Nestled at the end of ‘The Walk’, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), the five-star Amwaj Rotana boasts a prime position overlooking the golden sands of the beach and Dubai’s most famous promenade.
Whilst its enviable location may be Amwaj Rotana’s crowning glory, it’s outsanding acilities also make it stand out amongst its neighbours. Popular with tourists from all over the world, the Amwaj Rotana lobby is a melting-pot of different nationalities and cultures. With 301 rooms and suites, this mid-scale property is clearly popular and the communal areas are often a hive of animated activity. Offering some of the largest rooms along the JBR, each with its own balcony showcasing fantastic views out towards the glistening Arabian Gulf and iconic Palm Jumeirah, the Amwaj Rotana also manages to sit slightly back from the action meaning that you won’t be awoken late at night with revelers dispersing from neighbouring hotels and apartment blocks.
Starting at a sizeable 42 square metres, rooms range from Classic Sea View to the beautifully appointed Presidential Sea View Suite with a scattering of Premium Sea View Rooms and Sea View Suites in the middle.
The Classic Sea View Suite is our preference. At double the size of the already large standard rooms, the sophisticated interiors of this category are perfectly complemented with those all-important panoramic sea views. With a focal king size bed adorned with a plush feather duvet and soft furnishings, this suite also offers an extended lounge area equipped with a family size sofa perfect for relaxing after a long day sightseeing. At certain times of the day, dependent on the location of your room, it can feel a little dark as shadows are cast from the adjacent high-res apartment blocks along JBR, but the locale is so inviting you won’t be spending too much time inside during the day anyway.
These suites also come with privilege access to the Club Rotana Lounge on the top floor where bespoke services are offered throughout the day.
Fluffy robes and cozy slippers come as standard as do a selection of fancy L’Occitane toiletries, a nod to the hotel’s five-star credentials. Of course, there are the usual amentiies that you would expect from any luxury Dubai hotel such as multi-channel flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi (which is actually an impressive speed), minibar, safe and tea & coffee making facilities.
From the comfort of your room to the wealth of recreational facilities that set this hotel apart, Amwaj Rotana manages to offer something for every type of guest. For those that are visiting Dubai to take advantage of the year-round sunshine, you’re invited to relax around the outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool that can be found on the 3rd floor of the hotel. With enough sun loungers to supply the usual amount of hotel guests and a small children’s pool in the vicinity, an afternoon spent lazing here is well spent.
Marvel at the new observation wheel that is now in its final construction stages, which stands directly in front of the pool deck and sits in a prime position of the upcoming Bluewaters Island. If sandy toes are more your thing, then Amwaj Rotana offers a prime location along the public Jumeirah Beach and guests of the hotel enjoy the benefit of an exclusive ‘beach kit’ which comprises of an umbrella, mat, towels and chilled water.
For those that prefer their holidays a little more on the active side, the renowed Bodylines Fitness & Wellness club is one of the best hotel gymnasiums that we have come across. From taking direction from one of the qualified fitness instructors to working up a sweat yourself on one of many modern machines, the 24-hour Bodylines gym is a great place to burn off those extra calories that you’ll be consuming by staying here.
We don’t say extra calories lightly.
You’ll be pleased to discover that the Amwaj Rotana offers some of JBR’s most notable restaurants & bars. With six options to choose from, almost a new destination for each night of the week, you can enjoy four signature, award-winning cncepts such as the American-Japanese Teppanyaki chain, Benihana.
Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, Benihana is a year-round venue that has become legendary not just in Dubai but worldwide. Playing on a theatrical dining experience, feast on everything from succulent seafood to juicy steaks and garden-fresh vegetables. Have your meats grilled to perfection in front of you from the theater-style seating that makes for a fun evening for all.
JB’s Gastropub is the hotel’s hidden gem that sees not only hotel guests, but Dubai residents flock here come the weekend to sample its eclectic western menu and partake in its lively, jovial atmosphere. From antipasti sharing platters to pork sausages by the metre (yes really), enormous steaks to crunchy garden salads, the food here is excellent and the service even better. The drinks menu is extensive, one of the many reasons this venue is so popular, with rare barrel aged beverages, extensive vintages and great draught poors. The cocktail menu isn’t bad either! Top this off with live sports screening and a DJ on selected nights and you have yourself a winning gastropub formula.
If you’re looking for a little more romance from your mealtime, then Rosso Ristorante and its adjacent bar, make for a perfct choice. The menu centers on hearty, Italian cuisine and you simply cannot dine here without trying a fresh, homemade pasta dish or a crispy, warm pizza straight out of the wood-fired oven.
Horizon is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant and whilst the interiors are somewhat non-descript, the food quality is above standard with an extensive buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Horizon also features an outdoor terrace which overlooks The Walk and is also aptly concealed for the summer months meaning you can still enjoy the view without enduring the heat The weekend BBQ offer here is worth a look, with a 50% discount offered when you book online quoting “Weekend BBQ 2-for-1”.
The Amwaj Rotana is affordable Dubai luxury at its best; comfort combined with culinary excellence make this hotel an ideal choice for visitors to Dubai that wish to stay right in the heart of the action. Throw in some breathtaking views and this hotel does not disappoint.