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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:52 am Reply with quote
Steve from Durham
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With so much being said about the location of the Standard Rooms in particular from people who have not even visited Meeru or no have intention of doing so.

I thought I would take some pictures showing the area in front of the rooms and to the rear, including some video footage to give you some insight.

Unfortunatly I did not manage to get some internal pictures, as the day and time I had arranged to do this the weather was slightly raining cats & dogs.

I hope this helps those who have booked a Standard room or those thinking of doing so.

placing it as a stickie for a couple of weeks then place it under general


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http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=38bpQJdXEaU

This video shows the right hand side of the "U" with the rooms backing onto the main path as shown in the photographs, this was taken at 09:20 and the only noise is that of the breeze on the microphone, no noise from generators, machines etc


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=23YMT-IPXSY


This video shows the area in front of the Standard rooms, includes the garden area and room veranders


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=23YMT-IPXSY

This video shows more of the garden area







As you look at the standard rooms which are in a "U" shape this is the left hand side rear view, the rooms in the far left of the picture are staff rooms





As above





This is the view of the right hand side of the "U" shape, this small road is the main path to the East side of Meeru, the hedge and trees hide the rear of the Rooms





View from the opposite direction, Standard rooms are now on your right hand side





View facing towards the villas, through hedge and trees






View into the front entrance area of the rooms, this view is of the right hand side (left is identical)





View showing the front of a standard room


edited to place 3rd video link


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:04 am Reply with quote
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Thanks so much Steve for posting the videos and pics. I'm dying to see the inside of the standard rooms but from the outside they look fine, apart from there is not much privacy on the veranda but we won't be spending any time on the veranda anyway.

I have been a little apprehensive about staying in these rooms but I think they will serve their purpose okay, we spend very little time in our room on holiday, if we're not swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, or at the spa we'll be in the bar, being irish and all that! hehe! Cool

Thanks again! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:44 am Reply with quote
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Thanks steve but not sure what the external weather conditions would have had on internal photography.



How about getting to the rooms from one side of the island...keeping camera dry etc.....not the same as sat in a library keeping dry ...

Keep us updated with regards to your proposed trip to Meeru and perhaps you could arrange to have the picies taken.....then you could offer some modest help to others.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:46 am Reply with quote
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Cheers Steve - good to get a visual of the island before we go. Can't wait to get the meeru sand between my toes - far away from this dreary office and weather!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:47 am Reply with quote
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Steve from Durham wrote:
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Thanks steve but not sure what the external weather conditions would have had on internal photography.



How about getting to the rooms from one side of the island...keeping camera dry etc.....not the same as sat in a library keeping dry ...

Keep us updated with regards to your proposed trip to Meeru and perhaps you could arrange to have the picies taken.....then you could offer some modest help to others.


steve


Well said Steve.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:28 am Reply with quote
Juleen
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Thanks Steve - that's ever so helpful!! I've emailed the resort to check the room type we've got booked (we arrive Nov17th), but if it is a standard then I think things aren't looking too bad!! Anything more will be a bonus given the cheaper price we've paid!

My tickets arrived today YAY!!

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Re: Standard Rooms.....Outside Views....video & pictures 
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:40 pm Reply with quote
shelly26aa
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sylvia wrote:
Steve from Durham wrote:


Unfortunatly I did not manage to get some internal pictures, as the day and time I had arranged to do this the weather was slightly raining cats & dogs.


Thanks steve but not sure what the external weather conditions would have had on internal photography. thanks anyway

Also I think from previous posts regarding noise from generators, the noticeable disturbance was during the evening /bed time no doubt when the generators would inevitably be at full power. again thanks anyway



Whats up with this women ? wrond side of the menopause or what ! Seems you have a stalker here Steve Shocked I have yet to book Meeru (least I am honest) thank you for your efforts


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:51 pm Reply with quote
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sylvia wrote:
Steve from Durham wrote:
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Thanks steve but not sure what the external weather conditions would have had on internal photography.

How about getting to the rooms from one side of the island...keeping camera dry etc
steve


Confused Steve not intent on offending you its just that I presumed you would be using something portable of hand size, and you managed the cascading waterfall in maalan rest. Was there a deficit of brollies? Wink



Not at all you fool, we where already in the Malaan when it started to rain.....yet another useless post (is it to get your posting numbers up Rolling Eyes )


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:27 pm Reply with quote
Raymond
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Steve thank you for the time you have taken to let the more mature members of the forum know all there is about these rooms, we have a standard room booked for Sept 09 (if you want I would be more than willing to take pictures for you)

Keep up the good work

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:20 pm Reply with quote
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Ditto


Well said Raymond


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:19 am Reply with quote
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I was thinking exactly the same Raymond. Me and my family are staying in 3 standard rooms in April 2009 so I will definately take some pics of our rooms. Cool

I have been looking everywhere for pics of the inside of the standard rooms and can't find anything. I have read some horror stories about the bathrooms etc it would be good if these people would take photographic evidence to back up their bad reviews. I would have thought that would be common sense, in order to submit their complaint to the tour operator anyway... Confused Rolling Eyes

Judging by the pics Steve has taken of the outside of the rooms I'm not worried at all, as long as I am on Meeru in the Maldives I could sleep anywhere! Very Happy

Natalie x

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:25 am Reply with quote
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NatalieD wrote:
I was thinking exactly the same Raymond. Me and my family are staying in 3 standard rooms in April 2009 so I will definately take some pics of our rooms. Cool

I have been looking everywhere for pics of the inside of the standard rooms and can't find anything. I have read some horror stories about the bathrooms etc it would be good if these people would take photographic evidence to back up their bad reviews. I would have thought that would be common sense, in order to submit their complaint to the tour operator anyway... Confused Rolling Eyes
Judging by the pics Steve has taken of the outside of the rooms I'm not worried at all, as long as I am on Meeru in the Maldives I could sleep anywhere! Very Happy

Natalie x



Bold typing says it all IMHO


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:35 am Reply with quote
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Raymond wrote:
NatalieD wrote:
I was thinking exactly the same Raymond. Me and my family are staying in 3 standard rooms in April 2009 so I will definately take some pics of our rooms. Cool

I have been looking everywhere for pics of the inside of the standard rooms and can't find anything. I have read some horror stories about the bathrooms etc it would be good if these people would take photographic evidence to back up their bad reviews. I would have thought that would be common sense, in order to submit their complaint to the tour operator anyway... Confused Rolling Eyes
Judging by the pics Steve has taken of the outside of the rooms I'm not worried at all, as long as I am on Meeru in the Maldives I could sleep anywhere! Very Happy

Natalie x



Bold typing says it all IMHO


Raymond


Thanks Raymond, you would easily know I work in defending holiday claims wouldn't you?! hehe! Razz

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 9:24 am Reply with quote
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We just spent Easter 09 in a standard room (808) and were very pleasantly surprised by how nice, clean & spacious the room was, especially after all the horrible reviews we had read!!!

We had thought about trying to get upgraded when we got to the island but we knew that would be pretty hard considering April is a very busy time and the island would be full. However once we saw the standard rooms location and walked inside we knew we would definitley not be wasting money or effort trying to upgrade as we thought we'd rather spend the extra money on spa treatments, considering the little amount of time we spend in our room on holiday anyway.

The bed was a lovely big kingsize with lovely crisp white sheets and big comfy pillows. There was nice rattan furniture which had a far more traditional feel than the modern furniture that you get in the JWV for example (we like traditional in the Maldives!). There was a big window that let in lots of natural light during the day but we tried to keep the curtains closed to try and keep the sun/heat out of the room. The lighting in the room was very good with brand new bedside lamps, a main light on the ceiling and two wall lights above the dressing table, which was very important to me as a girl who likes her make up!! Once we got used to the air-con and had it on the right setting it was great and a godsend for respite against the hot Meeru sun! There was plenty of room in the wardrobe for all our clothes and there were more than enough hangers, which was great. There are 4 shelves in the wardrobe although the safe is on the top shelf, but there was still room to put things beside the safe. There was a table and 2 chairs in the room also, but we used them more as a clotheshorse as we didn't spend any time in the room apart from getting ready and sleeping. The bathroom was fine, if a little tired, but bright and clean which was most important. It was a bit annoying that there wasn't a towel ring or rail by the basin for a handtowel (had to keep going over to the shelf at the shower to get a towel!) but that is only a minor gripe. The shower wasn't the most powerful but it was always nice and warm and did the job. A lot of people have complained about generator noise etc, but we never heard anything of the sort at any time during the holiday. The only thing that disturbed us was the birds singing at dawn, and that was a nice disturbance.

My opinion is if you are only used to 5*+ hotels and crave luxury all the time then I don't think the standard rooms are for you, and if you did end up being put in one then I'm sure you would throw a strop. BUT if you are like me and have stayed in plenty of 5* luxury hotels, but also stayed in basic 2* apartments in Greece then you will find a happy medium with the standard rooms on Meeru. They aren't luxurious by any means, but they are certainly not horrible run down staff quarters as many reviews would have you believe. My thoughts are with Steve on this issue, have these people who have posted these awful (and damaging) reviews on the standard rooms actually been to Meeru and stayed in these rooms at all?!

Personally I liked the location of the standard rooms as we like to be close to the pool, bars and restaurant. We go on holiday to relax and hate to have a 5 mile camelhike to get to where we want to go so the standard rooms were perfect for us lazy sods! The only downside to the location was obviously that we didn't have a sunbathing area and it was a bit of a battle to get a lounger by the pool or on the beach. You can ask at reception for your room sun loungers to be moved anywhere on the island. We asked for ours to be moved to the beach in front of the pool (as we would benefit from waiter service here as well as being close to the restaurant at lunch time) and they were collected from our room and delivered to the beach within 10 minutes. Now that's what I call service!

Would I stay in the standard rooms again? Yes I would, if we returned to Meeru I would like to stay in the Water Villas (500's) but if the budget or availability didn't allow it we would definitley book a standard room again (over a land villa) without a doubt.

Hope this helps reassure anyone who is staying in a standard room in the near future...

Natalie x

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 9:33 am Reply with quote
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Well i dont think i even neither to make a comment about standard rooms as Natalie has said it all, couldnt have said it better myself!!

We stayed in room 805 and couldnt agree with Natalie more.

Well said Natalie!


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