Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort And Spa
What We Love
- 14 restaurants and bars, including celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican, Maya
- A private beach amid the resort’s well-manicured grounds
- The Penguin Club, with indoor and outdoor facilities for kids ages four to 12 years
- Three swimming pools: one with a poolside bar, two for kids
What To Know
- Airport shuttle fee is around $100 each way
- Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee
- There is a surcharge for breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This modern beachfront property, divided into three buildings, sits amid perfectly manicured lawns peppered with palms and pools. All 509 rooms and suites have balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows with either sea or city views. Deluxe suites come in pale shades paired with ornate Italianate style furniture, including a grand four-poster bed, while other categories are more contemporary with pops of crimson or moss. Things take a historical turn in the Caracalla Spa, which has Roman-style décor (lots of statues and mosaics), offering Elemis and Pevonia Botanica treatments. The 11 restaurants and bars include celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s rooftop modern Mexican spot, Maya.
In the Area
The Jumeirah strip of mostly private beaches is close to the Dubai Marina and the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island. The connecting beachfront boulevard includes The Walk, a popular stretch of cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops, such as Italian-born designer Gabriella Cortese’s Antik Batik. The shopping and entertainment continues at nearby Dubai Marina Mall and Ibn Battuta Mall. Golf lovers are well catered for, with two championship courses on the doorstep: the Emirates Golf Club and Montgomerie.
How to Get There
I am a frequent 5 * traveler with 30 years of extensive experience and this is the worst experience I have ever made. A nightmare became a bitter reality!
This time I was traveling with my wife and my two sons aged 4 and 6. We booked a Club Suite at the Royal Club tower at EUR 700+/night.
Next to the resort, a skyscraper is being built and the construction is in full march. Our suite is max.10 m from the construction site and while I am writing this I am being observed by a dozen of workers and the floor of my suit is vibrating (there must be also some construction in the building). There is a painfully humming construction elevator working all the time, moving platforms, workers using power tools and music playing. They start working at 6.30 in the morning till late at night. Even after hours (24h) my dear friend the elevator will not stop humming, workers will continue yelling and playing music. You can not imagine how big this construction site with hundreds of workers is and how painful the torture caused.
We came to Dubai many times before and we are aware that many times you must endure distant construction noises. Actually, there was a warning from our agent, saying that there was construction on one of the distant islands opposite the resort (a joke!!). Simulating a booking on the hotel’s website, I could not see any warning. (Even if there was a warning you would imagine that it WOULD be some kind of bearable! For gods sake I could not image a resort is selling torture!)
When I first stepped in this suite I immediately said I wouldn’t accept it. I spoke to the front desk and told them there was no way we are going to stay in this room. They said they are on high occupancy and have no options for us.
I went down and asked for the manager on duty. I told him the room is not acceptable and actually it an insult that they are selling it. He said no chance, I said no chance give me any other room of same or above category. Now way.
I asked him to come up to our suite and feel the vibration and have a party with the workers while lying in my bed! No need he said, he believed me and knew.
So this is on purpose and nothing less than outright scam/theft. There is no way these rooms can be sold.
They proposed to move us to a suite in the main building after two nights (today). I said no way I am going to stay, but possibly move to the sister hotel the Grosvenor House, which my family didn’t want. After two sleepless nights, I regret this decision!
Once back home I will do whatever is possible to make this legal and public. I can not tell you how outrageous I am while trying to be objective in writing this review!
1. Mold in both bathrooms (see photos)
2. Service is friendly but incapable of delivering quality at near 100 % occupancy.
Almost 1 hour waiting time for lunch at 50 % full pool restaurant, kids starving, asking for some bread, which never arrives.
Ordering BBQ at the buffet which arrives after 40 minutes and after we have finished our dinner.
Alone at Bfast and wanting to take some Croissants in a napkin to my room, because kids are in bed sleeping. Waiter stops me and says it is prohibited. Another waiter says they will deliver them to our room. Ok then, but they never arrived.
Ordering fish from BBQ (buffet) and a glass of wine at the same time. Bottle of wine comes with one glass after fish is half finished. Me: I just ordered a glass! They deliver a second glass and so on.
I order a power adaptor to my room. After half an hour I have to call again!
Starwood – game over! I will never ever book a Starwood Hotel and can only warn all other possible guests to avoid this hotel.
Management: Don’t waste your time to answer to this with a generic template. You had your chance!!!!
2 couples, we arrived at 2.30am to be greeted warmly. Daniel handed us warm towelettes,chocolate milk and water,
Our Royal Club room was sumptuous,kept immaculate by Padam, who seemed to have the knack of always being around to provide whatever we needed, without being intrusive.
We chose the half board option. So glad we did, breakfast in the Brasserie,high tea, pre dinner drinks between 6pm -8pm and an evening meal. The quality of the food is fantastic.
We also tried Zengo,Rhodes 20 and Al Khaima where you can choose a la carte or use your half board allowance.
There were always sun beds available by any of the 3 well kept pools,lifeguards always alert and on duty. The pool and towel boys are so attentive and polite and friendly.
Special thanks to Isaduro and Singh.
The staff soon noticed I am a shadebather and would watch for the sun moving and turn my umbrella ! Just brilliant.
From start to finish we had the best holiday experience.
Would we come again?
Try and stop us!
Just want to let everyone know that we had a great experience in royal meridien dubai. The staff was great, the men who worked at le deck his name was mahender he helped us perfect every single day. We would definitely recommend this hotel for families and couples. We will come back this summer. Thank you all!!
We stayed for two-night celebrating my birthday and we really enjoyed alot. From the beginning Francis from bellman was smiley and attentive, Afasal from GR so polite and humble and thanks for the birthday cake , we got a complimentary lunch from Natasha at FD she was so helpful and professional .the Room and the hotel facilities were so good and housekeeping service so fast as sell. Highly recommended. Thanks for the exceptional service.
This is such a fantastic hotel,the best we’ve ever visit!The beautyful gardens and beach,the modern artful architecture,and friendly and helpful staff.
Special thanks to Jagadish for your kindness and enthusiasm,always giving us good advises and a helping hand!
The resturants at this hotel are fantastic as well!
The dinner at Rhodes Twenty10 was unforgetable!
Special thanks to Hemant for making our evening perfect!
We will also tell about the best indian restaurant in the world: «INDYA»!! Thank you to smiling Ruby,for choosing the most delicious menu,telling a story with every dish!
We ‘ll recommend Le Royal Merdien hotel !!