Atlantis silent on scathing UK review

Sun newspaper describes the Palm Jumeirah's flagship development as the 'eighth circle of hell'.
SCATHING REVIEW: The Sun has compared Atlantis to the eighth circle of hell. (Supplied)
By Dylan Bowman
Mon 29 Sep 2008 11:28 AM

The management of Dubai's Atlantis hotel have refused to comment on a scathing review by the UK's most popular newspaper, which describes the Palm Jumeirah's flagship development as the "eighth circle of hell".

A spokesperson for Atlantis told Arabian Business on Monday that it would not comment on the story, which could dent UK holidaymakers' interest in visiting the hotel, which opened on Sept. 24.

Tabloid newspaper the Sun on Saturday published a review of the hotel, entitled "The 8th chunder of the world", in which it criticises everything from the hotel's pink exterior and centrepiece sculptures to its Ambassador Lagoon and the appearance of its staff.

To read the full article in the Sun, click here.

"A gob-smacking vision in cold sore pink...," the article begins.

"...Atlantis sits at the top of the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, which is visible from space, and must have Martians performing handbrake turns in their little green droves," it continues.

"There are two features inside the Atlantis which immediately pain the eyes. First is the main lobby’s modernist sculpture. A 98ft high pile of glass-blown tubes... which looks like the Jolly Green Giant’s lower intestines. Second is the Ambassador Lagoon...," it goes on.

On the hotel's staff, the article says: "All of them come with a rictus grin and many appear to have been cast by BBC1’s Hotel Babylon..." Although in a rare compliment it adds that "they are an utterly devoted, charming and professional bunch, it must be said, who will indulge your every crazy whim".

On the hotel's reported decision not to let UK glamour model Jordan and husband Peter Andre film an episode of reality TV show Katie & Peter, it says: "Even the eighth circle of hell, it appears, has a taste barrier. And that’s ITV2."

The 1,539-room resort encompasses 46-hectares with 17 hectares of water-themed amusement parks, an open air marine habitat, beaches, boutiques and restaurants.

Rooms at the hotel cost between $450 a night for a standard room up to $25,000 for the Bridge Suite.

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