The biggest problem with this hotel is its location. Its surroundings are completely unattractive. There are beautiful rolling dunes some 50 kilometers further away towards Liwa, but this hotel sits on flat nondescript land close to the highway and a power station. The scenery is utterly unremarkable.
The hotel's architecture is a mess. None of the rooms that face the desert have balconies. The parking lot and staff barracks have been situated in full view of many of the rooms. The hotel doesn't provide direct access to the desert at all - one has take a detour through some game room & bar - to get onto the sand. And the restaurant has no view of the desert - but instead only of the pool through a few windows. Mostly it looks out onto the empty lobby. These total failures are only surprising to people who have not stayed at other Danat hotels - such as their beach hotel without beach access, or their Liwa hotel in a horseshoe shape that reflects every noise is continuously off its walls.
The rooms in this hotel were decent. They were rather small but clean. Problematic are the connecting doors with gaps beneath them. We heard our 'neighbors' throughout the night.
The staff in the hotel were friendly and efficient.
There is only one restaurant - and no options within dozens of kilometers - but the food was good and reasonably priced. The wine is another story though: 800 AED for a bottle of Chablis is enough to ruin someone's dinner. The cheapest option on the menu was a bottom of the barrel Blue Nun wine for 250 AED! This is a $3.95 bottle of wine selling for $70 !
A hotel to avoid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tilal Liwa Hotel is a 4 star hotel. A stunningly secluded Desert Hideaway perched at the edge of the majestic Rub Al Khali desert, with breathtaking views of some of the highest dunes in the world. Immerse yourself in an authentically Arabian “Oasis of Hospitality,” where tantalizing restaurants, an infinity outdoor pool, and a full range of luxury amenities offer lush accompaniment to the surrounding desert beauty. Whether you are embarking on an exhilarating Desert Safari, discovering the raditional sights of Al Gharbiya – Camel farm, dates plantation, Heritage Fortress, or simply escaping to solitude for a few days,our captivating four-star UAE hotel resort guarantees an unforgettable Arabian hospitality experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tilal Liwa Hotel Madinat Zayed, Emirate Of Abu Dhabi