The Beach Rotana's selling point is that it is a resort style hotel. It has a range of very good onsite international restaurants (a steak house, a delicious Indian restaurant, a tasty seafood restaurant, an Italian place, a German beer garden). The hotel has beach front (we didn't go into the water) as well as various pools (although it appears that facilities are not limited to guests and local expats often buy day pass access).
Another plus is that the hotel has direct access to the Abu Dhabi mall and cinema complex - the mall is not amazing and lacks a lot of higher end Western brands but it's possible to spend a few hours there. It is normally open from 10:00AM-22:00, however do note that on Fridays it does not open until 13:00.
The hotel is also a very short taxi ride away from the Madinat Zayed Gold Souk mall - if you are in the market for buying gold jewellery it is a must visit. Gold is tax-free and can be up to two thirds cheaper than prices in Western Europe. The gold rate is also set by the government each day, so you can work out how much you are being charged for the gold and then haggle on the workmanship cost.
The most striking feature of the hotel is its large domed lobby/lounge area which appears to be a popular hang out for local Emiratis and guests. During check-in we were rather entertained by an intriguing (Russian) guest who was sat in the lobby drinking coffee with a khaki clad female body guard, an over the top tiara, and a freshly bandaged nose job. In the evening there was a duo performing modern music on piano and violin.
We were very pleased at being able to check-in at around 09:30AM after arriving on an early morning flight. Room was fine. Complimentary water. Mattress and bedding acceptable. Good range of English television channels. Inoffensive decor. Reasonable sized bathroom. A couple of noise issues coming from the German beer garden band one evening however did not continue late into the night. Staff were reasonably competent and polite; however would probably not want to test them with a complicated request.
Excellent breakfast spread - traditional Arabic food, bakery, cold meats, salmon, range of preserved fruits, omelette station, muesli, cereals, etc. We had dinner at the above mentioned onsite Indian and seafood restaurants and had thoroughly enjoyable meals. In particular the signature lamb dish at the Indian restaurant is AMAZING! It was recommended for two people but could have fed four. Don't be put off by the fact that it takes 40 minutes to prepare - the wait is well worth it. Service at both restaurants was also excellent (although neither were particularly busy when we were there).
The hotel has a few private taxis that are available for guests. They can be booked for airport collections/drop-offs and also for other trips, e.g. to the grand mosque. They're slightly more expensive than regular cabs but can be charged to the hotel room. We recommend that you do this as we had one issue with a driver not having change on our final trip to the airport. Ask the doorman the price of the trip and then be sure to fill it in the slip that you sign for charging to the room.
While we didn't use the service, there is a reasonably priced in-house seamstress who is available to make clothing alterations.
The down-side to the Beach Rotana is its location. If you intend to venture outside the resort area, the hotel is definitely not in a chi-chi part of town. If you want to visit the main Marina Mall area where the majority of expats and Emiratis shop, eat, and hang out, then depending on traffic, it can take half an hour by cab to get there. However if you are happy to stay on-site, then this isn't a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 30 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and 90 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Home to the prestigious Abu Dhabi Trade Centre complex, our Abu Dhabi Beach Hotel is directly linked by an exclusive passageway to the over one million square feet Abu Dhabi Mall - the capital's most renowned shopping mall, which houses international brands, a 6-screen Cineplex and entertainment venues. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Rotana - Abu Dhabi Hotel Abu Dhabi
- Beach Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi