Spent 2 nights at the Meydan hotel in July 2011, which were a real bargain for this hotel's standard during off-peak season. The hotel was commissioned during the financial crisis and when we stayed there, only about one third of it was open. The main lobby is simply majestic and you can see and feel luxury everywhere. The most stunning feature of this hotel is the 24-hour check-in & checkout policy, i.e. if you check in at 3 am and are staying one night, your checkout time will be until 3 am the following day/evening! The hotel developer contracted Etienne Aigner for the entire interior design and the rooms just look amazingly elegant, without an overstated sense of luxury. All the room amenities are first-class and saving money was no priority for the developer. Soundproofing is excellent too, yet depending on the type of room you get, the partition near the balcony door may not be as airtight as it should be and you may hear noises from the adjacent room or feel the Dubai heat if you get too close!
The breakfast buffet has a good selection yet during busy hours, service can become hectic as staff struggle to refill empty trays.
The rooftop pool is tiny for the hotel size but depending on when you visit, you may never want to use it in the heat!
The hotel is a bit out of the way by Dubai standards and taxis try to avoid it because they end up empty on the long ride back but if you have your own car then there's no issue as parking space is abundant. Definitely worth the stay!
- 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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