If you're coming from Dubai or Abu Dhabi and have tasted hotel life in either emirate, you will find the Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa underwhelming. I seen little to substantiate its 5 star status.
We stayed this past weekend (4th/5th April) and were put in room 3135. This really is the "ar$e end" of the hotel. We had a garden terrace which actually looked out over the neighbouring public beach. Strewn with old construction rubble, small amounts of litter and cordoned off by the hotel by unsightly red and white hazard tape and warning signs it was an incredibly disappointing location and view.
On the first night we seen a humungous rat scurrying from the main, all inclusive restaurant (Maarid) down to the rocks by the water. Not a great start. We decided to eat there anyway as we really fancied the buffet option. Unfortunately although the food itself was reasonable quality, we found it to be very basic with a limited range. Also, all the desserts seemed to be made from the same base recipe with a little something extra thrown in right at the end (coconut, chocolate). They all tasted the same. Again disappointing.
We decided to try and look past this and start fresh in the morning. I had been really excited about the glorious looking main pool shown in all the hotel pictures. You can imagine my disappointment to find out it was a salt water pool...!!! What is the point in that? If I wanted salt water I would just go to the beach 20 paces away. It was practically unused by anyone during our stay. The separate, adult pool is nothing to get excited about, a hole in a big concrete slab (no greenery, water features etc.) and is positioned right next to the children's pool (literally adjacent) so you can still hear the screams and shouting from the children.
Prices are also absolutely criminal and the Hilton should be ashamed of what they are charging guests. 17AED (3GBP) for a small bottle of water that would cost you 2AED 5 minutes walk outside the hotel grounds. How can they justify this absolute robbery? Do yourself a favour and head to the local supermarket (Carrefour) to stock up on these kinds of essentials.
The main beach itself was very nice however; clean, picturesque and not overly busy. If you can manage to book a beach villa, stock up on essentials before you arrive and avoid the main all inclusive restaurant you will have a good time. I wouldnt recommend staying in the main hotel complex to anyone. In fact, if you are looking for a superior hotel experience and a true taste of 5 star luxury in Ras al Khaimah I would recommend either of the Banyan tree resorts over the Hilton.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa is nestled in a spectacular private bay at the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf. Only a 70-minute drive to Dubai International Airport and two hours from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Guestrooms: The Resort consists of 151 guestrooms in villas and 324 guestrooms in the hotel, each with a private balcony and exclusive access to the beautiful 1.5 km sandy beach. All guestrooms are fully equipped with a Plasma TV, minibar, alarm clock, coffee facilities, safe box, iron with board, hair dryer and wired internet (fee). Dining: With 11 restaurants and bars to choose from, guests will be spoilt for choice. Start the day with Hilton Breakfast in the bright and spacious Maarid, then stop by BN Cafe for your favourite coffee, or swim up to Sunset Bar to grab your favourite cocktail. Begin your evening with a traditional Middle Eastern shisha in Al Bahar Rooftop, before contemplating whether to try South American cuisine in Pura Vida or classic Italian fine dining at Piaceri da Gustare. At night, spend great times at the classic X.O. bar serving cognac and vintage ports. Leisure: The Spa features 9 treatment rooms, hamams, Jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms. For the gym enthusiasts, there is a Hilton fitness by Precor center with aerobics rooms. Or take part in water sports with our on-site diving center offering snorkeling, water skiing, sailing and jet skiing. The perfect end to a day is a swim in one of our six swimming pools; including a salt water pool and a shaded pool for children. An onsite Kid's Club with indoor and outdoor playrooms and a Teens Club will keep the children and teens busy whilst you relax in the best resort in Ras Al Khaimah. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort And Spa
- Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Hotel Ras Al Khaimah
- Ras Al Khaimah Hilton
- Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa