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“Essence Restaurant - Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi”
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Beach Rotana
Ranked #25 of 128 Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 August 2012

After some months of renovations, Essence finally re-opened its doors. Hubby and I were excited to finally be able to exercise our taste buds! Since we liked its predecessor (Rosebuds) so much, we couldn’t wait to see if Essence would deliver and maybe even join our fave weekend brunch venue list.

Without much ado, the answer was a clear “No”. Unlike in Shangri-la’s Sofra, Essence has very few offerings and lacked a standout. Almost everything we ate and sampled was just okay—from the salads to appetizers, from seafood to meats, from pastries to cakes—only a very few were worth mentioning. And I’m saying this while factoring in the price. For 199, you only get the buffet without any drinks. AED 249 comes with water and soft drinks. You have to pay a steep AED 275 if you want everything in, including juices, spirits, coffee, and tea.

But one of the great things about Friday brunch in Essence is that you get to enjoy Benihana and Brahaus at the same time. Granted, Benihana’s Japanese food selection was not that spectacular, it was still a nice plus. If you love sausages (actually, meats in general) and are an avid fan of cheese, you will love Brahaus. Alas, that day hubby and I were not in the mood for either.

So, the final verdict: would we go there again? Yes. Why not? But I would pick Sofra over Essence any day. At least, in Sofra, you get good value for your money and an amazing choice of gastronomic treats, from starters down to deserts.

Some noteworthy things to mention:
- Kebab was excellent
- Staff was very friendly and accommodating
- The newly refurbished place has a lot of space so you won’t have to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations, or see them stuff their mouths with too much food. Plus, there’s enough room to walk around when your tummy is about to explode
- Nice and simple décor that is inviting at the same time
- Layout of their offerings is very simple and straightforward so you see everything and quickly make a beeline for what catches your eye
- Eat at Benihana and Brahaus to your heart’s content
- You get to really enjoy your meal, because it doesn’t have the super busy and full-to-the-brim feel you get in Sofra

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jalal N, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

Dear heimlich01

Thank you for the feedback following your recent dining excperience at Essence. I have shared your comments with our Food and Beverage Manager and Executive chef and they both appreciate your time and feedback.

As we always look into ways to meet and exceed expectiations i would greatly appreciate if you can email me directly on admin.beach@rotan.com and i will notify you once a new setup is made at essence.
Once again thank you for your time and we hope to welcome you back in the very near future

Regards
Jalal Nasser
Director Of Rooms
I/C Of Beach Rotana Suites

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Reviewed 28 August 2012

We stayed at this great hotel for 5 nights over the eid holidays. We had a lovely room.....classic suite in the tower wing. We cannot fault the room or the housekeeping....there was plenty space for our the extra bed for our daughter. We had fab meals at the Indian, Japanese restaurant and trader vics (our favourite) as well as room service and at the pool. The mall is attached to the hotel so you can easily pop out for some shopping and visit the mall restaurants for something different and cheaper. The only faults We had is that the breakfast restaurant was too busy and we had to wait each time for a table and as it's a downtown hotel there was building work going on around the hotel which we could see from the pool and our room. However all that said we would definitely return to this hotel if we visited Abu dhabi again as we were treated very well and always with a smile!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Jalal N, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

Dear 3Bevs

Thank you for the posting on Trip advisor following your recent stay.

The team and I were delighted to read that you really enjoyed your visit.

We hope to welcome you back in the very near future to the Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi.

Regards

Jalal Nasser
Director Of Rooms
I/C Of Beach Rotana Suites

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Reviewed 24 August 2012

I stayed in this suite with my parents ( all adults) . The suites are conveniently located over Abu Dhabi mall. The suite had 1 bed room with a double bed, 1 bathroom, 1 living room and a kitchenette with all the appliances. There was a swimming pool as well and free parking.
The room was clean and tidy and offered everything you could ask for from a hotel suite. The hotel staff were courteous and professional. Unfortunately, we did not try the breakfast buffet as it was Ramadan.
I would recommend this place to a small family, or a couple, or even someone on a business trip.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank amin85
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Jalal N, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

Dear Amin C

Thank you for the posting on Trip advisor following your recent stay.

The team and I were delighted to read that you really enjoyed your visit.

We hope to welcome you back in the very near future to the Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi.

Regards

Jalal Nasser
Director Of Rooms
I/C Of Beach Rotana Suites

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Reviewed 24 August 2012

I stayed at the Beach Rotana Suites (for long term stay), for 2 weeks. Got upgraded from Studio to Premium - has a small kitchenette and "separate" bedroom (separated by wooden sliding doors). I like the nifty swivel tv stand so u can watch TV in the sitting /dining, or in bed. Really useful for kids in bed / living room.

It's great access for those with family or even those on business. It's adjacent to Abu Dhabi mall, with access from the hotel into the mall - shops, restaurants, kids play areas etc. So, in addition to the swimming pools and play areas in the main hotel, you have the mall facilities to draw on too. This is especially useful if you're in Abu dhabi longer than a week (it gets boring eating from the same 6 or 7 restaurants all the time, I find). You also have quick access to pharmacies, grocery shop etc, without having to venture out in the terribly hot summer sun!

The one fab feature for me though, is the babysitter service - female staff of Rotana on their day off, can sub as babysitters) - which means, I can get someone to watch the kids for a couple of hours / take them to the swimming pool & play area, while disappear for some much needed "me" time!

Ths staff are really friendly and I liked the cosier feel of the long stay suites wing (with own reception). Definitely would recommend Beach Rotana for executive or family travellers for its easy location and access, as well as actvities available I.e. Not restricted to what's available in the hotel only.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank AzDxb
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Jalal N, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2012

Dear AzDxb

Thank you for the posting on Trip advisor following your recent stay.

The team and I were delighted to read that you really enjoyed your visit.

We hope to welcome you back in the very near future to the Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi.

Regards
Jalal Nasser
Director Of Rooms
I/C Of Beach Rotana Suites

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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Fabulous hotel first class service with a smile. Went with my Grandaughter for a week. Can't fault this fab hotel on any aspect. It was clean rooms were lovely. The staff were very helpful great all round.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank millann
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Jalal N, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2012

Dear millann

Thank you for the very nice post on Trip Advisor.

It was nice to read that you enjoyed your stay and found the Hotel delightfull.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Regards

Jalal Nasser
Director Of Rooms
I/C Of Beach Rotana Suites

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Very good hotel for leisure and business. Nice location. Good facilities. Very friendly service. Excellent cocktails at Trader Vics at ground floor. Conveniently located near Abudhabi Shopping Mall. Nice swimming pool, and three great tennis courts, but you may have to book in advance for tennis court.

Room Tip: Rooms with balcony is good for evening sit out
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Thank cheenu1424
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Jalal N, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2012

Dear cheenu1424

Thank you for the very nice post on Trip Advisor.

We are indeed proud of the quality service that we offer to our valued guests and we are pleased to read that we were able to meet and exceed your expectations in many areas .

We hope to welcome you back in the very near future to the Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi

Regards

Jalal Nasser
Director Of Rooms
I/C Of Beach Rotana Suites

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Stayed at this hotel for two nights found it to be very good,when we checked in they upgraded the three standard rooms we had booked to Premium rooms which were excellent.The staff were very efficient and extremely friendly and nothing was to much trouble.The only negative as far as i was concerned was that you had to pay for WI-FI,but overall a very good and reasonably priced hotel,would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Jalal N, Manager at Beach Rotana, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2012

Dear italianshoemanoo8


Thank you for the very nice post on Trip Advisor

It was nice to read that you enjoyed your stay

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Regards

Jalal Nasser
Director Of Rooms
I/C Of Beach Rotana Suites

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Additional Information about 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: £79 - £267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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