Firstly, make sure you have the right Hilton. There are 5 of them in RAK (Ras Al Khaimah), two of which are called DoubleTree. We stayed at the one on Marjan Island - a brand spanking new man-made development away from the dust and dirt of the centre of town.
As its new the rooms are nice and all face the sea. Not much else to say. They're typical, not particularly Arabic in any way, better than a Radisson, not as good/big as the 5 star resort Hilton up the road. I heard people complaining about lack of remote controls for TV, lack of hairdryers and other incidentals - but they were either moved rooms or provided for. The carpets haven't got a lot going for them, but hey not a bit deal!
There are 3 pools with a variety of lounging options under wooden canopies, umbrellas or in the shade of palm trees. Watersports galore, if you feel like shelling out double what you would pay down the road in Umm Al Quwain. There is no 'pool bar'. A pool bar to me is a swim up bar in the pool where you can have a drink in the pool. This 'pool bar' is just by the pool and is also where breakfast and lunch are served. There are a few dining options, all of which have nice terraces. But the food. Plain diabolical shambles. Cobb salad had processed Kraft sliced cheese in it and overly strong gorgonzola. Hot food served on cold plates. Steak and chips were literally just steak and chips. No salad, no bit of garnish, no veg. Burgers were offered cooked to liking and came burnt. Service isn't great either - but they weren't helped by only about half of the wine options being available and the same with some food not coming out as was ordered. Bread came after the starters. For some reason there are 3 wine lists. One with only the bottle prices, one with by the glass or carafe and another with food and by the glass. Confusing. Just bring us one wine list with all the options in one place. There is a rooftop bar. It could do with an atmosphere overhaul, but it serves good cocktails and shisha. And don't be fooled by rooftop - there isn't much of a view as its walled in.
Saying that we would probably go again as it is relaxed and away from the city at affordable prices. We would just bring our own picnic!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at Marjan Island near Al Hamra area of Ras Al Khaimah, the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island provides 600 meters of private sandy beach, villas with furnished balconies and views of the Arabian Sea. Free WiFi is available in public areas. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a minibar, an electric kettle and a seating area. Some rooms offer a sofa. The bathrooms are fitted with a shower and bath and offer free toiletries. Guests can enjoy the on-site dining with 14 bars and restaurants, including an all-day dining venue,4 specialty restaurants and a rooftop bar. A newly renovated kids club with dedicated arcade areas for the older kids and an outdoor playground. In addition, there is a Pirate Boat Aqua Zone with lots of water slides for the whole family to enjoy. The resort offers a fitness centre and 5 temperature-controlled swimming pools, including 2 children's pools. To relax, head to the Spa with 7 treatment rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, in addition a ladies only Spa with 2 treatment rooms, indoor pool, ice bucket shower and wet spa area. Ras Al Khaimah Airport is 25 minutes by car from Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island. Guests can shop at Al Hamra Mall and Al Hamra Village which are 5-minute drive away. We speak your language! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- DoubleTree By Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah