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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas - Quick Review Overnight Stay

Saadiyat Rotana Resorts and Villas

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation "ROTANA"

5 Star International Hotels and Local Hotels are everywhere in Abu Dhabi.
One of the leading hotel pioneers and well-known for its excellent service and high standard in the hotel industry is no other than Rotana Hotel Management Corporation.

Or for the locals and ex-pats knew as "Rotana".

Rotana opened its first property, the  Rotana Beach Abu Dhabi in 1993, and today, it's one of the leading hotel management companies in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

Recently, There was a soft opening of their latest hotel situated on Saadiyat Island.

This is the Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas.

the entrance of the hotel at night

Once in a lifetime

I got the chance to stay for a gateway and try their hotel facilities particularly the swimming pool (which I love the most).

The Arabic architecture is very modern and the layout especially the lobby is exquisite with a bright polished interior. The hotel is overlooking an uninterrupted view of the Arabian Gulf. 
And the ambiance, the lighting in the lobby are very pleasant to the eye. 

Checking In...

The check-in procedure was no hassle at all and in addition, there was a valet parking service as well,  the people in the lobby assisted us warmly. 

valet service entrance


Unexpected Happening...

I was busy taking pictures of the lobby when one of the staff approached me and offered me a cup of Arabic coffee and some dates. I was surprised! And I was delighted as well 'cause this was the first time that someone approached me and offered something. I never experienced it in other hotels. 

The lobby is very spacious and the f and b section (Italian Restaurant to name a few) is just within the lobby itself.


some desserts

some desserts

Impressive and Delighted...

Fun thing! I was surprised that even the staff shared with me some fun facts about the hotel, the Arabic coffee, and the dates. A very interesting conversation while I'm waiting for my colleague. 
The staff informed me that the hotel was on a soft opening at the moment and it was available 4 to 6 months ago. Some parts within the hotel vicinity are still ongoing for some construction or say some finishing touch for their grand opening which the staff never mentioned.  

Finally, We got the access card and went straight to our room. The room that we booked was the "basic- twin bedroom" though this is their standard bedroom, for me it was capacious that you wouldn't expect that it was the standard room. 

access cards

hallway going to the room

directions going to the Zen Spa

The room comes with the following:

  • 2 beds
  • A minibar
  • Bathtub
  • Shower Room and
  • A separate toilet.
  • Plenty of towels
  • Bathrobes 
  • Flat-iron 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Coffee Maker (Lavazza) 
  • Smart TV (Samsung)
  • Free Wifi 
  • And a safe vault to name a few.

mini bar

mini bar

mini bar

chips and nuts


you can move the sliding door adjacent to the bathtub
shower room


hair dryer



hangers, extra pillow, and blanket

safe vault

additional compartment

Lavazza espresso/coffeemaker

and more...

classic ceiling fan

Painting inside the room...

The room that we chose comes with a huge painting of a deer with a dessert in the background. It depicts the Arabian desert ( I guess). 

Impressive State-of-the-Art Controls

Since this hotel is new. Manual buttons to control the lighting and aircon is a thing of the past.

Rotana invested in state-of-the-art soft-touch integrated controls for the lighting and controlling the air conditioner (AC) and even the curtains are fully automated with the AC ( if you open the sliding door, the AC will turn off itself and vice versa).  The overhead speakers are integrated into the television as well.
soft touch control panel

soft touch control panel

So if you want to request to make up the room or have it on do not disturb mode, It is available right away in the soft touch control panel.

The downside (A little bit)

Smart TV is a bit complicated to use.  I usually cast the YouTube app from my phone to the TV, however, this type of "smart TV" doesn't support this feature unless you are using a Samsung phone or a specific app is needed for screen sharing (Samsung Smart View App).  I tried once using the app but it allows you only to view the photos and videos on my iPhone and my videos are not compatible.

Hotel Facilities

The pool is impressive with a bar in the middle.
The in-pool bar is accessible so you can grab something refreshing while you lay back and relax Plenty of lifeguards are roaming around so it is worry-free.

in-pool bar

Alladin's Cave - Kid's Club 

If you have kids, Worry-free as there are a lot of activities for them to do. Alladin's Cave - Kid's Club is available to try on.

Alladin's Cave

Nasma Beachfront Bar

Overlooking the poolside is the Nasma Beachfront Bar for an exciting life night out.

Pristine Sand Overlooking the Arabian Gulf

Beyond the poolside is the tranquil beach with pristine sand on the natural island.

I have listed the following hotel facilities below for your reference.

  • Bodylines Fitness Club
  • Zen the spa at Rotana
  • Aladdin’s Cave - Kids Club
  • Seven diverse restaurants and 24-hour in-room dining
  • One ballroom and three high-tech banquet venues
  • Unique outdoor wedding venue “The Lawn”
  • 327 rooms and suites, 13 beach villas with large private plunge pool
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Express laundry and fast dry-cleaning services
  • Car and limousine rental services 
  • Valet Parking
  • Currency exchange
  • Multi-lingual employees
  • Doctor on call
  • 24-hour security
  • Barber and beauty/hair salon
  • Gift shop
  • Tesla vehicle charging stations
General Hotel Features

  • Valet parking provided
  • Accessible route from the hotel entrance to accessible guest rooms
  • Evacuation wheelchairs
  • Accessible Areas

  • Club Rotana lounge
  • Pool area
  • Kids Club
  • Restaurants
  • Meeting room and ballroom
  • Hair salon, gift shop
  • Accessible Room Features

  • Wheelchair accessible doors
  • Lowered peepholes on guest room doors
  • Audible emergency alarm
  • Roll-in shower and foldable chair in the shower
  • Grab bar for toilet
  • Lowered wash basin
  • Emergency pull cord in toilets
  • Hands-free communication system

Overall Experienced...

A bit of the downside...

The only downside? My colleague was awakened by some loud "thugs" around 6 AM, the other day.

So, I guess people are working around the clock in preparation for their grand opening or maybe some guest just making a fuzz. 

Overall, my experience was splendid.  The resort exceeded all my expectations with the fantastic service and all. I was expecting the same thing as other hotels, however, it was different. It's worth your money to spend. No wonder this is a 5 Star Hotel

First impression, last indeed. The staff is simply excellent and they are committed to doing, all they can to make your stay as great as possible.

Thanks for reading my quick review.

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  1. Amazing review! I hope one day I can stay at Rotana :D

  2. Wow great read! Thanks for sharing. I hope I would visit there one day :) ~ Cheers, Nicole

  3. Thank you for the positive comment Jizza :)