Having lived in Al Ain for the past two years, I can in all honesty say there is a dearth of luxury 5* hotels in the 'Garden City'. Efforts are being made to address this problem now that Dubai Expo 2020 has been awarded and plans are afoot to improve the quality and selection of accommodation on offer to attract more business and leisure travellers to Al Ain.
Rotana has recently opened their second hotel in Al Ain, the Hili Rayhaan and I had the pleasure of visiting the hotel yesterday.
The exterior of the hotel has an Arabic flavour to it. It's a pleasant surprise when you step inside the Main Lobby to find a modern, spacious, luxurious area which opens up in the centre to the first floor.
The concierge staff are instantly there to guide you in the direction you need to go. Arabic coffee and dates are offered as a gesture of traditional Emirati hospitality.
I had the buffet lunch (served from 12:30 - 3:30) in the all day dining restaurant "Elements" which was delightful in fresh food selection, service and ambience. The staff are friendly and very professional. I was commenting on how much I enjoy Baba Gannoush and the Chef asked if I would like him to make some fresh…and delivered it personally to our table. It was very, very good.
Bodylines Health and Fitness Club with leisure, sports and health facilities is situated on the first floor overlooking the outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool. The gym equipment is the most up to date TechnoGym fitness equipment. The area is supervised by a team of knowledgeable staff who will give you a private tour and explain the facility and equipment to you. There is a steam room, sauna, indoor jacuzzi and massage rooms in each of the Male and Female change rooms. The gym itself is co-ed (men and women share the same equipment) Fitness classes are being scheduled (e.g. yoga) and will be offered soon.
I had the opportunity to view a Premium One Bedroom Suite. The quality of build and finish throughout the hotel is top notch. At 63 sqm the Premium One Bedroom Suite is spacious, bright and comfortably decorated with modern furniture and accents.
As previously mentioned, no alcohol is served at the Hili Rayhaan. As long as you are aware of this, there will be no unexpected surprises.
The hotel is directly connected to the brand new Wahat Hili Mall. During the hot summer months, not having to walk outside will be appreciated.
The hotel has already established a good reputation since its opening last month. On the day I visited the poolside cafe was doing a brisk business with many guests enjoying a relaxing weekend by the pool. There are approx 90 all weather loungers situated around the pool and plenty of market umbrellas for shade.
I would highly recommend you stay at the Hili Rayhaan should you be planning a visit to Al Ain.
I would also like to give a special mention to Ms. Christine Wasfy, Sales Executive, who kindly took me on a tour of the Hili Rayhaan and answered all my questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hili Rayhaan by Rotana, featuring 254 rooms and suites with their contemporary design complementing the values of Arabian Culture, located in Al Ain -the Garden city of UAE. It is an alcohol free hotel. Hili Rayhaan by Rotana is in direct conjunction with Wahat Hili Mall. Location: Conveniently located in the modern suburb of Al Ain, Hili District, next to Wahat Hili Mall. Hotel Overview: Setting a new benchmark for comfort and style in Al Ain, Hili Rayhaan by Rotana offers: 254 Guest rooms and Suites 7 Fully equipped and Flexible meeting rooms with the latest audio-visual equipment Concierge and gift shops A Choice of 3 food and beverage venues to satisfy your taste and mood: Elements: All day dining restaurant offering mouthwatering international buffet for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Hili Majlis: Whether it's a group of friends, informal get together or a short business meeting. Hili Majlis is the ideal lobby Lounge for a cup of coffee and mouthwatering desserts. Sundeck: A Pool Cafe. It's time for some fun. Enjoy a pool cafe offering a wide variety of juices, beverages and light snacks. Bodylines: Our leisure and fitness club, you can keep yourself fit and relax. Fully equipped gymnasium, cardiovascular, weight training, massage rooms, separate Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms for men and women make for the right elements to help you stay in shape. Come and Experience your stay in the newest five star hotel with all the modern amenities in Al Ain. The place where intrinsic Arabian culture holds true for every Rayhaan property. Reflecting thereby 'The Essence of Arabic Traditions'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hili Rayhaan By Rotana Al Ain, Emirate Of Abu Dhabi