We stayed for one night at the Khalidiya Palace hotel on our trip back from Oman. The hotel was nice and modern, as was our room. The pool was enjoyable to cool off, but the beach was not very attractive (Abu Dhabi is not a beach destination, so we expected this). The hotel is close to the Marina mall, which was convenient (although it was so hot, we took a five minute cab drive to get there from the hotel). I recommend a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, it is very grand and impressive.
The only negative aspect of our stay was upon departure. We informed the front desk, in the morning, that we would be leaving for the airport around midnight and we wanted to change before leaving. They told us that this would not be a problem and that we could use the gym's changing room when we wanted. However, when we asked where the gym was located, they told us it was closed and asked us to use the bathroom to change. This was quite unpleasant as we wanted to freshen up, change and tidy up our suitcases.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan By Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi