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Reviewed 22 July 2007

Absolutely Fabulous!!!
We stayed in a club executive room which was well worth the extra money. The room itself was massive with a lovely balcony overlooking the Burj al Arab. The staff were really helpful and the room rate included breakfast, afternoon tea and drinks and canapes before dinner (there was so much we didn't need to buy food t all!) The hotel bars were not extortionate and the beach and pool area was lovely. We were met at the airport and driven to the hotel in a limo which also took us back at the end of the stay.
The best hotel we have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Mim74
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Reviewed 19 July 2007

We were really looking forward to our first visit to Dubai and after spending the first 5 nights at the Al Maha Desert resort we were in 'seventh heaven', not really wanting to leave for our next 6 nights at the Mina, but reassured by all the nice things we read on Trip Advisor.
Arriving at the Mina was a big shock to the system, it was huge, and both my husband and I are not massive fans of large complexes. Sympathetically designed in Arabian style it still had that Disney feel to it!
We checked in and were whisked to our room overlooking the gulf - a nice room with a bed that was the most comfortable I have ever slept in.
Breakfast was a busy affair, felt a bit "Butlins", although the choice was vast, the service was not particularly 5 star!
We usually holiday in private villas as we like the choice to do what we want when we want, but as it was my 40th this was a special holiday. We hated the fact you had to decide what you wanted to eat at night in the morning, so you could book a restaurant, it took all the spontaneity away from evening dining. If fact the best meal we had was when we had not booked and ended up in the Chinese restaurant at the Mina as we could not get in to any other restaurant - best Chinese meal I have ever had!
The restaurants around the resort were quite expensive and some were disappointing. Each time we asked for a non smoking table we were always plonked right next to the smoking area. In one restaurant where they serve steaks a £70 a go, we saw the chef drop food on the floor, wipe it on his trousers and put it on the plate - 5 star - I think not!
The Qasr which was the next hotel in complex seemed nicer and we used their pool as we found the Mina pool a bit small and cramped. The cocktail bar at the Qasr was also better and had a wonderful view at night on the terrace across to the Burj.
The service overall was good, but its what you expect in a 5 star hotel.
All in all, we understand why people enjoy the Mina, but for us, pure heaven in Dubai was the Al Maha, and when we go back to Dubai we will definately seek out a smaller 5 star hotel when staying in the city.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Galagirl1
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Reviewed 18 July 2007

We stayed at this hotel for the second part of our honeymoon and although we were only staying for 3 days it was the highlight of our trip.

Everything about this hotel is quality from the minute you walk into the foyer to the moment you check out. The hotel has a very traditional arabic look and feel which only added to our experience in Dubai.

The staff were exceptionally friendly and efficient and as we arrived at 6am they made an early check in for us which was a life saver!

As it was our honeymoon there were some nice extra touches - the free champagne on ice, the strawberries with chocolate dip, the rose petals on the bed and the swans made out of towels (much more impressive than it sounds!).

There is no reason to really leave the Madinat complex as the choice of shops/bars/restaurants is second to none, and the hotel facilities such as the private beach, pools, etc are all exceptional.

Our only regrets are that we did not manage to go to Wild Wadi and didn't manage to use the Spa.

We did go to the Burj Al Arab for afternoon tea in the skyview bar however, and in comparison to the Mina A Salam, it was tacky, overpriced, poor service and would have been better suited to Blackpool than Dubai. Our advice is take pictures from the outside but don't waste the time and money to go inside, it is a huge disappointment - they have a cheek to call it 7 star.

In summary, we wish would could have spent longer here and will definitely go back to this hotel. Our travel agent could not have recommended a better place in our view.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank TeamHowie
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Reviewed 18 July 2007

This is the best hotel we have ever stayed in by a long, long way!

It is a large hotel granted, and that does put some people off, but we loved that it offered so much to do. Staff are all first class, they think of everything (even turning the hoover off as you walk by in the coridors!)

The attention to detail, food (46 restaurants and bars in the complex all with 1st class food), exculsivity, service, facilities all standout. This is like DisneyWorld for adults, but done with a touch of Dubai 6 star magic. It is a much better hotel than the sister hotel (Burj al Arab) and you can use all Burj facilities anyway by staying here!!

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank redhotrobert1979
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Reviewed 15 July 2007

This was the first stop on our Honeymoon and what a fantastic place to start! The Hotel is everything you want it to be. Rooms are spacious and luxurious with fantastic views. The Abras and Buggys are a brilliant way to get around. The choice of restaurants is amazing, we ate at Zheng He's Chinese and Pier Chic which were both wonderfull. We went on the Sundowner desert safari which is well worth doing and also the Dinner Cruise on the creek. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to come back.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank sanniemoo
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