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“Brilliant place to stay in Dubai” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

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Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Al Sufouh Road | P O Box 24970, Dubai 24970, United Arab Emirates (The Marina)   |  
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“Brilliant place to stay in Dubai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Wonderful stay at Le Meridien Beach Resort and Spa. The public areas of the hotel really had the ‘Wow’ factor with lots of marble, impressive furnishings and amazing flower displays. As all other reviewers have commented, the staff was so helpful and attentive. We stayed in the tower and the rooms were very spacious and very well furnished. For me, what also makes this a special venue in Dubai is the fact that the hotel has large, beautifully kept grounds with lots of green space, 3 pools and an extensive beachfront area. Many other hotels, whilst impressive buildings, are crammed in together with a small, often rooftop pools and little other outside space to relax in.
We ate at the Rhodes TWENTY10 restaurant and it was fantastic. We ate really late, leaving just before midnight as our flight arrived late in the evening but never felt rushed by the staff who I am sure were desperate to close up for the night. Vincent, the front of house manager was brilliant, as was the waiter. Vincent offered advice on the food and was happy to combine the ingredients from a couple of different choices from one of the courses for me as I was undecided as to which to choose. He has worked in a couple of Gary Rhodes’s restaurants around the world and seems to be called in to oversee the start-up of new restaurants so is obviously good at his job, as was apparent.
I’m not really one for pampering and spa treatments usually but my husband and I decided that we’d give the spa a go as we had quite a few hours to spare after we’d checked out of the room and before our flight. Forgetting we were in an Arabic country, we went into our separate changing rooms with a view to meeting up in the communal spa area, but no……the facilities were separate. I used the Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna but apparently, the men’s facilities had 5 spa pools of different temperatures to use after the sauna (I’m sure there were the same in the ladies area but I never discovered them. My husband spoke to a local man who has spa membership at the hotel and he reckoned that it was the best in the area – better than the spa in the Burj Al Arab, reputably the only 7* hotel in the world!
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The Indego Indian restaurant in the sister hotel, the Grovenor House, was also fantastic and you can see why it has rightfully earned a Michelin star. The food was beautiful and the waiter (Amitesh, I think) was delightful and had just the right balance between being attentive but not intrusive. This was the best meal we had in Dubai.
There is a free shuttle bus between Le Meridien and the Grosvenor which is worth using as although the hotels are very close together, the road system is a bit hectic and complicated for pedestrians. In general taxis are pretty cheap as long as you get the government run ones as they use standardised tariffs.
The Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world, is worth a visit. It’s next to the Dubai Mall. It’s pretty impressive if you just view it from the outside but if you want to go up it, buy your tickets online in advance as they are about a quarter of the price than if you buy them there. We’d heard stories of massive queues to go up the tower but we went at 3pm on a Saturday and it really wasn’t that bad – the whole experience from starting to queue, go up, wander round and get down, took about an hour.
The Dubai Mall next to the tower was vast with designer labelled shops as well as English High Street shops thrown in as well as an indoor waterfall and aquarium. Outside, there is a nightly fountain show lasting about 5 minutes every 30 minutes from 6 until 11 and each one is different and is staged to different music. Many people watch from the promenade and cafes outside of the mall and next to the Burj Khalifa lake. Instead, go up to the hotel The Address, Downtown Dubai, next to the lake and watch the show(s) whilst having a drink or meal. You’ll have a good view of the show and it’s great to look up at the Burj Kahlifa as it lights up for the evening. As my husband said “This has got to be in the top 30 views in the world to sit and have a drink”. Unbelievably, given the location, the prices of drinks were no different than anywhere else in Dubai (we didn’t eat there but I suspect that the food prices were comparable, too).
We visited the Madinat ‘complex’ too. Apparently, there are only two hotels there but 44 bars and restaurants. It was an experience as the area is serviced by waterways and when we went to a Thai restaurant, we had to catch a boat to get there. Nice experience and a very serene way to get to a meal. The food was good, but not exceptional. We also ate there another night at the Rivington Bar and Grill, a British themed restaurant, and it was quite good but again, not exceptional and I had the special starter – langoustines, some of which had absolutely NO meat in them. After two attempts to get some with some meat (or flesh as they’re seafood?), I gave up and asked for the cost to be removed from the bill.
We also visited the Atlantis on the outskirts of the Palm which our friends visit regularly but I was a bit underwhelmed! As with the Madinat, it very much caters for outside visitors with lots of restaurants you can use if you’re not staying there and lots of shops. We chose not to pay to look at the aquarium as other people I know have said you can go to the one in the Dubai Mall more cheaply and it’s just as good. There are areas that are for residents of the hotel only with security guards manning the doors, but we found out that if you want to eat at the Nashimi Beach restaurant, you can go into the ‘residents only ‘ areas. This is worth doing. There are white (faux) leather settees and chairs overlooking the beach and towards the main part of the Dubai mainland but you need to spend a certain amount of money there to use them, otherwise you had to sit at a standard beach table. Somehow we did manage to blag a seat on the settees without spending too much, as we didn’t know about the ‘rules’ until we paid the bill, so give it a go!
Summary
Stay at the Meridien if you can (although not cheap) at it’s brilliant, classy and pretty central.
Visit Burj Khalifia, if only from the outside, and maybe get at drink at The Address, Downtown Dubai
Eat at Rhodes TWENTY10 and Indego
TAKE LOTS OF MONEY OR GO ALL INCLUSIVE AS ITS VERY EXPENSIVE TO EAT AND DRINK! £8ish for a 150ml glass of Pinot Grigio and a bit less for a pint of beer.
Enjoy Dubai wherever you stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GHLRM, General Manager at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your detailed review on Trip Advisor following your recent stay at Le Royal Meridien.

We are truly happy to hear that you had enjoyed your stay with us and were extremely pleased with our Associates high level of service as well as with the facilities that we have on offer at the hotel.

It is nice to note that you found the room we had allocated for you to be large and well furnished. We are also happy to read that you were able to experience some of our F&B outlets at both hotels and particularly liked Rhodes Twenty10 and Indego by Vineet.

Thank you for recommending us on Trip Advisor and we look forward to welcoming you back in a not too distant future.

Kind regards,
Pam Wilby
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Our second time at this hotel, and we will certainly go again. This is a great chill-out hotel. We received an upgrade to a club room when booking this hotel which was great. The breakfast choice was amazing and the friendly helpful service was brilliant.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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GHLRM, General Manager at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor.

Having stayed with us for the second time, we were delighted to hear that you had once again enjoyed your time at the resort.

It was our pleasure to upgrade you on this occasion and glad to hear that you were also pleased with the service of our associates.

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Pam Wilby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

our third visit via its sister hotel grosvenor house...amazing staff amazing service.,amazing pools and amazing entertainment went with the family and grand children .went over half term. the hotel had so much laid on for children aged 3-17 yrs old, it was brilliant.my grandson even got to play football with john barnes ex-liverpool,paul parker ex- man utd,and trevor sinclair ex- chelsea truly family friendly hotel with excellent facilities for all ages.

Room Tip: visited this hotel from our sister hotel grovesnor house.did not stay here, but visited daily for th...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor.

It is a pleasure to hear that you and your family had enjoyed your recent stay with us at Le Royal Meridien and were pleased with the programme we had on offer for the children over this period.

Thank you once again for your kind words of appreciation and we look forward to welcoming you all back in the near future.

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Pam Wilby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This hotel is just fab. Made extra special by the amazing staff who really really want to make you happy and they want to do it with a hugh smile. I can't think of anything that coud improve this hotel. The location is perfect, the breakfast was off the scale, and the choice of restaurants actually in the hotel was great. We have already booked again for next year and it can't come soon enough.

Room Tip: Obviously sea views are the best, but you pay more for them.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GHLRM, General Manager at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor.

We are truly delighted to know that you have enjoyed your recent stay with us and felt comfortable and welcome.

All your kind comments with regards to service of our associates, the breakfast and restaurants we have on offer are very much appreciated and will be shared with the whole team accordingly.

Thank you once again and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future

Kind Regards
Pam Wilby
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

Friendly enough but is not a Starwood property as advertised. Asked for a high floor - stuck in a 2nd floor room with a spectacular view of the car park.. Oh the things which make you not consider another property on your next visit. When you get lemons.....

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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GHLRM, General Manager at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your review on Trip Advisor following your recent stay with us at Le Royal Meridien.

We are glad to know that you were pleased with the friendly service of our associates, however having also taken note of your other comments, we are sorry to hear that the room we had allocated for you was not up to your expectations.

Thank you once again for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor and we hope to welcome you back at the hotel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Have stayed as a couple, in this hotel on two occasions and each time have received exemplary service from the hotel staff. It was clean and comfortable and nothing was too much trouble. The waiters, and pool attendants were always at hand, but unobtrusive. It was worth the extra cost to stay in the "tower" accomodation, having stayed in both the hotel and the tower both were very comfortable and clean, but whilst in the tower you have complementary tea and cakes in the afternoon and although you although you have paid for this it was superb. Loved the place and want to go back. Very good selection of breakfast options, suitable for all tastes/religions/nationality's and various restaurants to choose from at dinner.

Room Tip: Try to book a room in the tower, although the comfort aspect was no different the extra's were g...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GHLRM, General Manager at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Dear Guest,



Thank you for posting your review on Trip Advisor.



Having stayed with us on two occasions, we are happy to hear that you both had enjoyed your overall stay at the resort.



We are also delighted to know that you were extremely pleased with our Associates exemplary service as well as with our Club lounge benefits and found it to be good value for money.



It was our pleasure to have you as our guest and we look forward to welcoming you back at Le Royal Meridien.



Kind Regards



Pam Wilby

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

My boyfriend and I have just returned from a 10 day trip to Dubai to visit a friend and stayed at LRM for the last 2 days of our holiday. We chose LRM based on excellent reviews on both Trip Advisor and friends who have stayed here before.

This hotel truly is 5 Star. As soon as you walk in to the main reception it has that wow factor. Check in took no more than 5 minutes where we were offered towels and fruit juice. Our room was not ready as we arrived mid morning so therefore were offered a complimentary light breakfast and then went off to the pool for a couple of hours. We instantly relaxed.

Rooms are exceptional, we had a club room with sea view and was everything you would expect of a 5 star. Beds are exceptionally comfortable!

Our previous days in Dubai had been busy with trips to Abu Dhabi for both the Grand Prix and sand dune bashing (both highly recommended) so we used our 2 days to relax by the pool although the hotel offers lots of activities if you choose to. A highlight for us was the pool swim up bar! Perfect for a couple of afternoon cocktails after a day in the sun! We had lunch one day at the pool bar and on 2nd day in The Brasserie which is buffet style. One evening we ate in Mi Vida. This is a seafood restaurant and really enjoyed it. On our second evening we went over to The sister hotel Grosvenor And went to Toro Toro which is a Latin style bar serving tapas. This was excellent also. We had breakfast in the Brasserie on our final morning in LRM before our flight back to Birmingham and this was great. You could have anything you wanted from cereal to full English. Overall we didn't find food over priced as we are used to paying for good restaurants in the UK. Drinks are more expensive but not much more than quality hotels in Europe. As with all things in life, you get what you pay for.

The service in this hotel is exceptional and LRM should be proud of such a fantastic hotel they have created. We can certainly see why so many people have said they would return to this hotel as we certainly will on our next visit to Dubai.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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GHLRM, General Manager at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Dear Guest,



Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor.



We are truly delighted to know that had enjoyed your recent stay with us at Le Royal Meridien and glad that all of our Associates went out of their way to ensure you both had a memorable time.

It is a pleasure to read that you enjoyed the food and service in our restaurants and also had the opportunity to try Toro Toro at our sister hotel the Grosvenor House.



Thank you once again for your kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you back.



Kind Regards



Pam Wilby

General Manager
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Additional Information about Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Address: Al Sufouh Road | P O Box 24970, Dubai 24970, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > The Marina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Dubai
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#4 Family Hotel in Dubai
#4 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#5 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#6 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#27 Business Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 500
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai is situated on a pristine stretch of private beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf and with 500 rooms, caters to every type of traveler. With 14 international restaurants and bars, the hotel offers guests the world on a plate. Caracalla, the hotel’s Spa & Health Club, is the ideal retreat for mind and body. The pool and beach facilities are heaven for sunbathers and joggers. ... more   less 
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