While on our recent trip to Dubai with my five year-old son Kitty, we stayed at the Le Meridien Hotel, which is right next to the Dubai International Airport. We’d flown to Dubai aboard Emirates, whose flight service is top-notch I must say. I found it to be a very family-friendly airline which I highly recommended for parents or guardians traveling with children.
The five-hour flight from Nairobi to Dubai was an experience that my son loved so much, he’s never stopped talking about it -more than a month later! You can catch up on the post where I talk about our flight experience here.
So, after our ‘short’ flight and after clearing with Immigration and collecting our luggage (very smooth processes all through), we were received by a member of staff from Le Meridien Hotel who drove us to the hotel. We desperately needed to lay down and rest. We were tired. All we could see was a shower and a bed. So we got to the room and I was very pleased with what I saw. It was going to be a wonderful four days ahead.
None of us felt like eating anything since we were still feeling filled from the flight food, plus we were really tired and just needed to sleep. So we quickly did our baths, and then when I told Kitty it was time to brush his teeth, he told me: “But mummy, I’ve not yet drank my milk!” Wololo!
Okay, here’s the thing. My boys still do the milk thing before they sleep. Since their infancy, they’ve never stopped. They MUST drink milk before they retire to bed otherwise they ‘ll just sit there staring at you all night long until you give them warm milk. They will not budge. But now there we were, Kitty asking for his regular mug of night time milk. Sigh. I should have carried a few packs of UHT for him. But I explained to him that I hadn’t carried any milk and that he’d have to bear with me -for that day. Thankfully, his fatigue prevailed because by the time I was finishing that sentence he’d already dozed off. By the way, at what age do kids stop taking night time milk? I think mine will continue doing so for a very very long time. Which is fine by me.
So anyway, let me take you through photos of Le Meridien Hotel.
When in the room, Kitty would be kept busy with two things: the TV which, to his delight, contained some of his favorite cartoons, and secondly, the goody bag from Emirates that had all these items that kept him creatively busy.
So that is how Le Meridien Hotel is like -the hotel is big, with so many pools and restaurants, I’ve just covered a little fraction of it. But I loved our experience a this hotel because of among others: it’s excellent facilities, how spacious and clean the rooms were, sleek furnishings, the variety of eateries, the friendly and courteous staff, and the peace and quiet it offered. I can’t say though that it has many kiddie activities, but it’s a good place because when you go to Dubai with your kids, I don’t think you want to spend your day in a hotel – you want to be out of the hotel sampling all the niceties that Dubai has to offer. The pools though were a good place that Kitty and I spent time in, as well as the restaurants. We mainly did Italian and Chinese (from where I’d get his night time warm glass of milk yaaaay).
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*Some photo credits: Le Meridien Dubai