Yas Island Rotana, Abu Dhabi

THE HOTEL: The hotel is located on Yas Island, close to Abu Dhabi International Aiport, Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Marina Circuit and the Island's popular attractions. It has 281 rooms and 27 suites and there's a wide range of on-site amenities set around the Yas Hotels Plaza.


THE CHECK-IN: The lobby was bright and airy and had a familiar boutique feel to it. Check-in was quick and friendly and my bags were taken to my room. Reception staff were helpful and able to answer all my questions regarding the hotel and city during my stay.

THE ROOM: I stayed in a Classic Room with a king-size bed. The room had a plush marble bathroom with bidet and shower. In-room amenities include complimentary high speed internet access, minibar, in-room laptop-size safe, 32-inch LCD TV, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. The decor was modern and a large window ensured it the room was bathed in light.

THE BUSINESS: The hotel has nine meeting rooms and a spacious ballroom, all of which benefit from natural light. A dedicated conference team is available on-site and the hotel can also provide outside catering services. There is access to a range of AV equipment for conferences and meetings, including an audio mixing console, wireless microphones and LCD projector, to name a few.

THE FACILITIES: There are three restaurants in the hotel – the Blue Grill steakhouse, Rangoli Indian restaurant and Choices buffet. The Island Cafe in the hotel lobby is open all day and in the evenings the urban Y Bar is a great place to unwind. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a bar and there is a fitness and wellness club, massage treatment rooms, jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms and an outdoor tennis court. The hotel also has a small newsagents.

THE VERDICT: I particularly liked this hotel. It felt very personal and the public spaces were comfortable to spend time in. The hotel's location and breadth of facilities make it an excellent choice for business, and at times it had the air of a boutique hotel.

THE DETAILS: Yas Island Rotana Abu Dhabi, Golf Plaza PO Box 131755, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Room rates start from around 250AED (£49). For more information see rotana.com

Reviewed by Benjamin Coren (2016)