Stayed at Le Meridien last week with a group of friends.
Travelled from Dubai airport, journey took one and a half hours, well-made roads, not sure about the reviewer who said it is not for the faint hearted! Maybe there are different routes, we organised a pickup with the hotel who charged 380 AED each way. Well worth it.
This is an extremely pleasant hotel, not amazing but very nice and with great service. There are mainly pros and just a few cons, based upon the different experiences within our small group.
The luggage was misplaced for several hours which was a pain! We arrived at 10am in the morning check in was a little slow but we were offered a drink while we waited. Our luggage was whisked away and we were given a tag. We could not actually check in as the room was not ready, we were offered storage for our luggage and a complimentary breakfast. After breakfast we went to the luggage storage area and removed some beach wear so that we could enjoy the pool until the rooms were ready. I went back to check in at 2pm, was given the room key and told the luggage was in the room. Alas it was not, I spent 2 hours explaining that we were part of a group, the case was large and pink and easy to identify, several trolleys arrived at the door with other people’s luggage. Eventually, 2 hours later it was found, not the end of the world but it did become slightly worrying.
We booked months ago, 2 rooms and requested rooms next door to each other or at least on the same floor. I had the 2nd floor my friends had the 7th floor. Their experience was quite different to ours; suffice to say their room was extremely noisy, screeching children at 6am. Our room was very quiet. No idea why we could not be on the same floor at least, the hotel was not full.
WiFi – none available unless you pay, very disappointing.
Extremely clean, the common areas and all of the toilets including the pool and beach toilets are cleaned every hour. There are Molton Brown toiletries in all of the toilets, including the beach, where there are also showers and lockers.
Pool attendants, lifeguards, bar staff in abundance and so so helpful, every single member of staff in every location really helpful.
Room massive, sea view and we only had the standard room, 2 large double beds, big walk in wardrobe and large bathroom. Complimentary water each day, kettle and tea and coffee in the room, also large flat screen TV and DVD player (mini bar - chargeable) in room safe, free of charge. Complimentary fruit each day.
Breakfast, excellent, great staff, cappuccinos to order, egg station, waffle station, healthy eating section, fresh orange juice, fresh bakery and pastries, all replenished regularly, in fact everything you could possible want and really good quality.
3 really clean pools, nice towels, and good quality sun loungers with clean cushions. At no stage did we see anything that needed to be replaced, all of the parasols are in great condition. Nice pool bars and beach bar. Very nice clean beach, lots of shade.
We ate in different restaurants each evening; they were all very good and very good service. The only one that was a let down was the Indian, Swad, the chicken was gristly and the so called house wine the most expensive in any of the restaurants, we only ate there once, whilst we liked Sapore and Gonu so much we went twice.
We used the Spa one morning, again very friendly staff they will even lend you trainers as long as you have socks !
All in all a great hotel, easy to get to, superb service, good food, great rooms unless you are unlucky enough to have an adjoining room and it’s got screeching kids who also have cartoons on the TV at its ultimate volume !
I would recommend and would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- To its stunning setting between the Hajar Mountains and a superb stretch of golden sand beach, Le Meridien Al Aqah brings luxury, fine facilities, and high standards of service. The resort boast 218 sea view rooms and suites, 09 food and beverage outlets, kids club and teens club, 09 conference and meeting options, professional dive centre with variety water sports including fishing, fitness centre, flood lit tennis courts, squash court, daily entertainment activities and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Hotel Fujairah
- Le Meridien Fujairah
- Fujairah Le Meridien
- Al Aqah Beach Resort