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“Decent room, but not much in the way of amenities”

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Smana Hotel Al Raffa
Ranked #441 of 554 Hotels in Dubai
Reviewed January 30, 2012

The hotel stands alone, away from most of the attractions of Dubai. This means that you pretty much have to take a taxi anywhere you might want to go (though, because there isn't much around it, sometimes it's a wait to get a taxi). It isn't near the metro, and there aren't dining options nearby. They do offer a restaurant in the hotel, which isn't bad.

The room I had was quite comfortable, and the staff was really warm and accommodating. The guest rooms face either the skyline of downtown Dubai, or the industrial port. I had a room on the skyline side, and never tired of seeing the Burj Kalifa glimmering in the morning and evening light. I don't think that the view from the other side was nearly as good.

It appears that there had been a significant leak in the rooftop pool at one point in time. I was on the 4th floor (the highest floor of guest rooms), and there were a couple spots of water damage in my room (nothing major). Walking down the 4th floor corridor, however, paneling on the wall was buckled and I saw in to a few other rooms while they were being cleaned that appeared to have some pretty significant water damage.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that faces downtown for the better view.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Best Thing about this hotel is its location. Situated in the heart of dubai (bur dubai) this hotel is merely a few kms away from all the tourist spots.. Be it the dubai creek or the dubai mall.. Also nice indian eating joints nearby.. All in all you would get a comfortable 3 star stay.. Mot much luxurious though.. But no inconvenience in any way possible.. Just dont forget to buy 6-12 drinking water bottle pack before even checking into the hotel.. And if ure in dubai do buy sony products from the local market.. Theres a great price difference..

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

We spent 5 days in the Hotel which has all facilities with 3 Star catagory. Breakfast used to be marvellous with all varities of Indian food. Roof top swimming pool and health club.

Travel desk is very friendly and staff is mainly Indian with lot of attention.

Room Tip: Left wing rooms are better
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

The hotel was great and a decent price everything was lovely the bed was the comfiest I've ever been in the only thing was the bath was horrible ino Dubai is realy hot but I still like a hot bath and it took me 15 mins to get the water hot everything else was great apart from the basics like a hot bath/clean bath

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

i stayed 3 days back in rio hotel dubai,the room and bathroom are very small i have ever seen with very old furniture,when you enter in room you will say"i could pay little more and take a better hotel"

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

It is a very good place to stay and has some good restaurants and has two good night clubs including one which is Indian. They also have a kewa lounge bar which is the latest to their attraction which is a very good place to hang out which serves lunch and dinner and also has dj after 11pm at night until 3pm. A nice place to hangout and they have a very good indian restaurant serving some delicious food called glassy junction. Do not miss to stay in this hotel while planning a trip to dubai.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 26, 2010

Good hotel, neat and clean and value for money
The room I had was spacious and pretty, the breakfast is good and the distance to the beach and market is limited.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Smana Hotel Al Raffa

Address: Al Mina Road & Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Formerly Rio Hotel Dubai)
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #441 of 554 Hotels in Dubai
Price Range: $24 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Smana Hotel Al Raffa 3*
Number of rooms: 144
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