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Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Ranked #80 of 556 Hotels in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 31, 2009

Great hotel, great location with private beach, very friendly and helpful staff.
Had a great time enjoying the facilities (shared with the neighboring Westin.
Would certainly recommend, BUT: don't stay in seaside rooms near the Barasti bar!
The beach parties will keep you awake most weekend evenings (Thursday-Saturday).

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2009

Little to complain about in this lovely resort hotel. Fantastic pool area which extends into the even more regal Westin for double the swimming pleasure. Both hotels share each others' facilities making this an absolute winner. Hotel is less than 10 minutes taxi from the wonderful Marina restaurant and shopping area. It is about 15 minutes to the Mall of the Emirates and there are free shuttles to this and to the Dubai Mall although not always at ideal times.Morning breakfast is excellent and well worth indulging in. Rooms are spacious but bedding which did not adequately tuck into the bed was a disappointment, Only real complaint was some repeated attempts by the door-men to get me to use the hotel car instead of a taxi. This practice is annoying as the metered taxi's are always cheaper. In fact, Dubai's taxis are excellent and affordable...just check the starting fee before the driver sets off...and have small coins and notes as most drivers seemed reluctant to give small change! All in all a lovely hotel that is not as glitzy or fussy as most others yet offers all the amenities in a relaxed fashion.

Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2009

Firstly Dubai in general is an amazing place even if it is still being built. It’s not just the city being built there are also some very ambitious projects underway elsewhere. Service in the city is outstanding and there are no second bests that we noticed. Generally if you can think of it, however small the detail somebody has anticipated it and has it well and truly covered regardless what it is.

The hotel is amazing and overlooks The Palm with the Atlantis hotel on its tip as part of its fantastic view. We had upgraded our room so when you check in you’ll be shown to the elevator for a dedicated check in desk which is also there for you regardless of what you need. Up here is also the club lounge where tea, coffee and soft drinks are available all day if you can find somebody as they do tend to go to ground. Best bet is just to ask the person at the desk, if there’s anybody there. Afternoon tea and complimentary alcoholic drinks are served here during happy hour, which makes the upgrade well worth it as Dubai is very expensive. The only downside for us was the guy in the lounge on our first day, he was polite and everything but getting anything out of him being it a drink or an answer was painful beyond belief as we had to literally drag it out of him. We never saw him again though and the others were brilliant. The young lad at breakfast has got to be the best staff member for us, after two days he had our routine down, the tea and juice were on the table before asking. He was also genuinely friendly and helpful. The only thing that marred the lounge was that after a letter saying to use the express check out in the lounge, nobody was there and the poor cleaner was doing his best to find somebody for us. In the end nobody could be bothered to come up and they asked us to use the main reception.

The grounds and facilities are amazing here and everybody will help you, the towels are plentiful which is unusual and there are numerous lifeguards on duty around the sea and pools. We feel guilty that we were exploring so much that we didn’t make full use of the hotel. The highlight for me was the Barasti bar/restaurant which I wish could be my local bar, perfect food, drink, music and service on the beach within a safe environment. Bearing in mind the issues in the club lounge and they were small if very annoying we would definitely return to this hotel. One thing that we did notice is that some people have more money than manners and the staff take it well even if they shouldn’t have to.

We booked an airport transfer through Trailfinders and they use Arabian Adventures (red jackets) who must be the most efficient company we’ve ever used. We were picked up in a new BMW series 7 (I think) pure class. We also used this company for our tours and they were again very good but try to avoid coaches if you can. The 4X4 desert trip is well worth it, if you’re delicate take some travel meds as it can be a bit bumpy in the dunes and a few 4X4s were pulled over with people having issues but they were well cared for. Do not miss the chance to take high tea at the Burj Al Arab as this is amazing if a little rushed, there is however a lot of food to get through and if you upgrade to the champagne version its really good. Just give them the cash and go for it.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

We stayed here for 5 nights in October and had a deluxe room booked, we arranged the airport transfer which was great, nice cold towel and water to cool us off on route to the hotel. They kindly upgraded us to a club room and also had a special on to allow access to the club lounge, i would really reccomend this. A pint of beer is £5 and for this offer it worked out £20 per person per night including breakfast, free soft drinks all day, afternoon tea, free alcholic drinks for a few hours in the evening, free internet access, free transport to the airport and designated checkin desk, it really made us feel special. The view from the 10th floor is amazing as well.

You have use of all of of the facilities at the Westin hotel right next door, they are basically joined together, we actually sunbathed by their pool as it was adults only. The service is outstanding and the breakfast is out of this world. We booked a trip through the hotel which was great, the desert trip is a must!

We are hoping to return to Dubai in the next year or so as there is so much to see and we will stay here again, it truly is a lovely hotel with excellent service.

I would say the seafood restaurant doesn't have much choice so i was dissapointed there and also the italian restaurant was supposed to have a non-smoking area bvut that wasn't the case. These are the only two negative points i can think off and they are out of personal choice really.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 9, 2009

We were absolutely blown away with this hotel. Every single staff member was very friendly, helpful and welcoming. The facilities were also outstanding. This hotel was very expensive but was absolutely worth every cent. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed at Le Meridien during our visit to Dubai in early September during Ramadan. I researched for a whole month to make sure we stayed in a nice hotel that was good value, clean, in a good location and friendly. This hotel lived up to every expectation. Staff went out of their way to help and were always happy to suggest things to do and try. The private beach was amazing and the beach attendants were brilliant as they came around with frozen flannels every now and again to help us cool down (temp was 42 degrees everyday).

We visited during Ramadan and were a little worried about eating and drinking in public but the hotel serves food and drink during the day.

We would highly recommend the Desert Safari, we went with Planet Tours (cheaper than others and more fun) which we booked through the hotel. We also booked a visit to the Burj al arab through the hotel and had an amazing time. The hotel also offers 2 free bus services to the malls, great way to save a bit of money. We would definitely go back!!!

One word of warning, when looking for a taxi from the airport to the hotel don't go with an unregistered driver. We were ripped off by a random man who approached us by the exit of the airport asking if we wanted a taxi, we negotiated to 110 dirhams but later found out this was way over priced. We should have guessed that he was an illegal taxi driver when he told us that his car was in the car park and we would have to walk about 5 mins to it. Taxis que up outside and are marked cars with drivers wearing uniforms and displaying their ID. It should cost around 70 dihrams to the hotel not 110 dihrams.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

Stayed for a week in April with two small children. Were able to stay in one room, which of course made a big difference in price compared to some of the hotels where we would have had to book two rooms.

I was happy with the overall quality of the hotel, including service. The rooms were smallish but in excellent condition. Outside areas were well kept and enjoyable, lots of pools and a large sandy beach which was "combed" every morning. The outside areas of the neighbouring hotel Westin Mina Seyahi were also accessible, which added to the choice of pools. The Westin was more expensive when I did the booking, otherwise would have stayed there as I preferred Westin's style (and it's a brand new hotel). But staying in Le Meridien you can enjoy also the restaurants of Westin, which were very good. I mostly hate buffet restaurants but Westin's was probably the best I've ever tried. For finer dining I recommend their Italian restaurant.

The crowd in Le Meridien (and Westin) was quite diverse: many business travelers, but also tourists from e.g. Russia, the UK and across Europe. Pools, the beach and play areas suited small children well, although I wasn't quite sure how good the water quality is in the sea as there is a yacht club next door and the construction of the artificial islands probably has had an impact as well. Speaking of construction, the closest island construction is too far for any noise to be heard from there, but the construction of the skyscrapers on the inland side of the hotel does produce some noise. I would only stay in a room with a sea view for this reason. You can hear the construction noise also outside, but it didn't bother us. We visited also the Royal Meridien, and I would say it suffers clearly more from construction noise.

While the hotel area is nice, and you can jog on the beach and the long pier of the yacht club, you can't really get from the hotel to anywhere by walking. Even "the Walk", area close by that has US style restaurants and shops, is in practice only accessible by taxis, at least when travelling with small children. But there are plenty of taxis and they are cheap (but seem surprisingly reliable). Downtown areas of Dubai has some interesting sites to see, but in general I recommend Dubai mainly for relaxing by the pool - and for shopping in the malls, which have many US and UK chains. For families with small children I also recommend visiting the many large parks Dubai has.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina

Address: King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Road | Mina Seyahi, Dubai 213084, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > The Marina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Dubai
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Dubai
#39 Family Hotel in Dubai
#55 Spa Hotel in Dubai
#63 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#73 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
#138 Business Hotel in Dubai
Price Range: $258 - $666 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina 5*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boasting a 1,200 m sandy beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is located in Jumeirah. This 5-star luxury resort has several swimming pools situated amidst lush gardens and 5 dining and entertainment venues. Featuring a classic chic décor, Le Meridien rooms are air-conditioned. Each room offers free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. They all offer panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf or Dubai's skyline. All our sea-facing rooms have recently been sound-proofed in order to ensure our guests have a relaxing stay. Leisure facilities at the Mina Seyahi include a water sports centre and Club Mina fitness centre. Younger guests can enjoy Le Meridien Family Club which offers activities programme, beach games as well as 2 separate and shaded kids' pools. Guests can enjoy a wide range of international classic and hearty dishes at the Latest Recipe. Horizon offers casual snacks and cocktails by the pool. Gourmet by Kcal offers a variety of healthy dishes in an entirely gluten-free kitchen. For more upbeat evening, Barasti Bar offers live entertainment. Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort is a 10-minute drive from Emirates Golf Course. Mall of The Emirates is 8 km from the resort and Dubai International Airport is 31 km away. Mina Seyahi is a great choice for travellers interested in beaches, relaxation and food. ... more   less 
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