Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai
Dubai is large with more than enough hotels to chose from. After wanting to spend some time on the Palm Jumeirah, I figured another good home base would be at the Dubai Marina.
The Marina is the next hot hub outside of downtown Dubai and has its own plethora of hotel competition. After some research, I chose the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina due to it’s affordable and overall looks and appeal.
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I booked using the Marriott mobile app which makes things very easy to book. My dates were a Thursday and Friday Night with a surcharge coming on the Friday Night.
Thursday night ran $340 USD and Friday night was $410 USD. These totals also include meals added to the room. Between all of this, I earned a little over 6,000 points with an additional 1,500 points for my Gold Elite Status. An additional 500 bonus points bumped me to 8,085 points which by TPG valuations (0.9 cents/point), is about $73 in rewards.
The hotel is located 25-30 minutes away from the airport via car or taxi. Dubai also has a Metro system and you can access the hotel by taking the train from the airport to “Damac Properties” then taking a taxi over. This will take close to an hour. My Uber rides from the airport to the hotel costed about $20 one way.
The Le Méridien Mina Seyahi is located on the edge of the bustling Dubai Marina. You’re a quick taxi ride away from being in the heart of the Marina which is full of beach walks, food, malls, and other fun attractions like boating or skydiving. You’re also within 10 minutes of the famous Mall of the Emirates which is host of the indoor ski slope. You’re also well positioned to quickly get onto the Palm Jumeirah.
I took a quick taxi to the hotel and was able to easily find it. The hotel fits in nicely with the beautiful sand coloring and blue tinted windows.
Check in was easy and they do require your passport. The staff were very friendly and welcome you with small glasses of juice.
Bag drop and room delivery is complimentary but tipping is encouraged. After getting checked in, I headed to my room.
My room was “Deluxe Room Sea View” on an upper floor. Upon entering, you immediately see the Persian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah. After soaking that in, you are welcomed to a smaller, but tidy room.
The bed was a king bed and was very comfy with two pillow firmness options. Sheets felt nice and the room was at a nice temperature.
Across from the bed is the desk and TV. A fun touch to have your name on the TV when you enter.
The bathroom was average size with plenty of room. Soaps were provided by the hotel along with plenty of towels.
Shower was nicely sized with a small water screen adjacent and no curtain. Initially, a bit worrisome but ended up working out well.
The mini-fridge, food, and wine was very reasonably priced and included a wide range of snacks for that late night craving. Alcohol was on the pricier side but thats expected with resorts and Dubai.
The Le Méridien Mina Seyahi has a wide variety of amenities due to it’s large property size and being sisters with The Westin which is just next door, a fellow Marriott Partner.
The views of the room give you an overview of what you have available to you.
Starting with the pool, there is a large infinity pool at the base of the beach. Attached to the pool is a child’s play area and an adult play area, the pool-side bar. This is a dangerous area to be around but certainly a nice amenity to have. Also next to the pool is the restaurant, Horizon, which offers pool-side snacks or a full sit down affair.
When sitting down at the pool, you may hear some loud music and that’s coming from the 18+ area, the Barasti Beach which is well known throughout Dubai as a party beach. Here you’ll find party people and a more adult atmosphere if that’s what you’re looking for.
All along the pool area, you have lounge chairs in abundance.
If you’re looking for something more posh, you can snag a Cabana next to the pool for a full lounging experience.
As you make your way down to the beach, there are a plethora of lounge chairs with umbrellas for that tan or finishing up the book you didn’t finish on the flight in.
Moving towards the restaurants, the property hosts six dining areas from your coffee shop to full sit down with buffet. Pictured below is “Latest Recipe” which offers a sit down experience for dinner and a buffet service for breakfast. I thought it was a bit overpriced but what can you expect from a hotel restaurant. The other restaurants were also good I also enjoyed Bounty Beets which offered a more exciting vibe and fun atmosphere.
Most of the restaurants had an outdoor seating area as well which was nice for breakfast and dinner before things heated up.
Overall, I think the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina hotel offers a solid product. It’s not as regal as its neighbor, The Westin, but still offers a middle class luxury experience that’s affordable. You have plenty of amenities being right on the beach with a nice room and plenty of restaurants to chose from.
From what I saw, prices at The Westin weren’t that much higher so I’d be intrigued to see if “The Westin” brand is that much better than Le Méridien at this location.
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