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“Mina Al Salam, Fantastic!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mina A' Salam at Madinat Jumeirah
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   |  
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Ranked #11 of 499 Hotels in Dubai
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“Mina Al Salam, Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2006

I just come back from this hotel and went over with my wife and 2 year old. We all loved it. First time in Dubai. I was disappointed with the shopping over in Dubai but hotel was excellent. Friendly staff, helpfull and very clean. Recomend this hotel for sure. Dubbed the Aravian Venice by the staff and found out this was true during my 1 weeks stay.

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2006

Upon arriving at the Dubai airport, we caught a taxi to the resort for 90 D (£16.00) which took 45 mins (because of traffic not distance). Dubai Taxi's are the best in the world. They are all fitted with GPS-based digital screens which begin as soon as the car moves. The price of fuel out there is ludicrously cheap - therefore the taxi's are too.

Upon arrival our booking-in and everything was extemely swift. Our arrival at 9.00am was a lot earlier than the times our rooms are supposed to be available. However, we were told to relax with a free drink of our choice and that a supervisor was checking our room upon being cleaned and that we should be in it within 15-20mins.

The rooms were large, with beautiful comfy beds and linen, the coffee tables are dresser's were of solid dark wood and would grace anyones home. The bathrooms were very large, complete with full-size bath, walk-in shower cubicle - all decorated with beautiful tiles and chrome fittings. Extremely solid floors and walls with no cross noise from other rooms.

The hotel makes up 1/3 of the madinat jumeriah complex - with the other parts being made up by the huge entertainment complex (16 restaurants, 1 nightclub and about 10 bars) & the final third being comprised of the royal villa's, Spa buildings (one of THE top spa's in the world - colonic anyone?).

All the the sections are of arabic build (dusty, old fashioned effect architecture) and are connected by winding river's! yes they are man made and feature Abra boats (small boats which carry up to 8 people, battery powered so are totally silent) - at night the place is lit up beautifully and the bars and restaurants all look over the rivers.

Having gone around the Burj Al Arab (vulgar, small inside and loathsome guests with too much botox) and the Jumiriah beach hotel (superb - but geared up for family's, with kid's clubs etc) - i can honestly say that the Min-A-Salam is worthy of the accolades so far bestowed on it by the previous reviews.

In a nutshell, forget the pictures (they do not tell you anything about this hotel) and book it. It is by far 1) The best hotel 2)in the best area 3)Especially if you want to relax (Spa) 4)or want to be lively(bars and restaurants)

It ticks ALL boxes.... and is on the beach !

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2006

i travelled to the Al Qasr on my own in need of a complete battery recharge. A little anxious as it was my first time to be alone on holidays, my fears were soon laid to rest. Total luxury and relaxation is the name of the game here and no-one notices that the sun lounger beside you is unoccupied! The private beach is one of the few quiet beaches in Dubai at the moment, the food is fantastic, the service is typically Dubian and 7*, and I slept all night and afternoon! Despite the glitzy decor typical of the Middle East, the water ways within this hotel make the experiece totally relaxing and enjoyable. i loved the water taxi trips to the hussle and bussle of the souq marina.

I've been to many places in many countries and for me, as a single, exhausted female exec and lone traveller, this is the place to chill while still still remaining busy, fun and relaxing all at once.

Stayed December 2005
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2006

mina a salam is a wonderful hotel and the staff are so helpful. so much to do. the resort is incredible. simply a brilliant place to be.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2006

This expensive resort feels like an Arabian Sun City, Vegas or, even, Blackpool. I suppose it is "upmarket cheesy" - which is fine when eveything works well (like in the Burj al Arab).

- The rooms in the Mina A'Salam seem small and, unlike some other beach towers, one feels remote from the beach. Very little cupboard space.
- The check-in staff are not up to scratch.
- The restaurants are not as great as Jumeirah's PR suggests. In particular, the Thai restaurant is bad - the food has little relation to that presented in a good Thai restaurant. As you would predict, it is Thai food for the aspiring upmarket (bling) tourist.
- My bathroom's floor was horribly filthy and needed scrubbing.
- In general, too many poorly paid staff and not enough competent middle-management.
- Accompanied prositutes in the hotel's bars.
- Importantly, poor wine cellars.

The Seven Senses Spa is excellent and if you like such things, the night club is also excellent (as is Dubai's Buddah Bar).

More generally, the prices of eveything in Dubai are up - and what was good value is no longer.

If you want to stay at the Madinat Jumeirah resort - check out al Qasr and the beach properties of Dar al Masyaf - both are better than the Mina A'Salam (but, not great). Or, for really excellent service go to Asia ...! Oh, and if you want Dubai, book well in advance - hotels are full.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2006

Booked through Expedia for New Year Stay. They didn't have the resrvation when we arrived. Insisted only way they could honour the reservation was to agree to the 1925 Dhs each for the compulsory gala NY dinner (about $1000+) as the expedia room rates were 'special' but didn't mention the gala dinner.

Maybe because it was because of the end of the year, but ended up being sent to Al Qasr (sister hotel next door for the so-called gala dinner at the Napa - Mediteranean Restaurant - mediocre and very poor food and uncoordianted service).

Rooms were nice, staff friendly, but all in all erratic service and some staff didn't have a clue. I've had much better service at the Oberoi.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2005

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights in late July early August and it really is one of the most fabulous Hotels we've EVER stayed in.

The decor and general outlook of the hotel is beautiful and the whole experience really makes you feel special from the moment you arrive.

A Tip - Ask for a direct sea facing room because whilst all rooms have some sea view, a few at the side (where we were at first)only have a partial one - We were moved on day two (as soon as another room became available)and the staff really couldn't do more to help.

The whole Madinat complex is fantastic, the pool at the Quasar is lovely and very roomy but the (sometimes) under rated pool at the Mina has fabulous sea views and a really nice pool bar/cafe even if it is a little small.

Best Resturants: Segretto and the Thai but every one we tried was very good.

Six senses Spa was georgeous in lay out and atmosphere but overall I (and my wife) thought the massage was nothing special - Still enjoyed it, but not really worth the money ......... Unlike Everything Else !!!!!

Finally, if like us your not mega rich and can only afford this type of luxery in the "Off season" don't be put off by July/August in Dubai - It is incredibly Hot and humid but the Madinat is SO Good and the Service so fantastic (as is the A/C ) that you really will have the time of your life !!!!! ......... Probably not the time of year to do much else than relax though !

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Dubai
#11 Family Hotel in Dubai
#11 Business Hotel in Dubai
#11 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#22 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Mina A' Salam at Madinat Jumeirah 5*
Number of rooms: 292
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Mina Salam Hotel
Mina Salam Dubai
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