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Al Raha Beach Hotel
Ranked #27 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 12, 2006

We have just returned from a 2 week trip to the UAE - we were based in Duba with family, however were fortunate enough to spend 3 nights at the Al Raha Beach Hotel.

Previous reviews did not rate the hotel as 5* - it definitely was in our estimations (and we are regular travellers). The hotel was superb, from the moment we arrived and were greated with a welcome drink, to being shown to our room (which was huge), and were then delivered a platter of fruit with compliments of the hotel. We stayed in a Deluxe room, which had everything you could possibly want, including scene lighting. The bathroom did not disappoint, with a huge shower and separate corner bath. It was fantastic.

The setting of the hotel (which was around 20 minutes outside of Abu Dhabi) was beautiful and the pool area was likewise. Breakfasts in the hotel were exceptionally good, with every taste catered for, including all dietery requirements. We ate in the hotel twice, and both times found not only the food, but also the friendliness and 'attention to detail' of the staff to be exemplary.

It was a fantastic place to unwind from the hussle and bussle of Dubai, and perfect for a short stay break. We would definitely recommend the Al Raha Beach Hotel, and will be revisiting in the future.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 2, 2006

I should start with clarifying what 'boutique' hotel means in the UAE. It means that there are no more than 100 rooms and it has nothing to do with the decor, as in Europe. It was a lovely hotel and having just returned thought I should post my comments.

Cons first
We were there for the end of Ramadan and for Eid. The Eid holiday lasted 2 days and was absolutely crazy at the hotel. It was fully booked and the locals all invited their families to the pool/beach and the staff just could not cope. Luckily I had my ipod which I turned up very loud to drown out the kids screaming and shouting.
Also we found that the kids did not all stay in the kids pool and this was not enforced. It was quite a family oriented hotel.
Horrendous restaurant facility in the eve and the lunch buffet was nice but expensive. I can’t help feel that if this hotel got a few really good restaurants (like the beach Rotana) on board it would really take off.

Pros
Huge rooms and bathrooms
Great pool and beach
Nice attentive staff who tried hard (still some work to do here as they are helpful but a bit slow on the uptake - you have to ask them to do the specific task for you vs other 5star hotels where you ask the question and they are onto it straight away for you)
Nice quiet location (although some may consider this a con as is a £7 taxi in to town and back - the shuttle bus was at the wrong times for us).
Turn down room service was very good once it got going on the 4th night.

All in all a nice relaxing holiday and we appreciated the smaller size of the hotel vs the Beach Rotana where we stayed last year.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank A_Badou
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Reviewed September 24, 2006

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank SolihullTraveller
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Reviewed August 12, 2006

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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12  Thank df63
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Reviewed August 5, 2006

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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13  Thank SandDragon
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Reviewed May 5, 2006

  • Stayed: April 2006
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24  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed April 22, 2006

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Additional Information about Al Raha Beach Hotel

Address: Al Raha Corniche, Abu Dhabi 38616, United Arab Emirates
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#14 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#16 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#16 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#27 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#27 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range: $123 - $1,569 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Al Raha Beach Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 278
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in landscaped gardens along a stretch of white sandy beach, this palatial hotel is located on the Al Raha corniche. The property offers 254 rooms and suites including the brand new wing furnished with the ultimate in luxury. There are also 24 exclusive villas which have a choice of 2,3 or 4 bedrooms, located in a stunning seafront location adjacent to the main hotel building. The hotel boasts state of the art facilities, including the Body & Soul Spa & Recreation Club complete with temperature controlled outdoor and indoor pools, steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzis as well as a high tech gymnasium. If variety is the spice of life, dining choices abound from International dishes to exquisite twist of Mediterranean. ... more   less 
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