I specifically chose the Le Meridien Fairway Dubai Hotel as my first night in Dubai because it was very close to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and it was the meeting place to gather everyone for our adventure in the Middle East. I booked the Le Meridien Fairway Dubai hotel for 315 AED ~ $85.76 taxes included.
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The best way to get to the Le Meridien Fairway is by metro since it’s within a 2 minute walk to the GGICO Dubai metro station. You can also take a taxi and tell the driver to drop you off at Al Garhoud Road opposite of the Dubai Creek Golf Club.
We arrived at the hotel at around noon to check-in and the front desk agent advised us that both of our standard rooms had been upgraded to a named suite (The Marina Suite). My friend Travel Summary accidentally marked his room for (1) adult when he booked the room online and was reprimanded by the front desk. Travel Summary argued that we had booked the same room at the same time and it was priced the same as well for either 1 or 2 adults. The front desk agent called his supervisor over and informed Travel Summary that it was okay and he wouldn’t be charged an additional guest.
When you first open the door to the Marina Suite, you are confronted by a mirror and the living room quarters are to the left and bedroom is on the right. The living room consisted of a sofa, chair, TV, and a dining table with seating for four.
The bedroom consisted of a King size bed and a work desk.
The bathroom was quite large and consisted of a single basin sink with Cinq Mondes toiletries, a standing shower, and a large soaking tub (too bad it wasn’t a jetted tub!).
There was also a large outside balcony accessible from the living room with views of the Dubai metro light rail and pretty much of nothing else.
Breakfast was in the hotel’s restaurant and it was complimentary for SPG Platinum guests.
The buffet spread consisted of noodles, ful medames, baked beans, sausage, potatoes, eggs, turkey ham, and grilled tomatoes.
The cold spread consisted of fruits, cheeses, hummus, deli meats, assorted yogurt, bread, and cereal.
Drinks consisted of juice and the waiter will pour you coffee. I usually have soda for breakfast (yes, I know it’s bad) and between Jonathan of Wanderlusty and I, we ordered 5 Pepsi colas.
I had a little bit of everything from the buffet spread and it was delicious. It was my first time having foul medames and it became one of my favorite things to eat in the Middle East.
The waitress mentioned to us that we can order made to order eggs (any style), pancakes, and waffles if we wanted. We took her up on that offer and I ordered scrambled eggs with a waffle. The eggs were pretty good and the waffle was heavenly with maple syrup and powdered sugar goodness.
In the end, the waitress presented the check for the Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum breakfast which was complimentary but there was a note which said that we must sign for ‘internal control purposes’. If breakfast was not included, we would have been charged a total of 100AED ~ $27.23 USD for two persons.
There was another bill where we were charged for 5 Pepsi soft drinks which was quite shocking. I’ve never been charged for soda at any hotel breakfast. The waitress should have mentioned there was an additional charge when I requested a soft drink, but she let us keep ordering until we got the final sticker shock bill. 5 Pepsi’s ended up being 85AED ~ $23.14 USD @ $4.63 USD a can which was highway robbery. It was clearly our fault for assuming that soft drinks were free during breakfast, so we paid the bill.
I loved my stay at the Le Meridien Fairway Hotel because of its close proximity to the airport and metro station. Taxis are also easy to catch if you’re into getting ripped off by Dubai taxi drivers who love to long-haul tourists. SPG Platinum treatment was above and beyond since they let us check-in early and also upgraded both our rooms to a suite. We didn’t need a late check-out since we drove our rental car to the Sheraton Deira Hotel that same morning.