Here's my review of Marriott Bonvoy's Element Me'aisam Dubai hotel, suitable for long budget stays in Dubai for Expo 2020.
Booking - Element Me'aisam Dubai
Element Me’aisam – Dubai is a category 3 Marriott Bonvoy hotel. A night paid for with points goes for between 15,000 and 20,000 points depending on the season.
I preferred to keep my points and pay for my stay with my Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card given the rate I got.
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My stay at Element Me'aisam Dubai
Arrival - Element Me'aisam Dubai
During my stay in Dubai, I had a rental car, which was very useful to go to different appointments. Element Me’aisam – Dubai offers free parking.
The hotel is a “mirror copy” of the Aloft Me’aisam Dubai Hotel(which I also reported on here): the parking, the terraces and the pool are identical.
Room - King bed - Element Me'aisam Dubai
The room I was offered was a studio: despite my requests through the chat and my Titanium status, I did not get an upgrade. This is the room you can book with points.
Element Hotels target long-stayers and families. Each room has a washing machine and cooking facilities.
Some oriental fruits as a welcome gift were waiting for me in this room.
Bathroom - Element Me'aisam Dubai
The bathroom has a new look with a large shower.
Breakfast - Element Me'aisam Dubai
At Element Me’aisam Dubai, due to COVID-19, there are people serving you at the buffet in the hotel’s lobby level restaurant.
The choice is rather varied and the omelettes are excellent.
If you make purchases in the bars and restaurants of your hotel, do not forget to charge these expenses to your room bill. So you’ll earn up to 17.5 points per dollar based on your Marriott Bonvoy status!
And when you check out, pay with your Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card to earn 5 points per dollar!
I preferred the Aloft Me’aisam Dubai hotel to the Element Me’aisam Dubai hotel in this article. Especially since the Aloft hotel is of a lower category (so cheaper in points). The atmosphere is more lively (and it seems to me that the rooms are better insulated at the Aloft than at the Element).
However, if you need an option for a longer stay, and if you need to have access to a washing machine or something to cook yourself dinner, it will be more interesting to stay at the Element.
Since it’s a category 3, a night can be booked from 15 000 points (count between 60 000 and 80 000 points for a stay of 5 consecutive nights thanks to the option“Stay 5 nights for the price of 4 by using Marriott Bonvoy points“).