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“Great value for money, hip spot in Abu Dhabi”
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Yas Island Rotana
Ranked #47 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai, UAE
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
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“Great value for money, hip spot in Abu Dhabi”
Reviewed 2 March 2010

Two years ago, the area was just plain sand
Today stand a multitude of hip and modern hotels on a small spot of the eyt to be completed, Yas island development off the main city of Abu Dhabi. The Rotana chain has been expanding rapidly and doing a great job at it : this hotel is smart inside-out and choices of colour palettes throughout adds a comfy touch to the mix
Rooms are spacious, modern, and quiet. Dining choices are endless with about 5 hotels to chose from at walking distance. Abu Dhabi is a 20 minutes, 6 lane highway stretch away and the nearby yas circuit and yet to open ferrari theme park are sure to keep these new hotels filled throughout the year
That said, the hotel still needs to work on its patchy service : this is a consistent weak point in this part of the world and I'm not talking on a politeness level, the staff is pretty competent at that, it's all about better communication skills and coordination. I have to say that my visit there was merely a month after they's opened and beleive that these teething problems (along with a free WIFI) would have been resolved by the time of the review.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

We stayed in the Yas Island Rotana Hotel and felt that we would experience luxury at it's finest. Not so....
The service here is just horrible, there is no other way to describe it!
We waited 45 minutes for 2 beers and a rum and coke after a very long day of meetings and conferences. We received the pat "sorry" and they asked for our room numbers and then nothing.
We were in the hotel for FOUR days before they thought to stock our mini bar! NOTHING not even fresh water in there!
What a disappointment!
The bathrooms were amazing, BUT behind the toilets and bidet there was dirt and grime, and this is after ONLY four months of being opened!
These people need to realise that cheap inexperienced labour is NOT the right choice.
We had a meeting at the Meridien and the service difference was completely unbelievable! We could NOT believe it!
I also think there is something "not right" going on with the spa, as my massage was definitely NOT as professional as it should've been!
I actually cut it short and cancelled the additional 30 minutes of my 90 minute massage because of this behaviour.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 December 2009

Really enjoyed staying at this hotel. It is brand new and definately seems more five star then four star. Loved the room and the fab interior design throughout the hotel. There seemed to be a bit of an obsession about paying for things before you'd even used them (like a compulsary 'extras' bill at check-in with a refund at check-out if you don't spend it all) and there were a few hiccups with service but that is probably because the hotel has just opened. The pool is gorgeous but only gets the sun in the morning. It wasn't a problem for us at all being a 20 minute taxi ride from Abu Dhabi - in fact, it was nice to have some peace and quiet at the end of a day! The restaurants were all exceptional and the standard buffet breakfast or dinner needs to be seen to be believed - amazing! Overall a gorgeous hotel and I'd definately stay again!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 November 2009

Stayed 3 nights to watch Man City play the UAE team in a friendly match. The hotel was a new one and it was spotlessly clean and the entire team of staff were first class. It is just across the road from the grand prix stadium , but quite a way from the local beach. This is not a disadvantage because the swimming pool is great.....plenty of recliners and a huge gym for anybody keeping fit. The breakfast is enormous, an english or continental, and plenty of restaurants and bars to accommodate every taste. As you can imagine the prices are a bit high compared with UK, lager £3 a pint.....bulmers cidelr expensive £7 a large bottle. Also a trip to the Emerates Palace is a must , but beware, NO Shorts are allowed in the hotel..........

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Yas Island Rotana
Address: Golf Plaza, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#34 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#36 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#43 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Yas Island Rotana 4*
Number of rooms: 308
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