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Media One Hotel Dubai
Ranked #153 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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1 review
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“Painful.”
Reviewed December 16, 2011

If you care about things that actually matter, Media One has so-so beds, so-so service, so-so food. You probably won't die, and if you have earplugs or sleeping pills to block out the round-the-clock sound of clubbing from downstairs, you might even get some sleep.

If you care about the way a hotel presents itself, Media One appears to be managed by a hormonal teenage girl. The room service menu is filled with items with names like "your schmuffaluffamouch breakfast" (an omelet?), "simple and understated, yet trendy" (fruit), "it's just so, so good" (a pancake) and lengthy, overwrought definitions of words like "breakfast" and "room service". The walls in the rooms are covered in inexplicable graphics from the early 90s, artists' renditions of what the internet must look like.

These things would probably be easily fixed, as the bones of the hotel aren't bad. If they can just fire the person who thinks that the way to make a hotel feel hip and fashionable is to write "hip" and "fashionable" on every surface, they'll be in fairly good shape.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 16, 2011

This was my first stay at Media One Hotel. I opted for a regular Dubai taxi rather than one of the Mini All FOUR cars that would have been sent as a hotel car.

Reception area and staff all very modern and classy. Lots of glass, metal and clean lines. Staff were effiecient and welcoming throughout checkin.
Room was a good size and had nice floor to ceiling outlook - the view from my room was not of much but was OK.

Facilities in the room were good - especially liked the iPOD docking station. Why is this not an essential element of every 5 star hotel?

A few negatives....the built in furniture in the room was not really to my liking. It had all the storage you would want but looked - well a bit ordinary. I checked in sometime around Halloween and had the misforture of being only 3 floors above and just round the corner from the pool where there was a pool party to 2am or 3am.....i asked for another room but apparently the hotel was fully booked...what is the Halloween equivalent of Bah Humbug!

Breakfast and meals were generally good.
Business Centre was excellent. Facilities, Service, Layout, attention and support of staff etc. You want a meeting at Dubai Marina - try this place.

Didn't try the pool or gym - it was a little windy when i was there and I had no time in any case.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the pool and on an upper level in case there is a party on the go.....unles...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

It's hard to know what to make of the Media One hotel. It reminds me of the classic "dad at the disco" sketch where he's just trying far too hard and failing abysmally. It thinks it is stylish, but it's definitely a case of style over substance. It's so very proud of itself with the "oh so cute" little comments on just about everything from the bins to the menus and the notepaper in your room.

It just fails, it's not even half as good as it thinks it is. If it just calmed down for a second and accepted it's a fairly standard hotel with nothing much wrong with it then it would be fine.

The one criticism I have of it - and it's a huge one - is that it is horrendously noisy. It only offers extortionately priced internet in the rooms (both wifi and cabled) so you are forced into the public areas. And the public areas are truly hideous. Beyond awful, The reception and downstairs cafe plays very noisy dance music. I'm not a dance music fan, but the stuff they are playing is actually quite good. But totally and utterly inappropriate for a hotel reception.

It's the dad at the disco at its worst. It might be acceptable if this was a tourist hotel, but it's in Media City, part of Dubai's business district. So dad at the disco definitely isn't appropriate for a business hotel.

The restaurant isn't much better as it still has music that's too loud, although not quite as bad.

It's a shame as the food is quite good so I'm convinced they'd get more trade if they didn't force you out of the hotel or back into your room to order room service.

Unless you're a hard core dance music fan I'd recommend avoiding the Media One Hotel, which is a shame as I don't like writing negative reviews, but this hotel deserves it.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

This is a difficult hotel to rate. It is really clean, very sleek. The rooms are nicely furnished, the buffet adequate, and the pool area very nice. The 2 major things that bring this hotel down are:

-Service: The service was very inept at reception, and it seemed like their mentality was to do the bare-minimum. ie: internet in your room is not free, and to get it, you have to go down to reception to pay for it.

-Noise: I would highly discourage any family to stay here. There is a club on floor 8 that is outdoors and the DJ is on high volume the whole night. If you plan on taking part, you shouldn't be worried. However, if you aren't part of it, the music and pounding base will go to at least 3am.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

If you're in Dubai for business located next to Media City and you like European styled hotels, Media One Hotel is the right choice. No heavy carpets and cosy corners but cool style and functionality carachterise this accomodation. The pool on the breakfast-floor is worth using after a hard working day. The rooms are furnished modern and functional, noting missing. The restaurant's offer is average but I never had problems digesting. Fees are moderate. Service in general excellent.

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Reviewed November 21, 2011

Great location! Near the metro train, public beach, marina and malls.
Perfect service! 5star amenities inside the room. With wi-fi and Ipod docking station.
Fantastic pool with wifi access too and turns into a lounge in the evening.
I'm a fan!

  • Stayed November 2011
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

The hotel service is very good, all can be requested free of charge but, i dont think safety should be requested. It should be the priority of the hotel management. i have slipped two times at the bathroom, i need to request the anti slip mat because i was informed it should be requested. all other things are okay to request like towels, soap or shampoo but not the safety mat, it should be automatically available inside the bathroom now its the guest choice whether to use it or not.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Media One Hotel Dubai
Address: Media One Hotel Al Falak St | Behind American University, Dubai 121818, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#90 Business Hotel in Dubai
#115 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#139 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Media One Hotel Dubai 4*
Number of rooms: 260
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Media One is an urban lifestyle hotel that believes in doing things differently. It cleverly combines a dynamic sense of style, striking design and an appeal that suits the region's multi-cultural taste. Immaculate meeting rooms and comfortable beds for the hard working executive plus a selection of vibrant outlets to ensure a lively stay every time. ... more   less 
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