Hotel Yas Island Rotana Abu Dhabi Hotel 4 star
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Despite being located on Yas Island, close to the sea, the Yas Island Rotana doesn't have a holiday atmosphere but more of a city feel. The hotel has a good range of restaurants onsite and clean and comfortable rooms that are reasonably spacious. The hotel is a fair four-star no-frills base to work from or to spend a couple of nights without being far from the airport.

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      Yas Island Rotana Abu Dhabi   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      Yas Island Rotana Abu Dhabi   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 3.0 /10

    Only a five-minute drive from the airport, the hotel is located on Yas Island, on the Yas Island Plaza close to Centro by Rotana, Radisson, Park Inn, Staybridge Suites and the Crowne Plaza, which we have also reviewed.

    The plaza is about a couple minutes' walk from one of Abu Dhabi's main attractions, Ferrari World, the Formula 1 race track. There isn't much else on the island apart from the Yas Marina just behind the Viceroy Hotel. The authorities were also in the process of building the beach (again), which will be behind Yas Plaza.

    Airport taxi tip: when you arrive at the airport you will need to queue for a taxi. As the journey is extremely short expect most taxi drivers to turn down the run. Either offer to pay a little more than what the meter indicates (offer up to 40 AED in total; which is about £6.00). The taxi usher may also suggest you take a private taxi, which doesn't have a meter - negotiate the price before getting in.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There is a total of 308 rooms split into five categories. The Classic room starts at 35m² up to 147m² for two-bedroom suites. The rooms are not the largest in the city, but they do feel spacious, and while the décor is generic, guests can expect the usual mod-cons like a flat-screen television, wireless internet, mini-bar, safe, and tea and coffee facilities). The Premium suites have a view onto Ferrari World, which guests must request when booking. Otherwise the view is of the Yas Plaza (a concrete area with several hotels around it.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Open in 2009, the four-star Yas Island Rotana is a contemporary property with touches of Arabic influence (like the soft music that plays in the lobby). There are nine floors in total, with most of the facilities on the ground floor, including the Island café in the lobby and Choices, the all-day restaurant, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. There are also two other restaurants and bars to choose from. Otherwise there is a Bodylines gym, and a main outdoor pool, which can be accessed via the lobby. Rotana hotels rarely have a spa, but the Yas Island Rotana, has a couple of massage rooms - treatments must be booked 24 hours in advance. The outdoor pool is a smart area surrounded by wooden The hotel has Wi-fi access, which is complimentary (contray to most Rotana hotels).

    While Rotana hotels are clean and functional, there is rarely any atmosphere - the staff is efficient, but the ambience stays cold and sterile.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    There are six outlets including three restaurants and three bars. The first bar is located in the lobby - it serves hot beverages and pastries throughout the day. The second is the evening bar, the 'Y' bar, which opens in the afternoons, and where sports matches are shown. Aquarius, the pool bar is open for snacks all day. There is a good range of restaurants here, including Choices, open for breakfast and dinner (buffet breakfast), Blue Grill, the steak house and Rangoli, the India restaurant - the last two are open for dinner only and are both closed on Mondays.

    There is also 24-hour room service.

    Beach

    Although the hotel is on an island, Yas Island, there are no beaches here yet. While we visited, the authorities were trying to build a beach to line the golf course just behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel, but having failed once before, Yas Island may have to wait a while longer before it can get its own beach!

    To know

    The Yas Island Rotana is part of Rotana, a large local chain with hotels in several destinations is the Middle East and North African regions, with most of its properties in Dubai (see Dubai hotel reviews).

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, keep fit, Turkish bath, sauna, spa, wellness, beauty salon

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports, mountain bike, golf, tennis

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Close to the airport.

    disadvantages

    • Lacks atmosphere.
    • Under a flight path so can be noisy.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Louana R. Louana R.  
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      • Package deals in mars 2014 Posted on 2014-05-12 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        agréable et moderne, le séjour c'est trés bien passé

      • Advantages

        l'hotel yas island rotana est très ensoleillé

      • Disavantages

        l'hotel yas island rotana à une clime un peu trop forte

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      • Overall Score 8.75/10
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