We stayed here for the weekend. Check-in was very fast in less than 5 minutes (already had the room requested). Since we booked through a travel agent, they asked for ID/passport of me and my husband. Reception asked me to deposit 500AED for consumables which is standard in most UAE hotels if you don't want to present a credit card. We were given discount vouchers for restaurant/bars in the hotel which is a plus. Anyway, if you want a cheaper option, you can dine outside the hotel as "Al Raha Mall" is just a few steps away.
Room is big with two queen size beds (which can accommodate up to four adults) and toilet is also spacious. We headed to the pool since my son is excited swimming. The hotel has a nice area for kid's playing and swimming. The hotel has a small clean private beach which is okay. They were some construction in the surrounding area, but didn't bother us. The only downside us, the pool and surrounding area is crowded and most people swimming are not hotel guests but outsiders mostly with kids screaming and running around. One must be wary wearing bikinis/two-piece since people around are conservative, not like hotel guests in Dubai & Fujairah hotels.
Much to our surprise, when we went back to our room after 2 hours in the pool/beach, our room was already turned down/cleaned and a fruit basket, chocolates, & refreshing mists await us. We had a good sleep, no noise at all can be heard from outside or the next rooms.
Buffet selection is great. My son is a picky-eater but he ended up full. We always go opt for buffet if we dine out in hotels because of my son, so there are lots of choices. Food and beverage prices are not that expensive compared to five-star hotels in Dubai.
Overall, we had a great weekend at this hotel.
Will definitely recommend to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in landscaped gardens along a stretch of white sandy beach, this palatial hotel is located on the Al Raha corniche. The property offers 254 rooms and suites including the brand new wing furnished with the ultimate in luxury. There are also 24 exclusive villas which have a choice of 2,3 or 4 bedrooms, located in a stunning seafront location adjacent to the main hotel building. The hotel boasts state of the art facilities, including the Body & Soul Spa & Recreation Club complete with temperature controlled outdoor and indoor pools, steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzis as well as a high tech gymnasium. If variety is the spice of life, dining choices abound from International dishes to exquisite twist of Mediterranean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi