We found Al Murooj to be closer to a resort than a hotel due to its size and facilities, so it's a great choice for those of you looking for a lively holiday. The rooms are spacious, there is a good range of facilities and a dynamic atmosphere. There is also a good choice of restaurants for those foodies out there - the Indian restaurant, Zaika, is particularly good and serves some . Although the hotel has a large business clientele which is reflected in the style of the rooms, the hotel does welcome a solid base of leisure guests looking for a varied facilities such as restaurants serving good food.
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The hotel is in close proximity to the Jumeirah 1 area just off Sheikh Zayed Road, which is the main road that crosses Dubai from north to south. There isn't much in the surrounding area, but that is fairly common in Dubai as the action happens mainly in hotels and malls. The property is adjacent to Dubai International Financial City and is prominently situated 3 minutes away from the Convention Centre. Dubai International Airport is just a 10 minute drive away. Jebel Ali, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City is less than 20 minutes away.
Open in 2005, Al Murooj is not for holidaymakers looking for peace and quiet, but more for those of you looking for a lively stay, especially on Fridays during the Dubai brunch phenomenon.
Most hotels in the city have mainly smoking rooms; Al Murooj also has non-smoking floors for guests wanting strictly non-smoking rooms for the smell.
The hotel has a gym, 'Bodylines' which is the same for all Rotana hotels. There is also a Jacuzzi which has different timings for men and women, as well as separate steam and sauna areas for men/women. For overworked parents there is also a babysitting service as well as a kids' menu on offer upon request. Al Murooj is a four star resort.
Middle Eastern glam is what Al Murooj is all about, with its bright carpets and aluminium and glass features that dress the lobby area. An Arabic style has been applied to the exterior of the building. Al Murooj sits on a hill next to a motorway (as most hotels in Dubai) and towers over its small pool at the back of the hotel which is a little small but pleasant. The hotel is divided into two parts: the first half is the hotel and the second part consists of villas to rent for residents of Dubai. The hotel's tennis courts are to the back of the resort, behind the villas but are accessible to in-house guests. The outdoor areas are divided with green foliage which helps break up the concrete monotony.
The hotel has 247 rooms and the view tends to vary between the road, the Burj Khalifa and pool. The rooms are of a fairly good size and are decorated in what seems to be a running trend in Dubai hotels, neutral colours and touches of bright colour here and there. The furniture is wenge stained wood and there are usually fresh flowers in the rooms upon the guests' arrival to brighten up the place. The rooms feel cosy and clean and all have complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities as well as the usual commodities (iron and ironing board, hairdryer...). The bathrooms are spacious and have Rotana own-brand toiletries. All rooms have bathtubs.
There are ten food and beverage outlets in total. Latino House, Waterside, Zaika and Mawal are the hotel's speciality restaurants which are very pleasant. An effort has been made with the décor, especially in Latino House and Zaika. If you are looking to try some good Indian food, Zaika is the place to go. In the evenings, tables are also set up around the water feature outside. Pergolas serves buffet style meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner and is accessible to the right of the reception desk in the lobby. It is fairly pleasant but if Friday brunch isn't your thing, try the other restaurants as Pergolas does tend to get pretty full, as does the Double Decker pub, the hotel's English pub which also serves brunch inside and on its terrace. The other three outlets are coffee shops and snack bars found in the lobby and around the pool.
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