Taking a six-month contract to work in Abu Dhabi for the first time ever I was a little concerned on the level of accommodation I would be able to secure. After a month (on the company's dollar) at the Park Rotana I moved to their little sister hotel offering at the Al Maha Arjaan for 5 months and have had a fantastic time.I have absolutely no complaints about the place and highly recommend the hotel to anyone who needs either short or long-term accommodation in the city.
One of the best things about the hotel is the central location where there are any number of good restaurants nearby as well as all manner of shops. There are western hotels very close for a drink if you want one and I strongly recommend the food and service at Cho Gao at the Crowne Plaza two minutes walk away.
Please note that this is a dry hotel, as are all the Arjaan's I've been told, and you can't even get alcohol with room service. Frankly, living here for such a long period I am probably lucky that there isn't a bar down stairs.
The front desk / concierge staff are always pleasant to deal with and when my partner came for a short weekend visit they went out of their way to make her feel welcome including 'girlyfying' the bathroom facilities in my room.
The quality of room service food is very good and the breakfast spread is adequate. I have to admit to not liking the beef or chicken sausages and the range of alternative bacon just make me miss the real thing even more. This of course is a regional cultural factor rather than hotel specific so not a fair reflection on the hotel.
Parking is easy, there are cabs everywhere and a good bus service as well. There are numerous supermarkets within 5 minutes walk and also a cinema (if somewhat rundown) just across the road.The KFC over the road has taken far more of my money than has been good for my weight!
All in all I am a very happy patron of this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana is one of Rotana’s deluxe hotel apartments in Abu Dhabi. Ideally situated on the busy Hamdan Street, the hotel has 288 rooms offering its guests a comfortable and spacious accommodation. The hotel, makes itself ideal for business travellers, residents, families and holiday makers alike providing the cosiness and warmth of home. Rooms provide guests exclusive privileges and kitchenettes (in suites). Home to Cafe 302, one of the most trendy dining in town, Al Maha Arjaan's outlet is a haven of earthy colours set amidst a chic ambience. Café 302 is the perfect place to relax and chat whilst enjoying a delicious selection of food and beverages. An unescapable display counter showcases fresh and appealing savouries that attracts each passer-by. Guests can enjoy an array of delicious food from an exclusive menu additional to the 24 hour in room services. The recreation facility, Bodylines Fitness and Wellness club boasts a fully equipped gymnasium along with temperature controlled swimming pool with an attached Jacuzzi. There are four massage treatment rooms that enable every guests to indulge in choices of massage offerings. Separate sauna and steam rooms for men and women makes it an ideal destination for relaxation. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana also offers two banqueting rooms for personal events along with two meeting board room for MICE events catering to each sector of the requirements. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana is indeed a home away from home for the expats living in Abu Dhabi. The hotel is 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi Airport and offers free private parking that is available on site. ... more less
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- Al Maha Arjaan Abu Dhabi Hotel Abu Dhabi