My boyfriend and I are currently on holiday in the UAE and originally made accomodations in Dubai in order to be closer to all of the tourist attractions. Word of mouth from friends made us realize an opportunity to spend some time in Oman's Musandam Peninsula but hotels were already booked in the area for the holiday. The closest option with availability at the time was Ras al-Khaimah's Hilton - the only problem is that there is currently no wi-fi in the rooms there, only in the lobby. We are both students and have schoolwork to do before our residency, so this was out of the question. The Hilton management was nice enough to switch us to the newer, more modern DoubleTree by Hilton right across the way - they realized that the lack of wi-fi in the rooms is not obvious when booking so they were very accomodating.
The front desk clerk at the DoubleTree was very pleasant and helpful, even presenting us with warm walnut chocolate chip cookies. Since the Hilton took care of the transfer, we had no paper work to do and everything was relatively seamless with the switch. The DoubleTree benefits from more modern finishes than the Hilton across the way and also has various spa treatment services on the top floor. There is also a decent swimming pool, bar and lounge on the top foor with nice views of the city. When going to Ras al-Khaimah, understand that you will get relatively less glitz and glamour offered in Abu Dhabi and Dubai but there are deals to be had here - for instance, our original hotel booking in Dubai at the Marriott offered decent room rates but they doubled over the holidays. Not so in Ras al-Khaimah, making it more economical (and less of a tourist trap, I guess).
Once we checked into our room, we settled in but realized that the room had no table at which we could share a meal in case we ordered room serivce. I called to front desk to see if we could have a table and chairs brought to our room the next day as many of the advert photos showed the rooms nicely furnished with side chairs and tables. Instead, the clerk offered us a free room upgrade based on what was available. He sent someone up to show us a room right next door - it had two double beds instead of the king we had, but we were still very pleased with the larger bathroom, additional space, lovely mountain views and...a small table with two chairs for light dining.
At first I was worried about being further away from Dubai and Abu Dhabi but I am so far very pleased with our decision to not only opt for Ras al-Khaimah, but with the DoubleTree! The staff here is thus far very helpful, accomodating and willing to make our stay stress free and enjoyable. While we are only on day two of a 12 day holiday in the UAE, I think we are very fortunate to have found accomodations that are still pleasant, modern, clean and inexpensive (less than 600 AED per night) in a country known for opulence and luxury. We are yet to visit Musandam but we are really looking forward to it! Updates to follow!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Ras al Khaimah Creek, this luxurious 4-star hotel features a rooftop pool with a lounge and a full-service spa. It offers elegant rooms and suites and a free private parking. The air-conditioned rooms at the Doubletree Ras Al Khaimah have a seating area with modern furnishings and a 32’flat-screen TV. In-room dining is available upon request. Doubletree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah's spa features various massages, facials and pedicures. The hotel’s Fitness by Precor has cardio equipment and free weights. Guests can also take a free shuttle to DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, where extensive facilities include a kids club, a water sports center and a 600-meter private beach. The hotel offers international cuisine at Podium Restaurant. There is also a lobby bar serving coffee and cookies. For light refreshments and shishas,the TreeTop Bar offers a relaxed space during the day and a party atmosphere in the evenings. Dubai International Airport is 50 minutes away by car. ... more less
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