We honestly expected a bit more from a five star hotel in Abu Dhabi. It seemed to us that, just because we arrived with large backpacks (just stopped over after a tour through Sri Lanka), we were not treated the same like other, posher dressed, people. The staff shouldn't jump to conclusions, if we couldn't afford the hotel, we wouldn't stay there! We went to the Emirates Palace for tea and were treated much better there, as well in the Etihad Towers.
The Poolarea is nice and the beach also, we didn't notice any jetskis. But the view from our balcony was only construction sites, and I think the breakfast was okay, but not extraordinary, we got better breakfast with more choice in other 4 star hotels. And what I really don't understand: There were no dates available! In an arabian country, where dates are a must and the supermarket sells tons of them and they are obligatory everywhere! I even asked for them at breakfast, without any luck, how is that possible?
We also found it very unpleasant, that when you pay a lot for a hotel, you still have to pay the wifi extra.
So next time in Abu Dhabi, we'ld rather spend a bit more money and stay at the Etihad Towers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cast away in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf Sea, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan is the first property in the UAE under the new Brand mark Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana, offering 443 splendid rooms and serviced apartments with their modern design complementing the values of the contemporary Arabian culture, in an alcoholic free environment. Situated in the prime area of Abu Dhabi over looking the beautiful shores of the Arabian Gulf, this fabulous city resort is only a 30 minutes drive from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and a few minutes away from various choices of the largest malls in the capital and point of cultural interest. ... more less
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