I have been visiting Dubai with my husband for the past 10 years, our first trip being in 2000 with our son and daughter and we have returned almost on an annual basis staying in different hotels but mainly in hotels along the Jumierah Beach. I have always raved about the place to family and friend, so much so that this year my cousin and her husband decided to come with us. Dubai itself did not let us down as we had a brilliant time, the only problem was with the choice of hotel on this occasion. The moment I walked into the reception area my heart sank. The place appeared jaded and unfriendly. The girl on reception was not at all welcoming and took ages to sign us in as other people came up to the desk and she proceeded to deal with them and kept us waiting without making any comment to us, which I felt was very rude and not a good first impression. The next disappointment were the rooms, although clean and functional they were very basic. The swimming pool and beach areas were quite small and on the beach it was very noisy due to be situated very close to the docks and there was a lot of dredging going on all day. There were plenty of restaurants to choose from and The Seafood Bar was very good. We also had a meal in The Lebanese Restaurant one evening, which was fantastic although the drinks were extortionate. The belly dancing was also good. The beach bar offered the best value for money and did a lovely steak sandwich. Although the breakfast was not too bad it was certainly not the best and I found the staff there to be extremely rude and off hand. I will be going back to dubai again but the next time i intend to revisit The Royal Meridian Hotel, which was excellant and ticked all the boxes for me. There is so much to do in Dubai but I would certainly recommend a desert safari with dune bashing, a trip up the new Kalifa Tower and no trip to dubai would be complet without a visit to both the Gold Souk and the Al Karama Fake Market area. Bartering is great fun. If you go don't skimp on the hotel and avoind July and August which can be unbearably hot - in the High 40's. OH and if you like a good steak go to The Meat Company, a steak restaurant which is in the Madjinet next to the Mina Al Salam. The best I have ever tasted and the outside eating area was beautiful.
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