it's lovely, maybe a bit pricey, but then i didn't have to pay for it. it's located conveniently right next to the executive airport, so it's convenient only if you own a private jet. which i don't, so it's a 30 minutes cab ride (without traffic) to the plebs' airport. luckily, you hardly hear any planes land or take off, the paths seem not to be leading over the hotel.
the park the name refers to is a big family park with a choo choo train, some water fountains, gocart rentals (pedal ones) and lots of lawns and flower beds. not much to do, and expect a 35 dirham cab ride into the city. there's a free shuttle bus going to the 2 big malls and the corniche, but it takes forever.
the hotel itself is very well designed. suddle brown and earthy tones everywhere, the usual noisy carpet (to hide stains) is quite nice throughout all rooms, the rooms are spacious (some more, some less, all enough), the beds and facilities are brand new. an easy to use master lighting control unit next to the bed also sports a master switch to turn it all off or on, and you can also set your "don't disturb" sign from there. there's a rain forest shower (which i love) in the bath, i didn't have a tub though.
throughout the room, i really liked the lighting, indirect, bright if you need it, subtle if you want to wind down, even in the bath you get to choose. to me that makes a huge difference.
room service was always impeccable and totally works around your schedule (in my case, they hardly were allowed in before 4pm, which never was a problem). they notify you if they can't come in at all. the air conditioning is not off when set to off. i had to find the referring breaker box switch to really get rid of it.
the walls could be thicker. i had a somewhat deaf neighbor, and his TV volume setting was loud enough for me to understand his programs clearly, but then, he had it rather high. the usual business people in this hotel won't bother you i reckon.
breakfast is, if not included, rather pricey but the usual well equipped buffet. in the same restaurant there's also a lunch buffet. other food facilities are another rather posh restaurant and wine bar named teatro and a wannabe pub called cooper's. it's a sports bar really, with huge screens everywhere to follow mostly soccer, rugby and cricket. but you get alcohol there, which makes it packed at the weekends (their weekends), and they have pub quizzes and DJs sometimes. the food is middle of the road, and the staff's english leaves room for improvement. a bald german guy runs this place, and he's outright obnoxious. he notifies his staff with a laser pointer, where i come from this is plain rude. also, we ran into "wrong" bills more than once, so keep an eye on this one. unfortunately, if you want a beer before bed, that's the only place to go.
i loved the pool including a swim-to bar. lovely staff, illy coffee, you can get food there as well and they serve the lawn chairs. the pool is small but very nice, a tad too warm for me but let's not be picky.
if there's one complaint it would be the overall level of english spoken. the mostly asian or indian crew does not understand much and speaks rather heavily accented english, which is not an issue if don't want anything off the records. for special requests or problems, that can get a bit tricky sometimes. everything other than that, including the service itself, is top notch.
i stayed for quite a while, and i would go there again, if i need to be in this part of town, which is still in development. you are kinda stuck with the hotel's services if you don't want to get a cab. there's nothing within walking distance. but this could be subject to change in this fast paced city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5-star Park Rotana Abu Dhabi is conveniently located around major Abu Dhabi’s landmarks and is only 10 minutes away from ADNEC. Its deluxe facilities comprise of 318 luxurious rooms and suites, 6 world class dining venues, 6 meeting rooms and spacious ballroom with day light access and outdoor terrace. The needs of business travellers are met with specially designed Club Rotana concept, and the guests can stay fit with state-of-the-art Bodylines Leisure & Fitness Club. ... more less
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