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“Great with a few caveats”
Review of The Meydan Hotel

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The Meydan Hotel
Ranked #85 of 556 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 22, 2012

If, like me, you love your racing. then this is close to paradise. From about 5.30 every morning to around 9.30 there were various strings of race horses working out on the track, and we were lucky enough to be there during a week when there was racing on 2 days. It was easy to follow the racing from our balcony, particular as the hotel TV carries Dubai Racing channel so you can catch up on racecourse gossip on the tv and then pop onto the balcony for the race.
We got a really good deal from e-bookers (40% off for a 6 night stay), which meant the panoramic suite we booked was actually cheaper than most regular hotel rooms in similar hotel grades down town. The suite was really spacious, with a generous plate of fresh fruit served to our room every day. There was loads of storage space for clothes - something I often find an issue on holiday. Having said that, the furnishings were beginning to show signs of wear and tear - the cupboard under the sink came off its hinges, if you opened it. Also the beautiful rainfall shower flooded our bathroom every time we used it as the door sealant was not particularly effective. This was actually quite dangerous - I went whizzing across the marble floor twice on pools of water I hadn't spotted. We did advise the hotel and they sent a maintenance man straight away - but it didn't seem to make any difference.
As for the rest of the hotel - we loved the hotel lounge and terrace - excellent service (except on one of 6 nights) and the food is superb. The pasta bar was also terrific - it's outside on the 8th floor and gives a really pretty view at night.
The hotel is a reasonable distance from downtown Dubai, but it didn't really bother us. We never found it hard to get a taxi and they were very cheap (UAE Dhm 25- 30 each way) for a half hour journey to the creek - less to some of the other spots.
Whilst food and general service at the hotel was excellent, housekeeping really let it down. On the first two days our room had not been cleaned by 3pm, even though we generally put the "make up room" sign on from about 8am each day. In the end we took to phoning housekeeping when we wanted the room cleaned - and then they would come straight away!
Also we wanted to have an extra wine glass for the room on one occasion (they had only given us one in the room) and they did not answer the phone. When we asked at reception they couldn't make contact with housekeeping either and they would not give us a glass from the bar - we never did get the second glass, even the next day!
The pool is another area worthy of consideration before you come. It is far too small for the number of guests. As we are early risers, we generally had no problem getting a sunbed but saw lots of people being turned away during the day. You could consider the free transit to use the Atlantis beach at The Palm, but it is a half hour drive, only one transit per day and the beach is packed and not really scenic - I think the hotel pool is nicer if you can get it!
All in all, we would go back again given the fantastic prices, food standard and general level of service, however you really need to be a little bit "horsey" for this to be your ideal environment.

Room Tip: Too low , you get the noise from the hotel terraces on your balcony, too high - not such a good view...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

Me and my partner stayed here and were most impressed with everything offered and watching the horses training from your balcony was great if you want great service in a clean modern hotel that oozes class then the meydan is the one . My only gripe was reception staff were not great and one of the restaurants (farriers) was costly and food was poor but the other restaurants were great

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

I think most people's first reaction to the Meydan is -- but it's in the middle of nowhere! Indeed, it's a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of Dubai, but the hotel itself is nice. I wouldn't stay here if you're looking for a luxury resort, but it's very nice for a quiet business hotel.

What I liked:
- Great service at reception, and 24 hour check in check out policies so you can stay in your room until that late night flight out...
- 4 restaurants so you have choices
- lovely rooms with views of the horse racetrack
- a very nice outside breakfast terrace in the cooler months.
- great views of the Dubai skyline from the rooftop

What I wasn't crazy about:
- Room service was extremely delayed and they had to call me back 3x to figure out my order
- It was too cold to use the pool in February, but it's really small. (Other amenities are there including a full pro shop). It is on the rooftop and is an infinity pool, but it's clear they don't expect too many people to be there for the pool.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

From the moment that we were collected from the airport by Lexus our stay was exceptional.Our luxurious suite overlooked the racecourse and had a large balcony from whih we could watch the racehorses being exercised.The hotel has excellent restaurants and facilities and.the staff are friendly and professional.
A really enjoyable experience that we hope to repeat in the future.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

My partner and I stayed here in January during the wold cup on a stop over on our way to italy. We arrived at 7 am and were checked in without fuss. The room (suite) was exceptional two balconies overlooking the racecourse, the bedroom was large with floor to ceiling windows providing an amazing vista. The bathroom was awesome, it included a walk in shower with seat, double basin, large deep bath complete with view of the race track. There was also a small kitchette /bar where fruit was provided in the afternoon and a great coffee machine. The lounge room also had exceptional views. As an added bonus the rooftop pool with infinity edge completed our faultless experience. The meydan is second to none.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

We had never been to the Meydan Hotel (I didn't even know it was already open) or the new horse race course, so I was delighted to find a brunch voucher in the internet. I bought 3 vouchers for 199 AED (value 400 incl. alc beverages).

The seating was very nice, we had a nice table with views on the green race course. The hotel looks brand new (of course) modern and bright with glass elements in the roof outside the main restaurant. The buffet sumptuous and the food absolutely amazing! The staff was phenomenal, service excellent, quick and absolutely natrual friendly.

The food package alone would have been 197 including all non alcoholic beverages, fresh juices and even quite interesting fresh juice cocktails. It was real value for money - even without the extra drinks package or voucher.

The drinks package is a little high at 200 AED but fair (especially for 'unlimited') - after all this is an islamic country and especially at such a cultural place with many local visitors you usually wouldn't want to drink a lot here anyways. And if you only want a glass or two you could order them separately easily.
I will go back there for sure - probably without alcoholic beverages package as I would rather drive myself as it lies a bit outside (and absolutely support the no drink and drive policy).

Thumps up and let's just hope that they keep up the excellent standard and service and the value.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

The Meydan hotel was quite a new one. The room was very spacious with a balcony facing the racecourse. They provided free internet wi-fi connection to guests which is very convenient. The buffet breakfast was also up to standard. We arrived early in the morning and they could flexibly arrange check-in and breakfast for us. We appreciate it. The staff members were very helpful, particularly when my friend lost his credit cardholder in a driver's car. They helped us call the driver and communicated with him.
Though the location is quite remote, we took a taxi from Business Bay from station at about AED20. They provide complimentary shuttle bus services to Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates but quite limited.
One thing we didn't feel quite satisfied was the Desert Safari recommended by the hotel. The tour company didn't explain what we were going to do and I didn't really enjoy it. I knew nothing about the trip, just sat in a jeep and went up and down in the desert. At night we have a dinner in the desert and the same, nobody told us what we were going to do. We simply followed what the others were doing, queuing for food and found a place to sit. The driver demanded us for tips at the end too.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Meydan Hotel Meydan Rd | Nad Al Sheba, Dubai 9305, United Arab Emirates
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Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #85 of 556 Hotels in Dubai
Price Range: $164 - $761 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Meydan Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 284
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Positioned at the epicentre of one of the world's most exciting destinations, The Meydan provides a prime location to catch the exhilarating action of the racing season, and creates a coveted travel destination all-year round. With 284 extravagantly appointed rooms and suites, The Meydan will change your perception of travel with unrivaled standards in luxury hospitality. ... more   less 
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