I read with interest Paix76’s review. It is entirely accurate, on both counts. However, first time visitors to Abu Dhabi should be aware that the disadvantages mentioned are almost a way of life in Abu Dhabi. There are those hotels that allow this and those that don’t. The Dana does not actually run either of the outlets on the Mezzanine and Penthouse floors. They are leased and operated by an entirely separate company that runs several outlets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Dana is one of several Al Diar properties in Abu Dhabi. Together with the Al Diar Capital it is one of the better hotels in the Al Diar group’s establishments in Abu Dhabi. Al Diar Meena and Al Diar regency, both reviewed on this site, are truly diabolical establishments.
Dana is indeed a mixed experience. Accommodation in the middle floors, away from the two outlets is spacious and pleasant. The restaurant on the Penthouse floor is unimaginative and the quality of the food can vary but is generally wholly acceptable. The restaurant downstairs really is mediocre. The hotel is well-placed in town
Yes it can be hard to ignore the seedier aspect when waiting for the lift in the lobby of the hotel, rubbing shoulders as one does with the purveyors of “negotiable affection” and their patrons. But, here is a tip. In the corner of the downstairs restaurant is another lift. Uing that you will avoid all the passing trade.
All-in-all, a value for money hotel and you can turn a blind eye.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dana Hotel is located adjacent to the Abu Dhabi Mall and in the heart of the city's commercial and leisure district. It is an ideal destination for both business and holiday travelers and is just 35 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 20 minutes from Yas Marina Circuit & Ferrari World and 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre Each of the 112 air-conditioned rooms is contemporarily designed and are fully equipped with all modern-day amenities and also offer spectacular views of the sea and the city. The hotel has a fine variety of wine and dine options such as the Marigold restaurant serving delectable international cuisine; and Pizzeria Italiana, the most talked about pizza house in town. After-hours entertainment venues include, The Trap - a European-styled pub and 49ers, the American diner with a built-in BBQ kitchen and a range of exotic cocktails. ... more less
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