We stayed here just leading up to the Easter weekend. My first impression was that the hotel was very beautiful. Our hire car was taken from us at the hotel entrance and parked for us. This system continued throughout our stay. We had a double queen room with a small corner balcony. The room was very large but I found the lighting system somewhat confusing. It was either very bright or dark. It was difficult to isolate specific lights. The beds were extremely comfortable. There was a separate dressing room and large bathroom. I found the cleanliness of the room fairly good, but I have enjoyed better standards at other hotels in Dubai. The wifi was free in the reception area. We did try to pay for a weeks use in our room but there were incompatibility issues with our Apple products so we never actually managed to do it.
The breakfast buffet offered a good choice of food and I would like to mention Ashish who I found to be especially attentive and efficient. The pool area was large and had wooden cabanas for shade dotted around. On occasion cold flannels, bottles of water and even ice lollies were offered. But this wasn't on a daily basis just on the odd occasion. The beach area was nice but there were a lot of jelly fish in the sea which put me off going in.
The hotel itself is located much further from Dubai than I expected. Because of horrendous roadworks and huge volumes of traffic from Sharjah onwards, getting into Dubai took us 2&1/2 hours. I was expecting an hour. I did feel the area was too deserted and so different compared to the glamour of Dubai that I would not return to this part for that reason. I will stick to the Palm and Jumeirah Beach area in the future because there is so much more on offer there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the palaces of the Arabian Peninsula, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, ideally located 50 minutes from Dubai International Airport, will bring the legendary true Waldorf service to one of the most alluring beach front locations in the Middle East. An 18 hole championship golf course and a 350 metre private beach are set against the blue water of the Arabian Sea. The Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah, will be a true luxury resort. The setting of this magnificent hotel will be matched by the unparalleled facilities with its stylish dining and entertainment venues, sophisticated conference and event facilities and its luxurious spa experiences available to guests. The 346 deluxe rooms and suites reflect the palatial surroundings and offer the luxuries of space and tranquillity. Each room extends over at least 72 square metres and offers panoramic views of the Arabian Sea, championship golf course and the impressive Al Hajjar Mountains on the horizon.Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is home to ten bespoke restaurants and bars, offering an exclusive range of dining and entertainment experiences to suit every mood and flavour. From signature restaurants with succulent steaks and grills at the US steakhouse Lexington Grill, Japanese cuisine with sushi and teppanyaki at UMI, Middle Eastern flavours at Marjan and international dining experiences at Qasr Al Bahar to open air pool and beach side restaurants, elegant tea and coffee lounges serving light meals and traditional high tea and the vibrant night club, 17squared, on the 17th floor. A place of relaxation and restoration; the hotel's spa will offer signature treatments combined with exceptional care to create a place where guests can surrender and restore personal well-being. The gymnasium will feature an extensive range of Technogym equipment as well as a whirlpool and a sauna. Guests can relax in the two outdoor chilled pools and one the 350 meter white sandy beach. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah offers a unique and timeless setting for gatherings and events of all descriptions. With the personalized service by dedicated event team this luxury property is the perfect location to host spectacular private celebrations, corporate conferences, team building activities, intimate beach weddings, cocktail parties, product launches and executive meetings. The hotel features a VIP arrival hall and multiple pre-function spaces, making it a spectacular venue for weddings, galas and high end corporate events. ... more less
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