Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa
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... and that was so great to be able to take my shoes off and stretch out better than most around me.... Lucky I have short leg syndrome hee hee
Dubai - 6 hours to kill in the airport. Arriving at 0430am after flying over very different views of desert with very well lite up highways. Ok I thought that it would be easy to fill in time as I had heard how great the shopping was. Not that I actually had 1cm of space anywhere to fit a purchase in but that's next times chance.
Dubai to Milan has not been a nice trip for me. Plane is a Boeing 777 so is 3, 4, 3 across. One might think (if one actually thinks) that maybe a family of 6 would like 3 and 3 behind one another. But no. We got a 3, a 2 behind and I got stuck on my own 3 seats away. I am feeling pretty ordinary as a) this is a long trip and I have no companionship and b) we are going to land ...
... Then we ran to our gate which of course was the furthest to get to. Ran like demons and got to the gate at 8.55pm. The flight took off on time at 9pm - with us on board - at least we have 14 hours to recover! Spent the flight dozing - a bit bumpy and two babies in front of us crying/screaming for much of it. At least we are on the flight and not stuck at Brisbane ...
... the camel. Nice shot and made purchase at end of evening. Then off to the falcon show where the falconair and Gizmo the falcon put on a pretty good show. Back into the 4WD and over the sand dunes we go. Great fun. We stop at a half way point to all get out and view the sun setting, great photo opportunity. We then arrive at this beautiful oasis with low tables and cushions to sit on all set around the main stage for the belly dancer ...
... find our hotel, the only thing we knew was that it was one of the towers but not sure which one. Even the driver had to ask which tower we were staying at. We waited in the foyer while the parent went to check in,while waiting, we were given a lime juice with a dash of peppermint, which only Mikhail liked! It turned out we were too early so we headed to the pool to 'swim' but instead we all made a head start on tanning ourselves and falling asleep! The wind ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa
Excellent, excellent, excellent!!
Having read the reviews of this hotel, I felt compelled to write this review, despite the fact that I am not someone who would normally be overly praising or critical of something. I have to say that reading the reviews on here made me very hesitant before travelling and left me wondering just what type of hotel I would find! But having just returned from a week at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa with my wife (we are in our mid 20's), we could not recommend it highly enough.
After the prompt check in, we were then driven in a golf buggy to our room. All the rooms are in separate villas (I think 5 or so rooms to a villa). We had a junior suite which had it's own separate sitting area, which was extremely comfortable and a good size.
The facilities we used at the hotel were all very good. The beach is clean, and approximately 70 metres across. You are not confronted with oil refineries (or whatever one of the reviewers has previously said) - you have to swim a fair way out in order to see the ships out in the Gulf. There was more than enough room for sunbathers either round the 2 pools or on the beach. The staff were always on hand to find extra loungers or parasols as and when we required them.
We ate at 4 of the retaurants on site - the Taverna for breakfast which served a very large selection of different breakfasts - cooked, pastries, cereals, fruit etc. What you must remember is that as a Muslim country there is no meat from Pigs used, hence the Turkey Bacon and Chicken Sausages. Then there's the Thai Bistro which was superb, the outdoor Italian restaurant which is very romantic and the more lively Tex Mex. We would certainly recommend a restaurant a couple of hundred yards down the road (go out of the resort and turn left) called Japengos which serves an excellent and varied menu, which is about half the price of the food in the hotel.
Another one of the criticisms people have made was the fact that it was a 'pick up joint'. We went during Ramadam so the nightclub was closed but we certainly saw none of that. As nearly everyone has mentioned, all the staff we encountered (waiters, porters, bar staff, health club staff, beach staff) were all absolutely first class.
The only downside that I could see was that someone told us that the standard rooms were rather box-like, and also in our room there was a bit of mould above the shower. But the resort is extremely picturesque, food is great, staff are first class, beach and pools wonderful - what more could you ask for? Plus this hotel has one main advantage over the other hotels further down Jumeirah beach or in the city - you will see NO building work at all from this hotel. We went down to the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel and they were surrounded by cranes and building sites, as were practically every other hotel in Dubai!! Plus, opposite the Marine Beach Resort & Spa is the absolutely stunning Jumeirah mosque - a wonderful view as you leave the hotel.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to people of all ages!
Lovely place to stay, fantastic atmosphere
After reading the reviews, I was shocked and felt that I had booked the wrong hotel....it got to a point where I thought that I should cancel this hotel, but then I couldn't turn back the clock.....
I visited dubai for 7 nights and stayed in the hotel for 6 nights, bed and breakfast included....breakfast was lovely, buffet, and a large variety....
I have to say it was a lovely hotel, that I would definitely recommend for the price......hotel staff were excellent, very helpful, service was AMAZING....I have no regrets what so ever in staying at this hotel. there is plenty to do, and a good nightlife....
I have just returned from a short break in Dubai. I had booked 3 night stay at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa but when I arrived they had no record of my booking but as they had a room I was given that for the first night. Next day I had to move hotels which I was glad about. The standard of room for a 5 star hotel was very basic to say the least. No tea/Coffee, only watchable TV channel was VH1 and the room was very small. The rest of the Hotel looked ok but spent the rest of my stay in a lovely room at the Sheraton. I wouldn't book this hotel again.
What a great place!!
After reading the reviews on here - what a mistake we thought we had made....!!
How wrong could we be!
The numerous restaurants and bars offered excellent service and choice. restaurants ranged from cuban to mexican, international, french and even japanese!
Hotel set amongst waterfalls and lush gardens, the privte beach and pool area was great with attendants who couldnt do enough to help.
We would therefore highly recommend this hotel to all ages!
Excellent Hotel- BETTER for the YOUNG!
Went here on 4th September 2004 for a week. Was AMAZIng- had it all.
The beach was lovely, the restaurants, staff etc were 100%.
We had a junior suite which h was very spacious and set amidst beautiful waterfalls and greenery. Breakfast was included and there was a vast array of food
I have read the disappointing reviews on here and do not agree at all.
The hotel had everything we wanted and more! Had clubs, restaurant, shops, pools, bar and beach.
Also while we were there we saw some celebs in the nightclub it the hotel- 50 Cent and G unit. The club Boudoir is great for R n B music- highly recommended!!!
The hotel was modern, clean, fantastic base for everything and brilliant nightlife!
We were told my people who lived in Dubai that this hotel had it all and hotels like the Sheraton and the Hilton resembled construction sites because of all the building going on!
I am going back here next year!
Dissapointing not what we expected
family of 4 stayed last 2 weeks july 04 breakfast dissapointing ,rooms 4 star , reception area dissapointing, no water sports as we were lead to believe, hotel needs complete updating, very good service , good location overall we did not come to dubai to stay in a hotel like this, would go back to dubai but not stay in this hotel
Best choosing another hotel...
This hotel will provide you with two single beds in most rooms pushed together to make a double room. It will provide staff who get angry if a complaint is made about the star rating of the hotel and you will also be accompanied by mice in the taverna restaurant.
After speaking to the reception manager regarding the room I was shown two other rooms. One room had two beds pushed together and the other room had no balcony and the double bed was little more than a single. Eventually I wrote a letter to the reservations manager who was very helpful. She moved us to a junior suite but not before I spent the whole night listening to the screams of a call girl from the room next door eventually angering me so much I hammered on their room door and shouted at them to keep the noise down. They did and she left although where she was paid or not I don't know!!!
The boudoir bar/restaurant is a very trendy place but be prepared to stand in a space not much bigger than a plane gangway unless you are prepared to open a bottle of spirit as this is the only way you are allowed to sit at one of the tables in the bar.
Although it doesn't say what the dress code is, men aren't allowed sandals or 3/4 length trousers in any of the bars or restaurants in the evenings so don't even try it.
For our troubles, we received a bottle or red wine and a basket of fruit although this might have been because the fridge didn't work in our upgraded room.
Not the 5 Star Delux it claims to be.
Ohhhhhh what a disappointment!!
Stayed here for 12 nights in June 2004. I totally agree with the previous review. The buildings around the pool area, really require a facelift. Guttering missing , above the Cuban Restaurant. Tiles missing at steps down to the "Beach". I could go on and on.
The Staff are friendly enough, but just lack the polish and standards of other 5 star hotels in Dubai.
The hot breakfast selections range from Chicken Sausage's and Turkey bacon. Made boxed cerials a huge hit. I can tell you.
Unfortunately, this hotel is not the 5 star hide away that many people desire. It is however the Ex- Pat and local hip and trendy nightspot in Dubai. It just gave the impression of a local pick up joint. With stream loads of non residents. This I imagine is where the hotel makes it money.
As the restaurants are not up to much. We ate their only once in while we were there. Which in a way made our holiday much better. As it forced us to eat out and visit many other 5 Star hotels and restaurants around Dubai. This is how I know this place is not up to standard. The comparison is just not there.
The only thing I liked about this place was it's central position on Jumeirah Road. It made getting to the City about £ 3 in a Taxi. Needless to say, as per previous review. Very close to the Docks. There was No oil refinery (Trust me I work in one) next to the Hotel. This was the Docks and ship yards ( maybe worse?).
Even the upgrade to a full suite that we received, did not impress. Rooms were very bare and the Jacuzzi bath was not what I imagined. ( Hot water appeared to be rationed and was it noisey)
At a push, this is a 4 star.
If I were you The Ritz is same money, but a world apart.
Lovely view of oil refinery from beach.. !
The hotel itself is in a slightly bad location. We wanted to be on Jumeirah Beach, and the travel agent (Driveline) told us that we were near the City / a long way away from any building works along the Jumeirah Beach which we thought would be an ideal compromise.
Dubai Marine Beach however doesn't have much of a beach at all - probably about 40 feet square. The surround to the beach (made of tiling and very narrow) is about 6 feet high (not good if you are a family with children as the drop is quite high).
Behind the beach is a large grass patch where all the sunloungers are really crammed in. The beach was very dissapointing in terms of the view. To the left of the beach is a 15 feet high wall - why, we wondered, until we realised there is a public beach next door and presumably westerners have to be screened off from the local Dubai people, given the dress code.
To the right however seen if you swim about 20 feet out from the beach itself is a huge oil refinery spewing fumes, and tankers were parked there all week filling up - not a pretty sight unfortunately.
The hotel has two pools - one quite large (it was closed off all week due to ongoing repairs) and a smaller pool fed by fountains which was nice but obviously very busy.
In the evenings there was a constant stream of 18-30 year olds heading for the bars and clubs at the hotel. Whilst it was fun to watch the stream of trendy outfits glide past, it does mean that with some restaurants such as the Japanese, you need to book in advance as staying at the hotel doesn't guarantee you a table.
All the restaurants were ok - the Thai was especially nice. We didn't think the Italian was very good - the location next to the water was alright, but food quite poor.
Staff were helpful, and tried their best. I'd really recommend paying more and staying at Jumeirah Beach rather than here. Given the temperature and gorgeous sunny weather, a beach is a real must and this just hasn't the facilities outdoors.
All of our family of 10 stayed here for 3 weeks to celebrate the Golden Wedding of my parents. The hotel was ideally situated - virtually the first hotel on the very long Jumeirah Beach Road, and therefore a very short taxi ride to the various Souks!
Supposed to be the oldest hotel on the strip.
Excellent rooms, on the beach. Food - variety and quality excellent.
We would deffinately stay there again