I could have never asked for more. My spouse actually did some ‘research’ to find the best hotel with the right price for the four of us (2 adults and 2 small kids) and the reviews in TripAdvisor made us choose this hotel. We made the right decision. This hotel was just perfect for us. I wish we could have stayed longer than the 3 nights. It is a beautiful hotel indeed. The architectural is a combination of both the contemporary and classic designs. I loved the lighting effects on the external facade at night.
It is located along the Sheikh Zayed road. Not once did I have any problems with the taxi drivers to find it. The main thoroughfare is Sheikh Zayed road (a 6-lane highway to the uninitiated). This hotel and some others are actually located along the inner road of this highway and taxis are zooming along this inner road every other minute as I can recall. Stayed there for 3 nights and never once waited any longer than 2 minutes to wave down a taxi. All the taxis are metered. Cost us about Dhs13 to go to Dubai Mall. On our last day going to the airport it cost us about Dhs30. The hotel has a private transportation and the hotel bellman offered us the MPV at Dhs80 but we thought it was quite on a high side since when we first arrived, the rate from the airport to the hotel was only Dhs50; and that was an MPV too.
We arrived slightly later than 2 pm at the hotel and our room was not ready. The hotel staff told us that since we requested for a non-smoking room, they needed to housekeep a suitable one for us. I made my booking with one of the popular travel websites online. We were given a room facing the back (so I could not give any feedback of the often-quoted ‘noise’ from the busy Sheikh Zayed road). We were offered complimentary orange juices while waiting for our room to be ready, which I really appreciated.
The room was just to my liking, minimalist decor with the main wall remained not plastered (blocks). We stayed in a classic suite which has a kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom and living area. There is a large flat screen TV and the beautiful red reclining sofa you see on their website. The white sofa in the living area is just as comfortable. There is another small bathroom in the living room so you don’t need to rush to the main bathroom while enjoying your meal or watching TV. The two bathrooms really helped us especially when there are 2 small kids around. There is also another TV in the bedroom.
The kitchenette has all the utensils, pots, pans and the complimentary tea/coffee making facilities. My spouse actually managed to prepare some sandwiches and toast. A toaster and microwave were available. There was a washing/dryer machine with a complimentary detergent. In short, everything that you would ever need in a furnished apartment was there. The bathroom was nice, slightly narrow for 2 persons to pass but not too much of concerns.
The café opens up all the way to the roof and makes it feel large. Breakfast for my spouse and I was included in our package. The kids ate for free. They had a wide continental selection of dishes to choose from.
You could get your groceries nearby. There is a mini market at the back of the hotel next to a mosque. I never had to venture there to buy things but I would assume you could get any basic amenities and food supplies there. The store looks quite decent from our room. Our room faces the back parking spaces. It was always a treat for the kids to see the double-coach bus plying the street quite on a regular schedule. At one time, we even thought about taking the bus trip but it never materialized.
Next to the hotel are Dunkin Donuts and Coffee Beans (or was it Starbucks) in case you need to satisfy your cravings. A little further walk is Mazaya complex, which I think is a shopping complex although not as huge as Dubai Mall or the Emirates Mall.
On the rooftop is a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. I was told that the pool was temperature-controlled. We went there just to snap some photos. I did not have chance to swim there as we were always out and around checking Dubai city. In case you need to sweat it out, there is also a gym.
If you are really looking for a good place to stay with all the amenities and the right location, this is the perfect hotel. For the price that I paid, I could have never asked for more. The Burj Dubai is clearly visible from the main entrance (the fact is, it is practically visible from everywhere) but you could get the whole view to the top from here for that photo-op. For a closer view of this majestic tower, take a trip to Dubai Mall and check out one of the wings that takes you out to a breathtaking view of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Rotana-Dubai is conveniently located on Sheikh Zayed Road adjacent to DIFC and Dubai Convention Centre, 10mins away from the Dubai International Airport.Overlooking the Burj Dubai this hotel is perfect for business and leisure. The atmosphere and the ambiance embraces the uniqueness of local Arabian culture. Capturing the very essence of Dubai today, Villa Rotana facilities are sophisticated and contemporary, offering spacious and beautifully presented 118 studios and suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Rotana - Dubai Hotel Dubai
- Hotel Rotana Dubai