Le Meridien Dubai
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Welcome to our layover day in Dubai. Four movies and five nearby screaming kids later we arrived in Dubai just before midnight. The airport is massive and just to collect your bags is a two storey lift and a 2km train!
Outside, the heat hits you straight away. At midnight it was still in the 30s. Saturday is going to be 42c deg and 56 humidity …
... in a desert! The architecture is impressive and varied, the road system is super- efficient (a freeway runs through the city with exits into the car parks of the key shopping malls etc) and, although we didn’t use it, there’s a good metro and bus system. There’s also an overhead railway. There are lots of green areas amongst the desert sand. You have to admire what they’ve achieved in the 50 years since ...
We slept in late after waking quite early at 2:00am (10:00am NZ time), and eventually went down for breakfast.
We had quite a cruisy day, today. Up late for breakfast, and back over to the mall for an early lunch at Starbucks so we could get a decent bash at the internet. The hotel had free wired internet, but the free wireless was only in the lobby. A bit frustrating.
We were picked up by the Arabian Adventures ...
... it was somehow surreal seeing it live. Later, little houses appeared – all in shades of grey – just kidding, again in sandy colours – a landscape I had never seen before. It made me smile, because I finally realized that I am getting closer to the start of ATW80 programme.
At Abu Dhabi airport the curved control towers caught my interest. Again, something I had never seen before. Afterwards, it all worked out very ...
... to board the plane!! That was a close shave! So I'm about half way to Dubai on the plane, when I start to notice the plane shaking, the pilot then comes on and announces that we are entering a rough patch or turbulence and that we will have to turn around and head back to Qatar as we won't make it to Dubai...ERM SORRY WHAT?!?! ..... I went into complete panic mode and literally did not think we were going to make it anywhere except the ...
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We have just returned from a 5 night stay at this hotel. We timed our stay to coincide with the Dubai Tennis competition and found our hotel was just minutes away from the stadium, so was perfect. (apart from Henman losing of course!)
Just returned from a 5 night stay at Le Meridien Dubai. I was a little wary given the sharp difference of opinions aired for this hotel in the reivews. I've concluded that the real evaluation of this hotel lies somewhere between these extreme views. To start with:
Have just come back from five night stay here, for our 25th wedding anniversary trip. Brilliant hotel, nothing too much trouble, and the food was excellent. Service was fast and efficient, without being intrusive. 14 restaurants all of high standard, and two swimming pools. I have no reservations about returning here again. Prices: you get what you pay for, and what you got was excellent quality. It is near the airport, but the noise is barely noticeable, even in the open air areas. I am going back as soon as I can.
I've just come back from a 6 night stay at this hotel and without a shadow of doubt it has to be one of the best holidays I've had.
Just returned from 7 nights here. We found that the hotel tried to skank you out of money for every little thing. We visited on recommendations from this website but have since realised that other websites give a different review!!
Just back from a great 5 night stay at Le Meridian. We flew direct from Glasgow with Emirates (who were excellent by the way) in under 7 hours. Upon arrival at Dubai airport we went to the Meridian desk and they took us straight to the courtesy car which whisked us off to the hotel in under 5 mins. We were met by a duty manager who greeted us by our names and taken straight to our room (it was after 1 am and we were quite grateful to not have any fuss at reception).
We stayed in this Hotel for two weeks in September 04. We chose this Hotel because we wanted to avoid the majority of the construction taking place along the seafront. When we visited other Hotels, we were glad we made this choice, although to be honest, there were other Hotels that we preferred that ALSO avoided the majority of the construction (Grand Hyatt and Fairmont being the pick).
The service is excellent in this hotel, greeting me personally the second I stepped out of the shuttle bus. Super polite service. The duty manager really accomadate you if you need anything. Free fruit daily is a nice perk. The only thing I didn't like were the bathrooms for a standard room. very small and an old fashioned hair dryer. The lobby is beautiful and glamourous and because I was there on business no one minded meeting me in the hotel so it was convienently located. Operators are super polite as well when I need assistance with a calling card or calling long distance.
Wonderful service, amenities and location
We visited Dubai in August 2004 - while it was very hot outside, the hotel was very comfortable, luxuriously decorated and amenities and choices of restuarants were impeccable.
It was very relaxing and quite - all facilities were fully available, fresh fruits in the room, access to internet, shuttle bus to city center and other locations, bottled water in the room (complementary) - staff were always very courteous.
We would stay there again.
What a hotel... excellent service, great rooms, loads of resturants to choose from, fantastic pools, close to the city centre and airport.
I enjoyed every day in Dubai and the Hotel Le Meridien Dubai just made it even better.
If you want something thats not on a beach front, but close enough to all the main areas of interest I would recommend this Hotel.