Rose Rayhaan by Rotana

Book now (price from £54.88)

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.5

The tallest tower in the world and perhaps the best spot for a detox (it's booze-free).

In a very Dubai bout of record breaking, the Rose Rayhaan is the tallest hotel in the world, standing at a gob-smacking 333 metres. In taking this crown when it opened in late 2009, it beat the Burj Al Arab (321 metres), Emirates Towers (309 metres) and The Address Downtown Dubai (306 metres). Yes, that’s right, the top four tallest hotels in the world are all in Dubai (and there are two more coming that will take the 1 and 2 spots). While the Rose Rayhaan isn’t anywhere near as flashy as the equally vertically-enhanced hotels in the city, it does, as you might imagine, offer some rather whopping views. And its location gives guests easy access to some of Dubai’s main attractions. However, and this is a potential deal-breaker, it is also alcohol-free. No booze will be found in this tower. Not even an Irish coffee.  

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
2.7
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Bedrooms
3.7
90%
Public areas
3.1
90%

Location

Also known as the Rose Tower, the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana sits just off the Shiekh Zayed Road, Dubai’s main artery, almost equidistant between the main business district of Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa area, each less than five-minutes drive away. Taxis are extremely easy to find outside. The nearest beach is about a 10 minute cab ride away, while the airport is around 15 minutes.  

Bedrooms

The standard Classic Rooms (found on floors nine to 54) are fairly snug, with warm brown tones running throughout. Aside from the usual additions (desk, hairdryer, chair etc), there’s a kitchenette, featuring a fridge, freezer and microwave.  

Eating and drinking

Despite its monstrous height, the Rose Rayhaan only offers two dining options. Petals, on the first floor, is a fairly informal restaurant, serving international-style buffets for breakfast and lunch with a la carte menu for dinner. The lobby café, Café Rose, is fairly basic, serving light snacks and pastries. Remember: there is no alcohol in this hotel.

Leisure facilities

Alongside a moderately-sized outdoor swimming pool, there’s a decent gym, plus sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. 

Service

Friendly and helpful.  

Who stays there

Given its 'no booze' policy, the hotel is popular with Arabic families who might want to avoid rowdy foreigners. Its location is also ideal for business travellers.  

Price advice

If you book a premium room or classic suite, there is a four nights for the price of three offer on.  

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • No fuss
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Incredible views
  • Good location
  • No Alcohol
  • Few amenities
Book now (price from £54.88)