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“Stains on all fabrics, subjected to raunchy videos at inedible b'fast, CREEPY”
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San Marco Hotel
Ranked #359 of 563 Hotels in Dubai
Reviewed 17 May 2011

Do to last minute bookings we ended up with an overnight layover in Dubai so just needed a place to sleep - no beach, no frills, just a bed. Stupid me thought I would "save money" by booking this hotel for something like $70. Taxi both ways to airport cost another $30.

- Room EXTREMELY small and DARK
- Stains on EVERYTHING made of fabric: towels to curtains
- Bathroom ancient
- creepy elevator

- located on tiny side street off a highway with NOTHING around it except mobile phone spare parts shops: I am NOT exaggerating... Hyatt across highway. We looked at it longingly.

- Location makes it VERY difficult to get a taxi. They are already full speeding down the highway.

- I am also not exaggerating when I say b'fast was inedible. Had some Russian steamed dough thingy with watery scrambled egg in chaffing dishes, all the while blaring VERY raunchy Russian music videos on a TV. It was like Cafeteria From Hell. Ended up having to eat at airport.

It was just foul, foul, foul, foul, foul. Don't even want to think about it. Only reason to stay here is for a business person looking to but mobile phone spare parts. Strange thing is the front desk was actually REALLY friendly and helpful. Go Figure!!! Seemed like they were trying to personally compensate for this horrible hotel!!

We've stayed a budget hotels before under similar conditions (wait for connection). A clean room and edible b'fast is not too much to ask for. Should have booked Holiday Inn at the airport. Cost the same.

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  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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9  Thank AnnonUs
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

I actually stayed at this hotel a number of years ago, when my son was about 13 years old. The hotel was perfectly adequate - fairly basic, but good value for money. I recommended it to my mother, when she stayed over in Dubai and she was really happy with it too.
The thing that really stood out was the helpfulness of the staff. My son was taken ill in the middle of the night ,with severe chest pains. The security guy carried him down to the lobby and then two of the staff on reception (plus another man, who I later learned was a guest!) took us to the hospital and actually stayed there all night with us. As my son seemed much better the next morning, but needed to wait for the results of some tests, I encouraged them to leave. They did so reluctantly, but told me to ring the hotel to be picked up, when we were ready to go. The guy who picked us up insisted on carrying my son into the hotel (much to his embarassment!!) I would have posted this review sooner, but have only recently learned of Trip Advisor.
A very big belated thank you to all concerned.

Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
3  Thank pommieanne
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Reviewed 11 October 2010

I stayed here for a week, it is in Deira close to the Gold Souk, I loved the Hotel it had excellent food, and staff were so helpful always willing to help you. Small family hotel and good value for money. I was surprised to see so many Russians staying here, the only problem is that the russians queue up for everything breakfast and also there is a free bus service to jumeirah beach for sun worshippers. There are numerous eateries nearby like KFC and Shwarma vendors. Small shop right outside. Lots of interesting shops near the hotel I walked all over to get a feeling of the area its very safe there are always people outside and the Police also patrol. During the Day you should walk to Ther Grand Hyatt its about 5-10 minutes walk by the beach and you will get a spectacular view. I loved my stay here and you can get taxis everywhere. The room was basic with Air Con but what do you expect its 2-3 stars, It was cleaned daily. There is a gym and rooftop pool as well. I will stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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5  Thank LondonFarhad
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Reviewed 8 June 2010

san marco is a good 2star hotel in heart of dubai.near to main trading part of dubai,it has short distance to major bus stations.clean rooms.at all it worthsby the price. it is not extremly quiet place because of location beside street.

Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
2  Thank sh-trip
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Reviewed 12 May 2010

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  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank hhuyhh
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Additional Information about San Marco Hotel

Address: Al Khaleej Road | 6 Street, 8/1; Al Murar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #359 of 563 Hotels in Dubai
Price Range: RM 218 - RM 565 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — San Marco Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 120
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