It would be long review :)))
We really do like Dubai. We really did like Villa Rotana! :)
It wasn't our first stay in Dubai - we chosen this hotel mainly due to location ( usually we stay in Marina, but decided to go by something different this time) and after last unpleasant stay in Hilton - not in Dubai though - (we're Hilton Honours members) we decided to try something completely different - and it did work!!!!
First - you need to know what to expect - this hotel is business orientated, so if you are family with the kids I think you'd be disappointed - it's no huge pool or water cascades, so you probably need to choose a different hotel if you are staying for longer with your little ones - possibly another Rotana :) However for couple days - with friendly staff and variety of healthy food you should be all right.
On the day - usually a lot of workshops and events going on, but they are in conference rooms and would not bother you at all and otherall hotel feels very quiet - look like you are only one in hotel, but it is not true - you can see this on the breakfast and actually almost all out stay ( 14 nights) hotel was fully booked!!!
Location - on the busy Sheikh Sayed Rd, but our rooms were to other side - it was very quiet and no noise apart.... 6am you'd be awake due to the man praying ( shouting) in the mosque which is just over the road.... but it is nothing to do with hotel...
It is only 1 metro station ( 1.8 AED) from Burj Khalifa/Dubai mall - by taxi 13 - 17 AED ( you need to go opposite direction to turn around in Sheikh Sayed Rd when you are going to the mall). However after wonderful dinner we took a walk one evening as weather pleasantly let us to do so - it was only 16 minutes on relaxing walk! However it is no such place as a walking path as in Jumeirah if you're expecting that!
Jumeirah beach or other sea beach is NOT in a walking distance, so if you are after salty water and sand everywhere in your clothes - choose a different hotel, please. But if you are after pristine clean pool and nice gym and pleasant sunshine - you're in right place.
As I already mentioned - it's business orientated hotel, so almost all days even hotel being fully booked - we were enjoying gym, SPA and pool facilities on our own!
To the other side - hotel just about 15 minutes by the foot to the wonderful Al Safa park as well as about 4 metro bus stops from Emirates mall.
Check in - was smooth, a reception staff offered as an upgrade from studio room to the suite for 100AED/night. However we wanted to see what the basic standards were and .... apart washing machine in the room - in the studio flat was everything you need ( please see photo's)
Only one down side for us at first was - it is no free internet!
20AED/hour, 300ED/week and we were offered 500 AED for our 2 week stay what we chosen not to take, however it worked in our favour - we had holiday from the work and 1 hour a day ( just for updates) we were getting for free with the afternoon tea! - which was very good 39AED/per person + 1 hour free wifi internet. My husband had afternoon tea nearly every day how much he enjoyed it!
Housekeeping - perfect! There were coffee/tea making facilities and tea/coffee, still drinking water were replacing every day and it was welcome fruit plate on arrival.
Pool, SPA and gym - we are very difficult to please and usually expect high standards, however Villa Rotana exceeded our expectations - even in 5* hilton spa you able to find some mould as it is very difficult to keep place dry, however OR we were lucky and hotel just had facelift up ( what I am not sure about), but I believe it is due to the staff - I was shocked when first morning we suspiciously gone to the pool and whilst we were on the lounge - pool boy was cleaning glass fence? with white!!! towel so many times until the towel remains white!!!!
Gym were equipped to very high standard and my husband really enjoyed it, however you need to have trainers as due to the safety you would be not allowed to exercise with a slippers ( what is fair I think). Bodylines has a little hot jacuzzi + 37C, sauna and very good steam room! Very relaxing after good sun bathing.
Restaurant spacious and very clean. It was complimentary breakfast which was surprisingly very very good - plenty of choice of fresh fruits, juices, pastries, as well coffee - what ever you like - latte, cappuccino, as well as eggs and pancakes for everyones taste.
It's far better than my favourites ( or should I say ex-favourite:) hilton breakfast.
We had dinner and afternoon tea in the hotel as well, fresh juice in the pool - never been disappointed!
I really DO hope Rotana look after their staff as they all are amazing and make this hotel special!
Without staff it would be just very nice, but soulless place.
We really felt as at home and got everything we wanted and even more.
Really BIG THANK YOU for everybody ( I afraid to name anyone as afraid not sure I know all their names!!!!)
Chef - I don't know the name, sorry... but we were greeted by him every morning!!! and had amazing food!
Restaurant - Mohammed, Victoria, Riyas, Michael, Teresita, Hadyi, Shariff ( ALL MEMBERS OF THE RESTAURANT) - I just have short memory on the names)
Pool - Chamara, House keeping - those who were looking after our room - little girl and young guy - forgot their names I'm afraid.
Doormen - Vitolo and Toya. Very helpful and friendly.
Reception staff - I felt them a little bit cooler and more "business manner", but I believe it is how it should be - someone should stay serious I guess :)) However - very polite and professional!
We had great holiday and we would seriously consider to return back and would definitely recommend this hotel to our friends.
Thank you <3
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Rotana-Dubai is conveniently located on Sheikh Zayed Road adjacent to DIFC and Dubai Convention Centre, 10mins away from the Dubai International Airport.Overlooking the Burj Dubai this hotel is perfect for business and leisure. The atmosphere and the ambiance embraces the uniqueness of local Arabian culture. Capturing the very essence of Dubai today, Villa Rotana facilities are sophisticated and contemporary, offering spacious and beautifully presented 118 studios and suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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