The Dubai International Airport Hotel on air-side in DXB is disappointing. I have done that once and won’t do it again.
Check in at 2:00 in the night took over 30 minutes because they closed their computer system and the receptionist did not appear experienced. I was stranded in the lobby, tired and was not even offered a drink. A big let down after a 20 hours day in the office and in the air …
My room was tiny for Middle Eastern standards, extremely dark (window facing inside the building, view on Business Lounge).
I did not try their food & beverage because I prioritized my rest and looked forward to decent catering on my oncoming Business Class flight.
When I missed my connecting flight at another occasion Emirates wanted to put me into this hotel again which I refused. After 5 minutes I was thru immigration and 15 minutes later I was checking in at Le Meridien which was a fantastic experience.