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“Great hotels, shame about the kids club” 4 of 5 stars
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Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Al Sufouh Road | Po Box 213 084, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   |  
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“Great hotels, shame about the kids club”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed in le meridien from the 12th -22nd of september. We booked through virgin and got a decent deal on half board. This was our first trip to Dubai and we loved it. The hotel smells amazing in the lobby. Dubai is very grand and this hotel does not disappoint. we had the use of le meridien and the westin next door which is just beautiful. The pools were great. we used all of them but the lifeguards watch you like hawks so there isnt much fun to be had if you are a child (no jumping in etc). we were a family of four, two adults and two boys aged 4 and 8. The main thing that let this holiday down was the kids clubs. I was really unhappy to be honest. It is open 9-6pm every day and you can leave them there all day if you want, checking them every two hours. i would have no intention of leaving the kids there all day. they stayed a maximum of 2 hours. The first day we went with the kids, they called us after an hour and a half to say the kids were bored and wanted to leave. This was pretty much how it went for the rest of the holiday. We would arrive, the staff were unfriendly,unmotivated, not child orientated, looked bored, did not seem to want to be there. One occasion we arrived and the girl was making something for halloween. She said hello and carried on with what she was doing. My kids were standing there not knowing what to do. It was weird and awkward. I have been to other places were the staff are welcoming, fun, enthusiastic and know how to make kids feel happy and at ease. They basically put a dvd on for the boys and that was it. I asked them if the boys could make a card for their uncles birthday and the girl said "yes i will make a card". i replied "no no they WANT to make a card". why on earth would i want to give my brother a home made card from a staff member at the hotel?

The kids club was a huge let down. the kids went three times.

The room was lovely. Fifth floor with sea view. this was perfect as we could vaguely hear the barasti bar but its only really loud on thursday and friday. The grounds of the hotel are stunning.

We did half board offer which took a bit of getting used to and how to work it all out. It was a shame we couldnt use the half board in the spanish restaurant. We loved the italian. breakfast was fine and there was plenty of choice. we got a bit bored of the food to be honest. i have been to all inclusive in cyprus and that was more to my taste. i think i prefer Mediterranean type food. there wasnt really much for the kids in the all you can eat bit. my kids will eat loads of types of food but it just didnt seem to appeal to them or me. My husband who is really fussy loved it all though so i suppose it depends on the person. SAfe to say we didnt starve so the food was fine. just not my taste.

service at the hotel was brilliant. we felt very spoilt the whole time. treated very well.

overall, i would highly recommend the hotel, staff, pools, beach, location (close to everything really). i would not recommend the kids club at all. food was fine if you like spicy and eastern style food.

Room Tip: fifth floor sea view room was lovely. great view. not much noise from barasti bar for the kids. they...
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a land view room with club access. Room was spacious, clean and well appointed. Small bath-tub with shower over. Comfortable, large bed. No balcony. Great view back onto the buildings behind.

This is a (by Dubai standards) a smaller and older hotel but that suited us.

As it was the lead up to Xmas there were parties and company functions on the beach-side every day and night. This would have made the sea-facing rooms uncomfortable. The Beach Bar by comparison was quiet.

Because we had Club access we didn't miss the sea-view as the view from the club was glorious. There was always something to match around the Marina. The staff in the club were excellent. The food - breakfast, afternoon tea and evening nibbles was superb and included hot items. Great selection plus alcoholic / non alcoholic drinks.

If you book a club room that includes airport transfers.

The beach area and pools were wonderful. No shortage of sunloungers. There is a long shared beachfront with the hotel next door and it is seamless. The beach staff were also wonderful and happy to help.

The food at the 2 hotels (you can charge both to your room or go half-board with both) was variable. We had a really good dinner at the Italian restaurant with amazing staff. The Thai restaurant was I think having a bad night as the food didn't taste at all like Thai (we have been there several times). There was a problem with the aromatic spices and things like ginger (it tasted as if it had been dried). The steak bar had great meals but the veges (esp the fries were horrible).

Every week there is a sea-food buffet with lobster and whole fish. This was of a very high standard and the staff again very good.

If you need a supermarket there is a Carrefour over the road and a LAND BRIDGE has been built to make it safe to get there.

We would definitely return to this hotel. The staff make it. Thank you all for making this a great and relaxing holiday. Hope to see you again.

Room Tip: Choose a landview room with club access
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

situated in the marina on the beach front this hotel provides an excellent base for exploring the city and relaxing on the beach.

We arrived at 9am and were provided a complimentary breakfast whilst we waited on our room to be made ready. Although checkin was meant to be 2pm we were in our room by 11am and able to shower and change after our overnight flight.

Restaurants are clean and offer good choice of food. You can also use the facilities of the Westin next door.

Taxis are a cheap and efficient way of getting around Dubai. There is a tram stop outside the hotel but the line is new and only goes a limited number of places.

Room Tip: Get a city view room rather than a beach view room for a good nights sleep. The hotel entertainment...
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at this hotel from the 10th to the 14th of Dec. The hotel is located near(?in?) the Dubai Marina area which is beautiful and ideal for long strolls in the evening. Approx 30km from the airport, the cab will cost ~90 AED to get you here (in about 25 mins). The lobby is nice and has a view of the ocean. We were greeted by a chirpy receptionist who promptly checked us in, while we ate dates and drank cool Arabic tea! I was all smiles till she pre-authorised nearly $900 from my credit card! Hotels normally take ~$100 in my experience, so this was a bit of shock! Anyways, our room was pretty standard (deluxe ocean view) with a tiny bathroom (compared to other 5 stars). Once in our rooms it took them nearly an hour to bring our luggage up! When it finally came up we were told that we hadn't specified what room we were going to, which I thought was odd as our luggage had be taken from us the moment we stepped out of the cab! Of course we had no idea what room we would be going to at that stage! Anyways, we then realised that they don't offer dental kits in the bathrooms and you have to ask for them separately. Finally after a few mildly irritating hours we were settled in! We then decided to explore the area and went for a walk by the marina, and it was beautiful! Lined with many restaurants and huge glimmering skyscrapers, and very lively! Great spot for a romancing or reflective walk!
The hotel also has a private beach and pool, and shares the compound with the Westin, who's facilities are available for guests of Le Meridien. The fitness centre is great and has better equipment than most others that I have been to. We also used the tennis courts twice, they were easy to book, and we were provided with racquets/tennis balls/spots drinks etc.
On our last day we decides to explore the Top floor, which it turned out was also the club lounge. We were told by the lady at the lounge that access is available for 300 AED/day per room (NOT per person) and that includes breakfast/tea etc! That would have been a great option for us had we need told about it at the start! The views from the club lounge are terrific.
An odd incident sullied what was otherwise appearing to be a good stay. After we checked out, the guy at the door said he could get us a cab for 120 AED. I was quite surprised as this sort of private dealing shouldn't be happening at a 5 star hotel, and certainly NOT by the staff! After I told him no he persisted saying he could find us a cab for 100 AED! Anyways, it costs 90 by metered cab, or if you want there is a new Metro station just outside the hotel. which is cheap and convenient ( we used it to travel to burj khalifa, Gurdwara etc).
Last but not the least, the Barasti bar. This is a noisy little nightclub/restaurant that's opened up on the beach just outside the hotel and yes, you can hear the songs pumping at night! We were on the 2nd floor and could hear the music every night, but it wasn't loud, just faint as the balcony door was closed. But I can imagine it being very irritating if you are here for work and need a good nights sleep!
Anyways, apart from a few little hiccoughs, our stay at the hotel was pleasant. The location is def one of the best features.

Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Husband and i had a long weekend here - had we done our research, we would have known why everywhere was so busy, and we wouldnt have missd the 43rd birthday of the UAE, and known about the associated price hikes - supply and demand and all that.

Having read the reviews here about the noise from the Barasti Bar, we booked a "land facing room", and to be fair, this was probably a good choice. Though bear in mind that "land facing" means "road and city high rise development" facing - hotel is on the junction of Al Sufouh Road and Al Naseem Street, where 6 lanes meet another 6 lanes, plus the new tram line. With all the speed cameras on the highways now, the Lambo and Ferrari drivers are reduced to laying rubber when they pull away from the lights. So you'll get noise this side too.

Barasti Bar is at it's noisiest at the weekend - Thurs/Fri and Sat to us. The bar is on the public stretch of the beach, so expect a lot of youngsters and expats, base beats and disco lights. And they show live football on a big screen most nights.

We booked a club room, so had access to the lounge. The room was small by Dubai standards, and overlooked by the high rise opposite - though we faced east, we never got woken by the sun. We had a double and a single bed, though only one bedside table, which meant I was reduced to scrabbling on the floor for glasses, and bottles of water, and the like. Though there were 3 phones...Nice Nespresso coffee machine, though I would rather a bigger mug for tea. Big wardrobe, though little space for clothes which dont hang. And rather dark - although the room was full of mirrors, none of them had the sort of light you could use to apply makeup.

Bathroom was clean, big corner bath, smaller shower cubicle, even smaller sink - no space for toiletry bags.

Club rooms come with free airport transfers, very polite driver with 7 series BMW waiting for us in arrivals, and also booked for the return - recommended. Though arrival and check in rather let this down. At 8am, I don't expect my room to be available, though what I also dont expect is to have to go through my luggage in the corridor behind the concierge - no secure luggage facility - and then have to change in the toilets on the beach. Definitely recommend a change of clothes in your hand luggage. We were given a voucher for breakfast in the buffet restaurant; hot buffet food was limited though there were lots of bread/pastry choices, and they will make omelettes for you.

We didnt get our room until gone 3pm, when husband went to chase this up. The club lounge on the 10th floor is the best bit about this hotel - all the food is beautifully presented and the staff are very friendly and polite. Had it not been for the lounge, I would possibly have gone postal, with the size of our room, and the noise from the bars. Though if I had a comment, it is that "lounge" isnt quite the right description - there are only a couple of sofas, the remaining seats are set up with tables for eating - which is fine. Also, only no separate male/female toilet, just the one. There's a fantastic terrace with views up the coast to the Burj, and down the coast to the,,,refinery & power station. And you can see onto the balconies of the sea view rooms on the 9th floor - just remember to get decent before you wander out in the morning :-)

Breakfast here is civilised, as was afternoon tea and the happy hour canapes in the evening. Though the food is a little random....ping pong ball sized rolls featured most nights, as did a kind of ciabatta topped with tuna, or beef, or cheese, or maybe a mix of all of them....Lots of fishy offerings - pizza, open sandwiches, tempura. Though all tasty, and welcome. And you aren't harrassed by the local birdlife as you are downstairs.

If it's a quiet break you are looking for, I really would recommend you take a look at the map before booking. Notice, for example, Dubai Sky Dive, and the landing strip. Planes take off towards the refinery, away from the hotel - then fly along the beach for landing. We were unfortunate enough to check in the same day the International Sky Diving championships started - which meant constant helicopters taking off and landing. I felt like an extra from Apocalypse Now.

From a facilities point - we sat on the beach on day one; in November the pool doesnt get the sun until lunchtime, and there are only about 20 loungers. Also it'll be surrounded by parents, buggies and primary coloured plastic toys. The kids pool will be empty though, if you want get your ankles wet. There are other loungers on the grass, though little privacy here, close to paths, and overlooked by the buffet restaurant. Then the high rise towers behind the hotel mean that the beach misses out on sun for several hours during the day - probably different at other times of the year.

We did use the beach cafe - Horizon - which wasn't bad. After several years visitng Dubai, you get used to paying £15 for a burger and fries. And you can look down on the pool swim up bar.

Across the hotel, grounds are well maintained, the beach is clean. Service is hit and miss, there aren't many waiters on the beach or by the pool.

We ended up using the hotel as a dormitory, then using all the facilities at the Westin, which is part of the same complex. This has a kids pool, a lap pool, and a long winding pool which is all 1.5m deep and - the best bit, and the reason I would return to the Westin - an adults only area. Adults only pool area, swim up bar, grassy lounger area and cafe. A little oasis of peace and tranquility amidst the helicopters and traffic noise. And lots of staff to reinforce compliance.

This is the first - and last - time we've stayed this far out of town, and we won;'t be making the same mistake again. I felt that the Mina Seyahi was more of a business hotel on the beach, rather than a resort like the Westin.

Room Tip: Sea views get noise from the Barasti Bar, Land views get noise from the road.
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MSeyahi, General Manager at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear Anionfan,

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, we appreciate the detailed account of your stay.

We are very sorry to hear that the hotel was not the right fit for you and would like to apologies for any inconvenience caused during your stay due to this. Rest assured that we take all our guest comments seriously and we have shared yours with the team as we try and improve our guests experience with us.

Best regards,
Tolga S Lacin,
General Manager
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The sound from the hotels resident nightclub is appalling. Is on every night till 3am and windows aren't soundproof. It's like trying to sleep with MTV on the TV.

Does not participate in SPG.

Booked room in person on day as trip extended. To be told after my stay it's not included in SPG. Checkin staff asked for SPG number and said points will be credited. To only find out 2 weeks later that the hotel is exempt from the scheme. Would have been cheaper to stay 300m down the road at their SPG participating sister hotel.

Room Tip: Choose floor above 15 to avoid noise.
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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MSeyahi, General Manager at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Dear Mumbleton,

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay with us and there was some confusion at check in regarding SPG. We would like to apologies for any inconvenience caused during your stay. Please rest assured that we take all our guest comments seriously and we have shared yours with the team as we strive to improve our guests experience with us.

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Tolga S Lacin,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got a good deal for an extended weekend. Rooms are reasonably large with acceptable standard. Bathrooms are a bit old fashioned but neat and clean. The garden and beach are nicely maintained but the neibhoring beach club offers constantly loud club music which mght not be to everybodys liking.
Most disturbing was the loud music until early morning from a nearby night club.
Overall decent place considering the low rate.

  • Stayed December 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MSeyahi, General Manager at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear dirk9980,

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our pool and beach area and that the rooms met with your expectations.

Rest assured that we take all our guest comments seriously, i have shared yours with the team as we try and improve our guests experience with us. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused during your stay.

Best regards,
Tolga S Lacin,
General Manager
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Address: Al Sufouh Road | Po Box 213 084, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Dubai
#47 Family Hotel in Dubai
#50 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#64 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#75 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#135 Business Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina 5*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly re-opened following a 10-month refurbishment, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina offers a luxurious getaway on Dubai’s famous Jumeirah Beach. Boasting 1200 metres of private beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi features several swimming pools, tennis courts and a gym. Le Meridien newly designed rooms offer a classic decor and are equipped with complimentary internet access, individually controlled air conditioning, satellite channels, an in-room safe, and a choice of panoramic views over the Arabian Sea or the buzzing city of Dubai. Among the services offered on the resort, a wide range of outdoor activities are featured, including a water sports centre, our Fitness Centre Club Mina, and younger guests can enjoy the Penguin Club which offers an activity programme, beach games as well as 2 separate kids’ pools. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi offers two distinctive new restaurant concepts, two bars and one lounge for a stimulating gourmet dining and drinking experience. Enjoy Barasti Beach Bar and explore a selection of cocktails, wines and spirits overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Latest Recipe draws on great dishes created internationally with innovative fare as well as comfort food re-imagined. Whatatsumi offers a relaxed Japanese atmosphere for your evening meal, while Latitude in the lobby offers perfect coffee drinks and snacks throughout the day. Located on the pristine shoreline of Jumeirah Beach this prime location is just a 10 minute drive away from world-famous Emirates Golf Club. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is also in close proximity to various malls as well as the Marina walk and JBR where many favored restaurants and bars can be found. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi offers concierge services and an airport transfer service can be arranged at an additional fee upon request. ... more   less 
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