One of Abu Dhabi’s newest hotels is making a name for itself mixing luxury with competitive rates, we discover.
Words by David Dunn
Anyone who books hotel rooms on a regular basis will tell you that prices for the very same room can fluctuate dramatically depending on the time of year. But pick your moment and a weekend break in one of the capital’s latest plush new hotel arrivals needn’t cost a packet – such as Pearl Rotana Capital Centre.
Opened last spring, it is the latest domestic offering from homegrown hotel group Rotana. It’s also the third Rotana-run property to open in the Capital Centre district of Abu Dhabi – a short walk from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
With two hotels already there – the three-star Centro and upmarket dry hotel Arjaan – some might have wondered about the need for a third. But the Pearl Rotana has already proved popular among leisure and business travellers alike while demonstrating subtle differences in design and style to the neighbours.
When events are happening at ADNEC rates are, as you’d expect, at a premium. But pick a weekend when there isn’t something on or imminent and you can get some of the best room rates for a capital hotel, let alone one of Pearl Rotana’s quality. Being close to some of the city’s major road routes, it’s handy for the Corniche, Yas Island or Zayed Sports City, as well as Dubai visitors.
With 315 rooms and suites, a variety of stay options are available, some offering great views of the Arabian Gulf, such as in our Club Rotana Room. It gives access to the Club Rotana Lounge, where you’ll find complimentary drinks and snacks.
With floor to ceiling windows and fresh, stylish décor, our room for the night was airy and modern without being cold. On the top floor, you’ll find a modern gym, sauna and steam room, plus a pool with bar, loungers and a faux grassed area.
The arrival of Pearl Rotana also brings more food and beverage choice to the Capital Centre district. The Warehouse is a lively industrial-themed wine and tapas bar with a sharing menu and resident DJ. Think tasty flatbreads, sliders, sausage by the metre and ‘jars & pots’ of Lebanese sujouk and spicy tuna poke tacos.
Next door, Dino’s Bistro Italiano follows a largely traditional cuisine path with fun flourishes, including its entrance-parked flower-laden bicycle. We enjoyed the venue’s table service Weekend Brunch (happening on Friday and Saturday). You choose from a list of Italian staples, including pizza and pasta, while indulging in stunning bread, dips and antipasti while you wait.
Add in all-day dining restaurant Saffron and Chai Lobby Lounge, and the hotel has a lot of nourishment bases covered, as hotel general manager Karim Nahas confirms: “The variety of food and beverage outlets cater for both business and leisure visitors alike.”
All outlets are reached via a stylish lobby that combines modern and traditional materials and furnishings that make the overall feel of the Pearl Rotana Capital Centre attractive to staycation guests or tourists – as well exhibition attendees with aching feet.
Rooms at the four-star Pearl Rotana Capital Centre start at AED 235.20 (super saver rate based on 7th February check-in) per night for a king bed Classic Room, before taxes. To find out more, or to make a reservation, go to www.rotana.com