Le Meridien Dead Sea Hotel Review


Angelina from Just Another Points Traveler booked the Le Meridien Dead Sea using 2,000 Starpoints since it’s a category 1 property and the only Starwood property in the Dead Sea Beach area. I didn’t book the hotel using Starpoints from my account because Angelina was trying to help out with some of the hotel costs as well. Though, I wish I had because we ended up not receiving any Platinum benefits since I was not the primary name on the reservation. The hotel was fully committed and the regular rates were an astronomical $400/night.

The hotel offered free parking, but the parking lot seemed full and it was tough finding a parking spot. There were unpaved portions full of rubble and it felt like you could ruin your car tires just by driving through it.

We walked up to the Le Meridien Dead Sea entrance and saw many people walking towards Dead Sea Beach.

Since Angelina was a Starwood Preferred Guest Gold member, she chose the free WiFi as the welcome amenity. We were advised that our room was not ready since the hotel was sold out we wanted to check in early at noon. We were also given two towel coupons in case we wanted to use the pool facilities in the hotel. The caveat is that when you return the towel, the coupon will be given back to you and you must return both cards back during checkout or else additional charges would apply. We left our bags at the bell desk and ventured off nearby to have lunch.
We returned an hour later and found out that our standard room was ready. We originally booked two single beds which we thought were two separate twin beds, but it turned out to be two twins joined together to make a King. Usually, the bed type would state King and then have a parenthesis 2 singles in the description as in most standard hotels in Europe.
Upon inspection of the room, the carpeting on the floor was very thin and the furniture was very tired. The green chair was dirty and had multiple hole punctures. The Le Meridien should be ashamed of themselves for associating their French brand with a run down property.
There was also a small table with two chairs and an empty four tiered bookshelf. There were no free bottles of water in the room which is odd for a Starwood property.
The bathroom was spacious with a bathtub and shower area.  Standard Le Meridien toiletries were also provided and extra towels were in the bathroom just in case you wanted to go to Dead Sea beach.
The room has a spacious balcony with a view of Dead Sea beach which was probably the only plus.

There was a club lounge, but we were not granted access due to Angelina only being a Gold and the hotel refused to offer Platinum amenities to me as a secondary guest staying on the same hotel reservation.

Upon checkout, the hotel removed the multiple wifi charges since we had a ton of devices. I regret not booking this hotel using Starpoints from my account because I feel I would’ve gotten a better room assigned and possibly used one of my Suite Night Awards. Even though the room we stayed in did not live up to the Le Meridien Starwood brand, I would still give this hotel another chance.

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5 Comments on "Le Meridien Dead Sea Hotel Review"

  1. Great review. Did you eat at any of the onsite restaurants? The view from your room was excellent! Best wishes for safe travels.

    • Points Summary | March 8, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply

      no, I didn’t get to try any of the onsite restaurants but there are plenty of food pics in this installment 😉 the views were awesome!

  2. It looks like a decent value for 2,000 points/night. However, I can imagine the disappointment felt by those who walked into a room like this after shelling out $400/night.

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