Had a great stay at the Khalidiya als part of a conference package. Excellent early check-in at 5.0 in the morning, room quickly made available within half an hour. Even though booking was for later that day. Downside: no WiFi in room, but (paid) Internet via wireless keyboard. Needs to be ordered, arrived within half an hour. Room excellent, large, roomy bathroom, cooking facilities, microwave and reasonably well-stocked minibar. Here and elsewhere the main problem is that this is a dry property, ordered by the owner of the property - not the hotel operator. So: no alcohol unless you bring your own from the airport duty free. Restaurants OK. Main one with reasonable buffet, one at the swimming pool more basic fare (excellent Arabic meze) but nicer surroundings. Lobby area with cafe provides free WiFi, useful for snacks. Lovely pool and beach. Just one thing missing: a beer or a glass of wine. Try the Jumeirah nextdoor for that. Staff excellent. Doorman lent me dirham to pay taxi driver when I only had Euros on me. Reception staff super!
- Also Known As:
- Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan By Rotana Hotel
- Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan By Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cast away in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf Sea, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan is the first property in the UAE under the new Brand mark Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana, offering 443 splendid rooms and serviced apartments with their modern design complementing the values of the contemporary Arabian culture, in an alcoholic free environment. Situated in the prime area of Abu Dhabi over looking the beautiful shores of the Arabian Gulf, this fabulous city resort is only a 30 minutes drive from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and a few minutes away from various choices of the largest malls in the capital and point of cultural interest. ... more less
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