My boyfriend and I have just returned from a 6 night stay at the Westin and we loved every single minute of it!!!!!
We arrived at the hotel at 8:30am so we weren't expecting a room to be ready for us, so we were quite pleased when we were told that they there was one available. However, we were advised that we may not want the room that was available as it was a ground floor room with no view!!!! As we had paid for a sea view room, Mahmood (Not sure if I've got the name quite right) obviously suspected that we would decline this room, but he still gave us the option anyway which was good. We declined the room and had a wait of a couple of hours until we got a fantastic room on the 5th floor, to which he showed us to personally. 11:00am wasn't bad considering check-in isn't actually until 3:00pm.
The room was truly fantastic with everything we could possibly want - the Heavenly Bed, the Nespresso machine, mini bar, dressing gowns, slippers, superb bathroom and a balcony with a fantastic view out to the Palm and the Atlantis. In addition, there were always fresh bottles of mineral water in the room which I particularly liked - I think we were getting about 6 bottles a day!!!!
The service throughout the stay was excellent from the staff at reception and concierge, to the staff in the restaurants and by the pool.
The pool and garden area are amazing. We particularly liked the sunbeds on the grassy area as there always seemed to be a nice breeze. The winding pool was great - it would take us about 20 minutes to swim leisurely round it and there were never more than 10 or 15 people in it!!!! The waiters by the pool were very friendly and we never had any problems finding anyone to take our order. There was also a good supply of cold flannels coming round too when it got a bit too warm!!!! The prices by the pool weren't too bad - about £3 for a large bottle of water which came with ice and about £2.60 for a Diet Coke.
The food in the Blue Orange buffet restaurant was fantastic and as other reviews have stated there was so much choice. Breakfast included omelette stations, a pancake station, cold meats, cheese, a huge bread and pastry selection, cooked breakfasts, both indian and arabic food, waffles and plenty of fruit and bottles of mineral water to take away. In the evenings there was the same amount of choice - pasta station, japanese noodle station, cooked meat and fish to order as well as indian, arabic, chinese and a fantastic dessert selection.
Whilst we were there there was an offer on at Hunters steakhouse for 3 courses and unlimited champagne for about £70 a head. It sounds a lot but I thought it was well worth the money. The menu wasn't really restricted - I think the only things missing from the normal menu were lobster and a couple of the steaks (there were still about 7 cuts of steak to choose from). In addition, we also got about 8 glasses of champagne each during the meal which was far better than we imagined. Both the food and the service were excellent and I would really recommend the restaurant especially if the champagne offer is on!!!! We also ate at Bussola one night, which although it had a fantastic view, I would say it was average for the money - 2 courses each a bottle of wine cost us £75.
Just a couple of tips to consider about the Westin and Dubai:
- Our booking with Trailfinders included complimentary half board. When we checked in the hotel had no record of this and it was only because Mahmood mentioned about our rate being bed and breakfast only, that we queried this. As you still have to sign for dinner in the restaurant, I would recommend if you are on a similar deal to sort it when you check in. I'm not saying that the hotel wouldn't sort it upon checking out, but I think it would be more hassle!!!
- Keep an eye out for promotions in the different bars and restaurants. You can get some good deals especially in May when went. For instance, we took advantage of the champagne meal in Hunters, Oeno at the Westin had a promotion on a Tuesday night whereby all women got 3 free glasses of champagne and there was a Sol lager promotion on at the Barasti Bar at the Meridien whereby it was half price.
- If you're staying at the Westin or the Meridien, watch the sunset from the Barasti Bar. You can recline on the day beds or sun loungers listening to the DJ playing chill-out music and watch the sun go down over the Marina.
- We booked through Trailfinders who arranged a transfer from the airport with Arabian Adventures. I think this cost about £70 for a return transfer but was well worth the money. We got met at the airport by a air-conditioned Audi which was fantastic following our less than luxurious BA flight!!!!! It was more expensive than a taxi but I wouldn't hesitate to do it again especially arriving early in a morning.
- Make sure you go to Dubai Duty Free at the airport and buy some alcohol!!!! The drinks are pricey - £7 for a beer and about £10 for a cocktail, but there again, you could pay that easily in London or other places in Europe. As we had a balcony with a sea view, it was actually quite nice to sit on the balcony with a cold beer following a taxing day by the pool!!!!!
All in all, we would recommend a stay at the Westin and to be honest, I don't think I would contemplate staying anywhere else!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Occupying a prime location on Jumeirah Beach, the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi is a 5-star beach resort. It features spectacular 5 resort pools, a 1,200 m private beach, luxurious rooms and 8 restaurants. Panoramic views over the Arabian Gulf and the Palm Jumeirah can be enjoyed from most rooms and parts of the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort. Rooms and suites include free Wi-Fi, a Nespresso machine, spacious seating area, and a marble bathroom with luxury bath amenities. Modern and classical design with high ceilings and grand mirrors are also featured in each unit. Guests can relax at the Heavenly Spa by Westin. There are also tennis courts, a fitness centre, and a water sports centre. At the Westin Mina Seyahi children can enjoy a kids pool, daily beach games, kids club and a Wild Wadi Waterpark nearby. Steakhouse, Thai and Italian cuisine are just some of the choices on offer, served formally or informally. Spanish, Asian and international dishes can also be savoured at the resort. Special menus for children are served in the restaurants. Westin Dubai is 5 minutes by car from Jumeirah Beach Walk and 20 minutes away from Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Mina Seyahi is a great choice for travellers interested in beaches, family holiday, relaxation and food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort And Marina
- Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Hotel Dubai
- Dubai Westin