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“Style without Substance - Pricey”
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Beach Rotana
Ranked #25 of 127 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Style without Substance - Pricey”
Reviewed December 12, 2010

I stayed at the Beach Rotana for 2 weeks while on business in AD - it wasn't my choice and I would push to stay at an international hotel like Hilton or Sheraton next time, for lower price and better frequent traveler benefits. It definitely is marketed as an upscale hotel - the price certainly reflect it, and the look matches at first glance. But the price (restaurant prices exhorbitant) simply isn't justified.

A few things that bothered me in particular
1. NOISE :The hotel is renovating something in atrium, which nearly all rooms open on to. Which means at 8am on the weekend, you are awakened by the sounds of jackhammering. This goes on ALL day long.
If you get a street facing room, the construction outside vibrated my room - it sounded like they were tunnelling under the street. Obviously the hotel can't help this, but it was very annoying. So- ask about construction noise and request a room that is going to be quiet when you want to relax or be asleep!

2. SERVICE: there are many staff members lingering around, but the attentiveness one would expect is simply not there. Every request was met with resistance of some form. Service was not any better than any other 3-4 star international hotel.

3. LOCATION: It is billed as a Beach hotel - but the beach is just a sandy bank facing a channel , which is under heavy construction and high rise buildings- absolutely not "ocean view". And the Corniche is a distance away, so it feels isolated for anyone who likes to stroll.

The positives:
*The fitness facility is excellent - large, clean, bright, lots of new equipment.
*The pool/beach front is expansive - lots of place to read in the sun. BUT, know that the beachfront isn't ideal but the water appeared clean.
*Housekeeping staff were very friendly and helpful with extra bottles of water, or providing enough towels, etc. As long as the request didn't go through the front desk!
*Abu Dhabi mall is attached - it is small, but a nice concentration of shops. And a place to walk around as there is nothing nearby outside.

It isn't bad - your stay would be comfortable (as long as you deal with the noise) - just don't spend more money to stay here than the average international hotel in town.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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Soesterberg, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

Rotana Beach is adjecent to Beach and the Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall. for a business trip excellent but also as leisure hotel. I try to book here everytime I 'm visiting AD because most of the people (often also visitors to Abu Dhabi) know the place and or come to visit one of the restaurants. I never forget my gym clothing because if possible I will use the gym. Rooms are somewhat smaller than expected but very nice and clean.
Yes I would recommend the hotel as it was recommended to me.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

Excellent service very friendly atmosphere,fantastic retaurants

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 29, 2010

Just had a brilliant 10 day sunshine boost before Christmas. Every thing about the Hotel and staff was faultless, food in buffet was as good as it gets, quality and choice could not be faulted. Pool was always spotless, beach could not have been kept any cleaner. Gym opened at 6am, i'm no expert but it had every fitness machine you could need. Sunbeds and towels in abundance. Lifeguards always evident. OK you ask what are the snags. Yes there are building operations visible across the water(this is UAE not a dessert island) not that much noise, infact when they had a day off it was lunchtime before I realised there was no noise. Alcohol is plentiful but not cheap. Accomodation in the Tower building is recommended as the Classic rooms are not "suitable" for anything more than a business stopover.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fouadhamade, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor.

The team and I look forward to welcoming you again.

Regards,

Fouad Hamade
Executive Assistant Manager
I/C Hotel Apartments
Beach Rotana
P.O.Box 45200 Abu Dhabi U.A.E
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ireland
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

Service and facilities are excellent in beach rotana, staff are very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Culburra Beach
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Reviewed November 17, 2010

very lavish and comfortable.....selected for budget and location. Great buffet breakfast and excellent staff

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

I stayed in the Beach Rotana hotel for 5 days on a business trip. The hotel is very centrally located to all major hubs in Abu Dhabi and is internally connected to the the Abu Dhabi Mall which every shopper should visit. In addition, customer service is excellent and the hotel has very well maintained amenities like the spa center, tennis and squash courts, a full fledged gym, swimming pools and even water sports. The only 1 thing that they could do better is keep more vegetarian options on their restaurant menu. All in all, a great experience and will certainly stay there again

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Beach Rotana
Address: Beach Rotana Hotel 2 St | Connected to Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi 45200, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#14 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#17 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#25 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#26 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#31 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Beach Rotana 5*
Number of rooms: 565
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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