I've just returned from a week's stay at Le Meridien, Dubai, the one nearest to the airport.
One day I took the shuttle bus to The Royal Meridien at Jumeirah. I couldn't help noticing the serious amount of building work going on in the area at the moment which was pretty off putting as well as the dust that was whipped up from the beach.
I have no complaints about the hotel at all but in my personal opinion you are far better off away from this obvious building site.
Le Meridien, Dubai was an ideal location, even though it is located very close to the airport the aircraft hardly cause any disturbance.
A very good restaurant recommendation is The Boardwalk at Dubai Creek, excellent menu, reasonable price's and location right beside the Creek. Its a very romantic setting especially at night. The full of the restaurant is Aquarium, Boardwalk and Legends Restaurant.