Le Meridien Dubai
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Great spot fora layover
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Very pleasant stay
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!)
The staff were always pleasant and helpful, but it did take several hours for them to sort out a suitable room - the first looked out onto a brick wall, and the second onto the car park - not what I travel 1000's of miles to see. Anyway the 3rd room was perfect with the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.
Don't miss out on the bbq nights in the Meridian Village area - great value for money with all you can eat and drink for about £18!!! If you haven't booked go early or you might not get in.
Had 2 treatments in the spa (hotel guests get discounts) which were excellent.
Two pools with the clearest water I have ever swum in-and we caught the shuttle bus to the Royal Meridian Spa Hotel and enjoyed a lovely day at this (sister) beach hotel.
If you don't want to spend all your days on a sunbed this hotel is in a good spot for doing and seeing, but don't settle down in your transfer car for the trip from the airport as it is literally just around the corner. (We honestly hardly heard any noise from the planes at all) Have a good stay!
OK, but not 5*
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:
1. First impressions: Given I checked in at around 1am, the (brief) transfer from the airport and check-in procedure were hassle-free - fine, in fact. The hotel itself is a pretty bland building, set in some lovely gardens. Duty manager greeted me by name. There were an abundance of staff present, even at this hour of the morning.
2. What's the room like? I had chosen a 'Deluxe' room - and later learned that this is their entry-level type room. The room was on the ground floor and quite spacious. However, the decoration, furniture and fittiings had all seen better days. Some of the furniture looked downright battered. It was, however, reasonably clean. Good firm double bed with Frette linens was appreciated. I'd advise you to take care in specifying the location of your room - there seems to be a lot of variation. Eg, there are garden facing rooms, pool facing rooms, and rooms facing the main road and the airport (like mine!). I had noticed that other reviews had not noticed the aircraft noise at night - perhaps this is true for the more remotely situated rooms. However, from my room you could definitely hear it (ALL night). Didn't trouble me getting to sleep, but others may find sleeping difficult. Unadvertised presence of a DVD/CD player was noted - had I known in advance, I would have brought some media along! Fruit basket was a nice touch - actually nice to eat and not just decoration.
3. The bathroom: Wow, the bathrooms in the Deluxe rooms really let the whole thing down. They are SMALL, and look very tired. They need a complete overhaul, and would have to be more spacious to qualify for 5*. Complementary Le Meridien toilertries were OK (if a little impractically packaged). Fluffy bathrobe and slippers present and correct.
4. The Facilities: Two pools (one lap pool), jacuzzi, gym (that runs classes such as aerobics and boxing) and steamroom. All good, although the jacuzzi could do with some sprucing up. The showers at the health club are awesome and feature Moulton Brown toiletries. The lifeguards by the pool were really helpful - top marks to them. Same for the staff at the gym. Other useful stuff like the telephone operator and concierge service - all very good. At time of writing, the shuttle bus service ran 3 times a day (stopping City Centre Mall, gold souq and the beach), dropping off, but NOT doing return journeys. Used this to visit the gold souq - it was a handy service.
5. The Restaurants: You have a lot to choose from. I only sampled a few. Unlike other reviewers, I did not encounter uniformly excellent service througout. In particular, the service in Gourmandises was TERRIBLE - I had to chase the staff to take my order, and chase them again to deal with the bill. Unacceptable. I would say the welcome in Case Mia was not particularly welcoming, but the coconut macroons with the espresso served at the end of the meal were scrumptious. Al Mijana was pleasant enough, but the service was not particularly attentive, and the menu, for anyone accustomed to Lebanese food, was frankly pedestrian. My advice is to head down Al Rigga road for top (and cheap) Lebanese food and a friendly welcome. Antigos is fine for breakfast, but it gets terribly busy and it becomes a bit of a stressful scrum just getting your food. Pearl Bar mixes up some delightful drinks (try the mocktails) and the service is excellent. All of the restuarants seemed to be catering to guests who were intimidated by stepping outside the Le Meridien compound and into the real world.
In summary, this hotel is OK, but in many respects does not come up to 5* standard. It's more like 4*. Therefore, stay here by all means - but don't pay 5* prices if you expect value for money.
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.
Couldn't fault it!!!!
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.
From the moment I arrived to the time I left I found the standard of sevice, the friendliness of the staff, the comfort and cleanliness of the room and the quality of the food absolutely excellent.
I couldn't believe the choice of what you could have for breakfast it was vast, there was about 15 different fresh fruits available not to mention what you could have in the way of a cooked breakfast!
Although there were plenty of other restaurants within the hotel that Im sure were very good as well I chose to eat alfresco at the bbq in the Meridien village, for 99 dhms you could eat and drink as much as you like, each evening they have a different theme such as East meets West, Thai, German etc, etc and it really is top quality, you don't even get a chance to pour yourself a drink its all done for you. Please say "Hello" to Marhesh for me when you see him,he may remember me if you say Im the very tall one with blonde hair (Richard), I understand he is the manager of this restaurant and the Thai one. Anyway give it a go but starve yourself from breakfast onwards, you won't be disappointed I can assure you.
The hotel runs a courtesy bus from the hotel to either Royal Meridien or Meridien Mina Seyahi on Jumeirah beach leaving at 1030am and returning at 4:30pm. Its well worth a visit because they are lovely hotels and the beach is amazing but what does spoil it is the incredible amount of construction work that is going on in the area at the moment. Just a tip, I wished I had time to do it while I was there but there is a booking office near to where Le Meridien Mina Seyahi's beach is situated where you can book deep sea fishing trips at the cost of 1000 dhms for 2 hours and they run party catamarran trips every Friday night that sound wicked. Anyway to round off personally I would definitely go back to this hotel no messing!!! Sorry one other thing if you are into clubbing try the Cyclone club which is a cheap taxi ride from the hotel. Have a good holiday!!!
Don't do it !
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!!
The hotel is right next to the airport and not really near any attractions other than deira city centre mall. So you only stop here if it's cheap, but then they check your rate paid and add on extras for everything.
What they don't say is that the free shuttle may be full in which case you've had it and it doesn't bring you back to hotel.
And yes there is a 'free' shuttle to their sister beach hotel but the charge you 100 Dhs each just to get on their bit of beach! Oh yes, and Dhs 50 taxi fare back.
They charge commision on any excursions and breakfast was an obscene price.
Pool was nice and lifeguard friendly and helpful. At poolside they were playing soothing pan-pipe music, accompanied by building work on the hotel. Banging was really loud and everyone was disturbed by it,
It's put me off Le Meridien for good. Supposed to be a 5 star but I've stayed in 3 star hotels in the western world of a better standard.
I made a bad choice !
Oh yes, and I've just realised they've made a mistake and charged my card for more than the total on the invoice. You have been warned...
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 could not fault any aspect of the hotel - the staff were exemplary in their service, the food was wonderful, location perfect. We ate in the hotel each night at the Beef Bistro (fab steak), Casa Mia (Italian, very good), Cafe Chic (outstanding food and service), Al Mijana (Lebanse - interesting, mostly because we had no idea what we were eating - good nonetheless!). We used the courtesy bus to go to the gold souk and it was great. There was very little disturbance from the airport nearby (anything we did hear was at night, but not disruptive). We didn't feel the need to leave the hotel for anything else as we were only there for such a short time, but we would definitely go back - highly recommended.
Friendly Hotel, but a little dated
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).
We paid the extra for the Club room at Le Merdien, and this brought you some nice benenfits. We recommend this if you can stretch to the additional cost. The room was very well appointed, but, as with most rooms, a little dated. The staff were very helpful and on the whole, very friendly. The food on all the resturants (and even the pool bar) was excellent.
The gym was also of a very high standard, and the Spa was one of the best we have seen.
Noise from the nearby airport did not bother us. You can definately hear the planes, but it wasn't enough to spoil the relaxing atmosphere around either of the two main pools in my opinion.
The Hotel does run daily shuttles to the sister beachfront Hotels, and BOTH were more modern and generally of a higher standard (with the exception of the food), but avoid them for the next couple of years at least, whilst they finish the majority of the construction.
On the whole, we had a great time, but when we visit Dubai again (and we definately will) we would personally consider other more contemporary styled Hotels, for a more modern environment.
If you are considering this Hotel, I believe you could do a lot worse.
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.
I went at the end of Sept and it is really hot and humid but the health club pool is open until 10 pm you can swimand watch the arabian moon. Be sure you have toiletries such as tylenol or a good facial lotion , their shop is limited.
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.
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