it out for yourselves.

But what might be hard to swallow could be the lack of privacy in the rooms if the sound problems are not resolved.

*NOTE: Quoted from The New Paper 1st March 2005 issue.

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