Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice place to stay
"Nice older hotel for dubai soon to be replaced by a new development so it will be a building site surrounded by building sites. Good service, clean, great beach and of course abundance of great food. Bit far out of town"
- Travel date: Sun 10th of December 2006
"Since I've read so many helpful reviews on this website, I thought I should contribute myself and help those who are looking for a hotel in Dubai.
We stayed there for ten days, and almost everything was great. The rooms are new and all have sea view and all the amenities for a superior hotel. Service is excellent; we only had one small problem with the room allocation- even though we specified in the booking that we wanted a king-size bed, for the first 3 nights we stayed in one with a queen and a single. The staff at the reception were fairly accommodating(Ulrike) and changed our room but only after explaining politely that, if the hotel is booked they assign the rooms that are available, which would have not been a problem if they had explained that when we checked in. But, apart from that, all the rest off the staff were very polite and helpful and made our stay very comfortable.
I would strongly recommend this hotel, due to its great location (walking distance to Dubai Marina, where you have cafes and restaurants) beach and service. There is building going on next to the hotel, but we didn't hear anything not while we stayed at the 1st and after, at the 4th floor."
- Travel date: Wed 6th of December 2006
"Stayed in Nov 06 for 8 nights on HB basis with husband and toddler. Had a delux sea room which is a joke as view is more of marina, buildings on site, buildings on Palm and the sea/beach is the last thing you see. food and restaurant staff very good but everything else very disapointing. Not advised prior to stay that there was a speedboat competition and had to leave the beach/garden area for 3 days as noise unbearable, even in room all you could hear was boats and helicopters. Reception/Guest relations made no apology just said it was a big event. On each of the nights the event was on there was live music which was fine at 8.00pm but by 12.00am was extremely annoying as was very loud. On the last night I called and went to reception as it was so bad. On most nights the hotel seemed to be hosting one function or another and I got the impression the hotel guests were low priority. The building work certainly does affect the hotel, you awake each morning to hammers and drills. On a couple of nights I even was woke by the work at 3am. The building of a new hotel is right by the childrens area which makes a noisy environment. Also at other places around the resort there is buidling work, a pool by the gym, renovations to a restaurant etc. This is the last hotel to go to for a relaxing peaceful stay, came home for peace. would most definitely not reccommend. Stayed at the Royal Merdien in May which was ten times better than this, avoid this hotel if can."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of December 2006
Nice hotel on a building site
"We stayed for 10 nights in September 06 and were very happy with our choice of hotel, not so happy about the location. The whole Jumeirah area is a building site! There is building work going on to the front, back and both sides of the hotel, and the sea view is now a lagoon view as the palm island is being built a few hundred yards off shore.
But the hotel is really nice, ver y clean and excellent service. Good choice of restaurants, from the chic (Tangs, expensive but good) to the boozer where the local ex pats congregate at the weekend.
I'd go again but be warned, if building noises upset you you're not going to like it."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of September 2006
"Nice Hotel, small and was very quiet when we visited. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Upon checking in after flying all night we did have to wait for about an hour for our room, which was a bit inconvienient considering the hotel was not at all full.
Swimminng pool area is great, plently of sunbeds and large infinity pool. This leads onto the beach which is very clean and again has plently of sunbeds.
Staff are all extremely friendly.
Did not have any complaints with food, and was above average. Tang and Bussola are excellent.
My only complaint about this hotel is that we stayed on an 'all inclusive' basis, and the hotel seem to not want you to stay on this basis... we had to sign a receipt and give our room number every single time we ate or drank ANYTHING! which becomes incredibly tiresome.... i have stayed at all inclusive resorts all over the world and have always been given wristbands to show you are fully inclusibe, which would of been far easier. Also, you can only have certain drinks and certain food off of the menus, and it is very confusing as to what you can and can't have!!! The staff also do not seem very clear on this!! Overall this still worked out better value for money at roughly Â£45 per person per day. Considering a bottle of wine with dinner can be Â£25"
- Travel date: Tue 12th of September 2006
Great for Families
"We visited the Mina for the first time in 3 years, 13 - 21st August. Despite the work going on - particularly near the children's pool, we enjoyed another fantastic stay, our 5th stay in this hotel.
The appeal of this hotel to us has always been it's size as it is a small and cosier hotel than many in Dubai. The staff have always been friendly and tolerant of small children. This visit was no different, with the exception of a couple of members of staff in the lobby lounge!
However, I think the hotel need to look at the club service they offer as, in comparison with others in Dubai, in does not offer much! Indeed if you are travelling with children the club lounge is not available to you in the evening, which is understandable, but you are given 'vouchers' to use in the lobby lounge, which are greeted with distain by staff members and incredibly low level of service, not received anywhere else in the hotel. The whole concept of 'voucher's' was unacceptable to us, and to other families we met who had opted for the club option.
In all a great holiday and we will stay again at the Mina. The food is outstanding, altho we obviously missed the point when dining at the over priced 'Tang' restaurant - apparently we were'nt looking 'outside the box'!"
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of September 2006
"This hotel was great - as soon as we arrived at the airport the transport was waiting for us. We were given cold drinks in the taxi + upon check in which was a nice touch. We had a deluxe sea view room + it was great. Yes you can see the Palm but I didn't hear any noise even though there was an extension to the hotel being built. The food at the hotel was great - we had breakfast there every day + there was so much to choose from. We also had room service, at on the beach + at Horizons pool bar + all of it was great. The rooms were spotless + cleaned every day with towels being changed twice a day. I have been to Dubai many times + stayed in Le Royal Meridien, Mina Salam, Hatta Fort, Avari + a few more so I know what standards to expect. This hotel did not disappoint + I would highly recommend."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of July 2006
Very comfortable hotel
"Excellent hotel, rooms spacious and comfortable, with good air con (adjustable not too cold). Good breakfast, staff excellent with a little golf cart service between the 4 restaurants. the bar overlooking the marina really buzzing on a friday night with local expats gathering for excellent entertainment. Very good italian restaurant (no shorts allowed)
dont miss the desert, wadi bashing with arabian dinner excellent, not at all extreme and I'm a real worrier. You have to see the sun set over miles of sand dunes -amazing experience.
Take gloves and hat if you want to Ski in the mall ski-slope, everything else provided -but you cant realistically ski without them.
The Sail Hotel Burj you have to wear shoes and long trousers to get in. You also have to book in advance for very expensive afternoon tea, or drinks (about 40 pounds per person), or dinner
We prefered going to the Wave hotel to bar 360, which has amazing views of the sail and wave and much less expensive drinks(No under 18's very cool house music)"
- Travel date: Thu 27th of July 2006
"Prior to going to Dubai, i was a little apprehensive about all the construction work going on, but this hotel is in one of the better areas, and you don't notice anything going on. One reviewer has talked about construction work going on next to the kids pool, but this is rubbish, no work going on there at all.
Upon arriving at the hotel at 8:45am i was expecting not to be able to check into our room until 2pm, but we were given a room straight away. We were also greeted with fruit juice and cold face cloths upon arrival which was a nice touch. We stayed in a Sea View room which was very nice, views were excellent as can be seen from photos. Hotel was very nicely decorated and modern, grounds were lovely and spotless. Beach, and pool areas were very nice (lifeguards on both), and staff were extremely attentitive! Food in restaurants was of a very high standard, with plenty of variety.
Having stayed in many hotels around the world, i would say this is probably the best! Would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel if visiting Dubai - The standard is very high, and it is excellent value for money!!!
Thanks for such a lovely weekend!"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of July 2006
"We have recently returned from the Meridien Mina Seyhi hotel in Dubai and I can quite honestly say it was the most fantastic place I have been and we have travelled all over the world. The staff were brilliant the hotel was clean modern and had all the facilities you could want, there was no fighting for sun beds, the beach and pool was never over crowded and if you didnt want to leave the hotel all holiday there was enough choice of dining and entertainment to keep you happy. I was a little concerned about the construction work before I went as I had read so many horror stories, but, whilst there were craines EVERYWHERE you didnt really notice them they tended to be behind the hotel, there was no noise from the work at all and whoever said the Palm was obstructing the view must have had binoculars on all holiday as you cannot even see it from this hotel at all!!!! the sea is gorgeous but very hot like getting into a bath. The shopping is brilliant in the Emirates Mall, you dont have to go anywhere else it is HUGE it has every shop from your high street brands to the exclusive boutiques like Roberto Cavallier!! it has an indoor real snow ski slope which was brilliant it also has an indoor fair and games area with bowling and cinemas so pleanty to keep the kids happy. Dont miss a trip to Dubai creek it is a real contrast to the rest of Dubai and very beautiful. Also it is worth a trip down to the Madinat hotels and shopping centre, costs a few quid in a taxi and there are some fantastic restaurants on the water front and also in the Mall. DONT WASTE TIME ON THE LONDON STYLE BUS TRIP UNLESS IT IS A COLD DAY!!!! we got on at our hotel and by the time it had picked up at all the other hotels we had to get off it was so HOT we eventually got to the Mall and got off after about 45mins but because the route is so long you cannot get to the other destinations quickly enough it is simply boiling on the bus no air conditioning or drinks or anything, but lovely people!! Taking a taxi in Dubai is like signing a death warrant it is horrendous I have never seen such bad driving in my life!!!!. Go on the safari on the sand dune ride and barbecue it was a lovely evening thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. All in all we will definitely go back to Dubai and to the Meridien hotel we had a great holiday there."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of June 2006
'A Superb Experience'
"I've just back from a hoilday in Dubai and stayed for 9 nights at the le meridien beach resort. I had an amazing time. The staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were cleaned 2-3 times a day and the hotel and surroundings were beauiful. Although it was very hot 47 degrees thier were 3 pools to choose from and the hotel is situated on the beach front, so you could keep cool. If you do not like the weather very hot i would advise you to go to Dubai at a different time of year. Dubai isn't cheap so bring plenty of money so you can enjoy the lovely excusions and shopping malls. The hotel is located 5 minutes from restaurants and you can get a meals for a reasonable price. Three of us eat for Â£30. Eating in hotels can be very expensive. The kids clubs was very good with lot's of entertainment fot the kids. My 6 year old son didn't want to leave most days. Overall a brillant holiday and I will definately return"
- Travel date: Tue 27th of July 2010
The wow factor
"Just returned from this fantastic hotel with my 19year old daughter we had an amazing time.The staff were fantastic and couldnt do enough for us,the sea and beach was beautiful the weather to die for and would reccomend this hotel to anyone.A five star hotel without the snobbery,the barristi bar next door being an added bonus we will be deffinitley returning to this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of November 2009