The hotel has one of the best pool and beach areas in Abu Dhabi, but it does mean that this is the reason why people come here. Most of the time sun loungers were available but on one of the three days it was an issue - too many people leaving towels etc. on loungers to 'save' them. The service out by the pools is less active than at other hotels (no water brought round etc.) but it would be impossible with the numbers.
The room was good and the staff at reception were particularly helpful. The hotel is very well situated for visiting the Emirate Palace, Marina Mall and Etihad Towers. There is quite a bit of building work going on either side of the hotel, but they were good at giving us a room which was not affected.
The internet charges are astronomical given that this is free at so many hotels. Having said that, we were given 'free access' due to a mess-up when we checked in - an indicator of how they were very keen to make amends and be as helpful as possible.
Two other words of caution - due to the open nature of the rooms around the central concourse, we were woken by screaming children, plus the lifts are not as plentiful as they might be for so many rooms and floors. It can take a little time!
If you are looking for a reasonably priced beach hotel for the family, this is a great bet. If you want a bit of sophistication and tranquility, there are better bets elsewhere.
- 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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