Introduction: Cast away in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf Sea, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana is the first property to open in Abu Dhabi under Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana brand. The 5 star property offers 443 splendid rooms and suites with their modern design complementing the values of the contemporary Arabian culture, in an alcohol free environment.
Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.
Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.
Arrival experience: Khalidiya Palace picked me up at Yas Viceroy in a spotless clean and comfortable car with friendly driver. To my surprise, the car came with complimentary Wi-Fi.
What I loved: The beach and the building.
What about the food: Very good food at their Lebanese restaurant. I have experienced great food with Rotana in the past, especially in Khartoum and this property do a good job as well.
What about the rooms: Comfortable rooms, but with open floors and majority of smoking rooms, it is not recommended for non-smokers. I did not like the passive smoke and many have complained about the same.
Number of rooms: 443.
Location: Abu Dhabi.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet?: No, AED95 per day for slow a 0,50 MB connection is unacceptable. Rotana is one of the last hotel brands left to charge for internet.
My overall impression: Good+ experience.