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Hotel Ras al Kahimah Hotel Hotel 2 star
KHAT DISTRICT, RAS AL KHAIMAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Although the standard of hotels in Ras al Khaimah isn't particularly high to start with, the Ras al Khaimah Hotel (operated by Hansa Resorts) is one of the worst of the bunch. Dirty, garish and generally in desperate need of complete refurbishment, it's a wonder the hotel is even still open and operating under the current conditions. The hotel is located close to Ras al Khaimah city centre up on a slight hill that looks out over the lake and mangrove, which can be seen from the back of the restaurant squatting on the hill by the pool. The RAK Hotel isn't somewhere you would spend your holidays - at best you might spend a night or two if desperate. The worse of it is the 'health' club and restaurant with special mention of the terrible breakfast - be warned, this is not one would imagine to be a "boutique hotel", as mentioned on the hotel's Facebook page.

A hotel without charm and that needs a thorough clean.

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    Location

    The hotel is a 15-minute drive to the Ras al Khaimah Airport, about an hour from Dubai Airport and 30 minutes to Sharjah.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    The 92 rooms are extremely simple, most have twin beds, or twin beds pushed together to form the one double bed. The carpets are dirty and stained, as are the bedspreads. The mattresses have other people's body shapes sculpted in their broken springs. The phone in the room as well as the light switches, were covered in inconspicuous grime that made our skin crawl. The pine veneer furniture was chipped with previous guests' finger marks. The rooms all have air-conditioning but it is not very efficient, is extremely loud and is impossible to turn off. The heavy mock marble bathrooms have no windows. There are a few toiletries although if you like being pampered, bring your own. The bath tub lining needed changing in our room, and every nook and cranny needed a good thorough clean. The hotel provides towels.

    Overview 4.70 /10

    Hard to miss with its bright orange building in mock Moorish style, the Ras al Khaimah Hotel is an option for travellers that are on a small budget for a night or two. The lobby looks like the person responsible for the garish décor threw every possible reject piece of furniture together and was on a hallucinogenic drug while doing it. Expect brown and pistachio green swirls on the nylon carpet in the restaurant, dark red walls, cheap wooden floors teamed with dirty marble in the lobby and stained blue or red carpets everywhere else.

    Everything at this hotel needs to be changed, from the carpets in the rooms to the lining of the swimming pool, whose water looks like it hasn't been cleaned for the last decade, although to be fair there were a few bathers - we decided to hold back. In the same area is a restaurant, the Shahrzad, the access to the dire health club and tennis courts.

    Food and drink 3.70 /10

    In the same area as the pool outside, is the Shahrzad restaurant, which despite being completely empty and quite dirty, we risked it and found the food to be just about edible. We tried to sit outside to make the most of the view of the mosque and lake, but there were so many mosquitoes that we didn't last very long. Here, expect local Lebanese fare with chips.

    In the morning, the breakfast is served in the indoor hotel restaurant on the ground floor. The décor here is probably at the very height of garishness. The breakfast, a buffet comprising think squares of cheese wrapped in cling film (like the cheese you used to like as a child), a few packets of jam and stale bread was about all on offer.

    Beach

    No beach.

    To know

    The description on the hotel's Facebook page is far from being the truth; at least for a Western clientele.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      sports

    • Safe

    advantage

    • Close to the city centre.

    disadvantages

    • Dirty.
    • Extremely garish.
    • Very noisy air-conditioning (that we couldn't switch off)

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