Stayed here from 5 - 12 July 2013.
I'm still not sure how this hotel is only at number 5 in the list of Dubai hotels, if there are 4 hotels better than this one then i must get around to staying in them one day as this was truly outstanding!
We arrived at 7.30a.m. and were greeted at the entrance by a member of staff who said 'Welcome to the best hotel in Dubaio', he wasn't wrong! We were checking in when out of nowhere some staff arrived with cold towels and a drink, this was a taste of the service to come, you were lifted and laid by the staff, they really went out of their way to ensure that your stay was as comfortable and memorable as possible.
We were upgraded to an ocean view room, a truly fantastic view with a nice balcony where we could sit at night and enjoy a view of the Burj Al Arab and watch the abras transport people to and from the restaturants.
The room was fantastic, a nice sitting area, shower and bath and separate toilet area, mini bar and 42 inch television with some Sky channels and MTV, a safe, dvd player and fruit and water replenished on a daily basis. It was my wife's birthday and on arrival in the room the hotel had provided flowers, wine, fruit, chocolates and a voucher for a hair appointment, such nice gestures!
On to the food now, and all i can say is i will need to go to the gym a lot now that i am home as i ate like a king!
Jambase - American supper club, tacos to start with (4 of them!!!!) absolutely delicious but just too many! Steak with peri peri sauce followed this, if you like you sauce hot and your steak melting on the mouth then this is your place! Whilst we ate there was a girl singing, very good she was too.
I'll run through the other eating places we were at:
The Wharf - English food, we had lamb and roast beef and it was beautiful, this place deserved way more cusotmers than it had when we were in!
Arboretum - in Al Qasr, international buffet, Indian/Italian etc, very good and a nice hotel (though not as nice as Mina A Salam!!!)
Noodle House - what a fantastic surprise this was, we weren't expecting much, thought it might be fast food noodle type place but were wrong, this was food at its best, beef in black pepper sauce, i can taste it now!
Segreto - lovely Italian food in nice surroundings with wonderful views.
Toscana - the pizza in here was to die for, as was the bruscheta.
The half board deal is wonderful, i hope they continue this deal as it is really great value and the standard of restaurants is superb.
I went to the Concierge one night to ask about having cocktails in the Burj Al Arab. He booked it for us and an e mail confirmation was slipped under our door next morning. He had explained it was a 250 Dirham minimum spend per person (£50 each). You cannot go to Dubai though and be right next door to a 7 star hotel without going to have cocktails here. The buggy takes you to the entrance, you are then shown to a private elevator to the 27th floor and given the drinks lists along with soem canapes. When we were there we had to wait 10 minutes for a window seat to become available but waht a view you get, well worth the wait! The hotel also provided a small birthday cake for my wife, another great touch!
We also went to Wild Wadi water park one day, this is free for hotel guests and when you consider it would cost £40 per adult normally this is another great perk. The park is spotless, you are provided with towels on the way in and an armband which operates as a cashless system for purchasing food and drinks. The park can be reached on a buggy which go up and down the road every 5 mins and is well worth a visit.
Another highlight is the private beach, so clean and there were plenty of sun loungers and parasols, even though i couldn't last long in 48 degree heat! There are lots of lifeguards on duty and they provide free ice lollies and cucumber for the eyes, they really do think of everything!
There were always plenty of taxis around the hotel to travel to the malls and other areas of interest, they even have a regular courtesy bus to Mall of the Emirates which we used one day and it is very punctual!
I think i've covered everything in what was a very memorable stay. I thought the MGM in Las Vegas was unbeatable when i stayed there 2 years ago but the Mina A Salam beats it hands down (their turtles are better than the MGM lions!!!!) The service is of a level i have never experienced before and will probably not experience again unless/until i return! Everything is done with a smile, nothing is ever too much trouble and the service all happens so discreetly and efficiently. The motto of Jumeirah is Stay Different. I can assure you that if you stay in the Mina A Salam you will stay different, different class. Go and experience it for yourself!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Completely refurbished in 2015, Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, the heart of Madinat Jumeirah Resort, is a luxuriously charming boutique style hotel. The spacious guest rooms are beautifully furnished, with private balconies overlooking the sea, offering authentic Arabian experiences on a beach front location with family friendly service. Meaning 'Harbour of Peace', the hotel forms the gateway to Madinat Jumeirah. It's the entry point from which numerous waterways and walkways thread their way to all corners of Madinat Jumeirah. Following these will transport you to an array of 40 world-class restaurants, bars and cafes, Talise Spa and a traditional souk. You'll see just how much is on offer - and why this luxury resort is the jewel of Dubai. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mina a` Salam At Madinat Jumeirah Hotel Dubai
- Mina Salam Hotel
- Mina Salam Dubai
- Mina Al Salam