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Hotel Media Rotana Hotel 5 star
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Al Barsha/Off Sheikh Zayed Rd Dubai, United Arab Emirates -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Media Rotana, part of the Rotana chain, is one of the brand's largest hotels. Contemporary in its décor and functional in its design the hotel welcomes both a business and leisure clientele. A fairly good base to explore the city from as it is centrally located. Families are also welcome and there is a play area dedicated to young children which is rather rare in the city. The restaurants are varied, although Channels could do with a change of atmosphere. Prego however, is lively and the food is fairly tasty. A good quality hotel that just needs a spa to heighten its leisure experience.

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      Media Rotana   -   © Stéphanie Poli / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.7 /10

    Located in the heart of Dubai's new business hub, off Sheikh Zayed Road and opposite the acclaimed Dubai Media City & Internet City, the hotel is just 8 miles away from Dubai Convention & Exhibition Centre, Financial City, Dubai city centre and only 8 miles drive from Dubai International Airport.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The rooms are fairly spacious and are all decorated in the same style. The bulk of the colours are dark earthy colours with dashes of yellows and oranges in the throws at the end of the beds and the drapes. All beds are large and very comfortable and have a wenge stained headboard which helps make the room a little more contemporary. The headboard matches the bed side tables and the lamp features on either side. There is also a seat at the end of the bed, which is handy for unpacking your suitcase. Most rooms will have a small sitting room area, a desk, a comfortable circular shaped desk chair, and a flat screen television. All rooms also have complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms have large windows (which cannot be opened) letting in lots of light even on the greyest of days. The only varying factor between the different room categories is the size; the suites will have a separate living room area and dressing area. The bathrooms all have bath tubs and Rotana own-brand amenities. As in most Rotana hotels, you will notice a small card encouraging guests to use the hotel's water-saving scheme. The Arabic influence is felt in the marble choice and fittings of the bathrooms.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Media Rotana is one of the Rotana chain's luxury hotels. With 21 floors and almost 500 rooms, the hotel retains intimacy but lacks atmsophere. Although it has the same amenities as most Rotana hotels, it is more spacious and contemporary in its décor. The lobby is large and bright, with adequate seating for guests waiting to check in. The high ceilings give the area a fresh spacious feeling. The area is also attractive with brightly coloured arm chairs, black and white striped rugs, and large square chandeliers which help to add warmth to the otherwise cold white lobby. The elevators up to the rooms are situated beyond the reception desk. The hotel is a large hotel of 460 rooms but it has managed to retain guest intimacy in that staff isn't always barging in on you to change your sheets, bring you fruit, and the like. There are rarely crowds in the lobby signalling a relatively smooth operation. The hotel is spread over two towers that connect in the middle via the roof-top pool which is a pleasant area to spend an afternoon. In comparison to other hotel pools in the city, the Media Rotana pool is fairly large; guests would be able to do laps here. Otherwise in terms of recreation, there is a well-equipped Body Lines gym (guests will be able to find this same brand at all Rotana hotels). There are also steam and sauna rooms, there is no spa but there are two massage rooms and a Jacuzzi - massages must be booked early.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    There are four food and beverage outlets, including Prego's, a very lively Italian style restaurant, where the food is fairly good and the décor is contemporary and vibrant. Very popular with the guests, we recommend booking in advance, especially during high season (school holidays and winter months). There is also the Terrace, which is more of a lounge-bar, Nelson's the pub, Connexions, the lobby coffee shop and Channels, the main restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They usually serve buffet style meals here except for during low season, or when the hotel is not full, when the food is à la carte. Although Channels looks contemporary, there isn't much to it, especially when there are no guests to animate this seemingly blank white space. The food here leaves a lot to be desired and can take a while before guests are served even when you are the only customers.

    To know

    Founded in 1992, the Rotana group is a local chain that has properties all over the Middle-East and North Africa - the chain announces 70 properties by 2014. You will notice that, like in all Rotana hotels, there is a water-saving initiative in all bathrooms by encouraging guests not to reuse towels. Here the internet is cable-connected in the rooms but there is wireless internet access in public areas - all internet use is chargeable. There is also, rare for Dubai, a kids' play area for families of young children.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, golf, mountain bike, fitness, sports

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

    advantage

    • Kids' play area.

    disadvantages

    • Channels restaurant.
    • No spa.
    • Lack of atmosphere.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Philippe D. Philippe D.  
      6 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2014 Posted on 2014-02-01 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Hotel récent. Service au top (5 étoiles oblige). Nous avons vu les pilotes Air France (gage de qualité, ils ne couchent pas n'importe où ;) ) le service en chambre de qualité, les plats d'un très bon rapport qualité prix.Nous avons eu la chance d'être surclassé en appartement avec chambre.

      • Advantages

        Conciergerie, service en chambre, sourire, appartement spacieux.Personnel nombreux et aimable.

      • Disavantages

        Pas proche du centre Historique mais Dubaï est très grand et les taxis très peu cher.

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      • Overall Score 8.80/10
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