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“A good business hotel”
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Beach Rotana
Ranked #25 of 127 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
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New York
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“A good business hotel”
Reviewed 27 July 2011

I stayed in this hotel twice, on business trips. Very practical and comfortable. The check in check out process was somewhat slow in both of my trips. The rooms are compact, with views of the massive construction projects in the harbor. There is an American style steakhouse, with so so steak. The breakfast buffet was not that great by Asian standards. The best thing about this hotel is its great gym. Its huge with a lot of different exercise equipment, including spinning bikes. I would stay here again, on business trips. For vacation, I will stay somewhere else.

Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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sachaqui, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this review, 31 July 2011
Dear Relax_Dude

Greetings from the Beach Rotana,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel, I am sorry that we were not able to meet your expectations in regards to check in and breakfast buffet. Rest assured that I have addressed your comments to both departments in charge in order to improve theses services.
I have also passed on your comments to our recreation team in regards to our gym.
Please rest assured that your comment are taken very seriously.

We hope to see you again in the near future

Best regards

Dominique Richard-Hebert
Executive Assistant Manager
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

Having spent a total of maybe 12 months in Abu Dhabi over the past 18 months, I had the time to try several hotels in the city. The Rotana was the first hotel I stayed at, and, towards the end, I went back for a couple of weeks.

I might as well keep this review short, as the bottom line is: this hotel is just excellent. The rooms are very big and comfortable, and all the amenities are there. Good electronics, very comfortable beds, plenty of lighting, pretty luxurious bathrooms. The restaurant options in this hotel are maybe the best in all of Abu Dhabi (closest contender would be the Intercontinental) -- great German (no kidding, the Brauhaus has some great, homely food with a nice beer selection too), Italian, steak, Asian/sushi options. The gym and spa and new and clean. There is a mall next door (not a pretty mall, but has enough shopping options to keep you happy for an hour or 2 I suppose). And the location isn't bad either. Ah, and finally, the staff is very good, too, especially the front desk staff is highly professional and efficient.

There are really only 2 downsides I can think of. The first is that due to all the dining options, it sometimes gets a little bit busy outside when arriving, and when trying to get a taxi. This is rarely a big nuisance, though. The second issue is that for frequent business travelers, a good loyalty program is pretty important, and the Rotana does not have a great one, mostly because their network is fairly limited, with a presence mainly in the Middle East. (Oh and a smaller downside: the hotel has very nice outdoor seating for some of the restaurants, but unfortunately they now overlook construction developments on an island/peninsula right opposite!)

That said, if you just want a comfortable and safe option in Abu Dhabi, go for the Rotana. If you wonder how my opinion of this hotel compares to my opinion of other hotels, check my other reviews, as there are definitely good and bad things about every place, and the important thing is what your priorities are when making the right choice.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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sachaqui, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this review, 28 July 2011
Dear Wortel121,

Greetings from the Beach

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of our hotel. Indeed we are proud of the service we offer and always strive to ensure treasured times for our guests.

We hope to see you again soon

best regards

Dominique Richard-Hebert
Executive Assistant Manager
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

Superb hospitality. Nice staff. Personalized service. Very good ambience. The property is next to Abu dhabi mall. And has excellent rooms. Other amenities include. Gym that was above expected. It was really great with techno gym equipments. well i would love to visit again to this property.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

The Beach Rotana is centrally located with excellent facilities including numerous restuarants and bars, health club, business centre and it's own beach!

The staff were pleasent, professional and polite. The front desk staff were a little surly on occasion, but that was not the case with all the other staff.

My room was immediately available on arrival at 7.30am which was rather nice after a red eye flight.

Rooms are nothing short of luxurious and generously appointed. Importantly, the air conditioning is excellent. The internet is not free of charge and relatively expensive.

I ate in the buffet, Benihana and Trader Vic restuarants and was not disappointed in any of them. The food was excellent. What I would say is that it is on the expensive side.

The main lobby of the hotel is enormous and makes a useful place for meetings. For those who don't travel to the Middle East much, be warned that many people smoke and that is permitted indoors. That did spoil the experience of the lobby when quite a few people were puffing away. I did get downwind of one guy with a cigar and had to eventually go and find somewhere else to sit.

Overall, highly rated and I will be staying there again when next in Abu Dhabi.

Room Tip: Higher floors facing the river are best as these are the quietest.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

I stayed here for 4 nights with a friend after a hectic tour of Italy! It was not only a delight to enter the hotel but we were greeted by warm, helpful and professional staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Our twin room overlooked the sea (quite a lot of construction going on!) the beds were very comfortable and the shower and jacuzzi were wonderful after a hot day. The room service staff were very quick and efficient and we were always greeted by a friendly smile, which makes such a difference.

The extra touch of bottled water and fruit were also very welcome.

The pool was the perfect temperature and there were plenty of very comfortable loungers available by the pool or on the beach. The grassed areas were also very pretty and well kept. The pool staff were all very friendly and again nothing was too much trouble. Cocktails were fabulous too! I ate at Essence and Pregos and the food was excellant.

I am considering bringing my parents here for 10 days at the end of September, for my Fathers birthday as I am sure they will be very well looked after.

I would like to thank all the staff for a wonderful stay it certainly made my holiday.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Jo
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

The hotel is an excellent 5 stars hotel with all of your expectations are met.

What I would like to mention in particular about this hotel is their spa, Zen. It is absolutely one of the best spa experiences you can get while in the UAE. professional staff, unbelievable relaxing atmosphere, excellent rooms. It is highly recommended.

The hotel is next to Abu Dhabi mall so it could be convenient if you are looking to be next to a shopping place. The restaurants are very good and the pools are great too.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

Was here for a conference and was impressed with the quality of the hotel (about 4-star) and the overall staff - which really bent over backwards (nearly literally) to make sure that everything about the stay and the meeting was excellent.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Beach Rotana
Address: Beach Rotana Hotel 2 St | Connected to Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi 45200, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Abu Dhabi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#14 Spa Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#17 Family Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#25 Luxury Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#26 Romantic Hotel in Abu Dhabi
#31 Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Beach Rotana 5*
Number of rooms: 565
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 30 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport and 90 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Home to the prestigious Abu Dhabi Trade Centre complex, our Abu Dhabi Beach Hotel is directly linked by an exclusive passageway to the over one million square feet Abu Dhabi Mall - the capital's most renowned shopping mall, which houses international brands, a 6-screen Cineplex and entertainment venues. ... more   less 
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