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“Cheap and Cheerful”
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San Marco Hotel
Ranked #320 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
London
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Cheap and Cheerful”
Reviewed 2 March 2008

Not one of the most luxurious hotels in dubai but it does provide cheap accommodation.

The hotel is mainly for russians and i'm not sure if the breakfast was centred on this or it was more of a local cuisne, it was pretty strange nevertheless!

The room was clean and comfortable enough and the air conditioning worked a treat. You need to put the water heater on before you want to have a shower though, i had a cold shower because i hadn't realised straightaway.

The pool area is on the roof and is pretty small. There are only 4 sun beds. We managed to get one every day evenutally but not many people were using the pool during our stay. The water is freezing!

An importnant note inline with the other reviews, don't underestimate the problems you will face getting a cab! I had read the other reviews but didnt think it would be much of a problem because i have been to dubai before and been followed down the road by cabs. Apparently it is a real problem though, cab drivers dont want to pick people up in busy areas. We aited an hour for a cab the first night, we actually flagged down 5 or 6 and they said no. Then on the last day we actually ordered a cab to the airport and it still took an hour to come to the hotel. We heard on the radio that they are starting a new thing where you can call a number and report cabbies that refuse to take you and they get banned for 10 days so it may not be a problem for much longer

Stayed February 2008
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London, England
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2008

This is a budget hotel in Deira. The hotel itself is quite nice but mainly caters for guests from Russia and Africa. It is difficult to get a taxi in this area. There is a gym and pool on the fifth floor. There was a sauna as well but it was closed. The rooms are okay with minibar, safe and television. They are also air-conditioned. The shower curtain in the bathroom is not long enough and water goes everywhere. The rooms were cleaned daily. It's not the best location unless you want to be in Deira. The five star glitzy hotels seems a world away.

  • Liked — It was fairly cheap for Dubai and clean
  • Disliked — Difficult to get a taxi in this area
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled solo
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Aosta, Italy
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 14 December 2007

We stayed at San MArco during 10 days.
Everithing was wonderful! We arrived at 3.00 am and the welcoming was very warm. Wonderful room.Clean, Safe,
The reception attendant are wonderful, very friendly, the restaurant Milano was good and the breakfast good.
Thank You San Marco see u the next year
Mr Zak
Mrs Chiara

  • Liked — room, location, DUBAI
  • Disliked — the heat.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Afghanistan
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2007

I stayed there while transiting and was surprised for the money that the hotel was quite nice. They even have the little magnetic cards instead of keys. It was at or above the level of the chains like Red Roof or LaQuinta. The location is not great if you want to catch a taxi, but there are lots restaurants. For budget traveler, I would recommend it.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled solo
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Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2007

My mother and I stayed at the San Marco in March 2007, on a business trip/holiday. We booked through HotelClub as the rate seemed good and they had a free shuttle bus to the shopping centre. We quickly discovered that most westerners should book a 4 star hotel and expect to pay at least Aus$100 per person per nite if you want your expectations met.

The hotel is located off the beaten track in Deira - forget walking to any shopping or restaurants - it sometimes took 20mins to hail a cab, though fortunately these are cheap in Dubai. The hotel is dark and dank - windows look directly at walls next door in most cases. The room was clean but bathroom was massively disappointing - reminder us of communist block rather than the Emirates! Very shabby and water got everywhere.
Towels small and scratchy.

Breakfast and room service were not up to par for a 3 star hotel - bread was stale, jam tasted likie cordial, breakfast room itself not cleaned properly and the buffet (like the hotel) is over-run with Russian package tourists.

I will say though that the front desk staff tried their best to be helpful with tours, phone messages, and directions. But they didn't have a whole let else to work with.

My advice - pick a western chain hotel or something 4 star at least. Dubai isn't a cheap place to stay but you will want better than this!

  • Liked — Leaving it!
  • Disliked — The location and atmosphere in seedy part of Deira
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled on business
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Property: 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
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Ranked #320 of 545 Hotels in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — San Marco Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 120
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