Villa Rotana - Dubai
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Can do better!
"Nice hotel, well located on Sheikh Zayed road close to the beach and big malls.Spacious rooms and good buffet breakfast.
Customer service at the hotel was bad until I complained .We asked to speak to the manager as we were given the wrong room and was asked to put up with incessant drilling noise from an adjoining room.
It is a pity that a nice hotel is let down by staff who expect paying customers to put up with whatever is dished out to them just because they are fully booked."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of August 2007
Very nice hotel
"Stayed here last week as part of a business trip.
The rooms are very pleasant and quite spacious (I had a twin bedded suite on my own). Flat screen TV's in both the lounge and bedroom, with a well fitted kitchenette including large fridge / freezer.
I had a front facing room on the second floor (behind the glazed curtain walling facade) and didn't hear the traffic once.
Excellent rooftop keep-fit facility, including swimming pool (not huge but great for an early evening cool down).
Free wi-fi in the lobby worked very well and paid access is available in your room if you need a little privacy.
The hotel is a little way from the tourist attractions but taxis are cheap and readily available. Would stay here again without any hesitation."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of June 2007
"This is a fantastic, beautiful hotel. Worth MUCH more than its 3* rating. We stayed here for 10 nights when we first arrived in Dubai and cannot fault it at all. We got upgraded to a 1br suite when we arrived. The rooms are very modern, roomy, clean and always well presented. Good buffet breakfast. Good gym and rooftop swimming pool (nice views too). Free wireless internet in the dining centre downstairs. Fantastic, friendly service. Feels very intimate and the staff will know you by name if you stay long enough. Location is good if you want to be amongst the hustle and bustle of Sheikh Zayed Road. There is a small shopping centre in walking distance with a few small restaurants, but a cab is easy to get to other places like Mall of Emirates, Madinat Jumeirah, the beaches etc. I highly recommend this hotel to any business or leisure traveller, a really good alternative to those who don't want to pay the exorbitant prices at the other 4* & 5* hotels."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of March 2007
A wonderful stay
"Just came back from a one-week trip to Dubai with my fiance and we stayed at the Villa Rotana Suites. This place really rocks. Although not set on the beach front, the hotel does easily live up to the expectations of even the most discerning traveller. The hotel boasts a white marbled entrance area, modern light furniture, a spacious gym with separate sauna, steam and jacuzzi and a really nice roof terrace pool with comfortable loungers. The service staff are friendly and wonderfully attentive and would go out of their way to help you. The rooms are modern, spacious and finished to very high standards including a plasma screen, Grohe fittings and Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware. We were served a sumptuous and delicious breakfast every day and also had afternoon tea for a mere 22 Dirhams pp!!! The location is brilliant as well, actually, because you are well within short driving distance to most tourist atttractions, including the Emirates mall, Jumeirah beach and the city centre. This place is a hidden gem and I will not just highly recommend it to anyone but also am very happy to return and stay there again."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of February 2007
Value for money and good modern spacious living!
"This is a new hotel on the Sheikh Zayed Road. It is not on the beach but booked through Opodo it was about a third of th eprice of the Royal Mirage. You have a kitchen area and a large modern room with high quality fittings. there is a rooftop pool and a gymnasium with sauna, steambath and jacuzzi separately for men and women in their respective changing rooms. Buffet breakfast was reasonable and included in an Atrium restaurant on the ground floor. But beware the hotel does not serve alcohol so you will need to visit the Alamo, the Red Lion or Fibber McGees for a drink or bring your own back to the room. Choose a room at the back of th ehotel as you can just hear the hum of the traffic at the front of the hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 31st of January 2007
Good value, clean new hotel
"We went to dubai for a week and found this hotel to be very nice. Good clean rooms well kept lobby and efficiant staff always available. Location not great but always a taxi driving by.
- Travel date: Fri 19th of January 2007
Good Value for Money
"This hotel is good particularly for a business visit as it is quite distant from the main attractions but it is almost 15 min by taxi from Mall of Emirates, and Deira City on the opposite site. It is close to the Mazaya Centre. The good point is taxi fares are cheap and it is a fact that no where is within walking distance. The hotel is far from the Dubai Creek or the beaches. The facility is very satisfactory, service and housekeeping are perfect. Staff is helpful and carefull and they take immediate action on all requests. There is a fitness room which is well equipped and there is wireless internet access free of charge. There is sufficient variety in breakfast. There is a fitness room which is well equipped and there is wireless internet access free of charge. I liked this hotel and would like to stay again as the price is the most convenient compared to the nearby hotels."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of January 2007
Enjoyed the Villa suites
"We have recently returned from a stay at Villa Rotana. As it was Ramadan we enjoyed a suite at reduced rates. The suites was very nice with fitted kitchenette with high quality fittings. The bed was very comfortable. Room service needs a bit of work as we ordered and no condiments were sent however they did bring when phoned. They dont seem to have any tomato sauce or mustard though! We were given a room on Shaikh Zayed road and at times could hear the traffic I would ask for a room not fronting this road in future. I think this is because the window of the kitchenette is not glazed as fully as the the rest of the suite."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of October 2006
Very surprised it is only 3*!!
"I stayed here on business and quite honestly I have not stayed in such a luxurious hotel and I travel a lot! It is not in the greatest location, but it is cheap and easy to get airconditioned taxis so this is not a problem - I took one to the shopping mall which was huge! I was lucky enough to be upgraded and I have a huge living room with an enormous flat screen TV, white leather sofa, kitchen area with fridge & cooking facilities, a chaise longue. There was a separate bathroom off the living room and another bathroom off the bedroom which had another flat screen TV. Very clean, very stylish and reasonable in price."
- Travel date: Fri 28th of July 2006
So much more than the 3* rating
"Returned from Villa Rotana on 30 May 06. It is definitely more than the 3star listing given on this site. It's a new hotel, only 6 months at this time, there was a bit of work going on but did not cause us any disturbance and hotel has all amenities up and running. Staff are very very friendly and helpful. We even messed up our reservation for the last day but they were very understanding.
The suites are very big - we had a King Deluxe Suite. Very modern deco, plasma TV screen, well equipped kitchen, large master bedroom and there was even an extra WC in the suite. There was a complimentary bowl of fruit on arrival and a bottle of water every day. The restaurant is open 24 hours which was great for us since we got back really hungry at 2am on one morning. There isn't a bar, but we're not drinkers so it was nice for us not having to sit or walk through a smoky bar. Very good business centre there also - although we were on a holiday, I had to do some work and they don't limit your time if you're not using the internet or keep annoying you like some other places.
It's the first time we've not stayed at a beach resort and have been in the city and we can't recommend the Villa Rotana highly enough.
So much more value than booking into a hotel room - we'd give it 5 stars!"
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of May 2006